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Associate Director of Residential Education

The College of New Jersey
Pennington, New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

Job Details

To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Job Title: Associate Director of Residential Education

Job Category: Non-Unit

Post Date: May 23, 2024

Close Date: N/A

Salary: For non-unit positions, salary commensurate with experience and is accompanied by a competitive benefits package.

Position Summary:

The Student Development Unit of Student Affairs provides a wide variety of services aimed at developing the personal, social and academic life of each student and creates opportunities to become an integral part of a diverse community and grow through their common experiences. This unit is also responsible for management of several of the campus' revenue enterprises. The departments in this unit include Residential Education & Housing, Student Life, and Co-curricular and Leadership Development. These areas are leveraged to expand students’ education (i.e. leadership development, student conduct, learning communities, joint initiatives with campus partners) and support the overarching mission of the College.

Reporting to the Director for Residential Education & Housing, the Associate Director of Residential Education oversees educational initiatives, assessment projects, student employment and supports residence directors in the day to day management of their residence halls.

The Associate Director is an integral part of the Department Leadership Team, which includes an associate director of housing & technology, another associate director of residential education, the director of residential education and housing and the business manager to create a comprehensive housing experience. This position will lead all efforts related to our co-curricular efforts, lead the implementation of a co-curricular experience for students, oversee operational aspects of openings and closings, manage our undergraduate staffing processes and supervise 2 residence directors, an operations coordinator and a coordinator of assessment & special projects.

Main Responsibilities:
  • Educational Initiatives -Administer a department-wide co-curricular residential education experience for 3,900 students who live in cohort-style housing. Incorporate programming philosophy through live-in staff. Coordinate residence hall programs and services to ensure quality education occurs in relevant learning goals and outcomes. Review programming data and produce reports, including analysis and recommendations for improvement of the educational program. Oversee Special Interest Housing Programs in designated residence halls. Serve as liaison with faculty and academic offices in coordination of Living-Learning environments, when relevant. Provide leadership to a residence area staff in the achievement of the curriculum goals and objectives of that area including staff leadership, programmatic assessment, and day-to-day operations. Participate in summer training, work with Housing Assignments to manage housing placements by Living-Learning environment, develop/revise materials and correspond with Living-Learning environments as needed. Utilize Roompact to facilitate the delivery of the curricular or educational program and to provide data related to residential student achievement of stated learning outcomes.
  • Supervision and Staff Development -Supervise and assess 4 professional staff (2 Residence Directors, an operations coordinator and a coordinator of assessment and special projects). Indirectly supervise all area staff, including student staff. Ensure that Affirmative Action procedures and goals are met in the hiring, training and evaluating of all staff. Work with other associate director of residential education to coordinate in-service training for area staff complementing department-wide training efforts, with particular attention to community development skills, residential curriculum and community issues. Participate in all departmental training and development programs and others as designated by the Director of Residence Education, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or Vice President for Student Affairs.
  • Student Personnel Administration --Provide centralized program support to Residential Education, including, but not limited to: Coordinate the recruitment and selection of all undergraduate personnel comprising of nearly 200 staff members over five positions. Coordinate and implement training of undergraduate desk assistants. Monitor and ensure The College’s Affirmative Action, EEO, Residential Education policies and procedures are adhered to, including conducting investigations of claims of violation of departmental ethics for student employees.
  • Additionally this person serves in a secondary on-call schedule with other members of the Leadership Team to support and advise the grads and professional staff on duty.
Required Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or a related academic discipline appropriate to the promotion of student development.
  • 3-5 years residence life experience and/or skills related to staff supervision and training at the graduate and professional level.
  • Experience with supervising graduate or professional level staff.
  • Professional-level experience with crisis response and navigating after-hours emergencies.
  • An understanding of the student development theory and curriculum development in residence halls.
  • Understands and can set learning outcomes or can design and implement a residential curriculum or development of living-learning communities.
  • Professional-level experience with crisis response and navigating after-hours emergencies.
Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of the position. If the requested accommodation(s) cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, the applicant may not be eligible for the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous experience with setting and evaluating learning outcomes or designing and implementing a residential curriculum or development of living-learning communities.
  • Experience managing multiple priorities and/or projects.
Employer Qualifications:
  • Final offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and reference checks.
  • Residency Requirement: In accordance with the New Jersey First Act P.L. 2011 c.70, effective September 1, 2011, new public employees in certain positions (faculty exempt) are required to obtain New Jersey residency within one (1) year of employment. Applicants must meet the requirements listed.
About TCNJ

TCNJ is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Founded in 1855, TCNJ has become an exemplar of the best in public higher education and is consistently acknowledged as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. TCNJ currently is ranked as one of the 75 "Most Competitive" schools in the nation by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges and is rated the No. 1 public institution in the northern region of the country by U.S. News & World Report. TCNJ was named the #10 value in public higher education by the Princeton review in 2009 and, in 2006, was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter - an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools - Arts & Communication; Business; Education; Humanities and Social Sciences; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. TCNJ faculty members are teacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty and has 39 major buildings.

Employee Benefits:

As a member of The College of New Jersey Community, you will be a part of an exciting and rewarding public university career. Eligible full-time employees will be able to take advantage of a generous benefits package that includes health, welfare, and retirement benefits, including:
  • Comprehensive benefit plans covering medical, dental and prescription plans
  • Generous leave entitlements program and Energy Savings Program
  • Employee and dependent Tuition Waiver and Reimbursement Program
  • Pension, retirement, and deferred compensation plans, group life insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Employee affinity groups
  • New Jersey State Employee Discount Program (Pet insurance, cell phone plan discounts, discounted amusement park tickets, etc.)
  • Access to extensive learning opportunities
To view a comprehensive list of benefits available to employees, visit our Health Benefits Plans and Programs page to learn more!

Application Instructions

Qualified candidates should apply online at: and submit a letter of interest, resume (CV), as well as the names and contact information for three professional references. Applications will be considered until a viable candidate is selected.



The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is a highly selective institution that is consistently recognized as one of the top comprehensive colleges in the nation. Founded in 1855 as the New Jersey State Normal School, TCNJ maintains the eighth highest four-year graduation rate among all public colleges and universities. It is ranked by Money as one of the top 15 public colleges “most likely to pay off financially,” and U.S. News & World Report rates it the No. 1 public institution among regional universities in the northeast.

Known for its natural beauty, the college is situated on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township, New Jersey, in close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for a wealth of degree programs offered through the college’s seven schools: Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing and Health Sciences; and Science. Five signature experiences are the hallmark of a TCNJ education. They include a personalized, collaborative, and rigorous education; undergraduate research, mentored internships, and field experiences; community engaged learning; global engagement; and leadership development.

TCNJ’s longstanding commitment to faculty-student collaboration was recognized in 2015 by the Council on Undergraduate Research, which named the college the recipient of its inaugural “Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment.” In 2006, TCNJ was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally.

Essential to its mission, TCNJ believes in the transformative power of education to develop critical thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners and leaders. Leadership programming is offered throughout an undergraduate’s career, as well as other programs and services aimed at students’ social, emotional, career, academic, spiritual, and physical development.

The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission. Our commitment to diversity is guided by our spirit of service toward our students, faculty and staff. The campus provides a multitude of cultural and social experiences that further broaden and enrich the lives of our College and community members. The College of New Jersey is proud to offer a generous benefits package that includes health, welfare, and retirement benefits for all eligible employees

We invite you to discover what TCNJ has to offer.

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