Assistant Director of Residence Life

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Seattle, WA

Job Title: Assistant Director of Residence Life

Location: Cornish Commons at Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA

Reports to: Director of Housing & Residence Life

Salary: $50,000.00 – $53,000.00, a one-bedroom apartment, parking space and a comprehensive benefits package

FLSA Status: Exempt


The Assistant Director-Resident 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, file management, and supervision. Projecting a customer focused and professional image through interactions with all internal and external customers is essential.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hires and trains Student Staff: Resident Assistant (RA), Desk Assistant (DA), Winter Break Staff and Summer Assistant (SA) staff, including overseeing Student Staff Training and Student Staff 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 bi weekly one on one meetings with Student Staff
  • 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 advice, support, assistance and referrals to resident students regarding academic, housing, personal or other concerns. 
  • Coordinates regular health and safety inspections.
  • Hires, trains, evaluates, and supervises Student Staff
  • Serves as a referral agent to other departments including Student Life, Student Accounts, 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. 
  • Will work with Student Life as needed to address Student Conduct
  • Attends programs/events, meetings, and activities offered by Student Staff.
  • 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 Student Staff programs/events. 
  • Oversee and works collaboratively with the Housing Operations Coordinator to post social media and program/event marketing materials, and website content. 
  • Updates the Student Staff 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 community through weekly newsletters, emails, and regular one-on-one student contact.
  • Works collaboratively with the Housing Operations Coordinator for student room assignments and room moves. 
  • Oversees and collaboratively works through the room move process with the Housing team
  • Manages own and supervises student staff/ residence life events and supply budget including p card and transaction management
  • Supports and works collaboratively with Admissions to be present and support on Cornish Open House and Admitted Student days
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises all Student Staff including: Resident Assistants, Desk Assistants, and Summer Assistants. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with 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. Works closely with the Housing Operations Coordinator.

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/Skills 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.   
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written) skills, and computer competency.  
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions
  • Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook 

Other Information

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

If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact COCM Recruitment from our website. We will make every effort to respond to your request for assistance as soon as possible.

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.