Assistant Director of Campus Life for Residence Life & Housing
Location: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 7099
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Consistent with the college's mission of providing a useful education for engaged citizens, the Assistant Director will play an integral role in the development and implementation of community initiatives that provide students with practical leadership experiences in managing the complexities of living together. As a member of the Campus Life staff, the Assistant Director in a live-in role is a highly visible and student-facing role focused on supporting students through their developmental path at Dickinson. They are responsible for enhancing the quality of the residential experience through the development of an atmosphere that promotes learning and fosters a strong sense of community and accountability. Through supervision of student staff, programmatic interventions, advising, mentoring of students, and administrative processes, the Assistant Director contributes to the development of students' interpersonal, leadership, and civic skills and fosters a healthy environment that supports the intellectual and academic life of the campus.
Primary Duties Include
Oversee a residential environment of 300 -700 students, ensuring the provision of an academically, intellectually, and socially involved community. This includes living in student housing; supervision and evaluation of Community Advisors and Resident Advisors or House & Apartment Managers; as well as advising of community governance groups.
Interact daily with residents by assuming an active and visible role in the residential community. Respond to student concerns through engaging in conversations, providing referrals, and collaborating with offices on and off campus to assure the concerns are addressed.
Serve in a collateral assignment which may include but is not limited to working with the campus programming board, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Clubs & Organizations, or other Campus Life needs.
Recruit, select, supervise, and evaluate paraprofessional staff. Develop training and ongoing development for paraprofessional staff to enhance the intellectual life of the campus and develop students' capacity for effective leadership.
Implement response to crisis within residential communities in collaboration with appropriate college partners. Fulfill 24/7 on-call responsibilities in rotation with 6 staff members for the residential campus which includes being available at all hours for crisis intervention and support, and acting as the administrator on call during the academic year.
Work collaboratively with other college offices/departments, community partners, and neighbors to coordinate the development of partnerships for delivery of programs and service to residential areas. Act as a liaison with the community, students, faculty, staff, and parents in facilitating the residential program and student housing.
Other Duties May Include:
Assist with Campus Life special event planning and coordination. Participates in departmental, divisional, or college committees as appointed. Participate in the student conduct resolution process by facilitating the informal resolution process and administrative hearings for assigned cases as needed.
This is a live-on position supervising residential staff.
The position is customer-facing which requires tact and time management.
This position requires flexible hours for nights and weekend commitments.
Department: Campus Life
Master's degree in Counseling, Higher Education Administration or related field
One year professional or two years part time graduate experience in residence life or housing required.
1-3 years relevant experience.
Valid Divers license. (Operators must have been in possession of a valid operator's license for not less than two (2) years and the license must have been in good standing without interruption during that time period)
Known for its innovative curriculum, Dickinson is a highly selective, private liberal-arts college. One of the nation's oldest colleges, and named in honor of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, Dickinson became the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States in September 1783. As of 2020, Dickinson has just under 800 full-time employees - administrators, faculty and staff - and its 144-acre campus is populated by students from 38 U.S. states and territories and 49 foreign countries. More than half of students study abroad through the school's 40 programs in 24 countries on six continents, mainly in noncapital cities. Dickinson is known for its sustainability initiatives and is continually recognized by such groups as the Princeton Review (Green Honor Roll), the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE; Gold rating) and Sierra magazine ("Cool School" and one of America's greenest colleges). Dickinson's stunning campus - featuring beautiful landscaping and buildings made of limestone from Dickinson's own quarry - is located in the heart of the historic central Pennsylvania town of Carlisle, a key marker in Civil War activity. Foun...ded in 1751, Carlisle is a cosmopolitan town of 20,000 people, nestled between mountains that have long been a destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The Appalachian Trail and several mountain lakes are within easy reach of the campus, as is Hershey Park and historic Gettysburg.The town is a transportation hub linked by highway, rail and air to prominent East Coast cities, with driving times that make these cities readily accessible: Harrisburg, 20 minutes; Gettysburg, 30 minutes; Baltimore, 90 minutes; Washington, D.C., two hours; Philadelphia, two hours; New York, three hours; Pittsburgh, four hours. Dickinson takes pride in its campus wellness and professional development programs, offering an array of opportunities to faculty and staff through its Holistic Health Incentive program. Dickinson continues to be recognized both nationally and locally for the college's commitment to a vibrant wellness culture on campus. Dickinson offers a competitive benefits package and retirement plan, plus tuition remission and tuition assistance incentives. The college is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.