Assistant Director of Residence Life
Founded in 1947, by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a private, selective college located 30 minutes north of Boston. The College offers 34 undergraduate majors in liberal arts, science and engineering, business and education. Merrimack also offers graduate programs in education (higher education program) and part-time degree completion and certificate programs. Young men and women come to Merrimack from across the United States and around the globe to form an engaged community of thinkers, learners and achievers who are driven to making a difference in the world. Merrimack strives to prepare students to adapt creatively to tomorrow’s realities - through our strong academic curriculum as well as a host of extracurricular activities from community service to athletics.
We offer a wide range of experiential opportunities that are designed to deepen student learning, broaden perspectives and provide valuable, real-world experience. Our dedicated faculty encourages students to openly engage debate and exchange ideas in a small and interactive class setting. Merrimack students are known for their commitment to community efforts as well as establishing student-run organizations. The College offers more than 60 student clubs and organizations and 22 men’s and women’s varsity sports, including NCAA Division 1 Men’s Hockey.
Position Overview: A department within the Division of Mission & Student Affairs, the Office of Residence Life is comprised of 11 professional staff, 61 resident advisors, and 2 graduate fellows. Merrimack College houses 2110 students on campus and in rental property leased by the College; anticipated new residence halls to open in the next two years. Major areas of focus for the Department of Residence Life: supporting the mission of the College, advancing the College’s Strategic Plan (Agenda for Distinction), and creating a student centered residential campus.
The Assistant Director is responsible for the coordination of all recruitment, selection, and training efforts for professional and paraprofessional staff. The Assistant Director provides vision, direction, and oversight for RA programming efforts in the residences.
- Supervise and evaluate 1-2 Area Coordinator(s)/Resident Director(s) and 1 Graduate Fellow
- Facilitate the opening and closing of supervised residential area(s)
- Direct Coordinator(s)/Resident Director(s) in the development of programs and traditions in the supervised area(s)
- Work collaboratively with Facilities, Information Technology Services, the Merrimack College Police Department, etc. to provide a high-quality living environment
- Manage roommate conflicts that ascend beyond the Coordinator/Resident Director level, and facilitate a resolution to the conflict
- Process all room changes affecting supervised residential area(s)
- Serve as member of emergency response team coordinating professional and paraprofessional staff response in emergency or crisis situations
- Serve as student conduct hearing officer, update database and information associated with each case
- Assist with central office tasks such as room selection, openings, closings, RA selection and training; attend weekly staff meetings and participate in divisional committees
- Participate in on call duty rotation
- Manage break housing system
- Recruit, select, and train all Area Coordinators, Resident Directors, and paraprofessional staff members
- Oversee the programming model; track campus-wide RA programming information
- Develop and maintain documents pertaining to recruitment, selection, training, and programming, including, but not limited to google sites, manuals, forms, and promotional materials.
- Provide monthly development opportunities for the RA staff
- Develop a curriculum for, and facilitate the Spring RA class
- Promote positive professional staff and RA morale; coordinate appreciation and recognition efforts
- Required Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or a related field;
- Excellent interpersonal and writing skills;
- Ability to work effectively with students from a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Understanding of student development theory;
- A commitment to diversity, inclusive education, professional development, and team building.
- Experience with recruitment, training, and staff development.
- 4-6 years of administrative experience in a college or university Housing and Residence Life environment, student programming, student leadership training, and student conduct responsibilities.
To Apply: Please apply with cover letter and resume.
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