Assistant Director of Residence Life

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Seattle, WA

Job Title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Location: Cornish Commons – Cornish College of the Arts

Reports to: Director of Housing & Residence Life

Salary: $50,000-$53,000, 1 bedroom apartment, and a comprehensive benefits package

FLSA Status: Exempt


The Assistant Director-Residence Life is responsible for planning, organizing, directing community development, staffing functions, student conduct processes, and administrative details for a student community Cornish Commons at Cornish College of the Arts. Duties include but are not limited to after-hours duty, event planning, resident services, data entry, resident education, administrative task management, data collection and reporting of residence life information, and supervision. Projecting a customer-focused and professional image through interactions with all internal and external customers is essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises Graduate Resident Assistant
  • Hires and trains Resident Assistant (RA) and Desk Assistant (DA) staff, including overseeing RA/DA Training and RA/DA Selection. 
  • Develop a working knowledge of office operations and helps manage day-to-day office operations including bike registration, key auditing, and move-in/move-out. 
  • Provides staff direction by conducting weekly one-on-one meetings with Graduate Resident Assistant and Resident Assistants. 
  • Lives on-site and participates in 24-hour emergency response rotation. Responds to emergency calls by assessing the situation and determining the best course of action.
  • Provides support, assistance, and referrals to resident students regarding academic, housing, personal, or other concerns. 
  • Coordinates regular health and safety inspections.
  • Serves as a referral agent to other departments including the Office of Student Life, Academic Advising, and other campus-related services. 
  • Provides appropriate intervention and follow-up to students and student staff in crisis. 
  • Assists with roommate conflicts and provides intervention when necessary. 
  • Participates in the student conduct process including holding hearings, tracking progress, and conducting follow-up. 
  • Attends programs/events, meetings, and activities offered by RAs/DAs.
  • Serves as a programming resource for staff and students, providing information about the campus and community contacts. 
  • Coordinates and oversees large-scale programs/events and oversees RA/DA programs/events. 
  • Provides requested content to Marketing & Leasing Coordinator for social media and program/event marketing materials, and website.
  • Updates the RA/DA on-duty manual and Resident Handbook as necessary. 
  • Serves as a positive role model for students, student staff, and full-time staff.
  • Disseminates important information to the community through monthly newsletters, emails, and regular one-on-one student contact.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities 

Directly supervises the Graduate Resident Assistant and the Resident Assistants/Desk Assistants. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Work Environment:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The work environment is mid-to-high paced. The noise level is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk, climb stairs and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience Required:

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs or related field
  • 2-3 years of Residence Life experience
  • Experience working with undergraduate student populations.   

Skills Required:
Must possess strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written) skills, and computer competency.

Other Information

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package, including health benefits, dental benefits, vision coverage, and 401K.

Applicants must be able to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screening.

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To provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at Capstone On-Campus Management (COCM) will be based on qualifications and abilities. COCM does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.