Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Thu Nov 8 2018 Job Description:
The residence hall system has a capacity of almost 5,300 students and is comprised of 15 halls and 2 apartment buildings and offers a variety of living options: traditional, suite style living, community living, and a twelve month extended living hall. Western Kentucky University recognizes the fact that its residence hall programs system is an integral part of the total educational process. A major objective of this program is the creation of an environment in the residential setting that is compatible with and supportive of the student's personal, social, and academic development. Housing and Residence Life at WKU believes in creating connections with student therefore we have one professional staff member for every 200 students. The goal of our professional staff members is to help students work towards success.
The Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD) is an innovative, full-time, live-in professional staff member in a dynamic department committed to creating supportive learning environments and helping students to reach their curricular and co-curricular goals.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Assists the Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life (CHRL) with the general administrative and managerial functions of a residence hall housing approximately 350-400 residents
Supervise a Senior Administrative Resident Assistant who manages a 24 hour desk operation
Shares responsibility for recruitment, selection, training, and supervision of paraprofessional staff members
Facilitates a programming and community development model designed around a residential curriculum
Advises, counsels, and seeks to develop residents in alignment with the department's mission, vision, and strategies to create and sustain a supportive living environment
Member of a crisis response/on-call rotation team
Shares responsibility for adjudicating educational disciplinary conferences for policy violations within the residence hall
Directly supervised by a Coordinator for HRL
Creating Supportive Learning Environment
Establish rapport and develop mentoring relationship with residents
Initiate community development, cognitive, personal, and holistic programs using a residential curriculum model
Assist in planning and implementation of residence hall and campus-wide educational and social programs using a residential curriculum model
Play an integral role in executing the first-year student orientation program
Advise Hall Council by serving as a support, resource, and staff liaison
Adjudicate educational disciplinary conferences for alleged policy violations
Implement department initiatives, including academic initiatives
Collaborate with housekeeping and facilities to maintain a living environment conducive to learning
Administrative and Managerial Duties
Assist with the administrative and managerial operations of a residence hall
Assist with the recruitment, supervision, training, mentoring, and evaluation of approximately 14-20 paraprofessional staff members
Supervise Senior Administrative Resident Assistant who manages a 24 hour desk operation
Conduct training with the Senior Administrative Resident Assistant each semester on information and customer service desk functions, policies, and procedures
Play an integral role in departmental committees, task forces, and recruitment efforts
Provide intervention and response for crises and other facilities, safety, and security issues via a rotating on-call schedule
Knowledge & Skills Essential for Success
Must be able to create connections with residential students to guide them to success
Must possess the ability to maintain an effective, cooperative working relationship with supervisors and co-workers in keeping with the values and mission of the Department and the University
Must possess above average oral, written, and computer communication skills
Must possess above average problem-solving, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
Must possess the ability to practice sound, ethical decision making
Demonstrated ability to serve as a role model for residential students, paraprofessional staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, attitude, and approach to work
Demonstrated ability to role model acceptance and advocacy of diverse student populations by fostering an environment committed to valuing diversity and social justice
Demonstrated ability to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed
Although the majority of the position will function as described, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving departmental needs
Successful applicant must possess a Bachelor's degree prior to start date
At least one (1) year of previous experience as a Resident Assistant, Community Advisor, or other housing/residence life leadership experience
Successful applicant must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check
10-month contract paid over a 12 month period
Partially furnished pet friendly apartment with cable, internet service, utilities, local phone service (fair market value of approximately $10,000 a year). Apartment use is restricted to the employee, employee's partner (as defined by guidelines) and employee's dependent children
Furnished office space
Reserved parking space with purchase of required parking permit
Professional development and extensive training opportunities within the Department, the Student Affairs Division, and the University at-large
Salary paid over 12 month period for a 10 month contract. Excellent benefits package including: medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, University Bookstore discount, and reduced membership to the University's health and fitness facility
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) prepares students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents. WKU enriches the quality of life for those within its reach.