The Assistant Director of Campus Life is a live-in position that is responsible for coordinating social, educational, and leadership programming in the residence halls and the campus.
The Assistant Director participates in overseeing the paraprofessional Resident Assistant staff. The position includes working with individual students regarding developmental issues and is required to advise, counsel and make referrals to students who are adjusting to college life at Alaska Pacific University (APU). This is a live-in position that requires on-call responsibilities and some evening and weekend work hours. The Assistant Director is a member of the Student Affairs division and collaborates with a variety of staff and students to provide quality activities for the community. In addition, the Assistant Director collaborates with the planning and implementation of all aspects of the on-campus housing program to create a healthy residential community.
Supervision & Leadership:
- Collaborates closely with Director of Campus Life to develop and implement annual Resident Assistant selection, training, and ongoing supervision.
- Recruits, hires, trains & supervises student workers to assist with implementation of student events and activities, such as office assistants.
- Serves as an advisor to student staff on academic and personal issues. Facilitates personal and professional development of staff members such that they are effective role models, mentors and leaders for their residents.
- Seeks opportunities for continuing professional development and actively participates in professional associations, training workshops, conferences & retreats.
- Participates in weekly RA staff meetings and bi-weekly Student Affairs Team meetings.
Community Development & Programming:
- Be a first professional contact for students living on campus for counseling, mediation and conduct issues.
- Works with individual students to resolve various residential issues such as roommate conflicts, family concerns, and adjustment to college life at APU.
- Serves as a role model, resource person and referral agent primarily to resident students.
- Develops positive relationships with students.
- Promotes community development by implementing creative social, educational and cultural student programs and activities.
- Advises, trains, and supports student staff and residential students in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of hall programming.
- Advises student organizations as assigned by the Director of Campus Life.
- Oversees annual Activities budget of $12,000-$15,000. Actively participates in development of departmental and hall activity budgets. Ensures accurate and effective financial record keeping.
- Participates and assists in supervision of major events held by the University such as: New Student Orientation, Campus Visit Weekends, Spring Carnival, Fall Block Party and others as assigned.
- Manages promotion and advertising of campus activities through online calendar postings, digital bulletin boards, notices throughout campus, weekly emails, and participating in programming coordinators meetings with Outdoor Programming, Recreational Programming, and ASAPU programming.
- Assists with day-to-day administrative aspects of housing program, including management of student housing contracts, room assignments, key management, room changes, check-ins & check-outs, spring room selection, and hall opening & closings.
- Engages in assessment efforts to research student needs, interests, perceptions, and satisfaction including the Annual Quality of Life Survey.
- Prepares annual reports related specifically to campus activities and programming as directed by Director of Campus Life.
- Develops and maintains productive working relationships with other campus departments.
- Assists Auxiliary Services in the planning and implementation of summer conferences.
- Serves on the team that coordinates formal disciplinary procedures within campus residences. Adjudicates low-level conduct cases and assign disciplinary sanctions according to guidelines in the Campus Life Handbook & Student Handbook.
- Serves on University committees as assigned by the Director of Campus Life.
- Participates in professional development opportunities.
- Oversees reservations, event set-up, and technology use in the Robert B. McMillen Student Center. Coordinates Student Center use with Auxiliary Services during the non-academic session.
- Oversees the yearly installation and removal of residence hall and student center TVs/Dish receivers.
Critical Incidence Response:
- Shares responsibility with other Campus Life Office staff members for scheduled evening & weekend On-Call coverage in an emergency first-responder capacity, on a weekly basis, one to two times monthly.
- During On-Call coverage, demonstrates reasonable availability and accessibility to residents, including evenings & weekends.
- Recognizes and responds to emergency situations, policy violations, and safety issues in a timely and responsible manner.
KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
- Knowledge of current trends within the collegiate environment including multicultural issues, new technologies, student development theory, and other recent developments.
- Knowledge of the value of a liberal arts educational experience.
- Skill in providing support to students and student groups.
- Skill in leading, motivating, and advising students.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication skills appropriate to a collegiate setting.
- Skill in computer literacy.
- Skill in developing and implementing creative ideas to foster learning outside the classroom.
- Skill in self-direction and showing initiative.
- Skill in effectively communicating with both internal and external customers.
- Skill in utilizing data management software.
- Skill in working effectively with diverse people found in a college setting.
- Skill in implementing special events including student activities, recreational programs, musical events, speaker series, or other similar events.
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Non-Supervisory: Two (2) years relevant paraprofessional or community-living leadership experience required.
PREFERRED EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration or a related field preferred.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Professional experience in Student Affairs preferred.
Possess current valid driver’s license. Ability to pass a driving history check and driving test. Must be minimum of 21 years old due to likelihood of confiscating alcohol in performance of security duties.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Works in office area, as well as throughout the university. Sits, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during working hours. The position must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. Occasional driving on university business is required.
- This is a 12-month live-in position, with varying hours and some weekend assignments. This position includes a furnished apartment in Campus Housing and available use of campus meal plan during the academic year.
- APU’s main campus is heavily wooded and is often inhabited by wildlife such as moose and black bears. This position may be required to assist in departmental duties that protect humans and wildlife from unsafe interactions.