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Colgate University Associate Director of Residential Life in Hamilton, New York

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Department Statement

The Office of Residential Life furthers the educational mission of Colgate University by extending student learning and growth into our residential community, promoting a purposeful and inclusive environment through shared experience. This is accomplished by promoting healthy, safe, and inclusive communities where individual members are valued and respected; fostering personal growth and success through a purposeful residential experience; and challenging and supporting students in making meaningful and responsible contributions to society.

The Residential Commons is a fundamental, driving force that infuses intellectual engagement and community development into the residential experience at Colgate. All first-year students live in one of four Commons, each with its own unique personality and characteristics, under the direction of faculty directors. Upper-division students maintain an affiliation with their respective Commons for life, whether formally—by continuing to live within the Commons or its social house—or informally. Residential Life and the Commons aim to provide students with a home away from home that reflects the academic rigor and engagement of the University at large.

Accountabilities

The Associate Director of Residential Life is a full time, 12-month leadership position and reports to the Director of Residential Life. The Associate Director of Residential Life is primarily responsible for the effective supervision and development of live-in professional and student staff as Colgate continues to advance the faculty-led Residential Commons living-learning model. This position serves as a core leader within the Office of Residential Life, providing oversight and support for a variety of educational and departmental processes and initiatives that advance the goals and mission of the Division of the Dean of the College and Colgate University. The Associate Director will interact early and often with students and parents as they interface with the department to advise, develop, support, and refer appropriately. This position will provide leadership for educational initiatives sponsored by the department including those facilitated through student and professional staff in the residence halls.

Accountabilities

Areas of focus include responsibility for: ● supervision of five live-in professional staff (assistant/area directors) and indirect supervision of approximately 70 Community leaders; ● leadership of Community Leader recruitment, selection, and supervision, and coordinates professional and student staff training; ● oversight for residential life student and professional staff on-call rotations; ● effective and accurate communication with a broad range of constituents about residential life; ● effective management of conflict mediation and resolution with student and parent concerns; ● partnering with Office of Administrative Advising, Counseling & Psychological Services, Campus Safety and others in support of students in crisis work and wellness intervention; ● providing support for a wide range of housing-related services outside of the Fall and Spring semesters (i.e. summer housing, reunion, late stay/early arrival); ● collaborating with Dean of Student Conduct office, Shaw Wellness Center, and Campus Safety in support of effective adjudication of administrative student conduct hearings by Residential Life live-in staff; ● adjudicating appeals in the student conduct hearing process for first level student conduct cases in conjunction with the Dean of Student Conduct; ● further developing and executing departmental assessment plan and overseeing assessment of residential education initiatives; ● effectively providing oversight for interest house programming board in coordination of programming and allocation of funds through co-advisors; ● contributing to website content on residential life departmental site; ● effectively supporting the department office and processes (i.e., opening and closing of student residential facilities); ● assessing and making appropriate judgments in cases of emergencies; ● responding to and managing student crisis situations; ● serving, with Director, as essential staff in the event of a campus emergency in the University’s Emergency Operations Center; ● as required, serving in residential life professional staff on-call rotation and providing second-level support for live-in staff serving on call; and ● other projects and duties as assigned.

As part of this role, the incumbent is also responsible for the following: ● acting on behalf of the director in the director’s absence; ● effective financial management of assigned budgets; ● effective development of and contribution to University policy related to assigned areas; and ● as required, may be responsible for providing effective advice, counsel, and leadership on University committees.

Technical Competencies

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Student Development

Description

Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to consistently apply student development theory in the creation and development of programs as well as in advising responsibilities. Knowledge of best practices and ability to consistently apply these practices in advising responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to consistently identify and recognize legal and ethical principles of the profession.

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Advising

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Demonstrated ability to consistently apply culturally appropriate advising, helping and coaching techniques while also recognizing the uniqueness of every individual. Demonstrated ability to accurately and consistently maintain confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to consistently follow crises response protocol and consistently make appropriate decisions to initiate crises intervention responses.

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Residential Facilities

Description

Demonstrated expertise in building management sufficient to avoid material consequences across multiple facilities. Demonstrated knowledge of occupancy planning and methods.

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Customer Service

Description

Demonstrated ability to set and manage/monitor the customer service standards for operational support for residential housing. Ability to set and model customer service/problem solving support around timeliness, reliability and accuracy. Ability to identify needs for improvement and implement changes.

Technical Competencies

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Operations Management:

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Expertise in managing financial, technical, facilities, and human resources across assigned areas. Expertise in developing and delivering effective communications about the function with a broad range of campus partners. Knowledge of data and systems sufficient to identify meet operational needs. Demonstrated ability to develop and apply policies, protocols, and workflows to support operational performance of department and functions within University guidelines.

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Records & Technology Management

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Demonstrated expertise of interrelationships between all key residential housing data sets and relevant systems. Demonstrated ability to provide direction to design and use of residential data and information. Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of residential records and protocols. Sufficient knowledge of technical systems and departmental needs to securely administer systems.

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Managerial Skills

Description

Demonstrated knowledge of Colgate managerial processes and requirements, to include: Demonstrated ability to fairly and accurately assess employee performance in accordance with university practices. Demonstrated understanding of federal and state regulations, as they apply to the university policies and guidelines related to human resource s sufficient to effectively select new employees, recommend pay actions, determine employment status and initiate or approve employee changes in status.

Behavioral Competencies

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Personal Accountability for Results

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Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback.

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Effective Communication

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Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information.

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Problem Solving and Decision Making

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Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions.

Behavioral Competencies

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Change Management

Description

Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate.

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Leadership and Teamwork

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Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members.

