Barnard College aims to provide the highest-quality liberal arts education to promising and high-achieving students, offering the unparalleled advantages of an outstanding residential college in partnership with a major research university. Barnard's Department of Residential Life and Housing invites applications for a Senior Associate Director of Residential Life. Barnard's Residential Life and Housing oversee approximately 2,400 undergraduate students living within 12 residence halls comprised of traditional and suite-style housing.
Reporting to the Director of Residential Life and Housing, the Senior Associate Director of Residential Life is responsible for the development of a comprehensive residential education program that includes the coordination and implementation of student learning, staff training and development, and crisis management within the residence halls. The Senior Associate Director of Residential Life is expected to work with the Director to assist with strategic planning, policy development and implementation, and operational management. The Senior Associate Director of Residential Life is provided an on-campus apartment and is expected to make it their primary residence.
Oversee a comprehensive residential education program, which includes programmatic and project management of staff selection, training, the residential learning model, academic and leadership programs, special interest housing, and living-learning community environments
Supervise, develop, evaluate, and train professional Residential Life staff, including direct supervision of Community Directors and indirect supervision of Residence Hall Coordinators
Chair/Co-chair a departmental committee and provide leadership and active participation in departmental functional and project-based assignments. Represent the department on College committees and in other planning capacities or in the absence of the Director
Manage specific area-related budget lines and monthly reconciliation of funds
Respond to, manage, and provide guidance to staff members on managing residential life crisis response, problem resolution, and student support, and manage parent and community relations
Take part in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation and oversee the implementation of duty and crisis response protocols, serving as a consultative resource for on-call staff, responding to emergencies, and communicating with College staff as necessary
Facilitate the student conduct process as needed
Communicate with students, parents, faculty, and stakeholders regarding Residential Life processes and concerns as needed
Assist in the management of the residential life and staffing aspects of the Summer Housing
Implement and evaluate assessment measures for the department and develop related reports, planning, and action items as a result
Work closely with campus partners (Student Experience and Engagement, Academic Affairs, Primary Care Health Services, Furman Counseling, CARDS, CARES, etc.) to develop positive and effective relationships aimed at enhancing and developing the Barnard residential student experience
Attend relevant state, regional and national conferences to stay current with national best practices
Serve as a mandated reporter and assist in reporting incident information as needed including allegations regulated under Title IX
Other duties as assigned
The Senior Associate Director of Residential Life will keep regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00 PM). Evening and weekend commitments will be required to fulfill the duties of the position from time to time.
This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department, and as such, the Senior Associate Director of Residential Life may be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are canceled, and/or the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.
This is a twelve-month position. The Senior Associate Director of Residential Life is expected to make the on-campus apartment their primary residence.
Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Strong management experience inclusive of professional staff training, development, and supervision
Ability to manage and respond to complex crisis situations, advise on best practices in student support, and coordinate campus resources
Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent computer/technology-related skills with a focus on database or case management software (i.e. Advocate/StarRez)
Knowledge in the areas of curriculum development and implementation, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, student and leadership development theory, student conduct administration, academic support, and safety programs
Demonstrated commitment to sustainability, equity, and social justice; experience working with and supporting the needs of a diverse student population, and engaging students and staff on issues of diversity and social justice
Ability to work effectively and positively in an environment characterized by change, including the ability to acquire new knowledge and utilize that information to develop new programs and services.
Knowledge of FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, and other state and federal laws as they relate to residential life administration.
Engagement in the field of student affairs and higher education administration with an interest and willingness to learn, implement, and share best practices and new approaches.
Sensitivity and flexibility in dealing with complex problems and situations. Ability to work autonomously and cooperatively within the department and the larger College community.
Master's degree in education, student affairs, or related field and 6-8 years of related experience demonstrating progressive responsibility
Prior experience in residential life or campus housing required
Salary Range: $80,000-$85,000
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community which includes Barnard College, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
This job description is intended as a summary of the primary responsibilities of and qualifications for this position. The job description is not intended as inclusive of all duties an individual in this position might be asked to perform or of all qualifications that may be required either now or in the future.
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.