Job Details

University of San Diego
  • Position Number: 1391931
  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Residence Life and Housing

Community Director

Department Description:

In partnership with other university departments, we continually enhance our facilities, services and programs in order to provide a safe, inclusive living community and to create learning opportunities that support the holistic growth of each resident.

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanitys urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The Community Director (CD) oversees a dynamic living-learning residential area for first-year, transfer, second-year, or continuing students. The CD assists in the administration and management of the overall residence life program through serving approximately 2700 residents. The university seeks an individual with a strong interest in working at a mission driven, faith-based institution. The role of a CD in working with students and the responsibilities of the position are significantly tethered in the university's contemporary Roman Catholic Mission.

The CD provides 24-hour oversight of a specific residential area housing anywhere from 350 - 660 students, may serve as the CD for one or multiple residential areas, and/or work with specialized programs within the university's two-year residency requirement. The residential program encompasses first-year living and learning program with significant faculty collaboration, a second-year program, and upper-class/graduate and law student housing options. The CD fosters individual growth and personal development of the Resident Assistants, hall council members, and all residents alike. Please note the two-year residency program at USD is an intentional program designed to assist the cohort of students with their unique needs. The first-year and continuing student programs includes collaboration with faculty and/or several campus departments. The CD also collaborates often with USD's Public Safety, Wellness area, University Ministry, and other other campus partners. The CD provides first-line crisis intervention and is the first-responder for emergency situations and enforces university policies.

The CD selects, trains, and supervises the Resident Assistants and works with other staff in their residential area, including at least one Resident Minister. This position ensures quality service at a residence hall desk, supports the residential student summer program, advises a hall council, and supports the comprehensive University-wide OL! Weekend new student orientation program, and other first year experience initiatives.

Periodically, this position may be asked to lead or contribute to either ad hoc or ongoing division/campus projects outside the scope of their day-to-day activities.

This position reports to the Director of Residential Education or Assistant Director of Residential Education and receives general direction from the Residential Life leadership team. This position exercises close supervision of 8 - 17 Resident Assistants.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Community Development and Student Success
  • Staff Supervision, Selection, and Professional Development
  • Student Wellness Support and Crisis Intervention
  • Community Standards/Conduct
  • Occupancy Management and Facilities
  • Administrative
  • Support of the University's Mission & Values
  • Other duties as assigned as appropriate based on University and Student Affairs strategic planning initiatives and departmental goals

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree required; Masters degree in student development, counseling or related area strongly preferred. Advanced degree can be counted towards experience requirement, substituting for one year of experience.
  • Equivalent of two academic years experience in Residential Life or a highly relatable student affairs experience with transferable skills required

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience as a Resident Assistant or Community Director/Resident Director strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with Catholic higher education and commitment to promoting the Catholic mission and vision of the University strongly preferred.
  • Experience with advising student groups.
  • Experience coordinating and/or facilitating small-scale programming.
  • Experience responding to crisis and/or early intervention (i.e. on-call for emergency response, conflict mediation, responding to medical or mental health emergencies, fire alarms, etc.) preferred.
  • Experience participating on committee and/or working groups preferred.
  • Experience reporting and following-up on maintenance, safety, and security concerns of building facilities preferred.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Know and direct compliance with all USD Residential Life and University policies and procedures.
  • Be able to advise students as necessary and refer them to the University Counseling Center as appropriate.
  • Provide resources and guidance regarding academic advisement.
  • Be able to maintain confidentiality and comply with FERPA standards; refrain from, and discourage the discussion of, confidential information.
  • Work collaboratively with a variety of constituencies from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability and interest in collaborating with Resident Ministers to support the holistic development of students.
  • Possess strong writing abilities.
  • Possess strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to appraise the quality/condition of residential life.
  • Maintain a positive, effective and mutually supportive working relationship with all University departments.
  • Work effectively with off-campus city and law enforcement officials and USD Department of Public Safety.

Special Conditions of Employment:
  • The Community Director is an 11 month paid over 12 months live-on position with 24-hour on-call responsibilities and must be able to work nights and weekends.
  • Renewable on an annual basis for 3 years, with a 4-year negotiable.
  • FLSA exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.

Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a 12% retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers review. If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at

Additional Details:

Hours per week: 40. Note: The Community Director is an 11 month paid over 12 months live-on position with 24-hour on-call responsibilities and must be able to work nights and weekends.

Closing date: Open Until Filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

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