Job Posting: Director of Residence Life and Student Programs

Director of Residence Life and Student Programs

Department: Student Engagement and Retention
Status: Full-time, Exempt (Salary), Benefits Eligible
Reports to: Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
Application Deadline: Position Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The Director of Residence Life and Student Engagement is responsible for the strategic leadership and day-to-day operations of Residence Life and Student Life at Calumet College of St. Joseph. This includes general oversight of all student activities on campus and management of Residence Life staff and facilities. The Director will collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to provide a student-centered environment that fosters intentional development through dynamic extra-curricular programming and services, as an extension of the educational experience, to bolster campus traditions and pride, engage students with the College and community, support student retention and completion, and facilitate enhanced student learning.

Responsibilities include:

Residence Life:

  • Effectively manage a strong Residence Life Program fostering an environment of living and learning.
  • Coordinate and monitor the administrative and operational functions associated with the management of one off-campus apartment community (44 beds) and one on-campus (60 beds) traditional community.
  • Assist with residence life discipline issues.
  • Refer students who are having difficulty with academic, personal, or financial issues to the appropriate departments for interventions.
  • Select, train, lead, and supervise Residence Program Staff.
  • Interpret, review, write and update the Residence Life Handbook and housing materials.
  • Serve as personal counseling resource for staff and students in support of roommate conflicts, personal crises, and other concerns. Work in collaboration with other departments to support and follow up with students of concern.
  • Manage operational functions for residence halls such as key distribution and collection, damage assessment, reporting and billing, maintenance requests, and hall openings and closings.
  • Work with RA/AAs, Student Assistance Program (SAP) staff, and Administrative Team to respond to crisis situations in accordance with departmental and institutional emergency procedure
  • Coordinate “on-call” responsibility for college-managed housing on a scheduled basis.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key University and community stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain partnership with the property management company.
  • Manage housing occupancy (reporting, marketing and retention).
  • Manage the housing application process.

Student Programs:

  • Develop, coordinate, execute, and assess a comprehensive student activities program of educational, recreational, social, and cultural programs which appeal to a diverse audience at the college and in the community.
  • Develop and utilize a communication plan that produces regular, on-going, campus-wide strategies to inform students and other college constituents about student life programs and services and opportunities for involvement including (but not limited to) a student life calendar of events, printed publications, on-line tools, and social media.
  • Guide and support student organizations. Facilitate the student organization establishment and registration and provide training and support for student organization officers and advisors.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the campus food pantry. Stock and order the food.
  • Attend required trainings for food pantry membership and safe food handling.
  • Select, train, lead, and supervise Student Program Staff.
  • Oversee the Quentin P. Smith Student Activities Center Lounge.

The Director will also:

  • Assists with the creation, implementation, and evaluation of the department’s strategic plan, mission, and goals.
  • Serve on various committees across campus.
  • Oversee housing and programming budgets.
  • Serve as a member of the Title IX team.
  • Collaborate with campus partners to provide meaningful and welcoming activities that foster student engagement, academic success and a sense of belonging.
  • Prepare and submit reports as needed i.e. occupancy, food pantry monthly report, etc.
  • Stay current with best practices through conference attendance, reading relevant materials and benchmarking with other institutions.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 1-3 years of experience in Residence Life Systems developing, implementing, and assessing student programs, campus conduct, social justice, and diversity awareness programming.
  • Experience in Student Services
  • Experience in coordinating student support programs
  • Knowledge of student success, transition, and retention programs
  • Experience with diverse learners; a sensitivity and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of Calumet College students

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Master’s degree preferred in Student Affairs, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Education, College Student Personnel or related field.

Application Requirements:

  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume

CCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of typically underrepresented groups to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to the mission of CCSJ and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. 

Employment at Calumet College of St. Joseph is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States, verification of education/credentials, and a background check.

For More Information, Please Contact:

 Phone: (219) 473-4328

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