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Student & Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. Our nearly 4,000 staff and student employees who make up SCL embrace the opportunity to represent the division and strive for excellence as we shape the Cornell student experience, one interaction at a time.
Housing & Residential Life:
The Office of Housing & Residential Life is committed to providing a residential experience of the highest quality for each of our residents. This includes providing a safe, comfortable, diverse, as well as purposeful living and learning environment aligned with universities values and learning goals. Through partnerships with university faculty and staff, we foster students' personal growth, critical thinking, intellectual engagement, and social responsibility that is designed to educate, challenge and develop our students.
The Housing & Residential Life program includes 8 cooperative houses, graduate and professional student housing, 11 Program Houses that have a focused identity and/or themed living environments, a focused First Year Residential Experience on North Campus, and a unique upper-class and transfer student experience in South Campus. In addition, there is significant faculty engagement in the residential communities, with faculty-in-residence living in the first-year communities and over 110 faculty and community members spread throughout all of the residential communities. To see details around our unique residential communities, please visit our housing landing pages listed below.
The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is a 12-month, live in position that provides leadership, community and program development, administrative management, student conduct management, and support for a particular community ranging in 60-500 undergraduate students. Depending on the type and size of the residence hall, the RHD will supervise, train and utilize approximately 5-20 resident advisors (RA), or student staff members. RHD's will work collaboratively with their teams and with a cohort of Faculty & Community Fellows, Faculty-in-Residence in some first year communities, or appropriate campus partners and/or aligned academic departments. The RHD is ultimately expected to provide a safe, inclusive, purposeful living and learning environment to support student involvement, development and active citizenship.
This position includes a furnished apartment, laundry in unit, partner policy, pet policy, partial meal plan to facilitate student engagement, and many University benefits.
A successful Residence Hall Director must demonstrate strong innovative programming skills that promote co-curricular engagement while effectively balancing administrative tasks with critical student interactions in order to support individual and student successes. The RHD should have an enthusiasm for working with a diverse populations of students and can successfully collaborate with academic departments, University offices, and alumni groups as appropriate. The RHD must remain flexible, supportive, and engaged through exercising good judgment and sound decision-making skills to ensure a safe and enriching environment for our students.
Bachelor's Degree required with at least 2 years relevant experience in residential administration, community development, student affairs program planning or implementation.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills including verbal and written communication
Demonstrated experience in being a team player, ability to juggle multiple priorities, and working in a fast-paced environment.
Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs with reasonable accommodations. At times, may carry equipment up and down stairs.
Incumbent will be required to live-in the residence halls 12 months per year.
Master's Degree in Student Personnel/Higher Education or closely related field is strongly preferred.
Passion and excitement for working with 1st year students in residence.
Experience in using a variety of basic and advanced business/technical programs/applications to perform responsibilities involving data management and analysis
We are currently seeking applications for our entire residential community - we anticipate multiple hires will be made. Please apply with your cover letter and resume, and indicating any areas/residential communities you are particularly interested in or have experience with. You may review community information below.
Our First-Year and Upper-Level student housing focuses on transitioning students as they begin or continue through their Cornell and college journey. Both First-Year and Upper-Level communities have a variety of configurations and sizes but all are coed with the exception of Balch Hall, which is open to first-year female-identified students only. Clara Dickson Hall also includes a program house, the Multicultural Living Learning Unit. Regardless of size, each residence halls are supportive communities for residents to learn, develop and come together in a variety of ways. You can find details on all of our residential communities by visiting: https://scl.cornell.edu/residential-life/housing/campus-housing/first-year-undergraduates-campus-housing
Program Houses are Living Learning Communities which focus on a variety of interests and affinities. These close-knit communities have a high level of involvement, with regular events, programming, and outreach opportunities, often in collaboration with their specific Living Learning Community organized student leaders and affiliated alumni. Our unique program houses are listed below:
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