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Creativity and Innovation

Description

Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives.

Behavioral Competencies

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Diversity and Inclusion

Description

Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community.

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Sustainability

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Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university’s commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university’s sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Requirements

Professional Experience/ Qualifications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience mediating conflict in and related to residential learning environments.

  • Experience supervising graduate or professional level staff is required.

  • A minimum of three to five years of related experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing and/or working within a residential curriculum model is a plus.
Education

A minimum of a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration or related field required.

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by Monday, June 10, 2019.

Other Information

COLGATE UNIVERSITY

Among the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Colgate University is renowned for its academic rigor, the beauty and vitality of its campus, and the contributions of its alumni across a variety of fields and endeavors, who are exceptionally engaged with the institution. Larger than classic liberal arts colleges, Colgate boasts both substantial academic offerings as well as small classes, a strong emphasis on faculty-student interaction, and a residential community valuing all forms of intellectual curiosity. Colgate’s faculty members are leading teachers and scholars, committed to intellectual engagement in all its forms. Colgate’s approximately 2,900 highly motivated students achieve academically, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. Colgate is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population, fostering an inclusive community that embraces and values diversity in an environment of mutual respect, communication, and engagement.

Colgate was first founded in 1817 as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The number 13 is still Colgate’s lucky number; Friday the 13th is always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a formal charter in 1819, and the Baptists in New York City — soap maker William Colgate among them — consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution in 1823. A state charter issued in 1846 changed the name to Madison University and established the right to grant degrees. Madison was changed to Colgate in 1890, in honor of the Colgate family’s enduring support.

Today, Colgate is a thriving, highly selective liberal arts institution. Located in the geographic center of New York State. Colgate’s campus in Hamilton, N.Y., boasts carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and a hillside setting. It is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation. It is a friendly and close-knit place where students develop lifelong bonds with the institution, with each other, and with faculty and staff members. More than 110 buildings on the 575-acre campus (the oldest dating back to 1827) and in Hamilton house Colgate’s core educational, administrative, and student life functions. Faculty and staff members make intentional choices to live and work in Hamilton, New York, and this leads to a strong scholarly community that provides the foundation for an undergraduate education and preparation for life after college that is unique to Colgate.

The University’s academic program is grounded in its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and is required of every undergraduate. The five core classes are Legacies of the Ancient World, Challenges of Modernity, Communities and Identities, Scientific Perspectives on the World, and Global Engagements. Undergraduates may choose from 56 majors and more than 40 additional minors. Classes are small, averaging 17 students, and are taught by nearly 300 full-time faculty members, 99 percent of whom have received a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in research efforts, and Colgate undergraduates have co-authored articles in professional publications for more than 30 years.

Colgate also has a rich tradition of international and off-campus study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. The University is ranked first by the Institute of International Education in percentage of students participating in mid-length off-campus study programs. The off-campus study groups run for an entire semester, in locations around the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and within the United States. Extended study programs offer students between two and five weeks of study following the end of the semester. Through these and more than 100 other affiliated programs, roughly two-thirds of Colgate students will study off campus during their undergraduate years.

In recent years, the University has made significant investments in the campus in support of students’ academic and overall development, most notably construction of Benton Hall, the new home of Colgate’s comprehensive career development initiatives; the addition of the Class of 1965 Arena to its athletics facilities; and a new middle campus quad featuring two new residence halls that will provide spaces for collaboration, intellectual exploration, and student-faculty engagement. They will open later in 2019.

With its endowment valued at more than $900 million, and an annual operating budget just above $200 million, Colgate holds a AA credit rating with S&P, which was reaffirmed in October 2018. In addition, Moody’s Investment Service affirmed Colgate’s Aa3 rating in August 2017 based on the University’s excellent strategic positioning as a highly selective private liberal arts school with a robust market and sizeable financial resources.

To learn more about Colgate University, visit: www.colgate.edu.

Hamilton and the Surrounding Community

Founded in 1795, the Village of Hamilton, named one of the friendliest towns in the United States by Forbes magazine, has a population of roughly 4,000. The Hamilton Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The area is ideal for outdoor recreation including biking, hiking, trail running, and skiing. Colgate’s golf course, Seven Oaks, was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best college golf courses in the country. The University’s location provides easy access for summer hikes and winter ski trips. It is less than a one-hour drive from Syracuse, four hours away from New York City, and five hours from Boston.

Colgate and Hamilton have formed the Partnership for Community Development, which develops an active network of professional consultants, foundations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations located throughout the Central New York region to assist area residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes efforts to stimulate and support local business through small business development and the revitalization of historic buildings. To strengthen the relationship between the village and the University, and to add to the economic development of downtown, Colgate relocated its campus bookstore to the downtown area of the village. Similarly, Colgate owns the Palace Theater, a 300-seat performing arts venue that is leased to an external nonprofit arts organization.

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Work Schedule

Weekdays , Evenings, Occasional Weekends

EEO Statement

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Category: Professional/Administrative

Position Title: Associate Director of Residential Life

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Division: Dean of the College

Department: Residential Life

Requisition Number: 2019S067P

Temporary: No

Job Open Date: 05/08/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Clery Act: CAMPUS CRIME REPORTING AND STATISTICS The Campus Safety Department will provide upon request a copy of Colgate’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education for the previous three years concerning reported: 1. crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Colgate University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus and 2. fires that occurred in student housing facilities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, life safety systems, and other related matters. To obtain a copy, contact William Ferguson, Clery Compliance Coordinator via e-mail at wferguson@colgate.edu. You may also access the report from the Campus Safety web page at: www.colgate.edu/offices/support/campussafety.

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