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Area Director, Residential Life (2 positions)

Colgate University, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, seeks energetic, motivated, and visible Area Directors in the Department of Residential Life to serve as a trusted resource for students on campus. Reporting to the Associate Director of Residential Life, the Area Director takes an active role in developing students into balanced, mature adults, and creating inclusive, intellectually engaged communities. It is a time of exciting transition for the University with President Brian W. Casey in his second year on campus and Paul J. McLoughlin II in his first year as Vice President and Dean of the College. Celebrating its bicentennial in academic year 2019-2020, Colgate has developed a distinctive identity and has sought a special purpose among institutions of higher learning.

Colgate was first founded in 1817 as The Baptist Education Society of the State of New York by 13 men with $13 and 13 prayers. The number 13 is still Colgate's lucky number; Friday the 13th is always designated Colgate Day. New York State granted the school a formal charter in 1819, and the Baptists in New York City consolidated their seminary with the Hamilton school to form the Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution in 1823. In 1890, the school became Colgate University in honor of the enduring support from William Colgate and his family. The first African American students were admitted in the 1920s, and women were admitted in 1970.

Today, Colgate is a thriving, highly selective liberal arts institution located on a beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York. U.S. News and World Report ranked Colgate as the 14th-best liberal arts college in the country in 2017. Forbes Magazine ranked it 15th among top liberal arts colleges and 42nd overall in its 2017 edition of "America's Top Colleges." Colgate is also listed as one of Newsweek magazine's "New Ivies." Located in the geographic center of New York State, Colgate's campus boasts carefully preserved architecture, immaculate grounds, and a hillside setting, and is consistently named one of the most beautiful in the nation. It is a friendly and close-knit place where students develop lifelong bonds with the University, with each other, and with faculty and staff. There are 88 buildings on the 575-acre campus, some dating back to 1827. Faculty and staff make intentional choices to live and work in Hamilton, New York and, as such, it is a scholarly community that is collectively focused on an undergraduate education and preparation that is uniquely Colgate.

The University's academic program is grounded in its Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which has been in place since 1928 and is required of every undergraduate. The five core classes are Legacies of the Ancient World, Challenges of Modernity, Communities and Identities, Scientific Perspectives on the World, and Global Engagements. Undergraduates may choose from 55 majors and more than 40 additional minors. Classes are small, averaging 18 students, and are taught by nearly 300 full-time faculty, 99 percent of whom have received a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in research efforts, and Colgate undergraduates have co-authored articles in professional publications for more than 30 years. Colgate also has a rich tradition of international and off-campus study and has one of the largest faculty-led off-campus study programs in the nation. The University is ranked first by the Institute of International Education in percentage of students participating in mid-length off campus study programs. The off-campus study groups run for an entire semester, and travel to locations all around the world, including Australia, Asia, Europe, South America, and within the United States. Extended study programs offer students between 2-5 weeks of study following the end of the semester. Through these and more than 100 other affiliated programs, roughly two-thirds of Colgate students will study off campus during their undergraduate years.

As of December 31, 2017, Colgate's endowment was valued at $900 million. The University's total operating budget is $865 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Moody's Investment Service just affirmed Colgate's Aa3 rating in August 2017 based on the university's excellent strategic positioning as a highly selective private liberal arts school with a robust market and sizeable financial resources.

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Hamilton and the Surrounding Community
Founded in 1795, the village of Hamilton was recently named one of the friendliest towns in the United States by Forbes Magazine. The village has a population of roughly 4,000, including 80 percent of the Colgate faculty. The Hamilton Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, and is home to an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. The area is ideal for outdoor recreation including biking, hiking, trail running, and skiing. Colgate's golf course, Seven Oaks, was designed by Robert Trent Jones and has been repeatedly recognized as one of the best college golf courses in the country. The location provides easy access for summer hikes and winter ski trips. It is less than a one hour drive from Syracuse, four hours away from New York City, and five hours from Boston.

Colgate and Hamilton have formed the Partnership for Community Development, which develops an active network of professional consultants, foundations, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations located throughout the Central New York region to assist area residents, businesses, and visitors. This includes efforts to stimulate and support local business through small business development and the revitalization of historic buildings. To strengthen the relationship between the village and the university, and to add to the economic development of downtown, Colgate relocated its campus bookstore to the downtown area of the village. Similarly, Colgate also owns and operates the Palace Theater, a 300-seat performing arts center and performing venue for local and student performers.

Brian W. Casey was inaugurated as Colgate's 17th president in 2016. After starting a career in law, Casey transitioned to higher education after earning a PhD from Harvard University in the history of American civilization, focusing specifically on the history of American higher education and American intellectual history. Most recently, Casey served as president of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. At Colgate, Casey is refocusing a commitment to Colgate's core identity: academic excellence and an immersive residential program in the liberal arts, preparing Colgate's students for well-rounded lives and careers.

