The Assistant Director, Residence Life Education will assist the Director of Residence Life with selection, training, and assessment processes for the undergraduate para-professional Resident Assistant staff, develop/update a Residence Life Protocol and Response Manual and maintain accurate records, staffing, programming, etc.
This individual will coordinate and implement the Programming Model that focus on community development, diversity and inclusion, academic support and wellness. The Assistant Director will train, supervise and evaluate Resident Assistants, while supporting, collaborating and promoting student leadership. They will foster positive working relationships and serve as a liaison with Public Safety, Facilities Management, various Student Life departments, and student organizations. The Assistant Director will perform administrative responsibilities; improve marketing efforts of the Office of Residence Life; act as Administrative Hearing Officer; serve in the on-call rotation for crisis response on campus; and represent the office of Residence Life on pertinent committees, task forces and projects. The incumbent will develop connections with residents; provide leadership to students; and foster purposeful and intentional community development with the Residence Halls. The Assistant Director will support the College’s mission and values as a contributing member of the community.
As an integral member of the Residence Life staff, the Assistant Director, Residence Life Education (ADRLE) strives to create a fair and just community by promoting student responsibility, accountability and ethical decision making. The ADRLE intentionally fosters a safe, collaborative, and inclusive living community that promotes students’ academic and personal growth.
The incumbent must be sensitive to local, state, and national issues related to diversity and inclusion. Foster dialogue to encourage inclusion of all and be capable of identifying issues within Residence Life to ensure those issues are addressed and assure the productivity, efficiency and confidentiality of the department and its staff. This full-time, 12-month position primarily reports directly to the Director of Residence Life with a dotted line reporting structure to the Director of Housing Operations.
The position is live-on in a College-provided, furnished apartment, including utilities, Internet access, meal plan, and requires the incumbent to be a positive role model for the College community. Hours may be varied and occasionally work days exceed 10 or 12 hours, including possible nights and weekends as needed.
Master’s degree in Higher Education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university.
Graduate or professional Residence Life/Housing Operations employment/assistantship experience.
Two to three years of professional experience in Residence Life.
Experience adjudicating alleged violations of College policy.
Knowledge of Maxient software (Judicial Access Management System).
Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a significant role in society. The College’s primary mission is to provide programs leading to degrees that prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners.
Visual arts and creative professionals must understand diverse aspects of past and present cultures, and develop their capacity for creative expression and effective communication. Ringling’s curriculum, therefore, balances the teaching of technical knowledge and skills with the development of critical, conceptual and creative abilities and supports courses that provide historical, multicultural, global and future perspectives. Ringling faculty consists of professionally active and teaching-oriented artists, designers and scholars.
Ringling College of Art and Design strives to enroll both full and part-time students from diverse backgrounds who intend to become professionals in the creative and visual arts. Through its policies and practices, the College supports excellence in teaching and fosters the aesthetic, intellectual, professional, personal, and social development of its students. Academic programs and advisin...g, career services, and an extensive co-curricular student life program prepare students for an art or design profession, or when appropriate, for continued studies on the graduate level.
The future for the Office of Residence Life is positive, varied, and daunting as the College continues to grow. Previous efforts have positioned the office to be critically engaged in all aspects of residential students’ lives and collaborative with faculty, staff, students, families, and others in the purposeful and intentional delivery of services that support and enhance student learning. The office is comprised of intelligent, caring, and dedicated staff that will require moderate personnel increases due to increases in the on-campus population, conduct incidents, compliance education/liability issues, and in accordance with ACUHO-I (Association of College and University Housing Officers – International) best practice.
The mission of the Office of Residence Life is simple; empower students to develop a safe and inclusive living experience that promotes a thriving community of holistic student learning. In reality, however, the mission is much more complex. Often the work of residence life professionals is described as one of “support and challenge.” The former, “support” is through caring for the health and well-being of residential students, expecting accountability for behaviors and offering advising and mentoring to all residential students; the latter, “challenge” is more subtle and often a demanding aspect of residence life work requiring collaboration with faculty and others, encouraging students to reflect on and establish goals while allowing them to take risks and process limitations.
The office’s mission designed to transform theory into practice to support student learning provides a solid foundation for all offered and anticipated housing services. The department exists to provide services for the benefit and needs of Ringling College of Art and Design students. The office emphasis is to be acknowledged for outstanding service to residential students; recognized as responsible servants to our communities, known as innovative and student-centered practitioners, and regarded as one of the premier residential life programs in the country. Specifically:
1.To create and celebrate tradition and a sense of purpose and community.
2.To develop and implement collaborative and innovative programs/services to meet the needs of residential students.
3.To inspire a vibrant campus life and engaged student body.
4.To role model appropriate behavior and embrace the College’s Values in our day-to-day lives.