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Resident Director

Apply now Posting Number: 493102
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Administration

Position Title:

Resident Director


Office of Housing & Residential Life, Student Affairs

Job Summary:

The Office of Housing and Residential Life at Marist College invites applications for the position of Resident Director. This position is responsible for the daily administration and operation of an undergraduate residence hall housing approximately 500 students. This is an 11-month, full-time, live-in position that requires participation in an after-hours on-call duty rotation.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree required. 1-3 years of experience in college housing or an allied support area on a residential campus preferred. Valid driver’s license with no serious convictions required.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide direct support for resident needs and serve as the primary administrator for all aspects of residential life.
  • Understand resident and parent questions and concerns. Meet with resident and parents as appropriate through in-person meetings & phone calls to address these items, provide follow-up information, develop solutions, and resolve. Refer resident to appropriate campus resources, as needed.
  • Mediate resident and roommate conflicts.
  • Communicate RADAR & duty updates to supervisors.
  • Prepare for & execute student conduct meetings, administration, & investigations. This includes management and documentation of violations to college policy & other incidents. Works with Student Conduct Office.
  • Oversee & assist the Residence Hall Council.
  • Conduct wellness checks on residents. 
  • Conduct non-maintenance walkthroughs of area, including monitoring and maintaining “Broom Clean Standards” of area.
  • Conduct Student Life Team Meetings.
  • Manage the core business of the department through effective budgeting, reporting, and operational execution.
  • Direct, assist, & execute all aspects of area Openings/Closings.
  • Analyze & report area information such as occupancy data and provide quarterly update & statistics. 
  • Conduct room inspections/health & safety inspections.  
  • Coordinate & authorize build-up breakdowns/room switches 
  • Attend & participate in RD Training, RD Mentor/Mentee meetings, AD/RD 1-on-1 meetings, and professional staff meetings
  • Develop & execute RD plan of action & assessment  
  • Review & respond to all email communications   
  • Assist with resident lock-outs 
  • Assist with central office operations as needed 
  • Administer & reconcile area & project budgets, and authorize & prepare petty cash disbursement/cash advances/purchase orders
  • Train and supervise a Resident Assistant (student) staff to meet the needs of residents and the department. 
  • Administer & participate in RA Training across all areas and in specific area, and continue to develop & motivate RA’s through ongoing training & coaching
  • Conduct & participate in RD/RA 1-on-1 meetings, RA staff meetings & area meetings
  • Evaluate RA job performances & develop Plans of Action
  • Authorize, plan, prepare, & support the area’s programming efforts and assist in RA community development planning
  • Monitor and approve the RA duty schedule & in-service requirements  
  • Serve as the primary representative for the College in all matters during non-business hours through an on-call duty rotation.  
  • Assess & respond to campus wide emergencies, violations of college policy, wellness checks, physical and mental health incidents, resident concerns, parent phone calls, lock outs, housekeeping, and maintenance issues.
  • Manage the transition of information and resources from preexisting concerns to the next RD on duty 
  • Supervise & direct the RA’s on duty in each area of campus.
  • Act as a representative for Marist College during non-business hours/holidays/etc.
  • Provide a timely response by remaining on campus at all times while on duty
  • Plan and execute Special Projects/Summer Projects/Micro Projects as directed by departmental needs.   
  • Conduct maintenance and housekeeping walkthroughs, submit requests, & collect follow-up information
  • Compile furniture requests & manage inventory  
  • Authorize & supervise building requests, reservations, tours, etc.
  • Prepare and assist with campus events and provide support for the needs of other departments.   
  • Participate & assist in campus events (i.e. Family Weekend, Community Service Day, Fox Fest/River Fest, Room Selection, RA Selection, Welcome Week, Freshman Orientation, Open House, Senior Year Experience/ Senior Week, Residence Hall Trick or Treat, Sheahan Thanksgiving, Hunger Month, Giving Tree, Mid-Hudson RA Conference, NRHH Inductions, and more) 
  • Advise & support student led groups 
  • Chaperone college sponsored trips 
  • Administer EBI survey & assess results and administer U.S. Census surveys for Institutional Research
  • Assist departments with various items: Student Financial Services/Health Services compliance, student concerns from Special Services, Office of Safety & Security’s Lock It or Lose It program, and Office of Safety & Security investigations/searches/seizures
  • Conduct NY State mandated fire safety inspections  
  • Participate and assist with other duties as needed. 
  • Assess & respond to Resident/Student emergencies 
  • Assist with College’s response to internal/external threats and natural disasters
  • Assist with area’s fire alarms/planned drills 
  • Assess & respond to unforeseen events

Required Application Documents:

Cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references

About the Department:

Residential life is an integral part of the total educational experience. The residential life program at Marist is based upon the philosophy of providing students with a safe, healthy, and attractive living environment that supports and supplements the educational mission of the College. Marist provides housing for over 3,300 undergraduate students in corridor, suite, apartment, and townhouse-style residences.

Students are housed using a "rites of passage'" philosophy, which recognizes that a student's developmental stage should be supported by his/her living environment. Therefore, freshman students are housed in residence halls designed to promote social interaction and staffed with individuals trained to work with freshmen and their specific adjustments.

As students move from freshman to senior year, they are housed in more independent living environments (suite-style, townhouses, and apartments) which helps to prepare them for their eventual move out into the world following graduation. Along the way, they acquire certain freedoms and responsibilities that will help them develop into mature and responsible citizens.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Additionally, our graduates go on to great success; 97% over the last five years are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (2nd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #3 in the nation by the U.S. State Department and includes unique first-year programs in Florence and Dublin. At Marist, approximately 50% of graduates study abroad during their undergraduate experience. Its 30-year Joint Study partnership with IBM has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. Marist’s academic centers of excellence include the nationally-known Marist Poll, Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, Hudson River Valley Institute, Center for Sports Communication, and Institute for Data Center Professionals. The College also hosts the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library’s digital archives, making it one of only six colleges or universities in the nation affiliated with a presidential library.

About the Hudson Valley Region: 

The Hudson River Valley is known for its rich landscapes, sustainable-foods, diverse culture, and has a wide variety of vibrant cities and historic towns. Follow your sense of adventure, find great food around every corner, engage with a proud community, and be a part of history right at Marist in the heart of the Hudson River Valley.  Poughkeepsie and surrounding communities are among the most diverse in the state with easy access to New York City by way of Amtrak or Metro-North train service.  For more information about the Hudson Valley region and its major cultural and recreational attractions, visit the link below to learn more:

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10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, After-hours on-call rotational duty as required.

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Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.

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