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Assistant Director of Residence Life

Northeastern University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Oct 4, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Director of Residence Life

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

About the Opportunity:
The Assistant Director (AD) serves as a member of the departmental leadership team and shares in the management and supervision of the live-in Residential Life staff. They will directly supervise 1-2 full-time Area Coordinators, 2-3 full-time Residence Directors, and indirectly supervise 1-2 additional full-time Residence Directors, 3-4 Student Graduate Assistants, and up to 50-75 Student Resident Assistants.

The AD will assist in the development of departmental policy and decision-making functions for the achievement of departmental goals and objectives. This AD will be charged with coordination and implementation of departmental decisions and directives, and will process and resolve student/parent/guardian or staff concerns.

This position will be responsible for the direction of an assigned functional area within the department, often working with an Area Coordinator as co-chair. Functional assignments are flexible and will be re-evaluated as needed. Past examples of functional area assignments have included:
  • Resident Assistant, Graduate Assistant, or Professional Staff recruitment, selection, and development
  • Management of departmental student conduct initiatives
  • Oversight of departmental equity, diversity, and inclusion training and advocacy
  • Department-wide assessment strategy
  • Facilitation and development of living-learning initiatives, and oversight of academic and theme-based learning communities

The Assistant Director position is highly collaborative amongst departmental peers and campus colleagues, and requires strong communication, teamwork, and time-management skills. This successful candidate is expected to balance job demands with the need to collaborate with university and community colleagues to enhance the department and one's own professional development.

The AD will provide direction and support to live-in staff and Student Resident Assistants in their area of oversight regarding student development and engagement, violations of community standards, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution and mediation.

The AD will execute their assigned responsibilities using a curricular approach by creating learning outcomes, identifying outcome-based strategies, and utilization of assessment tools. The AD will support building staff's implementation of an educational development plan for residents in their assigned community.

The AD will participate and facilitate regular dialogue and development efforts related to the needs of a diverse student and staff population. Additionally, they will support and contribute to the University's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The AD may participate in an additional assignment from May to August, including working on special projects, assisting with External Events and Conference Housing, managing orientation housing, and supporting summer residential students.

The AD will co-supervise a Program Liaison from the NUin program and will be responsible for their primary supervision and student affairs development during the spring and summer 1 terms and will serve as secondary supervisor during the summer 2 and fall terms.

This staff member will participate in an on-call duty rotation.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.

  • Master's degree in student personnel, higher education administration, or related field
  • Four to six years in residence hall administration, including experience as a live-in staff member; experience supervising full-time professional staff is preferred
  • Effective supervision, administrative, organization, written and oral communication skills
  • Experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and application of student development theory, and ability to provide training and resources to staff members
  • Ability to work autonomously and ability to exercise excellent judgment and initiative in outlined areas of responsibility
  • Experience with a curriculum-based approach to learning and a demonstrated ability to apply educational outcomes throughout areas of responsibility.
  • Experience and desire to work with and address the needs of a diverse student community of leader-learners.
  • Experience with computer applications and social media platforms as a tool for community engagement and student and staff development

Salary Grade:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University's commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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