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Area Director


Trinity in Washington, DC seeks an enthusiastic professional to serve as Area Director for its four residence halls and conference guests.  The Area Director serves as one of two primary live-in administrators and will report to the Assistant Director of Campus Housing. The Area Director is a live-in half-time professional staff person who provides leadership plus administrative direction to students. The AD will share responsibility for all four student residence halls (with the Assistant Director) which houses approximately 300-350 students during the academic year. The AD will also oversee all conference guests who will live in the residence halls throughout the year. The AD will supervise the Resident Coordinators responsible for each residence hall and work closely with the Assistant Director/Director to develop programs and communications, enhance the appeal of living on campus, articulate the philosophy and policies of the Office of Campus Housing/Residence Life to residents and represent the needs of the students. This is a partime position, which requires a commitment of 20 hours per week (10 day hours and 10 evening hours). Required training begins 2012.

University Housing Mission:

The Residence Life program seeks to enhance the aims of Trinity’s educational program by providing a living environment that is conducive to academic progress and personal growth and development.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:        

  • Demonstrate the understanding of student needs, become familiar with, and act as resource and referral for campus and community resources
  • Possess active crisis intervention and management skills
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively work in a diverse community respectfully with staff and students regardless of their race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, national origin, gender, age, or disability status
  • Able to demonstrate leadership and work in a collaborative environment

Functions and Tasks:

  • Coordinate Residence Life staff selection and training
  • Coordinate housing eligibility and room selection process
  • Coordinate the opening and closing of the Residence Halls
  • Develop a student government board for residential students (House/Hall Councils)
  • Work cooperatively with Facility Services for all housing requests
  • Other duties as assigned by the Office of Campus Housing/Residence Life as deemed necessary

 Essential Administrative Responsibilities:

  • This position is not defined by specific hours but the expectation is to have a high campus presence during all evenings and most weekends.  The Area Director must also set up 20 office hours per week. Ten of the 20 must be scheduled during business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) the other 10 in the evening (6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.)
  • Prepare necessary reports as directed, in a thorough and timely fashion
  • Attend assigned staff meetings, in-service training sessions, and all appropriate retreats, workshops, or seminars assigned by the Office of Camus Housing/Res. Life.  Conduct staff meetings on a weekly basis with Resident Coordinators
  • Enforce university and residence life/housing policies
  • Develop and monitor staff on-call coverage schedule. Participate in rotation
  • Advise the (RHC) Residence Hall Council on a weekly basis and support their programs
  • Participate with the Assistant Director/Director of Campus Housing and Dean of Students with judicial matters as deemed necessary.

Community Building/Programming:

  • Direct and assist Resident Coordinators with community building
  • Interface effectively with Department of Student Services (DOSS); the Provost and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
  • Participate with DOSS on student counseling and health service issues and disciplinary matters
  • Aid Director with all administrative functions concerning community building and hall/campus activities
  • Assist RC’s and residents in establishing a positive and inclusive atmosphere and encouraging behavior that ensures safety, security, community and a sense of unity within the residence halls
  • Coordinate and support hall/campus/community efforts to provide successful programs
  • Establish a positive living/learning environment through creative programming. Assist Director in establishing a programming model. 

Staff Supervision:

  • Direct and mentor staff to reach team goals/requirements
  • Serve as a resource to all staff and residents
  • Maintain knowledge of building concerns
  • Serve as a positive role model for staff and students
  • Monitor and evaluate RC staff performance
  • Meet individually with RC’s on a regular basis, in order to monitor performance and community needs
  • Provide in-service training and Staff Development exercises when necessary

Please submit a cover letter and resume to: . Please indicate “Area Director” in the subject line.

Review of applications will continue until an appointment is made.

Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified women to apply.

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