The Assistant Director of Residence Life at Sarah Lawrence College is responsible for assisting with the implementation and management of a comprehensive residence life program for a diverse student population of more than 1100 students. As a member of the Student Affairs staff, the Assistant Director provides leadership in enhancing the quality of life for students, developing a sense of community agency, and encouraging self-advocacy by students. The Assistant Director works closely with Student Affairs staff to meet the various needs of students, build community, and explain and enforce College policies.
Responsibilities in the area of Management
Serve as Residence Coordinator for Hill House residence hall.
Supervise Hill House Graduate Hall Director and twelve Resident Advisors.
Assist with planning and implementing a comprehensive residential education and community building program which is responsive to the needs of resident students.
Manage the Global themed Cooperative House.
Responsibilities in the area of Housing Operations
Manage and maintain data within Jenzabar EX and MS Excel in collaboration with various campus offices.
Coordinate the Housing Selection process for upperclassmen which includes Group Process, Lottery and Specialized Housing processes and new student housing assignment processes.
Coordinate and complete housing assignments and changes for the academic year and summer, process room change requests, and maintain accurate records.
Manage housing waitlists with regular communication updates via e-mail about the process and timelines.
Coordinates early arrivals and late stay requests.
Work collaboratively with facilities in maintaining accurate records of room inventory and conditions and health and safety inspections.
Coordinate the recruitment the Resident Advisor staff.
Assist in the recruitment, hiring, and on-going training of the Resident Advisor and Graduate Hall Director staffs.
Coordinates residence hall check-in/check-out process in collaboration with Campus Operations
Work closely with Graduate Hall Directors and Resident Advisors on resolving housing conflicts and developing residential communities.
Provides supervision and guidance to Graduate Hall Directors and Housing Coordinator in the absence of the Director.
Assist the Director in the development of goals, vision, policies and procedures for the Office of Residence Life.
Assist the Director in evaluation and revision of housing policies, procedures, and their implementation.
Serve as a conduct hearing officer.
Manage administrative functions including budgets, supplies, p-cards, access, shared drive and office coverage for the department.
Manage department’s MySLC (student portal) pages and forms.
Chair the Housing subcommittee of the Committee on Student Life
Serve as a member of the On-Call staff responding to student crisis situations after hours.
Help develop programs, policies and procedures to enhance the quality of student life.
Participate in Student Affairs staff meetings and professional development activities.
Respond to student and parent concerns regarding housing assignments, roommate conflicts and other aspects of housing operations via email, phone and in person.
Assist with divisional and campus wide events including Orientation, Family Weekend, Commencement, staff selections, etc.
Act in the place of the Director when the Director is not available and other duties as assigned.
Be open and receptive to student and staff ideas, needs and concerns.
Treat students in a fair and equitable manner.
Use good judgment in the execution of duties including in advising and decision-making.
Engage in positive working relationships with colleagues and students.
Uphold College policies, procedures and bylaws and help students/student groups to do so with an emphasis on personal responsibility and healthy decision-making.
Maintain knowledge and understanding of current issues, trends and best practices in Residential Life and Student Affairs and ways to implement necessary changes.
Perform duties in a positive and professional manner.
A master’s degree in higher education, college personnel administration or related field is required. One to three years of supervisory experience is required. Two to three years of directly related experience in Residential Life is required.
Essential skills: ability to work effectively under pressure, flexibility, initiative, critical thinking, strong organizational skills, good oral and written communication skills, able to provide effective, people-centered support services, positivity and able to work with a diverse student population.
Strong and diligent attention to detail and ability to successfully manage multiple tasks simultaneously is required. Must possess excellent working knowledge in a variety of computer programs (Excel, Access, data management systems) and have an understanding of creative ways to implement technology.
Experience working with housing software, particularly Jenzabar, is strongly preferred.
Candidate must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends as necessary.
Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York ...City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.
Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.