Administrative Careers - Academic Advising, Administrative Careers - Residence Life
The Assistant Director of Residence Life, as a collaborative member of the larger Community Life and Student Life staff, is responsible for assisting in the overall leadership of the Residence Life program for residential students at Seattle Pacific University. The Assistant Director supports and assists the Director in supervision and leadership of the Residence Life staff and is responsible for implementation and oversight in the areas of general operations, personnel management and training, assessment and program delivery and student conduct and crisis response. The Assistant Director provides supervision to front-line response staff (24-hour crisis response), coordinates on-call rotation for back-up/secondary response team and assumes responsibility for the department in the absence of the Director.
Personnel Management: Provides supervision for Area Coordinator(s) and Residence Life Coordinator(s). Participates in and helps lead regular meetings and training with the Residence Life professional staff to coordinate a comprehensive program; conducts meetings in absence of the Director of Residence Life. Oversees internship program for the department, including graduate and undergraduate level student employees/interns. Oversees Summer Housing program with Area Coordinators.
Operations: Oversees key support functions for the daily operations of the residential facilities; works with University Services and Building Maintenance to establish standards and evaluates them periodically. Provides input and feedback for residential capital improvements. Provides oversight to the residential fitness facilities, including scheduling of preventative maintenance, consideration of student suggestions, and overall functioning of facilities. Provides oversight and training to the Office & Operations Manager for facilitation of key Residence Life operational processes and tasks in partnership with other departments.
Cross-Departmental Leadership: Participates in Student Life committee and team projects. Attends appropriate/assigned staff meetings, committee meetings, and departmental task-groups. Serves as departmental liaison to: Facilities (day to day operations), Admissions, Conference Services, and Disability Support Services. Serves jointly with the Director and Area Coordinators in the following: Student Involvement & Leadership, Multi-Ethnic Programs, University Ministries, Housing/OUS, CSOT, Center for Career & Calling, Admissions, Alumni Office, Student Counseling Center, CIS (project management), Athletics/Intramurals & Club Sports, Safety & Security, Risk Management, University Communications.
Program Articulation, Implementation, and Evaluation: Supports the Director in the planning processes for Residence Life departmental vision, annual goals, and strategies; coordinates the development of programs and services that support the mission, vision, and goals for the department; evaluates programs and services. Provides oversight to annual assessment of residential services.
Educational Programming: Assesses the need for and coordinates educational programs for residential students on topics such as diversity, wellness, spiritual formation, and vocation. Assists with campus-wide programs focused on similar topics. Partners with academic and other departments to support, complement, extend, and coordinate student learning. Supports the courses taught for Resident Advisors and provides instruction as assigned.
Student Behavior: Co-supervises Residence Life staff as they respond to and manage student behavioral concerns (including complex mental health concerns such as depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and addictions) and provides direction for the management of those cases. Makes student-status determinations for residential students based upon behavioral or mental health concerns as they arise, including if necessary, suspension of housing or student status along with re-entry requirements. Serves as investigator, hearing or appeals officer for Student Conduct and Title IX cases as assigned by the Director of Residence Life and/or Dean of Students for Community Life. Supports systems and Residence Life staff for effectively reporting, tracking, and administrating judicial process in response to policy violations.
Research, Policies and Procedures: Identifies, organizes, and implements departmental research projects for evaluation of overall program effectiveness. Develops, evaluates, and administers Residence Life policies and procedures; in coordination with the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Students for Community Life, communicates and interprets University and Residence Life policies and procedures to students, staff, parents, faculty, and others. Provides oversight of assessment practices.
Professional Development: Participates in appropriate professional associations and stays current with trends and best practices that affect the University community, specifically residential student issues. Ongoing personal and professional work that enhances staff member's capacity for supporting historically underrepresented student populations and engaging all students related to cultural understanding and engagement at a predominantly white institution. Provides support for and/or facilitates Residence Life staff development.
Budget Management: Manages the budgets related to the functions of the role within the Residence Life program; makes budget revisions and recommendations to the Director of Residence Life and approves expenditures within the Residence Life programs as assigned. Provides collaborative fiscal planning and recommendations with other departments for residential program effectiveness, including any necessary benchmarks or research.
Crisis Response: Co-supervises front-line staff response for crises (24-hour crisis response) and coordinates back-up on-call rotation. Provides campus leadership for planning efforts related to emergency response. Serves as a secondary member of University-wide Core Support Operations Team (CSOT).
Master's degree in student development, student personnel services, related field or equivalent.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in residence life.
A proven understanding of and commitment to student/staff development.
An ability to assume leadership in promoting a multi-cultural living, educational and work environment.
An aptitude to communicate effectively and work with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies.
Proficient with Microsoft Office suite and online data management.
Experience with StarRez or other online housing platforms preferred.
Salary: DOE - in addition to annual salary, a housing and meal plan is included.
Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,100 undergraduate and graduate students. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becomi...ng people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants who are committed to its Christian mission and to the spiritual formation of its students. Qualified applicants should exhibit a deep awareness, understanding, and ability to articulate a commitment to biblical diversity and reconciliation. Women and people of color are particularly encouraged to apply.