Detailed Job Description
The Resident Director/First Year Adviser is a live-in master's degree-level professional who is responsible for the operation of one residence hall, housing between 140 and 450 students. This full-time professional serves as both the hall director and the academic adviser to first year students. The Resident Director/First Year Adviser is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs focusing on the Office of Residence Life's Residential Curriculum. This encompasses learning outcomes of academic success, effective community engagement, intrapersonal development and cultural competency. This position reports to an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Depending on the size of the residence hall, some Resident Director/First Year Advisers supervise a graduate student who serves as an Assistant Resident Director/First Year Adviser.
Direct the student development and academic efforts of a residential community through one-to-one meetings with students
Oversee implementation of strategies that enable student achievement of the goals and learning outcomes of academic success, effective community engagement, interpersonal development, and cultural competency
Serve as the financial, programmatic, and leadership adviser to the Community Leadership Team
Collaborate with faculty and staff stakeholders to implement programmatic opportunities connected with living learning community themes
Provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support that enhances student persistence
Serve as academic adviser to first year students living in the residence hall
Integrate knowledge about students and their development into daily interactions to assist students in their transition to the collegiate experience.
Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to personal and social student developmental needs
Supervise, train, and evaluate 6-12 resident assistants and 1 graduate assistant (for halls with 200 residents or more)
Carry out duties for specific assigned living learning community themes
Report, track and follow up on maintenance issues with appropriate building managers, maintenance and cleaning staff etc.
Supervise and coordinate student check-in, check-out, room changes, including assessing damage charges and processing paperwork in a timely manner.
Refer misconduct incidents and other policy violations to appropriate University office(s)
Hold follow-up meetings with students who violate university and/or hall policies, when appropriate
Serve as a first-responder to residents in need, referring to professionals, when appropriate
Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
Assume shared responsibility for campus-wide on-call duty
Participate in departmental and divisional professional development activities
Teach Educational Leadership 301: Student Development in the Residence Halls
Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff members for the Office of Residence Life
Promote and attend multicultural events on campus and in the surrounding community
Perform all administrative duties required to fulfill the RD/FYA responsibilities and other special projects
Actively participate in Office and University committees
Demonstrate cultural competence in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin and other areas of diversity
Implement Miami University and Office of Residence Life objectives, policies, rules, and procedures for resident assistants and residents
Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs and/or Miami University
This position requires a master's degree in education, college student personnel, counseling or human development, or a related field, conferred by beginning of contract, as well as the proven ability to effectively work with diverse populations and supervise staff. The Resident Director/First Year Adviser must be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the University. Individuals in this position must have the ability and willingness to assume shared responsibility for campus-wide on-call duty and respond to crisis and emergency situations.
Post-baccalaureate experience in residence life, counseling, academic advising, and living/learning environments is desired. Strong administrative and counseling skills are utilized in this position.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.