Assistant Director of Residence Life

Posted on May 7th, 2019 by Travis Dix

Position Description

The Assistant Director of Residence Life is an Exempt, twelve month, live-on position.

Under the administrative direction from the Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life will provide leadership on all issues pertaining to the residence life experience of students at the institution.  This position will provide full-time office support and leadership to residential programming, departmental assessment, staff accountability, staff selection, and staff development. This position will also serve a vital role in our student conduct system, and Early Alert intervention system.



  • Bachelor’s with a minimum of 1-2yrs full-time housing experience considered.
  • Candidate should possess strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to balance multiple detail-oriented tasks.
  • Exceptional customer service orientation, with ability to build and develop collaborative relationships.


  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel or related field preferred.
  • Experience as a residence hall director or resident assistant

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and supervision for several  Head Resident Assistants (RA).
  • Supervise up to 11 Residence Halls and responsible for residence life concerns of up to 720 resident students.
  • Develop a Residential Curriculum model, and evaluate or create affinity housing.
  • Plan and implement RA Training, administer RA Evaluations, and coordinateRA selection.
  • Serve as a case manager for Student Conduct and the Student Conduct Board, as well as manage a caseload of residential Early Alert concerns.
  • Develop resources and educational events for off-campus approved population. Advance relationship with community neighbors.

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Participates in weekly Residence Life and Student Life leadership meetings and campus committees as assigned.
  • Assists with major Residence Life and Student Life programs, events, and initiatives.
  • In consultation with the Director of Housing and Residence Life, provides oversight of crisis management planning and response.
  • Serve in the Residence Life on-call rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned

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Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
  • Averett University’s policies, programs,and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status.
  • Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring clear communication (speaking and listening) in person and telephonically
  • Must be able to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Visual and hearing acuity required to perform assigned work, including room inspections and interactions with residents
  • Most work is performed while sitting although standing and walking are at times necessary (residence hall check-ins, inspections, etc.)
  • Ability to lift, carry or move items of up to 10 pounds, occasionally up to 20 pounds, such as supplies, binders, or food trays, at times
  • At times, work may require pushing/pulling, reaching, bending, twisting, climbing (step ladder or stairs), crouching or use of foot pedals (driving)
  • Some work uses fine manual dexterity to use equipment involving levers, buttons, keyboards, and switches as well as frequent handling of small items and paperwork
  • Must be able to change tasks frequently, work an irregular work schedule, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, work under time pressure, and work in a noisy or distracting environment
  • May frequently be called upon to work in an emergency situation
  • On occasion will need to perform tedious and exacting tasks
  • At times will need to use office equipment such as telephones, printer, copier, scanner, camera, scissors, stapler, and computer.  Will use software including Microsoft Office, Foxit or Adobe PDF software, Advocate, Canva, and Adirondack housing software
  • Occasionally may work in situations with fire hazards or communicable diseases (virus, flu, etc.); on rare occasions may be exposed to mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, electrical hazards, or situations involving physical danger or abuse
  • Work environment regularly includes noise/vibration and wetness/humidity; may be exposed to respiratory hazards such as mold/mildew weekly, or extreme temperatures seasonally
  • Work locations include an office environment and campus residence halls (residence halls, apartments)