Loyola University Maryland

Student Life

Assistant Director of Student Life

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The Assistant Director of Student Life position offers a unique and rewarding role within the division of Student Development. A 12-month, live-in position, the Assistant Director is responsible for the holistic student development within a residential area ranging in size from 550 to 650 students, 3-4 Graduate Residence Coordinators (GRCs), and 14-16 Resident Assistants (RAs.)   

Our current vacancies are for the Charleston Area and the Hillside Area

The Hillside area houses approximately 600 first-year students in traditional doubles and H-style suites.  60% of all of our first-year students live in the Hillside area and it has served as the site of Loyola's new Living Learning initiative- Messina throughout the past four years of rolling implementation.  We are specifically seeking candidates with the interest and experience needed to advance our partnership with Messina.  Implementing residential strategies to enhance faculty presence in the halls, presenting at Messina training, and representing Student Life in divisional Messina committees, the Hillside AD plays a critical role in bridging our two offices.

The Charleston area provides a mix of residential experiences that can be a great stepping stone for a professional who is looking expand the breadth of their residential experience or even direct a small residential campus in their next professional position.   Spanning across five separate buildings, Charleston houses approximately 550 students of all class years in traditional doubles as well as apartment-style housing.  With approximately 150 first year students living in Hopkins, the Charleston AD will also work closely with the Hillside AD and the Campion AD to implement the residential goals and values of Messina.

The Assistant Director (AD) position is a challenging and rewarding role for professionals interested in further pursuing careers in residence life, student conduct, housing operations, and beyond. Within their areas, Assistant Directors are responsible for developing and leading the GRC and RA staffs, designing area-specific community development plans, adjudicating and delegating the area’s student conduct caseload, communicating with parents and other stakeholders, and organizing opening and closing processes. In addition, the AD is responsible for the coordination of a secondary assignment – often leading the development and implementation of many of the office’s major processes including RA/GRC recruitment, selection, and training. On a small, collaborative campus, Assistant Directors also have the opportunity to be involved in campus-wide initiatives that will expose them to a number of different areas in student development and higher education.

The Office of Student Life is a dynamic organization that is continually looking to improve the environment within the residence halls and link the curricular and co-curricular experience of students. Loyola is a growing and supportive environment that enables practitioners to be creative in addressing a wide array of issues within a collaborative team-based atmosphere. We are seeking colleagues whose professional philosophies align with our dedication to the development of the whole person and the University's Jesuit values of inclusion, justice, community, and a constant challenge to improve.

Primary Job Responsibilities

  • Supervise 3-4 Graduate Residence Coordinators (GRCs), indirectly supervise 14-16 Resident Assistants (RAs), and supervise 1 work-study Office Assistant (OA). Provide on-going training and development for all staff members
  • Support both the departmental and divisional goals focused on diversity and inclusion
  • Create population-based learning outcomes and design area specific community development plans based on the office’s social and educational aims. Provide direct leadership to GRCs and RAs for overall community development
  • Assume responsibility for a secondary assignment within the Office of Student Life such as advising the Residence Hall Association or chairing committees that plan and implement RA/GRC recruitment, selection, and/or staff development
  • Serve as a University hearing officer and primary manager of the conduct caseload within the residential area
  • Constructively resolve a variety of student and parent issues and concerns
  • Serve in the on-call duty rotation for campus-wide emergencies, 2-3 weeks per semester or as needed, potentially responding to emergencies in all areas of residential living
  • Participate in the continual assessment and improvement of Student Life initiatives
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the development and management of Loyola's Living Learning Initiative - Messina (depending on residential area). For more information, please visit Messina.


  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling in Student Affairs or a related field
  • 0-3 years of post-graduate professional experience and 1-3 years live-in residence hall experience
  • Demonstrated ability to support and advocate for underrepresented students as well as creating opportunities dedicated to developing students' understanding of identity development, privilege, oppression, social justice, bias, and/or inclusive language/actions
  • Experience with on-call crisis response 
  • Experience serving as a student conduct officer
  • Experience supervising Resident Assistants or other residential paraprofessional staff
  • Availability during night and weekend hours


We offer a competitive salary, full benefits, and a two-bedroom, furnished apartment including internet and cable connections, parking, and a meal plan during the academic year.

How to Apply

For more information, please contact Tim Cherney, Associate Director of Student Life, at tdcherney@loyola.edu.  

Loyola University Maryland welcomes applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to its educational mission. Loyola is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, seeking applications from underrepresented groups. Additional information is available at www.loyola.edu.

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Loyola's Jesuit Identity

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For more information about the search process, please contact Tim Cherney at 410-617-2488 or tdcherney@loyola.edu.