Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Assistant Director of Residence Life at Seattle Pacific University

General Summary:

The Assistant Director of Residence Life, as a member of the student life staff, is responsible for providing substantial leadership and the oversight within and for the residential student experience at Seattle Pacific University. The Assistant Director supports the Director in supervision of the Residence Life staff and is responsible for the implementation and oversight in the areas of: general operations, personnel management and training, programming & assessment and leadership development. The Assistant Director assists the Director of Residence Life and is a collaborative member of the Community Life and Student Life team. The Assistant Director provides supervision to front-line response staff (24-hour crisis response), coordination of on-call rotation for back-up/secondary response team, and assumes responsibility for the department, in the absence of the Director.


Personnel Management:

Provide supervision for Area Coordinator(s) and Residence Life Coordinator(s) in various contexts, including direct supervision and oversight of professional staff in at least one housing area.

Participate in and help lead regular meetings and training with the Residence Life professional staff to coordinate a comprehensive program; conducts meetings in absence of the Director of Residence Life.

Oversee internship program for the department, including graduate and undergraduate level student employees/interns as applicable.

Oversee Summer Housing program with Area Coordinators.



Oversee key support functions to the daily operations of the residential facilities; works with University Services and Building Maintenance to establish standards and evaluates them periodically.

Provide input and feedback for residential capital improvements.

Provide oversight to the residential fitness facilities, including scheduling of preventative maintenance, consideration of student suggestions, and overall functioning of facilities.

Provide oversight and training to the Office & Operations Manager for facilitation of key Residence Life operational processes and tasks in partnership with other departments.


Cross-Departmental Leadership:

Participate in Student Life committee and team projects.

Attend appropriate/assigned staff meetings, committee meetings, and departmental task-groups.

Serve as departmental liaison to: Facilities (day to day operations), Admissions, Conference Services, and Disability Support Services.

Serve jointly with the Director and Area Coordinators in the following: Student Involvement & Leadership, Multi-Ethnic Programs, University Ministries, Housing/OUS, CSOT, Center for Career & Calling, Admissions, Alumni Office, Student Counseling Center, CIS (project management), Athletics/Intramurals & Club Sports, Safety & Security, Risk Management, University Communications.


Program Articulation, Implementation, and Evaluation:

Support the Director in the planning processes for Residence Life departmental vision, annual goals, and strategies; coordinates the development of programs and services that support the mission, vision, and goals for the department; evaluates programs and services.

Provide oversight to annual assessment of residential services.


Educational Programming:

Assess the need for and coordinate educational programs for residential students on topics such as diversity, wellness, spiritual formation, and vocation.

Assist with campus-wide programs focused on similar topics.

Partner with academic and other departments to support, complement, extend, and coordinate student learning.

Support the courses taught for Resident Advisors and instruct as assigned.


Student Behavior:

Co-supervise Residence Life staff as they respond to and manage student behavioral concerns (including complex mental health concerns such as depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, and addictions) and provides direction for the management of those cases.

Make student-status determinations for residential students based upon behavioral or mental health concerns as they arise, including if necessary, suspension of housing or student status along with re-entry requirements.

Serve as investigator, hearing or appeals officer for Student Conduct and Title IX cases as assigned by the Director of Residence Life and/or Dean of Students for Community Life.

Support systems and Residence Life staff for effectively reporting, tracking, and administrating judicial process in response to policy violations.


Research, Policies and Procedures:

Identify, organize, and implement departmental research projects for evaluation of overall program effectiveness.

Develop, evaluate, and administer all Residence Life policies and procedures; in coordination with the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Students for Community Life, communicates and interprets University and Residence Life policies and procedures to students, staff, parents, faculty, and others.

Provide oversight of assessment practices.


Professional Development:

Participate in appropriate professional associations and stays current with trends and best practices that affect the University community, specifically residential student issues.

Ongoing personal and professional work that enhances staff member’s capacity for supporting historically underrepresented student populations and engaging all students related to cultural understanding and engagement at a predominantly white institution.

Provide support for and/or facilitates Residence Life staff development.


Budget Management:

Manage the budgets related to the functions of the role within the Residence Life program; makes budget revisions and recommendations to the Director of Residence Life and approves expenditures within the Residence Life programs as assigned.

Provide collaborative fiscal planning and recommendations with other departments for residential program effectiveness, including any necessary benchmarks or research.


Crisis Response:

Co-supervise front-line staff response for crises (24-hour crisis response) and coordinates back-up on-call rotation.

Provide campus leadership for planning efforts related to emergency response.

Serve as a secondary member of University-wide Core Support Operations Team (CSOT).


Master’s degree in student development, student personnel services, related field or equivalent.

Five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in residence life.

A proven understanding of and commitment to student/staff development.

An ability to assume leadership in promoting a multi-cultural living, educational and work environment.

An aptitude to communicate effectively and work with diverse groups of students, staff, faculty, and external constituencies.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office products is required.  Experience with StarRez or other housing software platforms preferred.

Experience at the Area Coordinator level in residence life/housing (or comparable) is preferred.


Additional Information:

Priority application deadline:  Monday, June 19th

This is a Live-On position.

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