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Associate Director of Residential Life
Colgate University

Date Posted May 23, 2019
Title Associate Director of Residential Life
University Colgate University
Hamilton, NY, United States
Department 13 Oak Drive
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Residential Life

The Office of Residential Life furthers the educational mission of Colgate University by extending student learning and growth into our residential community, promoting a purposeful and inclusive environment through shared experience. This is accomplished by promoting healthy, safe, and inclusive communities where individual members are valued and respected; fostering personal growth and success through a purposeful residential experience; and challenging and supporting students in making meaningful and responsible contributions to society.

The Residential Commons is a fundamental, driving force that infuses intellectual engagement and community development into the residential experience at Colgate. All first-year students live in one of four Commons, each with its own unique personality and characteristics, under the direction of faculty directors. Upper-division students maintain an affiliation with their respective Commons for life, whether formally—by continuing to live within the Commons or its social house—or informally. Residential Life and the Commons aim to provide students with a home away from home that reflects the academic rigor and engagement of the University at large.

The Associate Director of Residential Life is a full time, 12-month leadership position and reports to the Director of Residential Life. The Associate Director of Residential Life is primarily responsible for the effective supervision and development of live-in professional and student staff as Colgate continues to advance the faculty-led Residential Commons living-learning model. This position serves as a core leader within the Office of Residential Life, providing oversight and support for a variety of educational and departmental processes and initiatives that advance the goals and mission of the Division of the Dean of the College and Colgate University. The Associate Director will interact early and often with students and parents as they interface with the department to advise, develop, support, and refer appropriately. This position will provide leadership for educational initiatives sponsored by the department including those facilitated through student and professional staff in the residence halls.

Areas of focus include responsibility for:
supervision of five live-in professional staff (assistant/area directors) and indirect supervision of approximately 70 Community leaders;
leadership of Community Leader recruitment, selection, and supervision, and coordinates professional and student staff training;
oversight for residential life student and professional staff on-call rotations;
effective and accurate communication with a broad range of constituents about residential life;
effective management of conflict mediation and resolution with student and parent concerns;
partnering with Office of Administrative Advising, Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Safety and others in support of students in crisis work and wellness intervention;
providing support for a wide range of housing-related services outside of the Fall and Spring semesters (i.e. summer housing, reunion, late stay/early arrival);
collaborating with Dean of Student Conduct office, Shaw Wellness Center, and Campus Safety in support of effective adjudication of administrative student conduct hearings by Residential Life live-in staff;
adjudicating appeals in the student conduct hearing process for first level student conduct cases in conjunction with the Dean of Student Conduct;
further developing and executing departmental assessment plan and overseeing the assessment of residential education initiatives;
effectively providing oversight for interest house programming board in the coordination of programming and allocation of funds through co-advisors;
contributing to website content on residential life departmental site;
effectively supporting the department office and processes (i.e., opening and closing of student residential facilities);
assessing and making appropriate judgments in cases of emergencies;
responding to and managing student crisis situations;
serving, with Director, as essential staff in the event of a campus emergency in the University's Emergency Operations Center;
as required, serving in residential life professional staff on-call rotation and providing second-level support for live-in staff serving on call; and
other projects and duties as assigned.

As part of this role, the incumbent is also responsible for the following:
acting on behalf of the director in the director's absence;
effective financial management of assigned budgets;
effective development of and contribution to University policy related to assigned areas; and
as required, may be responsible for providing effective advice, counsel, and leadership on University committees.


- A minimum of three to five years of related experience is required.
- Experience supervising graduate or professional level staff required.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience mediating conflict in and related to residential learning environments.


- Experience developing and/or working within a residential curriculum model is a plus.

A minimum of a Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration or related field required.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by Monday, June 3, 2019.

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Contact Information

  • Carlene Mahanna
    13 Oak Drive
    Colgate University


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