The Graduate Assistant Residence Director (ARD) at Manhattanville College is a 10 month, live-in position. As staff members who facilitate student and staff development, policy enforcement, and crisis management; ARDs fulfill an integral role within our department, as they shape the residential student experience on campus. ARDs manage the daily operations of a residential community with one of our Residence Directors (RD) and is supervised by that individual.
Community and Student Development
In partnership with the RD, provide leadership for community development within your building, by motivating staff to foster a sense of belonging
Coordinate programming activities within the community by inspiring creative programming ideas for RAs, as well as tracking program proposals and evaluations
Organize one large program (e.g.: Welcome Back) for assigned community per semester
Be an active and engaged member of your community
Work collaboratively with facilities and security personnel to create a safe environment that is conducive for learning
Create opportunities for growth by being a role model, confronting student behavior, enforcing community standards, and providing leadership opportunities within the community
Support traditionally underrepresented students by being aware of the needs of various student populations and creating an inclusive community which celebrates difference
Promote activities and involvement in campus life
Student Conduct and Crisis Management
Responsible for interpreting and upholding the university’s rules and regulations in a developmental manner
Serve in an on-call rotation for a population of 950 residential students
Respond to crisis situations, such as medical or facilities related emergencies, behavioral concerns, and mental health situations
Serve as a resource and referral agent for students’ academic, identity, and social needs
Regularly consult with members of the professional staff about at-risk students and RAs
As a member of the essential staff team, residential life staff are to remain on campus during emergency situations in order to respond to student needs
Leadership Selection and Development of Student Staff
Assist with the recruitment and selection of undergraduate staff
Plan and facilitate training sessions, staff development activities, and on-going professional development for Resident Advisors
Develop meaningful working relationships with Resident Advisors by facilitating regular one-on-one meetings and leading staff meetings when necessary
Provide on-going feedback to Resident Advisors and contribute to the performance evaluation process
Administrative and Departmental Responsibilities
Assist with all opening and closings of the residence halls; including the beginning and end of each semester and vacation periods
Lead or participate in departmental functions, projects, or committees; including but not limited to community development initiatives, operations management, staff selection and training, assessment initiatives, hosing selection, and conference services
Oversee various administrative tasks related to your assigned community, such as duty schedules, guest registration process, and social media
Maintain 10 weekly office-hours, in addition to committee meetings and staff meetings
Represent RLCS at open house, orientation, and other campus admission events as needed
Actively participate in professional development activities by creating an annual professional development plan with the assistance of supervisor
Participate in staff training and development opportunities offered by the department and the Division of Student Affairs
Be involved in regional and national professional organizations and, when possible, attend local, regional, and national conferences
Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a degree granting program at Manhattanville College, and must currently have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be in good judicial standing with the College.
Familiarity with residence hall systems and/or other education administration or management experience is strongly preferred. Candidates should possess strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse student population, as well as have demonstrated experience related to program development, student development and working with groups.
This is a part-time position, which requires 15 office hours per week in addition to evening and weekend work, plus on-call responsibilities. Employment agreement begins in early August and runs through the end of May. Employment is subject to review and renewal on an annual basis. A limited number of summer positions are available for additional compensation. While in the position, ARDs may have no more than 15 hours total of external commitments including but not limited to outside employment, organization involvement, athletic team participation, internships, external internships, etc.
Competency Levels/Physical Demands/Other Requirements This position requires persons to:
Climb stairs and walk/stand for extended periods of time
Maneuver objects of substantial weight
Respond promptly during late night hours and remain alert
Multi-task in a fast pace environment
Make complex decisions based on knowledge of departmental and College policies and procedures
Each ARD will receive the following compensation:
$3000 stipend per semester
A single occupancy room in graduate housing or a single room in a two-bedroom apartment
One room-waiver per semester (est: $5737.00)
Meal plan each semester of 19 meals a week + $100 pub cash (est. $2,920)
One campus parking registration waiver (est.: $200.00)
Per semester laundry fee waiver (est.: $60.00)
Application Process & Deadline
Applications will be reviewed daily until all vacant positions are filled. Submit a resume, a list of three professional references, and a letter of interest to the search committee.
Must be available for an August 1, 2019 start date.
Feel free to contact Shari Crandall, the Director of Residence Life & Conference Services via phone at (914) 323-5217 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have questions about the position or the process.