Residence Hall Director/Apartment Living Coordinator Position
The Department of Residential Programs is committed to the tenets of student development, the ongoing process that cultivates the cognitive, emotional, and physiological growth a person experiences in the collegiate environment. Living in the residence halls not only complements the classroom experience, it is an integral and significant part of the entire educational process. The Department of Residential Programs directs and enhances the living environment to foster community development, and optimize individual growth and learning.
The Residence Hall Director (10-month) and the Apartment Living Coordinator (12-month) report to an Assistant Director, and are responsible for the general administration of residence hall or apartment complex housing up to 500 students. It is expected that RHD/ALCs will perform their duties using the Core Values of our department and will facilitate learning in each of our Educational Priorities. Learning Outcomes are to be integrated into nearly everything we do.
Outline of Responsibilities
Assists in the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of a diverse student staff and provides them with direction, support, and development through daily supervision and regular staff meetings. Participates in the development and implementation of the ongoing training process for student staff members and supports the implementation and promotion of departmental programs, activities, and campus wide traditions.
Serving on a departmental standing committee as well as other departmental and university committees as needed gives RHD/ALCs the ability to hone new skills and grow professionally. These committees include Administrative Services, Assessment, Civic Engagement, Community Engagement & Academic Initiatives, Community Standards, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, Professional Development, Professional Staff Recruitment & Selection, Recognition & Appreciation, Student Staff Recruitment & Selection and Student Staff Training & Development.
Counseling and Advising:
Often serving as a first contact by handling immediate crisis situations and providing informal counseling, RHD/ALCs serve as a resource/referral agent for campus and community resources such as the Counseling Center, Student Health Center, University Police, Financial Aid, etc. In addition, RHD/ALCs serve as an adviser to the building’s Hall Council, fostering the development of the Executive Board’s leadership skills.
Academic Integration and Collaboration:
A primary function of the position is to establish an environment that fosters academic achievement, personal development, and safety for all students. Integrating the academic component of residential life through developmental programming and curriculum with the Undergraduate College and/or Acadeny team of faculty, academic advisors and residential life personnel is an exciting aspect of the job. All RHD/ALCs are expected to teach a minimum of one course per year. RHD/ALCs in one of the six undergraduate colleges teach a credit bearing course entitled First Year Seminar 101: Introduction to Stony Brook and plans educational and social activities to first-year students of the university that focus on the first year experience and UGC specifics.
Interpreting, developing, and enforcing policies for the residence hall or apartment complex is a vital role the RHD/ALC must serve. By establishing and maintaining expectations of behavioral standards and serving as a hearing officer for student conduct cases, RHD/ALCs help maintain the order and safety of their residence hall and students. In addition, RHD/ALCs participate in an area-wide duty rotation for up to 5,000 residents and respond to emergency situations when they arise.
Budget Management and Programming:
By administering and managing an individual building’s programming budget, the RHD/ALC advises student staff on developing creative and thoughtful social and educational programming that reflects the values of the department, fulfills the learning objectives pertinent to student success, and fosters community within the residence halls.
Maintaining an inventory of furnishings and equipment within the building or apartment of up to 500 co-ed residents, and assessing and reporting damages to individual rooms and common areas is an important role that RHD/ALCs fulfill in collaboration with their Quad Office Services Manager, facilities staff, and housing department to ensure the safety and security of residents.
The department believes strongly in the principle of lifelong learning and continued development and professional enrichment of all employees on both an individual and professional level. Each RHD/ALC presents on a topic pertaining to an issue in higher education as part of Stony Brook University’s Professional Development Series or in a conference style setting such as Stony Brook University Resident Assistant Conference.
All quads, both traditional and apartment style, offer a variety of collaborative events, programs and initiatives designed to target the unique needs of the particular student population (i.e. freshmen, transfer, graduate, families).
A Master’s Degree is preferred; Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel Management, or a related field is strongly preferred.
A Bachelor’s Degree and one year experience in a residential setting or administrative housing operation is required.
This full time position’s benefits include health benefits, retirement program, life insurance, tuition assistance (depending upon the availability of State funds), liberal sick and vacation time, and the opportunity to request professional development conference funding.