Charged with shaping the environment and experiences of students living on campus, this role oversees services and programs which focus on learning outcomes connected to personal development, well-being, and community impact. The Assistant Director of Residence Life is responsible for providing guidance, direction, and support for the overall mission, vision, and goals of the residence life program at the University of Oklahoma, reporting to the Director of Residence Life.
Functional Area Assignment:
The Assistant Director of Residence Life will be assigned to one of the following functional areas. Assignments and duties may change as departmental needs develop.
Oversee the development and implementation of Student Affair’s Divisional Curriculum for Residence Life
Create diverse strategies to engage students in co-curricular learning
Assess curricular efforts and student learning within the residence halls
Serves as the lead advisor for the Housing Center Student Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Community Councils
Conduct, Crisis, & Care:
Assisting in the implementation of the Residence Life Conduct process through collaboration with the Office of Student Conduct
Reviews incident reports, assigns cases, and serves as a hearing officer for high level incidents
Provides assistance and support to Residence Life case manager and students of concern
Assess and implement crisis response protocols
Oversee the development of prevention programming efforts
Recruitment, Training, & Development:
Strategically designs and implements all training initiatives for the department
Oversees all recruitment efforts for student and staff positions
Creates intentional year-round development opportunities for staff
Operations & Administration:
Overseeing the day-to-day residence life functions and partner with cross-functional colleagues to ensure a positive student experience.
Ensuring quality student services and programs that support the mission and goals of OU Housing and Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs.
Serve as an advisor for departmental committees.
Under the general direction of the Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life is expected to exercise a high level of independent judgment in the conduct of business responsibility with minimal supervision.
Management, facilitation and evaluation of Residential Curriculum as well as participation in Divisional Curriculum efforts.
Assuming a proactive role in enhancing the student experience by personally resolving complex or sensitive concerns, questions, and requests, and addressing chronic resident noncompliance with community policies with appropriate university resources as applicable.
Supervise assessment activities.
Administrative duties including policy and budget.
Providing on-call/emergency support.
Supervisory and Management Duties:
Creating accountability and ownership among team members; communicating clear expectations, supervising, and providing timely performance feedback.
Assisting with the hiring, training, and on-going development and assessment of Residence Life Coordinators and Graduate Assistants. Direct leadership, supervision, and management of professional/paraprofessional staff teams and student employees.
Oversee, coordinate, and evaluate Graduate and Professional Staff Training.
Collaborating as a member of the departmental leadership team on goal setting, strategic planning, assessment, evaluation, and policy development.
Will execute creative strategic initiatives that will have a measurable impact on student retention.
Will be responsible for assisting in communication initiatives to residents and families, as directed.
Reporting on all relevant residence life metrics. Creating and monitoring committee projects and providing assessment reports and/or documentation for each project assigned.
To implement, coordinate, manage, and evaluate multiple projects over varied time periods.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree Required, Master’s Degree Preferred - college student personnel, higher education/student affairs or a related field
3-5 years of professional experience in Residence Life or student housing operations management required. Experience adjudicating alleged violations of University policy.
Demonstrated knowledge of student success strategies
Demonstrated ability to professionally interact and relate to individuals with diverse backgrounds, including the ability to effectively resolve complex or sensitive matters
Proven ability to lead a team, including proven success coaching team members to improve performance, and training team members on advancing student learning
Demonstrated ability to organize individual and teams to ensure operations are highly productive and meet or exceed business goals and the university’s mission
Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and database software. Knowledge of Roompact, StarRez and Maxient software, or similar tools, preferred.
Must have the ability to sustain a welcoming and safe environment that is conducive to the social and academic development of all students.
The University of Oklahoma is the state’s flagship university, and is a major, public Research university. This is a storied institution, and our stories continue to span every aspect of student life imaginable – across three campuses that are full of curiosity, vigor and undying spirit. As an employer, the University of Oklahoma Housing and Residence Life Department offers a dynamic and rewarding work environment where dedicated professionals have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of students. We are committed to supporting the professional growth and development of our staff through ongoing training, mentorship, and advancement opportunities. By joining our team, you will become part of a passionate community of educators who are dedicated to creating an exceptional residential experience that empowers students to thrive academically, personally, and socially. At OU we house approximately 6,000 students most of which live in first year residence halls, but also offer upperclassmen apartment spaces. We operate under a Divisional Curricular approach aimed at addressing student's understanding of their personal development, well being, and community impact.