Assistant Director of Residence Life - University of Oregon

University of Oregon in Oregon

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted April 29, 2014
Type Non tenure track
Salary 50,000.00-56.000.00
Employment Type Full-time


Assistant Director of Residence Life - University of Oregon 

                                                 Position Announcement                        



Posting Number: 14126


Department: University Housing


Closes: Open Until Filled –To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, May 12, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.


The University of Oregon is currently accepting applications for Assistant Director of Residence Life; Conduct & Community Standards and Outreach.


This position offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits on a great campus located in the desirable city of Eugene, Oregon.  


General Description of the Assistant Director Position


University Housing is both an educational and business enterprise of the university. The role of University Housing is to support the academic mission of the university through the provision of residence hall, family student housing and related services. University Housing is a self-sustaining, self-liquidating agency of the university (receives no tuition or tax support for its operating budget). The Assistant Director is responsible for management of the day-to-day operations of the residence halls and supervision of 1-3 officers of administration or five classified staff (40%), and the leadership and implementation of one of five functional areas (60%): 1-leadership initiatives and advising RHA/NRHH; 2-conduct & community standards and outreach; 3-diversity/inclusion and professional staff  recruitment, selection & development; 4-student staff recruitment, selection & training and new/first year student recruitment and orientation; 5-administrative operations & technology and the University Housing Service Centers.


The Assistant Director of Residence Life who oversees Conduct and Community Standards and Outreach is in charge of the development and implementation of the educational student conduct system for over 4,000 residential students. The Assistant Director manages the Advocate Judicial Database and trains residence life staff and academic partners on conduct, duty procedures, FERPA, Title IX, mandatory reporting, crisis management, staff follow-up and confidentiality, educational sanctioning, and more. This position collaborates with the Dean of Students Office with their Director of Conduct and Community Standards and University of Oregon Police Department.  The Assistant Director sits on the Deans Consultation Committee (Universities Care Team). Additionally, this position is responsible for the education of residents and attending campus committees in regard to alcohol abuse prevention and consumption, safety and security, bike theft, sexual violence, bystander training, suicide ideation, counseling support, and more. Additional areas of oversight include: hall community standards, conflict resolution, roommate agreements, community contracts, conduct boards, community-wide and floor meetings, emergency procedures and manuals, conduct assessment and reports, community damages, and more.


The Assistant Director is part of the Residence Life Leadership Team responsible for fostering intellectual stimulation in the residence halls by drawing upon the academic resources offered by the faculty and that of a research university and the larger community. The Leadership Team collaborates together to cultivate strategic relationships with academic partners including but not limited to First-Year Programs, Undergraduate Studies, Robert D. Clark Honors College, UO Libraries, and specific academic departments, colleges, and research centers in developing and implementing Academic Residential Programs. Additionally, the Assistant Director partners with Student Affairs departments to create, support and achieve successful living learning communities, and to expand the learning outcomes and co-curricular academic initiatives throughout the residence hall system. Ultimately, the living learning communities of University Housing aspire to broaden first-year and returning students’ vision of what it means to be a “learner” at a liberal arts academy and research extensive institution; deepen students’ understanding of how knowledge is created and disseminated; and integrate their residential and academic lives. The Assistant Director effectively works and teams up with all Housing units, Human Recourses, Business Office, Facilities, Dining Services, Information Technology, and Marketing to accomplish the strategic plan of University Housing. Furthermore, the Assistant Director supports the implementation and oversight of assessment instruments to evaluate the efficacy of academic residential programs and living learning communities. A principal pedagogical objective of the leadership team is to expand the academic enterprise beyond the walls of the classroom and foster out-of-class interaction between students, staff, and faculty so that learning and academics becomes an integral and essential part of the residential experience. As a member of the Residence Life Leadership Team, each Assistant Director oversees the coordination of various functions of Residence Life. The Assistant Director is supervised by the Director of Residence Life and Academic Initiatives. 



