Job Description:

The Residence Director/Assistant Director for First Year Residential Experience is a 12 month full-time live-in staff member of the Student Affairs Division reporting to the Director of College Housing.  This staff member is responsible for establishing and maintaining an atmosphere in an assigned residence hall that promotes the educational, cultural, social, and personal development of SUNY Poly Utica campus students.  Responsibilities include planning and execution of a broad array of residential programs, created and adapted regularly by surveying student interests and evaluating success of programs. The Assistant Director assistant with retention efforts including one on one coaching meetings with students who are not making satisfactory academic progress or are struggling with meeting community standards of behavior and engagement. This staff member will have an important role in the planning and execution of First Year Orientation and New Student Welcome Weekend. If qualified with a master’s degree, this position can include teaching of First Year Seminar as an adjunct. Evening and weekend responsibilities are an essential component of the position.  The primary work location is in Utica, but occasional travel to other operating locations could be required.  Other reasonable duties as assigned.



Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree from College or University accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization. The ability to manage a variety of projects and responsibilities, experience in diverse populations, excellent organizational and time management skills, and the ability to work independently are a must.

Provide leadership, oversight and direction to direct reports to assure goals, programs, activities, and personnel practices are consistent with and contribute to the Institution’s goals and strategies.  Design and implement operating strategies, plans and procedures to assure smooth functioning of SUNY Poly’s Residential Life Department and First Year Programs.   Lead employees for maximum performance and dedication. Complete performance management feedback and goals per requirements.


Applicants must address in their applications their abilities to work with a culturally diverse population.  This position is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a background check; this position may require annual checks.


Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree from College or University accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization and post undergraduate experience in Residential Life or First Year Orientation/First Year Success preferred.


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