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Graduate Assistant, Residence Hall Director

04/02/2024 10:46 am

Rockford University invites applicants for the position of Graduate Hall Director for Residence Life to start August 1, 2024.  The GA provides primary leadership and overall management of a residence hall area of approximately 90 students within Residence Life.  The position assists in the day to day operation and will report directly to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life. This is a required live-in position that involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff members.  The position includes the expectation of eating in university dining operations, when in operation, to promote community development for staff and students.  The Graduate Hall Director is responsible for fostering a responsible, inclusive community through developmental based supervision of four – five Resident Assistants.  The position is responsible to ensure a safe, comfortable living environment for students through residential programming based on the mission of the University and Residence Life.    In exchange for working 30 hours per week, GA’s will received up to 21 credit hours of tuition remission per academic year, room and board and a monthly stipend of over $400.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Advising

  • Counsel, advise and refer residents on varied personal and academic matters. 

Leadership & Community Development

  • Create intentional interactions with students for growth and development through residential programming.
  • Support the mission, policies and procedures of Residence Life and Rockford University.
  • Promote and develop inclusive and academically supportive residential environments.
  • Monitor and document behavioral concerns.
  • Assist with departmental initiatives as needed.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Residence Life team and areas of Student Life (Student Involvement & Orientation, Public Safety, Lang Wellness Center, Career Development).
  • Collaboratively work with Dining, Facilities, Student Administrative Services, Admissions and other campus partners.
  • Assist with summer housing operations and camps.
  • Assist with management of hall facilities and budgets.
  • Assist staff members in assessing student needs and meeting those needs through residential programming.

Supervision

  • Supervise 4-5 Resident Assistants.
  • Assist with the selection, training, development, and evaluation of student staff.
  • Establish and maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
  • Conduct regular 1:1 supervisory meetings with each Resident Assistant.

Crisis Management & Student Development/Conduct

  • Adjudicate low-level violations of the Rockford University Code of Conduct and Residence Life policies. Adhering to procedures for communication, tracking, and filing of reports and outcomes.
  • Respond to crisis and emergency situations, communicating necessary information appropriately.
  • Participate in area on-call rotation including weeknights, weekends, and break periods when the university may be closed.
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority and assist with the process of reporting crimes to maintain accurate and timely crime statistics and to increase overall safety of campus.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Ability to multi-task and utilize critical thinking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills (in-person and on the phone).
  • Prepare check requests and process expense reports.
  • Assist with updating Portal, Website, and Facebook accounts through Social Media.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and staff across campus
  • Meet 1:1 with Assistant Dean of Students on a weekly basis
  • Attend scheduled Residence Life staff meetings, Student Life staff meetings and campus All-Staff meetings
  • Assist in completing end of semester and end of year reports
  • Assist in annual key audit
  • Assist in overall program planning
  • Must be available outside normal working hours for crisis response and on-call responsibilities (outside employment must be approved by Director of Residence Life).
  • Other duties as assigned. 

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Enrollment in a graduate studies program at Rockford University.
  • Ideal candidate will have undergraduate experience in student life/student development and be familiar with residential living/co-curricular activities in higher education.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher.
  • Experience in a variety of social media.
  • Must possess valid driver’s license and personal auto insurance.
  • Must meet driver insurance eligibility standards of the University.

TO APPLY:  Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to HumanResources@rockford.edu.

At Rockford University we are committed to the principle of diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to building a well-rounded workforce and community.  We are especially interested in candidates who through their professional experience bring contributions to diversity and excellence in the work they do.