Job Details

Northeastern University
  • Position Number: 1826037
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Position Type: Residence Life and Housing

Residence Director

About Northeastern:
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:
Res Life is currently looking for several Residence Directors. The Residence Director is a non-exempt 12-month, full-time, professional staff member in the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Residence Directors have direct responsibility for the effective administration and community development of one or more buildings housing a diverse population of 250-700 students. These buildings are served by a paraprofessional staff of 8-16, over whom the Residence Director has direct supervision. The Residence Director's primary purpose is to develop and maintain an environment conducive to social and intellectual growth as well as the academic success of resident students. This position's responsibilities include: ongoing student development activities, staff supervision, housing and occupancy administration, student conduct, as well as overall facility and security management.
Residence Directors have offices located in their own residence area. Due to the physical layout of the campus and the residence halls, it is critical that these individuals are able to work autonomously and exercise excellent judgment in their areas of responsibility.

All RDs participate in an on-call duty rotation and are often requested to assist other University offices and constituencies to help resolve various concerns.
Due to the live-in requirements of the Residence Director position, it is required that the on-campus apartment provided must be the individual's primary residence and that person must maintain a high visibility within their residential areas of responsibility.
It should also be noted that RDs may be called upon to respond to crisis situations and that at various times throughout the year, this position requires the individual to work untraditional hours, including evening hours and weekends.
From time to time, the University will close (usually for inclement weather). Under these circumstances, RDs will be expected to report to their offices during scheduled office hours and respond to issues/concerns in their areas.
Additionally, due to the nature of the University and the Co-Op system that exists, the residential campus never closes. Summer responsibilities include working on special projects, with conferences, orientation and summer students.
Each Residence Director is an active participant on committees within the department. Each Residence Director will be given a committee assignment (i.e. Resident Assistant Training & Development, Professional Staff Training, Selection & Recruitment, First-Year Experience, Second- Year Experience, or nuEXCHANGE (Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee).
The Residence Director is responsible for implementing protocol to address emergencies/crises/mental health issues including: eating disorders, self-harm incidents, alcohol and drug use/abuse/overdose, and Title IX prohibited offenses. While the Residence Director is not expected to remain in the building at all times throughout their tenure, the live-in requirement allows for prompt, professional responses when these situations arise. Even when not on-call, the RD may be expected to respond to major crises (student death, building fire, etc...) in their building once becoming aware of them, provided they are on campus at the time of the event.
The Residence Directors will be subject to a criminal background check.
The Residence Director can serve in this role for three years. At the discretion of the Director a 4th year can be considered.

Bachelors Required and Master's Degree preferred in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration or related field preferred; preferred experience as a live-in professional or graduate assistant in a residence hall setting; effective supervision, administrative, organization, written and oral communication skills; experience in conflict resolution, mediation, application of student development theory in a residence hall setting; excellent decision making skills. Experience working autonomously and are able to exercise excellent judgment in their areas of responsibility. Experience supervising, working with and addressing needs of a diverse student community. Experience with computer applications is required.

Salary Grade:
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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