Student Affairs

Associate Director of Residential Life

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT United States

Associate Director of Residential Life


Job Number: 495634

Type: Full-time

Campus: Mount Carmel - Hamden, CT

Categories: Staff



The Associate Director (AD) is a vital in-person member of the residential life professional staff and reports directly to the Director of Residential Life. In this capacity, the AD plays a crucial role as part of the senior leadership team in the residential life department. The AD is entrusted with the oversight of a residential community comprising approximately 2,500 first year and second year students. One of the primary responsibilities of the AD is to facilitate a dynamic co-curricular learning and engagement experience for all on-campus residents. Collaborating closely with various colleagues within the Division of Student Affairs and university-wide departments, including CARE, Health and Wellness, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Facilities, Campus Life, and Religious Life, the AD contributes to a wide array of campus programs and initiatives. Specifically, the AD is responsible for developing and implementing inclusive programs and policies that promote a sense of community, encourage good citizenship, and offer students a meaningful residential experience integral to their education at QU. Key areas of focus encompass the development and execution of the Residential Curriculum, management of Living-Learning Communities, forging partnerships with faculty, overseeing staff supervision and training, nurturing student development, managing administrative tasks, addressing student conduct issues, and effectively responding to crises.


About Quinnipiac:

Quinnipiac University is a private, coeducational institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university currently has an enrollment of 9,000 students in more than 130 degree programs through its Schools of Business, Communications, Education, Computing, and Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Our 21 Division I teams have achieved remarkable success, boasting multiple conference titles. This includes a 2023 NCAA National Championship win in ice hockey, a three-time defending national champion women's rugby team, and a trip to the Sweet 16 for our women's basketball team. The Quinnipiac University Poll is nationally recognized as a leader in public opinion research, and the university is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review's "The Best 388 Colleges." The university is in the midst of program expansion and renewal for both traditional and adult learners, attraction of diverse communities, development of innovative corporate partnerships, and construction of an ambitious set of capital projects. For more information, please visit Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and X.




  • Hire, train, develop, supervise, and evaluate 4-8 full-time professional Residence Hall Directors.


  • Provide leadership for the assigned residential community


  • Design and implement training & development for faculty affiliates and staff working with LLCs


  • Provide leadership for the recruitment, program development, and assessment of all Living Learning Communities


  • Manage budgets for the assigned area


  • Establish and maintain staff members' performance expectations


  • Indirectly oversee 50-95+ paraprofessional (RA) staff members


  • Assist in developing and implementing ORL goals, policies, and procedures


  • Ensure staff members are knowledgeable about essential residence hall procedures, policies, and practices


  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of professional and paraprofessional staff


  • Track the Residential Curriculum programs and activities and be responsible for program assessment


  • Stay updated on trends and research related to residential students and their experience


  • Implement high-impact practices in the development of the residential curriculum


  • Develop learning goals and educational plans tailored to residential students


  • Engage in New Student Orientations, Admissions’ Days, Open Houses, and other events to support the recruitment of new students and their families


  • Plan, implement, and evaluate professional and paraprofessional training programs


  • Design and implement an onboarding program for new professional staff


  • Develop, review, revise, and distribute RHD and RA staff manuals along with AD colleague


  • Assist with promotions and marketing efforts for the residential experience


  • Collaborate with campus and faculty partners to enhance best practices for student support


  • Participate in the on-call duty rotation with Senior Staff (including evenings, weekends, and holidays)


  • Investigate, mediate, and resolve student and parent concerns


  • Serve on department, divisional, and university-wide committees as assigned


  • Partner with the Office of Facilities to oversee maintenance of assigned residential facilities


  • Participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, and regional professional associations as needed.


  • Serve as an essential employee during weather or other emergencies, which may require coming to campus when the University is closed


  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned


Education Requirements:


  • Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field required




  • 5-7 years of experience of progressively responsible experience in a residential life capacity.
  • Experience supervising full-time professionals and strong administrative skills are highly preferred


  • Effective interpersonal, counseling, and presentation/public speaking skills


  • Strong customer service orientation, clear communication abilities, advanced writing skills, and adeptness at both independent and collaborative work


  • Innovative problem-solving capabilities


  • Proficiency in collaborating with stakeholders, fostering positive relationships with parents, faculty, staff, and community members


  • Demonstrated experience in program creation and execution


  • Independent decision-making prowess


  • Dedication to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging


  • Proficiency in using MS Office programs (Word, Excel, and Publisher), Adobe Suite, Social Media, and web-based marketing tools


  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holiday coverage


  • Expertise in student development and a strong commitment to the field


  • Ability to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects


  • Required to travel from building to building and between multiple campuses


  • Will have 'on-call' responsibilities which require walking up and down stairs, performing rounds in and outside of the buildings, and responding quickly and in person to emergencies


  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations and a commitment to diversity and inclusion


Special Instructions to Applicants:




Applications must be submitted electronically and include a resume, cover letter addressing how your experience supports the requirements of this position and Quinnipiac' commitment to diversity and inclusion, and contact information for three references on the application form.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package for full-time faculty and staff which includes tuition remission and a culture that is inclusive and driven by excellence.


Quinnipiac University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Advertised: April 02, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Open until filled


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 5 - 7 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

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