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UW Tacoma Residence Life is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. The Residence Life Office is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive living-learning community that fosters academic, social, cultural, and personal growth. We strive to enable residents to develop respect and responsibility for themselves and their community.
The Resident Director is a live-in position that is a vital part of the team in helping to continue the vision and mission of the department. They are responsible for supervising three front desk staff, up to 8 Resident Advisors, as well as overseeing the daily activities of buildings, housing up to 300 students. This position will counsel, advise, and refer individual students to appropriate resources. They will assist with the administrative functions of operating the residence hall and participate in the on-call and emergency response system.
This role lives in the building in order to be responsive to student needs, cultivate community, and manage risk.
Success in this role includes:
demonstrating judgment in crisis situations, including incidents that may involve campus or community emergency personnel
applying thorough knowledge of campus and community resources to facilitate referral of students in need
interpreting and applying UW policies and procedures to counsel and advise students / student leaders and to develop programs
Staff Supervision & Development
Assist in training and supervising Resident Advisors (RAs) and front desk assistants
Assist in weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with RAs
Monitor and maintain an in-hall duty rotation system
Oversee the management of a programming budget
Assist in the recruitment and selection of new student staff
Empower RA staff to resolve roommate conflicts, serving as a resource in the establishment of roommate contract agreements to mediate conflict
Responsible for all social media contact with students concerning Housing & Residence Life. Reports to the Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life on social media outreach to students.
Monitor and provide support and guidance in the implementation of a programming model put forth by the Office of Residence Life
Support the mission of the Office of Residence Life through purposeful programming initiatives
Attend and support hall programs, maintaining visibility throughout the hall community
Create and maintain an environment conducive to respect for the environment and for one another
Maintain an accurate roster of residents that is up-to-date at all times, coordinating occupancy verifications monthly
Attend Residence Life staff training at the beginning of each fall and spring semester
Process paperwork in a timely manner in accordance with all policies and procedures
Create and manage the work schedules of RAs and Front Desk Assistants to maintain office/desk coverage
Meet one-on-one weekly with Associate Director of Residence Life
Coordinate hall openings and closings
Facilitate room changes
Assist Coordinate monthly health and wellness checks
Assist in Shared Email inbox responses and organization
Facilities Management/Summer Responsibilities
Liaison for Facilities services including but not limited to annual auditing, repairs and room turns
Inputting work orders into a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
Maintain open lines of communication with Facilities Management staff
Serve on a professional and para-professional 24-hour on-call rotation for emergency situations that arise after-hours, weekends, including some holidays
Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Housing & Residence Life
Bachelor's degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or related field AND one year of experience in residence life, which may include having served as a resident assistant or as a leader in residence hall government.
Experience with, and strong commitment to, serving an ethnically, culturally and socio-economically diverse population. Must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Demonstrated organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
Ability and willingness to work varied hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed.
Ability and willingness to reside in the assigned residence hall community (furnished apartment).
Master’s degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or related field.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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