Assistant Director, Residential Communities – Kent, WA

Assistant Director, Residential Communities

Kent State University

Kent, WA


Job Title:

Assistant Director, Residential Communities

Physical Location:

Kent, OH


$50,451 – $69,178

Basic Function:

Develop community, provide education, and respond directly to students and staff within a designated community. Ensure programs, services, and responses align with the mission and priorities of Kent State University, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Department of Residence Services. Reports to Director, Residence Life or designed supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:  

Provide leadership, formal supervision, and training for assigned staff, including but not limited to, residence hall directors, graduate assistants, and student staff within residential areas.

Assist with business processes, operations, and financial oversight for assigned areas.

Develop and foster communities within a designated area of campus.

Assist Residence Hall Directors in responding and/or coordinating responses to student behavior, crisis, and community issues; directly respond to issues when needed/appropriate.

Develop, coordinate, and assist with evaluation of programmatic efforts, academic initiatives, student engagement initiatives, conferences, and summer programs for assigned area.

Serve as liaison with offices including Office of Student Conduct, Kent State University Police Services, and other key offices.

Provide oversight for or assist with department programs and initiatives; coordinate communication/involvement across the department.

Make determinations for student petition for contract release within assigned area.

Serve on a rotation for consultation and guidance after hours.

Coordinate projects and serve on department, division and university committees as assigned.

Evaluate and assess processes to ensure best practice and continuous improvement.

Assist with student recruitment and admissions events.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in relevant field.

Four years of experience in student housing or related field.

Must possess three years of supervisory experience.

Must be able to work nontraditional hours as needed, including evenings and weekends.



Knowledge Of:

Community development *

Student development theory

Team building and group formation *

Cultural competence including multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills

Title IX, FERPA, and other relevant laws, policies, and regulations

Skill In:

Supervising employees at varied levels

Training and development

Personal computer applications

Written and interpersonal communication and interpersonal skills *

Ability To:

Work in highly complex, detail-oriented compliance environment

Multi-task while managing multiple projects and assignments

Demonstrate ability to succesfully collaborate with others *

Engage in independent, self-directed work *

Foster collaborative relationships

Navigate ambiguous situations with attention to student needs *

Remain current in the field

Work nontraditional hours as needed

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Professional experience as a residence hall director. Experience coordinating with student conduct office, mediation, and/or counseling services.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:


Working Schedule:

Non-traditional hours as needed.

Additional Information:


Must pass a security check.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Kent State University is a Smoke-Free, Tobacco-Free University effective July 1, 2017. Smoking and tobacco use are not permitted on any of Kent State’s campuses or other locations and properties that are owned, operated, or leased by Kent State, both domestic and international. For additional details, visit


The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.


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