Position Summary: The Director of Residential and Student Life is responsible for overseeing the operation of residence halls, family, and guest housing, providing a safe living and learning environment, planning, organizing and supervising the operation of the Student Union and student activities while establishing and maintaining a living-learning environment that is conducive to positive student development.
Essential Functions: As defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.
Note: Cochise College requires a post offer, pre-employment background screening of all employees.
Open until filled with priority to applications received by May 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm AZ time.
Duties and Responsibilities: Within the scope of college policies and procedures, this position:
Directs a dynamic residential and student life program; advises staff and students on matters such as policies, residence rules, program activities and student projects; processes hall check in/check out; prepares hall occupancy reports; provides vision and leadership while ensuring the use of best practices in the residential and student life program
Selects, trains, develops, and evaluates student resident assistants and desk attendants and oversees Residence Hall programs and activities; prepares and monitors the operating budget for residence halls, family housing, Campus Student Union/Center, Student Government, Student Activities; oversees expenditures and provides input during budget development
Oversees the campus student government election process; serves as advisor of the Douglas Campus Student Government Association; oversees projects, activities and budget administration
Manages Douglas Campus Student Union operations including game room and dining services; supports and encourages use of the Student Union building, services, and programs; administers student meal plans; oversees summer swimming pool operations; selects, trains, develops, and evaluates student resident assistants and desk attendants and oversees Residence Hall programs and activities.
Assists with strategic planning on hall renovation projects; serves on various committees for areas such as food service, residential and student life, campus community
Oversees the student discipline policy and process within the residence halls; counsels students, provides referrals for students in need of professional services, addresses inappropriate student behavior; recommends sanctions related to student discipline, performs crisis intervention and conflict management
Performs other related duties as assigned
General Expectations: Employees are expected to accomplish assigned duties in an efficient, effective and competent manner and to strive for improvement and excellence in all work performed. Additionally, employees must understand the comprehensive role of the community college and cooperate and work harmoniously with students, faculty and staff, and the public. Employees will follow all college policies, rules, regulations and guidelines as they relate to this position.
Education and Experience Requirements:
Master’s degree in social services, counseling, psychology, or related field from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning recognized by the US Department of Education
Three years residence hall experience
One year supervisory experience
An equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be considered.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of and ability to follow college policies and procedures
Knowledge of current technologies and word processing, database, presentation, and spreadsheet software, specifically Microsoft Office applications
Knowledge of and ability to enforce college housing procedures, residence life, student government and student disciplinary processes
Knowledge of conflict, crisis management, and counseling techniques
Knowledge of student development theory
Skill in behavior management and crisis intervention
Skill in planning, organizing and coordinating activities and events
Skill preparing, monitoring and administering budgets
Skill in analyzing and interpreting financial information, recommending solutions and implementing
Skill in presenting ideas and concepts orally and in writing
Skill in effective supervisory practices and techniques
Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, and to relate to others in a professional, helpful manner
Ability to relate to a diverse population and to maintain composure when faced with difficult situations
Ability to multi-task and organize, prioritize, and follow multiple projects and tasks through to completion with an attention to detail
Ability to work independently while contributing to team environment
Ability to effectively identify and resolve problems and to maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive information
Ability to analyze problems, identifies solutions, and takes appropriate action to resolve problems using independent judgment and decision-making processes
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, faculty, students and the public
Work Environment: Work is primarily performed under limited supervision generally in a typical office or housing setting with appropriate climate controls. Requires living in campus provided housing, working evenings, nights and weekends. Crisis situations may require 24/7 availability.
Physical Requirements: Essential functions of this position require: lifting, manual dexterity, ability to communicate.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds requires a good deal of walking or standing.
Mental Application: Utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, critical thinking, adaptability and creative problem solving skills are important
Reports to: Executive Dean of Student Services