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Associate Director of Residential Life

Colgate University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 11, 2023

Job Details

Department Statement

It is an exciting time for the University as Colgate enters its third century. President Brian W. Casey is leading the campus through a comprehensive Third-Century Plan to raise the institution’s profile as a distinctive and strong undergraduate liberal arts institution to even-higher levels of achievement. Of particular relevance to this role is the Colgate Commitment, the launch of the Mind Brain and Behavior Initiative, and the establishment of Global Public and Environmental Health minor (now Colgate’s largest enrolled minor). Under the leadership of Vice President and Dean of the College Paul J. McLoughlin II, there has been tremendous growth. The energy on campus is palpable as four Residential Commons living-learning communities have been developed over the last six years, and long-term goals have been established for further developing the residential college system through creation of an upper-level residential system and an integrated wellness model.

Learn more about Colgate University and the Dean of the College Division by reviewing A Candidate’s Guide to Colgate . In 2021 and 2022, the Dean of the College Division was acknowledged byDiverse Issues in Higher Educationand Inside Higher Ed as one of the Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.


The Associate Director of Residential Life is primarily responsible for the effective supervision and development of live-in professional and student staff as Colgate continues to advance the faculty-led Residential Commons living-learning model. This position serves as a core leader within the Office of Residential Life, providing oversight and support for a variety of educational and departmental processes and initiatives that advance the goals and mission of the Division of the Dean of the College and Colgate University. The associate director will interact early and often with students and parents as they interface with the department to advise, develop, support, and refer appropriately. This position will provide leadership for educational initiatives sponsored by the department including those facilitated through student and professional staff in the residence halls.

Areas of focus include responsibility for:
  • supervision of six live-in professional staff (assistant/area directors) and indirect supervision of approximately 70 Community leaders;
  • leadership of Community Leader recruitment, selection, and supervision, and coordinates professional and student staff training;
  • oversight for residential life student and professional staff on-call rotations;
  • effective and accurate communication with a broad range of constituents about residential life;
  • effective management of conflict mediation and resolution with student and parent concerns;
  • partnering with Office of Administrative Advising, Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Safety and others in support of students in crisis work and wellness intervention;
  • providing support for a wide range of housing-related services outside of the Fall and Spring semesters (i.e. summer housing, reunion, late stay/early arrival);
  • collaborating with Dean of Student Conduct office, Shaw Wellness Center, and Campus Safety in support of effective adjudication of administrative student conduct hearings by Residential Life live-in staff;
  • adjudicating appeals in the student conduct hearing process for first level student conduct cases in conjunction with the Dean of Student Conduct;
  • further developing and executing departmental assessment plan and overseeing assessment of residential education initiatives;
  • effectively providing oversight of student staff programming and allocation of funds;
  • effectively providing oversight for interest house programming board in coordination of programming and allocation of funds through co-advisors;
  • contributing to website content on residential life departmental site;
  • effectively supporting the department office and processes (i.e., opening and closing of student residential facilities);
  • assessing and making appropriate judgments in cases of emergencies;
  • responding to and managing student crisis situations;
  • serving, with Director, as essential staff in the event of a campus emergency in the University’s Emergency Operations Center;
  • as required, serving in residential life professional staff on-call rotation and providing second-level support for live-in staff serving on call; and
  • other projects and duties as assigned.
As part of this role, the incumbent is also responsible for the following:
  • acting on behalf of the director in the director’s absence;
  • effective financial management of assigned budgets;
  • effective development of and contribution to University policy related to assigned areas; and
  • as required, may be responsible for providing effective advice, counsel, and leadership on University committees.
This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority ( CSA ), in accordance with the federal statutory requirements of the Jeanne Clery Act. CSAs are required to and responsible for reporting allegations of crimes they receive from students and employees to the Campus Safety Department.

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • A minimum of three years of related experience is required.
  • Experience supervising graduate or professional level staff required.
  • Must be knowledgeable and committed to the integration of educational priorities and learning goals into residential programming with meaningful outcomes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development theory in the creation and development of programs as well as in advising responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently apply culturally appropriate advising, helping and coaching techniques while also recognizing the uniqueness of each individual.
  • Demonstrated ability to use problem solving and analytical skills in challenging or crisis situations to produce balanced and positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience mediating conflict in and related to residential learning environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and maintain productive and collegial working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and visitors.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing and/or working within a residential curriculum model is a plus.
  • Experience supervising graduate or professional level staff is preferred.

A minimum of a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration or related field, or a combination of a Bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience is required.

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Colgate University

Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.

Time and time again, the world has shown an urgent need for citizens with the ability to create, explore, examine, and connect human knowledge. Colgate University has been answering that call through centuries of academic rigor in the liberal arts tradition.

Colgate attracts world-renowned faculty in a breadth of subject matters as well as innovative leaders in higher-ed administration, all dedicated to building on an educational tradition that has prepared generations of Colgate graduates for success. 

Colgate is deeply invested in employees’ success, and we all work together to ensure that students receive the premier education that is at the University’s core.

The Colgate campus, ranked as one of the most beautiful in the nation, is a place where students develop lifelong bonds with each other, faculty, and staff.

Colgate is located in the village of Hamilton, a community of about 3,800 residents who enjoy downtown’s art galleries and restaurants and who take pride in the many historic homes and public buildings.

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