St. John's established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University's outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John's University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.
A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John's is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.
The Area Director works collaboratively with the Residence Life staff and the Division of Student Affairs team to create a positive living environment consistent with the University's Catholic and Vincentian mission. The role is a twelve-month, live-in position, reporting to the Associate Director of Residence Life, responsible for the overall management of the university managed residential living communities. The position will provide leadership to the on-campus upperclassmen communities, or the off-campus apartments for upperclassmen, graduate, and law students.
The Area Directoris expected to oversee the development and implementation of an upper-class programming model designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. The Area Directoralso builds dynamic relationships with a group of faculty, staff, and University administrators who live and work in the community. The primary focus of the position is developing students through large-scale programming, conduct interventions, and facility management. The Area Directoroversees the overall management of their buildings which includes but is not limited to weekly walkthroughs, oversight of the room change process, check-in and check-outs, key management, break housing, and may include mailroom management.
This role supervises a staff of 14-21 Resident Assistants and 2-3 graduate assistants. The Area Director works collaboratively with partners in Campus Activities, Student Wellness, Student Conduct, Campus Ministry, and the Department of Public Safety to provide a vibrant campus life experience that compliments students' educational experience. Additional responsibilities include serving as a hearing officer, advising hall councils, serving in the on-call duty rotation, mediating roommate disputes, coordinating departmental collateral assignments such as RA Selection and RA Training, working with the Offices of Facilities and Public Safety to promote student safety, coordinate summer projects, assist with departmental initiatives as assigned by the Associate Directors/Director of Residence Life, and other duties as assigned. The Area Director positionrequires evening and weekend work, as well as availability and readiness for in-person and virtual work as the need requires.
A master's degree in higher education or a related field and 2-3 years of prior Residence Life experience is required. Strong supervision, communication, and managerial skills are necessary. Successful candidates will also be student-focused, have a collaborative work style, an appreciation for the Catholic and Vincentian mission of St. John's University, a demonstrated commitment to supporting first generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds. Must be able to work with minimal supervision, model appropriate boundaries and professional relationships with students and staff. A demonstrated history of sound critical decision-making skills and respect for the organizational dynamics and politics within a large University are preferred.
Supervision, selection, training and evaluation of student staff
Supervise a staff of 14-21 Resident Assistants and 2-3 graduate assistants.
Plan and facilitate weekly staff meetings
Conduct bi-weekly meetings with individual staff members
Evaluate staff on semester basis
Participate in Resident Assistant recruitment and selection process
Instruct six week leadership based Resident Assistant course as part of the RA Selection process
Facilitate and participate in extensive RA training program, as well as on-going developmental training sessions
Direct overall management and operation of the off campus or on campus residence halls.
Network effectively with third party landlord, utility, and internet providers.
Perform weekday and weekend duty
Establish office hours for availability to residents and staff
Submit administrative reports and forms (e.g. room condition reports, room change forms, health and safety forms, community development logs)
Supervise hall opening and closing procedures at the beginning and end of each semester and during vacation periods and breaks
Assist with room selection for returning students and room assignment process for new students
Maintain inventories of all residence hall equipment and furnishings
Establish and advise a council for off campus students
Conduct weekly building inspections
Coordinate assessment initiatives to determine student satisfaction
Maintain close contact with building desk attendants and maintenance staff, and have knowledge of desk procedures
Oversee department projects as assigned
Manage the Henley and Seton mail rooms.
Supervise staff and off campus residence hall councils in outcomes-based programming development
Provide ongoing development for resident assistant staff
Track hall programming efforts in university programming database and master calendar
Implementing of programs and services in conjunction with other University offices that promote community, scholarship, leadership, and service.
Educating students about university policies as they apply to students off campus and local city ordinances
Support and attend University events and programs
Supervise living/learning community initiatives as assigned
Research and present sessions for Professional Staff Development series
Submit a program proposal for regional/national conference presentation or an article for publication
Partake in university training and development workshops
All persons hired are required to be vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus, subject to the reasonable accommodation provisions of applicable law.
This position may be relocated to any of St. John's University's physical locations at any time
St. John's offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John's performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John's University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John's University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeton Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.