The Assistant Director of Student Life (AD) 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 450 to 750 students, 2-4 Graduate Residence Coordinators (GRCs), and 11-18 Resident Assistants (RAs.)
We are currently hiring for the Assistant Director for the Hillside Area which oversees an area composed of three separate buildings (Flannery O'Connor, Butler, and Hammerman) that house approximately 600 first year students in traditional doubles and H-style suites. As the only residential area on campus comprised solely of first year students (55% of the total class), the AD for the Hillside Area serves as the primary liaison for the office to Messina, Loyola's first year student living learning initiative. Embodying Jesuit pedagogy and Loyola's commitment to liberal arts education, Messina seeks to integrate multiple sources of knowledge gained through various disciplinary lenses, texts, instruction, personal reflection, and out of class experiences. We are particularly seeking candidates with strong interests and skills in cultivating relationships with faculty and student affairs practitioners to build initiatives that bridge interdisciplinary learning across academic and residential spaces while caring to the unique transitional and developmental needs of our new Greyhounds.
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 University Maryland 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 4 Graduate Residence Coordinators (GRCs), indirectly supervise 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, inclusion, and equity
- Develop and implement strategies and initiatives to create a safe, healthy, educational, and inclusive residential environment
- 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
- Coordinate housing operation processes for your residential area including room condition reports, roommate agreements, periodic room inspections, and opening/closing processes
- Assume responsibility for a secondary assignment within the Office of Student Life such as chairing committees that plan and implement RA/GRC recruitment, selection, and/or staff development or advising Loyola's Residence Hall Association
- 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
- Provide support during crisis situations meeting with students as needed and providing referrals to University resources.
- Communicate and respond to concerns from parents, guardians, and other constituents reporting all student concerns through appropriate channels.
- 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. For more information about Messina, please visit https://www.loyola.edu/messina
- Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, and/or counseling or related field
- 0-3 years post-graduate professional experience with 1-3 years serving as a student conduct officer
- Demonstrated ability to support and advocate for underrepresented students
- Strong communication skills (written, verbal, and interpersonal).
- Demonstrated ability to create opportunities dedicated to developing students’ understanding of identity development, activism, privilege/oppression, social justice, bias, and/or inclusive language/actions
- Experience with on-call crisis response and as a student conduct officer
- Experience supervising Resident Assistants or other residential paraprofessional staff
- Availability during night and weekend hours
- Demonstrated ability to assess complex situations and render fair judgments, maintain ethical and professional standards
We offer a competitive salary, full benefits, professional development funds, and a two-bedroom, furnished apartment including all utilities, parking, and a meal plan during the academic year.
The online application is available at http://careers.loyola.edu/. A cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references are required and may be attached at the appropriate prompt on the application.
Loyola University Maryland is an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute to our educational mission. For more information, please contact Nick Bates, Assistant Director of Student Life - Newman Towers, at email@example.com.
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