Description of Specific Duties and Percentage of Time


60% Leadership and Teamwork in Learning Outcomes and Functional Area

  • Serves as Residence Life primary developer, coordinator, planner and implementer of learning objectives and assists and leads others in achievement of the learning objectives including providing direction with a rigorous and purposeful evaluation and assessment.
  • Provides exceptional leadership for all professional, classified, and student staff. Work as an integral member of the Residence Life team.
  • Works collaboratively with the other Assistant Directors in overseeing the day-to-day functions and operations of the residence halls while implementing all learning objectives, services standards and strategic goals.
  • Maintains positive customer relations in all cases with students, staff, parents, Student Affairs, academia, and the communities beyond the university.
  • Oversees the functional responsibilities of Residence Life as listed above.
  • Works as a key member of the University Housing team to develop, represent and implement public relations and marketing goals to increase occupancy, retention, student satisfaction and success.
  • Assists with long and short range planning and policy development for the residence halls while providing avenues of input from constituents and presents departmental positions and policies to the residence hall students, parents, and campus communities.
  • Models and promotes a multicultural and learning organization that strives toward professional and cultural competencies.
  • Coordinates teams of key players in collaborating to develop, implement, and achieve Academic Residential Programs, living learning communities, and various programs to assist students academically.
  • Mentors and coaches residence life staff in reaching our greatest success as an engaged and caring learning organization by initiating meaningful one-to-one and group conversations.
  • Continuously involves professional and student staff in the goal setting process and in the development of learning objectives and action steps.
  • Responds to complaints/concerns of students and parents while coordinating with other housing staff in resolving the concern. Provides detailed written documentation.
  • Serves and participates in local, state, regional, and national conferences and associations while staying current on Student Affairs research and literature.
  • Chairs and/or attends various committees and meetings within Residence Life, University Housing, and Student Affairs.
  • Assures neighborhood teams are receiving appropriate support, vision, and guidance from all Leadership team members within their functional area to ensure strong and balanced communities and within assigned functional area.

·         Originate and guide programs that accelerate the academic, interpersonal, behavioral, and leadership skills for all residents in one of the learning domains.

·         Works unusual hours, including weekends and evenings.

·         Assists as needed In the absence of the Director of Residence Life and Academic Initiatives.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life and Academic Initiatives or the Director of Housing.
  • Provides continuous updates and submits annual reports to the Director of Residence Life and Academic Initiatives on assigned Learning Objective, functional areas and departmental initiatives.
  • Enrich communication and understanding between Student Affairs and academic cultures and partners.  Continue outreach to research-active, tenure-line faculty through substantive 1:1 meetings, department visits, new faculty reception, and collaborations with our institutional partners.  Generally raise awareness about our living learning communities and academic residential programs.  Also, consider methods of supporting and/or acknowledging faculty for the contributions to residence hall students.  

·         Cultivate integrated student-centered undergraduate education (in- and out-of-class learning/ curricular and co-curricular) 

·         Help foster inclusive, transparent, dynamic collaborations with student affairs and academic affairs partners across campus.

  • Model cross-divisional collaboration and interdependence and cultivate an academic climate and intellectual engagement in the residence halls by drawing upon the academic resources offered by the faculty, and that of the research university and the larger community.

·         Collaborate with colleagues within University Housing and external partners to develop a coherent narrative across multiple media (e.g. analog and digital publications and literature) illuminating the mission, objectives, structure, and potentials for learning communities and academic initiatives.


