The Skidmore Pre-College Program seeks an enthusiastic and responsible leader to serve as the program Residence Hall Director (RHD). The RHD is responsible for all aspects of residential life for Skidmore's five-week pre-collegiate summer program for high school students in the liberal and studio arts. This is a challenging and rewarding position with opportunities to influence students' lives in positive and meaningful ways. The position requires living on campus in the residence hall with students, and leading a residential staff team to create and foster a positive living-learning community for program participants. The RHD supervises 10 college students serving as resident assistants and bears primary responsibility for the smooth operation of the residential life component of the program. The RHD supports students in adjusting to college life academically and socially, plans and conducts co-curricular activities, maintains close and regular contact with students, and enforces program policies and procedures. As program participants are predominantly minors, the role assumes significant responsibility for the behavior and well-being of students. The position requires a significant amount of time working nights and weekends.
Living in the residence hall throughout the program duration (June 25-August 6)
Co-planning and facilitating residential staff training program (June 26-30)
Meeting weekly with the Pre-College Program Director to coordinate program details
Managing staff on-duty scheduling and ensuring proper staff coverage in the residence hall
Conducting individual meetings, on-going performance reviews, weekly staff meetings, and related support to ensure residential staff meet job expectations
Advising and supporting students as needed
Implementation of extra-curricular activities, with required attendance at all trips and events
Serving as primary point of contact for any residential student conduct issues
Recognizing and responding promptly to individual crises, emergencies, and disciplinary matters Demonstrating responsible decision making, communication, and problem-solving skills
Being on-call and accessible by program-provided cell phone 24-hours/day
Bachelor's degree or higher. The successful candidate must have demonstrated interest in working with high school students in a residential college environment, and possess excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills. Strong supervisory Residential Life and/or teaching experience working with high school students in an academic environment is preferred. The candidate must have the ability to manage high stress situations and to thrive in a constantly changing work environment.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.
In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.
The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!