Community Director for Residence Life - Anticipated
University of St. Thomas
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Residence Life and Housing
The Community Director provides leadership and direction for an on-campus residential area. The position supervises one or two Graduate Student Assistants and undergraduate student leaders. The Community Director creates a welcoming, inclusive, and just community for residents of all identities and backgrounds. In addition, they foster a community conducive to academic achievement and personal growth. Responsibilities include supervision, education and training, planning and implementation of the Tommie Advantage Co-Curriculum, creating and implementation of dynamic community building opportunities, overseeing Community Events Board, providing individual attention to students, managing student conduct processes, providing emergency response to on campus situations, and general administration. The Community Director will also be expected to participate in and lead residence life and/or divisional leadership committees and initiatives.
Hiring, Training, and Supervision of Residence Life Staff:
Hire a diverse team of graduate student assistant and undergraduate student leaders for specified residence hall community
Orientate, train, and supervise a graduate student assistant responsible for managing residence areas on campus, student leaders, and desk employees
Assign, schedule and evaluate work of graduate student assistant and student leaders
Responding to Student Behavioral Issues:
Act as the initial conduct officer for student conduct matters
Serve as a member of the Residence Life on Duty staff providing coverage for residence halls and apartments on the St. Paul campus on select weeks, including evenings and weekends
Providing Direction and Leadership for Student Learning and Community Event Board Advising:
Create a learning environment within the residence hall that supports student growth in all areas of personal and community development
Responsible for advising Community Event Board
Oversee the advising of all student groups in the assigned residence hall area
Ensure all events planned and implemented in the residence hall area are inclusive and conform to university mission, policy, and guidelines
Advise other recognized student organizations as needed
Managing and Overseeing General Administration of a Residence Hall Community:
Coordinate the completion of all administrative tasks associated with the effective and efficient operation of a residence hall area (e.g., check in and checkout process, Condition Report Form management, billing for damages, internal room changes, Room Management System utilization).
Provide accurate and timely data for system reporting of occupancy, work orders, incident reports, and other procedural documentation
Serve as a Liaison for Summer Conference groups
Providing Meaningful Individual Attention to Students:
Provide resources for guidance and support to students seeking assistance in resolving personal and or community-related conflicts
Refer students to campus and community resources
Respond to crisis situations involving either individual students or groups of students
Build relationships with student family members as appropriate
Participation and Leadership in Residence Life and Student Affairs Committees and Initiatives
Participate on or lead one or more leadership teams
Participate in various Departmental initiatives or tasks as a member of the Residence Life team
Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Education, or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in residence hall life. Preference to a master’s degree in Leadership in Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education or related field.
In meeting the Mission of the University and Department of Residence Life, along with successfully meeting the essential functions of the position, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. A person must be able to effectively develop healthy relationships, especially relationships across differences of culture and identity. Effective communication and successful service to and education of students, also requires working with students and families facing various life and/or personal health challenges. Skills in behavior management, crisis intervention, and counseling and mediation are necessary. At times, skills in providing presentations or speaking publicly will also be necessary.
This position performs in an office environment where basic skills are required regarding use of office equipment, technology, and communication tools. Various software and systems are used to conduct the work and the ability to effectively use them are necessary. The position communicates verbally and non-verbally with both internal and external clients/customers/students and must be able to write and speak with correct business English, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
This position is required to live on campus. The apartment provided by the University is to be lived in by the Community Director. Exceptions are made for Community Directors who are legally married or have legal dependents. The meal plan is provided for the Community Director to primarily eat with their residents in multiple locations (e.g., the Northsider, the View) on the St. Paul Campus. The Department of Residence Life supports and encourages professional development and funds are available.
Founded in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. St. Thomas is one of the largest and oldest Catholic colleges or universities in the United States and is the largest private college or university in Minnesota. The University offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 90 major and 60 minor fields of study and more than 60 graduate degree programs in seven academic divisions. Its graduate programs lead to master’s, education specialist, juris doctorate, and doctoral degrees.
Mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.
The Department of Residence Life, through intentional relationship building, provides an inclusive and supportive educational living environment where students develop the skills and knowledge to think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The Department is a team of diverse and uniquely experienced professional staff, graduate hall directors, and studen...t leaders who collaborate, support, challenge, and have fun together. This team approach extends to the larger division of Student Affairs and its partners, where collaborations are abundant with areas like Campus Life, Student Diversity & Inclusion Services, Student Center, Dean of Students, International Students & Scholars, Center for Well-Being, Career Development Center, Center for Student Achievement, and Center for the Common Good. Through Living Learning Communities, partnerships with faculty and academic affairs enhance the educational experience for residents.
Residence Life intentionally promotes student learning through implementation of the Tommie Advantage Co-Curriculum. Our Co-Curricular Educational Priority is: as a result of students’ experiences at the University of St. Thomas, students will become leaders who meaningfully advance the common good. The University of St. Thomas has a Two-Year On-Campus Living requirement, which we believe supports student learning, connection to other students, faculty, and staff, and a sense of belonging on campus.