The faculty and staff of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invite you to join them in shaping and implementing the next generation of innovative and engaging learning experiences. IMSA is actively seeking applications for the full-time position of Assistant Director of Residence Life in the Office of Residence Life.
The Department of Residence Life is a part of the Office of Student Affairs and strives to provide students with an equitable, safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment for IMSA’s diverse student population. Students live on campus in residence hall communities, which foster their personal, social, intellectual and ethical leadership development. The Residence Life staff is composed of the Assistant Director of Residence Life, Area Coordinators, 28 Resident Counselors and Day Hall Monitors.
The Assistant Director of Residence Life is a 12 month, full time, live-on, professional staff member, whose key responsibilities include providing leadership for the Residence Life department, facilitation of staff hiring and training, execution of emergency procedures and crisis response and supervision, mentoring and training of Resident Counselors. The Assistant Director works with the Area Coordinators to provide, structure, leadership, vision, and development to the Department of Residence Life. The Assistant Director of Residence Life’s work hours vary and include evening and weekend responsibilities as the Administrator on Call. The Assistant Director of Residence Life reports to the Associate Director of Student Affairs.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.
This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.
The Assistant Director of Residence Life assists in actively furthering the Academy’s Equity and Excellence Model by supporting culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students. This is acheived by using an equitable lens in making departmental decisions and aligning the residence life curriculum with the values outlined in the model.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Train, directly supervise and evaluate Area Coordinators and Day Hall Monitors; oversight of Resident Counselors (RCs); direct supervision of RCs, as needed
Provide primary leadership and oversight within and for the department of Residence Life to implement the mission and priorities of the Academy and the strategic work of the Division of Student Affairs
Participate in Administrator on Call rotation, supervising on-call Resident Counselors and providing crisis and emergency response in accordance with Academy policies
Oversee and coordinate housing process, assignments and changes, staff professional development and training, and Residence Life staff recruiting, hiring and onboarding efforts
Oversee building management and upkeep
Plan and facilitate new and returning staff training with the input and assistance of the Area Coordinators
Responsible for assessment initiatives including surveys, benchmarking, resident and parent satisfaction and training assessments, and producing memos and reports detailing the work of the Residence Life department
Assist with content development and maintenance for the Residence Life website
Supervise and assist with residence hall openings and closings
Conduct student disciplinary hearings as assigned by the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Chief Hearing Officer
Maintain up to date budget records and submit budget-related paperwork in a timely manner
Maintain knowledge and understanding of best practices and emerging issues in higher education, gifted student learning, student housing and student affairs
Maintain cooperative working relationships with offices on campus, including but not limited to security, maintenance, and faculty
Represent the Department of Residence Life and/or Student Affairs on designated committees
Assist with divisional and campus-wide events such as Summer Orientation, Preview Day Convocation and Graduation
Attend, plan and run weekly staff and department meetings
Maintain regular communication with parents and address any questions and concerns
Aid Resident Counselors in identifying struggling students and assisting in implementing interventions for their development
Represent Residence Life on the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team
Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field required
Experience supervising professional staff
Minimum of two years professional experience working in residential life and/or higher education
Crisis management skills and ability to respond to emergency situations requiring the use of stairs, quick movement, and administration of first aid/CPR
Effective oral and written communication skills
Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
Experience in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency
Ability and willingness to work irregular hours
Valid driver's license
Additional Salary Information: This is a full-time, exempt, at-will position. IMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, vision, dental, and prescription) and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS). Live-in accommodations include a furnished apartment (limited occupancy based on apartment size).
About Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Aurora, IL)
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.