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Community Director, Residential Life
Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Residential Life, the Residential Life Community Director oversees the daily operation of residence hall communities. The Residential Life Community Director implements educational and community-building initiatives within a residence hall, supervises staff, assists residents, supports the residential student conduct process, and serves on a duty rotation. The Residential Life Community Director also contributes to Barnard's residential student experience through their work on department-wide and campus activities including move-in/out, student leadership development, departmental committees, and assessment.
Regular business hours cannot define the typical work week. The position requires some evening and weekend hours, including addressing unpredictable and time-sensitive issues and participating in an on-duty rotation. The Community Director is expected to make the on-campus apartment their primary residence.
Emergency and Crisis Response
Respond to and manage student emergencies and concerns in collaboration with CARES and other designated campus partners, including while serving on a Residential Life & Housing Duty rotation.
Assist with the management of building-specific crisis situations, including issues such as resident well-being, safety and security, and facilities emergencies, and ensure appropriate follow-up with all parties involved.
Effectively document relevant incidents and emergency situations.
Facilitate appropriate follow-up with students of concern or emergency situations including wellness checks
With guidance from the Senior Associate Director, Residential Life, supervise Resident Assistants (RAs).
Provide oversight of the RA implementation and assessment of the residential curriculum
Promote teamwork, motivate student staff, and promote resident engagement by building rapport and modeling efficient response to student needs. Host regular check-ins and provide guidance and assistance to RAs.
Assist with the selection and training of Resident Assistants
Assists in the implementation of department and College-wide functions and project-based assignments (e.g. opening and closing of residence halls, health and safety inspections of residential rooms, etc.) .
Serve on departmental committees as assigned. Attend and participate in department staff and committee meetings.
Participate in College and Division committees, events, and other assignments as needed
Communicate with students, parents, faculty, and stakeholders as directed by designated leadership.
Participate in professional development workshops, conferences, and other learning opportunities to stay current with national best practices.
Serve as backup to other Residential Life & Housing roles as assigned to cover absences and other staffing shortages
Community Development and Student Support
Cultivate positive residential experiences with residents, students, and staff by establishing an active presence and availability within the assigned residential communities.
Communicate and enforce department and college standards and policies.
With guidance from designated leadership, respond to and process alleged policy violations as reported by staff, students, CARES, or community members with adherence to departmental and College processes.
With guidance from designated leadership, process alleged policy violations with adherence to departmental and college conduct processes; ensure a learning-centered philosophy when sanctioning and engaging in the conduct process.
Create innovative programs and educational interventions to foster community and responsible-living within the residential environment. Provide support to individual residents through conflict resolution and roommate mediation.
Serve as mandated reporter and assist in reporting incident information as needed, including allegations regulated under Title IX
Perform other duties as assigned.
Community Directors will maintain an in-person presence in alignment with current department and division-wide policies. Evening and weekend commitments will be required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position from time to time.
Based on operational needs, this position may be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are canceled, and/or the campus is working on limited operations.
Community Directors are expected to make their on-campus apartment their primary residence.
Community Directors may support one or more residence hall communities during their time in the position and may be reassigned due to departmental or college needs.
Skills, Qualifications & Requirements:
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
Demonstrated knowledge of residence life, living and learning communities, residential curriculum implementation, leadership development, student development theory, and program development.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate professionally and effectively in both written and verbal form with a variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Experience with or demonstrated interest in developing supervisory, teamwork, conflict resolution, project management, and organizational skills
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
Ability to contribute to a positive, team-oriented, engaging, and flexible work atmosphere.
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
A genuine interest and satisfaction in working with students, families, faculty, and staff and in supporting the mission of higher education and student affairs
Master's degree specifically in education, student affairs, or related field
Live-in residential life experience, particularly a graduate assistantship
Supervisory and/or advising experience
SALARY RANGE: $58,500 - $58,500 Meal plan and on-campus housing included with position
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.
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the College's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
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.