40% Supervision, Operations and Crisis Response

  • Leads and participates in department initiatives including but not limited to, staff recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, supervision and the evaluation of a highly talented and engaged residence life staff team.
  • Provide guidance, assist and completes direct supervision responsibilities of 1-3 professional live-in Officers of Administration, Residence Life Coordinators.  
  • Supervises 1 student Office Assistant.   
  • Oversees the supervision of student staff - Senior Resident Assistants, Resident Assistants, Mentor Resident Assistants, Freshmen Interest Group Assistants, Service Center Assistants, and Office Assistants.
  • Plans and presents on-going staff development and in-service activities for the purpose of continued training and professional development and implementation of the Residence Life Professional Staff competency model.
  • Guides Residence Life to create seamless operational and administrative environment that exceeds student needs and expectations, and is highly responsive to parents, residence life staff, and the needs of other units in University Housing and the University Community.
  • Develops budgets, approves purchases, manages purchase orders, tracks/reports expenditures, and coordinatescapital and programmatic requests, and student payroll for assigned complexes and initiatives as related to learning outcomes.
  • Oversees and participates in the occupancy management processes including the check-in and check-out for residents during fall, winter, and spring terms.
  • Works collaboratively with Housing Facilities on maintenance requests and updates.
  • Communicates regularly with the Director of Residence Life and Academic Initiatives in regards to the issues, problems, and concerns in the residence halls and with staff and students.
  • Provides information regarding the conduct process and students’ rights and responsibilities regarding the student conduct code and University Housing policies including consults on contract reviews.
  • Collaborates within Leadership Team to ensure consistency among the day-to-day conduct processes.
  • Participates in an on-call duty rotation and responds to emergencies as needed to assist and support students and staff. Coordinates and evaluates all emergency crisis response as appropriate and provides information/communication of emergency situations and students of concerns to Residence Life staff and the Dean of Students Office. Serves as a referral source for Residence Life and University Housing staff during emergency response and crisis management.
  • Assists with strategic planning, tactical implementation, and assessment of programs and services in Residence Life, University Housing, and Student Affairs.
  • Refers students to other campus support services: Counseling and Testing Services, Dean of Students Office, Financial Aid, etc.
  • Assists with implementation of University Housing’s continuity plan and responses to campus as essential staff.


Number of Employees Supervised                                                     20% of time spent in supervision

1-3 Officers of Administration, and 1 Student



Minimum Qualifications

  • An accredited master’s degree in student affairs or higher education or related field.
  • 3 years of full-time professional experience in education. 
  • Experience with student conduct and emergency response and crisis management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a socially just, multicultural, and inclusive learning environment.
  • Supervision of professional staff.



Additional Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of student development theory and its application in a residential environment.
  • Experience with social justice, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • Experience with student academic initiatives and living learning communities.
  • Experience with analyzing and resolving conflict, team building, group dynamics, and problem solving skills.
  • Experience with program development and assessment; recruitment and training.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues.



Preferred Qualifications

  • Residence life experience.
  • Progressively responsible experience serving as a university conduct officer
  • Experience with the Advocate Judicial Database
  • Teaching experience at the college level.

·         Experience with academic residential programs and/or living learning communities at a college or university.

  • Ability to assess and meet the needs of a wide variety of people while recognizing the needs of underrepresented and underserved students at the University of Oregon - Ethnic, racial, religious and cultural students, international students, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, women, and individuals with disabilities.



Annual starting salary of $50,000 to $56,000 based on qualifications and experience; highly competitive benefits package.


Position subject to criminal background check


Application Procedures:


For full consideration, applicants must submit:

1.      Cover letter, which addresses applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position

2.      Current Resume, which includes dates of employment

3.      Name, phone number and address of three professional references, one of which is current or most recent supervisor, if not currently working.

4.      Response to supplemental question.

5.      Please send all documents as an attachment and not in the body of the email.


To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Monday, May 12, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.  You may submit application materials by email to:  (Preferred)


Or by U.S. Postal Service mail to:


Eric Woody

University Housing

1220 University of Oregon

Eugene, Or 97403


Supplemental Question.  To assist us in making the selection, please respond to the following question and submit your response with your application materials.


     1.  The Division of Student Affairs is intentionally creating a multicultural organization that actively includes and engages everyone.  What does this mean to you, AND if you are selected as the Assistant Director of Residence Life for University Housing, how will you help us achieve this goal?



The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.  Candidates with a demonstrated commitment to promoting a diverse learning and working environment are encouraged to apply.

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