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Position Details


Location Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Department PSU Residential Life     [PSRESX]
Summary of Position

The Assistant Director of Residential Life is primarily responsible for: the selection, training, and supervision of hall staff; building respect and understanding for inclusive communities; enhancing academic achievement; guiding community development; promoting responsible behavior; and creating an environment that promotes personal, social, and academic development.

The successful candidate will provide leadership and supervision to the live-in professional staff and provide support for department initiatives through consultation with the Central Staff.

The Assistant Director will manage the Community Advisor program, including the recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, and recognition of student staff. In fulfilling these duties, the AD will shape a shared model for student staff training and development for all areas of student affairs.
The Assistant Director creates, develops, and maintains outreach opportunities and programs designed to assist first-year residential students in the transition to college, improving student success, retention and satisfaction. In addition, the AD will work collaboratively with the Student Engagement team to foster co-curricular opportunities that align with Plymouth’s Integrated Cluster Learning Model.
The Assistant Director serves on and participates in various departmental and university committees and represents the department by serving as liaison to campus departments, parents, students and the community. Some evening and weekend hours are expected to accommodate trainings, programs, crisis intervention and emergency response.

Additional Job Information

Review of applications will begin on February 16, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is otherwise closed at the University’s discretion.
Please provide contact information for three professional references that can speak to your work experience will be requested in the PSU application.

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0678FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Other minimum qualifications

Master’s Degree and 2-5 years of progressive management experience in an educational setting. Demonstrated leadership and organizational development abilities.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with senior administration.
Supervisory experience including hiring, training, development and performance management
Full-time experience in Residence Life in a university setting.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in related field (Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel)

The successful candidate will be creative, detail-oriented, and self-motivated. Other essential qualities include excellent administrative, collaborative, communication, leadership, and decision-making skills and the ability to work autonomously in a team atmosphere. In addition, this position will be expected to possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
Salary Range: $54,990 to $64,000. Final salary will be dependent upon the education and experience of candidate.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.0
Grade 21
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

Plymouth State University (PSU) is transforming the campus to create a first-of-its-kind university holistically organized around integrated clusters. Our goal is to provide a dynamic interdisciplinary and innovative learning environment. Students, faculty, staff, and community will connect to solve real-world challenges that will benefit people and organizations at all levels. We are a residential and comprehensive university with a warm and engaged learning community focused on teaching excellence and regional engagement. The University is located in the heart of the Lakes Region and White Mountains of New Hampshire and serves approximately 4,300 undergraduate and more than 2,000 graduate students.
Our Integrated Cluster Learning Model amplifies the educational experience and strengthens the institution’s legacy of interdisciplinary study and applied experiential learning. PSU students will work in teams with faculty and partners within 7 Integrated Clusters of degree programs: Exploration and Discovery; Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Arts and Technologies; Health and Human Enrichment; Justice and Security; Education, Democracy and Social Change; and Tourism, Environment and Sustainable Development. Now is an exciting time to join Plymouth State and help shape our new kind of university and ultimately tomorrow’s leaders.

Posting Details

Posting Date 11/29/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date 02/16/2018
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


In collaboration with Student Affairs leadership, assist in creating and implementing strategies to constantly improve the residential life experience of all students living on campus.
Select, supervise, train, coach and performance manage multiple professional staff and student workers in all aspects of their live-in positions and provide coverage for the residence halls 24/7. This includes academic year, winterim, summer students, and summer conferences.
Create and assess programming model focused on meeting the needs and wants of the residential population and with an emphasis on outside of the classroom learning. Specific focus on aligning with Plymouth State’s integrated Cluster Learning Model.
Explore and coordinate leadership development efforts in residence halls and advises student organizations when applicable.
Exercise independent judgment in managing aspects of the Residential Life budget.
Provide training for staff to respond to day to day student and parent concerns about housing. Maintain strong customer service procedures departmentally and respond personally to parents and students with unresolved or escalated concerns. Develop and implement policies and procedures regarding all aspects of residential life.
Provide training for staff to respond to day to day residential student concerns. Work with University Police staff to ensure that measures protecting the health, well-being, and safety of residential and campus community members are achieved and maintained. Respond to concerns that arise on a 24/7 basis.
Ensure office compliance with applicable laws, including, but not limited to, Title IX and the FERPA; exercise best practices with regard to the maintenance of confidential student information.
All other duties as requested.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Explain what challenges you most as a leader/supervisor.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents