Northwestern | Center for Talent Development
Solstice, Apogee, Spectrum & Equinox Programs
The Residential Director (RD) serves as the point of contact for all residential staff, residential students and their parents/guardians for their assigned program(s). The RD also serves as the point of contact for the PC, providing the PC with daily updates on staff and student issues. The RD collaborates with the PC and Academic Dean (AD) to ensure that the residential component of the program meets expectations. RD provides guidance and support to the residential staff and students and oversees the integration of the academic and residential aspects of the program while upholding and promoting the CTD Honor Code in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. As an effective leader, the RD must set a professional tone for the program and serve as positive role model for staff and students. RDs reside in the residence hall for the duration of the program and have 24/7 on-call responsibilities. This requires that RDs not have other work or school commitments during their term of employment.
- Carefully review all program, site and staff materials provided by the Summer Program. Return all completed paperwork as requested;
- Attend coordinator training;
- Uphold and promote the CTD Honor Code;
- Follow all CTD rules and regulations concerning staff conduct, appropriate dress, program procedures, and other responsibilities as set forth in the staff handbook and by administrative staff;
- Assume program related responsibilities as requested by CTD administrative staff;
- Reside and sleep in the residence hall for the duration of the program and be available at all times.
- During limited scheduled time away* RDs must be available by phone (in the event of an emergency), travel no further than 30 minutes off campus, and confirm with the PC how his/her responsibilities will be managed in his/her absence;
- Be available by CTD-issued mobile phone at all times to respond to requests and emergencies;
- Be familiar with the responsibilities of all residential positions in order to train, support and manage staff effectively;
- At close of program return cell phone, computer, keys, purchasing card, petty cash, receipts, invoices, any outstanding paperwork and office supplies to administrative staff.
CTD Residential Directors (RDs) are required to:
- Provide support and direction to staff in order to foster an inclusive, positive, fun, and safe residential community for staff and students.
- Ensure that residential staff members uphold CTD’s standard of supervision at all times and that rules and procedures are enforced consistently and respectfully by RAs/RTAs when addressing student behavior;
- Provide support to residential staff in addressing student issues such as health, academic, discipline, etc.;
- Conduct meetings with students and administer discipline decisions as needed; follow up with PC and parents/guardians about the decisions that have been made;
- Lead daily meetings with residential staff members;
- In consultation with administrative staff, manage disciplinary action in the event that a residential staff member fails to meet program or performance expectations;
- Serve as the primary contact for parents/guardians regarding residential matters and respond to concerns quickly, efficiently and appropriately in person, on the phone, and via email;
- Facilitate assignment of program roles and general responsibilities of ARDs and other staff members; delegate additional tasks to ARDs and other staff members as needed, especially during time away;
- Support and direct ARDs in the performance of their respective duties, providing redirection and feedback as necessary.
- Be knowledgeable of administrative policies and NU procedures that will be implemented in the residence halls and train staff accordingly;
- Become familiar with the NU campus, including but not limited to classroom and program buildings, as well as the Northwestern campus and Evanston town boundaries, and train staff;
- In collaboration with administrative staff, prepare and facilitate training sessions for residential staff;
- In collaboration with administrative staff and Assistant Residential Directors, create and distribute daily and weekend, time-off, and duty schedules to residential staff;
- Meet with ARD(s) each day to review previous day’s events and to coordinate daily schedule and responsibilities including staff meetings and activities;
- Communicate with PC about all disciplinary, personal, or medical matters relating to students and staff; work collaboratively to resolve issues, and review and discuss (with appropriate staff members) PowerSchool log entries on a daily basis;
- Attend all administrative meetings with CTD administrative staff;
- Organize and oversee weekend visits;
- Manage all confidential student and staff information and share only with the necessary/appropriate individuals;
- Submit expense report, receipts, budget statement to Business Manager and to SPC;
- Complete and submit written evaluations of each staff member at the end of the summer;
- Review and approve all RA/RTA residential student evaluations, communicating any issues to PC;
- Facilitate student airport arrivals and departures with ARDs and AUX R/TA staff on Opening and Closing days;
- Complete and submit a site report and the end of the summer and participate in a debriefing meeting with administrative staff.
- Plan and implement the preparation of the residence hall or halls for staff arrival and student arrival on Opening Days;
- Organize, inventory, and replenish supplies and organize Residential and Health Offices prior to each Opening Day;
- Staff Residential Office during peak hours when staff and students require access;
- Maintain safety, cleanliness, and security of the residence halls; ensure that all residential staff members have safety plans and security contact information;
- Supervise the planning, staffing, and training for afternoon, evening and weekend activities;
- Address maintenance needs for the assigned residence hall; organize work orders and maintenance requests, as needed;
- Handle the finances of the assigned residential program, including getting approval for purchases from the Program Coordinator, overseeing residential staff petty cash expenditures, accounting for all residential petty cash and credit card expenditures, staying within the program budget and maintaining an accurate income and expense record;
- Manage the collection of student activities payments;
- Inventory, label, and return residential supplies to appropriate storage locations;
- Facilitate Closing Day, close the residence hall and return housing keys and medications to the Program Office;
- Assume other program related responsibilities as assigned by administrative staff.
- A bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred;
- Training or background in identifying and addressing social and emotional needs of middle school students or adolescents;
- Extensive experience working with students and managing staff in a residential program setting;
- Proven leadership experiences; staff management experience preferred;
- Exceptional organizational, communication and problem solving skills;
- Professional demeanor; motivated, flexible and adaptable;
- A positive attitude toward a position’s expectations and responsibilities in a fast-paced environment;
- Personal responsibility for the wellbeing of the students and staff with whom they work;
- Must be able to traverse distances of at least one mile with or without accommodation;
- Must be able to lift and/or maneuver at least 40lbs;
- Strong work ethic and commitment to teamwork.
Employment Dates and Stipend:
Evanston, IL – Northwestern Campus
Full time work June 12 - August 5, 2017
Starting salary $5700 increasing to $6200 based on CTD Summer Program experience, plus room and board.
3 positions available
*Time Away: one weekday and one half weekday per each of the two three-week sessions; no time away can be taken on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays; residential staff are not permitted to travel further than 30 minutes away from the NU campus at any point during their employment with CTD, nor are they permitted to sleep outside the residence hall.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Date Originally Posted: 1/3/2017