The New School was founded by forward-thinking educators in 1919 to defy the intellectual constraints of a traditional college education. We are seeking a highly motivated, socially engaged, and creative thinker to serve as a Resident Director to work in the department of Housing and Residential Education (HRE).
The Resident Director shares in the comprehensive development and management of the on-campus housing program for approximately 2,000 residents and supports the mission of The New School. Depending on the residence hall assignment, the Resident Director will oversee a residential community of approximately 200-700 students. The Resident Director assists with all aspects of the on-campus experience, including the implementation of the residential curriculum, supervision of student staff, student behavior, departmental operations, and other duties. This role works in conjunction with a team of other Resident Directors across campus to provide a holistic residential student experience. Finally, this position will supervise a team of Resident Advisors, Community Assistants, and potentially a graduate student in the Assistant Resident Director (ARD) position. This is a full-time, 12-month, live-on position, serves on-call, and supports evening and weekend activities.
The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.
Develop, implement, manage, and assess student engagement and community development initiatives utilizing a residential curricular approach grounded in student development theory
Collaborate with other departments across the university through the Student & Campus Life co-curriculum
Track engagement of residential students by utilizing the university's online engagement platform, Narwhal Nation (i.e. Campus Labs)
Manage a residence hall budget of $8,000-$30,000 to assist with curricular initiatives
Serve as an advisor for the Hall Council of the assigned residential community
Advise and support students concerning issues of academic success, identity and interpersonal development, and self-authorship.
Directly supervise a team of five (5) to fifteen (15) Resident Advisors (RAs). Depending on the residence hall assignment, the Resident Director may also supervise a graduate student in the Assistant Resident Director role
Directly supervise a team of Community Assistants (CAs) to aid in the daily administrative operations of the residence hall
Complete student staff performance evaluations and provide on-going feedback throughout the academic year
Serve in an on-call rotation and respond to student incidents as needed
Serve as a hearing officer to adjudicate varying levels of alleged policy violations
Mediate roommate conflicts as they arise in the residential community
Advise students with personal concerns, or refer them to other appropriate campus resources for assistance
Coordinate the completion of various administrative tasks within the residential community, including but not limited to, room condition reports, damage billing, health and safety inspections, mail, work orders, room changes, census rosters, etc.
Collaborate with Campus Safety, Facilities, CleanTech, and IT Services to ensure students have an environment that is conducive for student learning and success
Facilitate operational aspects of residence hall openings and closings
Participate in weekly department-wide staff meetings and one-on-ones with supervisor
Serve on and potentially chair various departmental committees, including by not limited to, Student Staff Selection, Student Staff Training, Assessment, Residential Curriculum, Recognition, Operations & Website, and Student Leadership
Other Assigned Duties
Assist with university initiatives, including but not limited to: Fall/Spring Orientation, Open House, Admitted Student Days, Block Party, Family Weekend, Commencement, Grad Week, etc.
Manage the daily operations for Summer Housing for the residence hall, including but not limited to: RA supervision, programming, check-ins, check-outs, etc.
Participate in occasional evening and weekend work
Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in higher education leadership or a similar concentration
Previous experience in Housing and Residential Life
Served in a position which requires an after-hours on call duty rotation to address student crises
Understanding of student development theory, including demonstrated experience with student development and community engagement.
Knowledge of student behavioral interventions, including conflict resolution, safety initiatives, and civility education
Demonstrated crisis management skills, including problem-solving and critical thinking
Applied understanding of student development theory, including the impact of residential life on academic success
Demonstrated experience supervising, developing, mentoring, and motivating a diverse student staff team
Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to cultural differences and working in diverse populations
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Ability to manage multiple collaborative projects and systems in a fast-paced environment
Ability to adhere to University COVID-19 Policy and requirements.
A minimum of 2 years of experience post Master's
Ability to navigate StarRez, Banner, Starfish, & Campus Labs
Demonstrated ability to use Google Suite for Work
Supervision of a professional or graduate student staff members
Experience using a curricular approach within a residence hall community
Experience advising a student group, Hall Council, Residence Hall Association or National Residence Hall Honorary chapter
Serving a residential student body in an urban environment
Experience building collaborative partnerships with faculty, administrators, students, parents, and community partners
The Resident Director can serve in this role for five (5) years.
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.