Paul J. McLoughlin II became vice president and dean of the college in July 2017. Previously, McLoughlin served as dean of students at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania since 2012. At Lafayette, McLoughlin oversaw residential life, recreation services, student conduct, wellness, student leadership and involvement, fraternity and sorority advising, and other campus life initiatives. McLoughlin is an integral member of President Casey's cabinet, participating in all aspects of institution-wide planning and policy development as Colgate prepares for its third century of providing excellent education. He provides operational leadership of the dean of the college division, with a portfolio including administrative advising (the administrative complement to academic advising provided through students' faculty advisers), residential life; campus safety; environmental health and safety; emergency management; multicultural and diversity initiatives, including the ALANA Cultural Center; fraternity and sorority advising; University ministry and the Chaplaincy, international student services, the Max Shacknai Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education; student conduct; health services, wellness, and psychological services and counseling.

Colgate students are achievers intellectually, athletically, and artistically, and are actively engaged in the world around them. The University enrolls about 2,900 highly motivated students and admission is highly selective. For the class of 2021, fewer than 2,500 students were offered admission, chosen from more than 8,500 applicants representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and 128 countries. The acceptance rate was 28 percent. Admitted students had an average GPA of 3.8 and an average combined SAT score of 1444. Fifty-six percent of students are women, students of color constitute more than 30 percent of the student body, and international students account for 11 percent. Approximately 40 percent of students receive financial aid and Colgate meets 100 percent of demonstrated need.

The curricular and co-curricular overlap and intersect often at Colgate. The University offers students 55 majors and more than 40 minors, and courses are taught by nearly 300 faculty members. The student-faculty ratio is 9:1 and the average class has 18 students. Small classes are common and allow for faculty to advise and mentor students inside and outside of the classroom.

Colgate features a number of arts facilities to foster the creative endeavors of students on campus, as well as to host visiting artists, musicians, filmmakers, theater groups, and other creative professionals.

Colgate is a residential university with more than 93 percent of students living on campus. Housing options include traditional residence halls; interest-based residential communities; townhouses; apartments; and university-owned houses. The University has recently launched a Residential Commons system designed to create strong and welcoming living/learning communities. The creation of these communities has required the renovation of existing dormitory facilities and the construction of new residence halls. Starting with the class of 2021, every first-year student will call one of four Commons home, and beginning in 2019-2020, all sophomores will also live in a Commons. Through membership in their Commons, students will engage with professors and each other in special recreational, social, and intellectual activities. For more on the Residential Commons, visit

Junior and senior students may live in college apartments, college houses, Greek-affiliated chapter houses, or townhouses, or they may apply to live off campus. The 250 students approved to live off-campus through the lottery take part in the Neighbor to Neighbor program, a collaborative effort between the Village of Hamilton and the Colgate community to ensure a positive and healthy relationship between the village and the campus.

Fraternities and sororities are part of a long-standing tradition at Colgate, dating back to the first fraternity charter adopted in 1856. Roughly a third of all Colgate students are affiliated with the fraternity and sorority community at Colgate University comprised of eight internationally affiliated Greek letter organizations. Students are eligible to join a fraternity or sorority in their sophomore year and Colgate owns and oversees all chapter houses.

Colgate also has a rich and competitive athletic tradition. Approximately 25 percent of students are involved in a varsity sport, and 80 percent of students are involved in some form of varsity, club, or intramural athletics. There are 25 varsity teams, more than 40 club sports teams, and 18 different intramural sports. Colgate is part of the NCAA Division I Patriot League for all varsity sports (ECAC of Division I for men's and women's hockey) and consistently has one of the NCAA's top graduation rates among student-athletes.

Residential Life Department Overview
The Office of Residential Life furthers the educational mission of Colgate University by extending student learning and growth into our residential community, promoting a purposeful and inclusive environment through shared experience. This is accomplished by promoting healthy, safe, and inclusive communities where individual members are valued and respected; fostering personal growth and success through a purposeful residential experience; and challenging and supporting students in making meaningful and responsible contributions to society.

The Residential Commons is a fundamental, driving force that infuses intellectual engagement and community development into the residential experience at Colgate. All first-year students live in one of four Commons, each with its own unique personality and characteristics, under the direction of faculty directors. Upper-division students maintain an affiliation with their respective Commons for life, whether formallyby continuing to live within the Commons or its social houseor informally. Residential Life and the Commons aim to provide students with a home away from home that reflects the academic rigor and engagement of the University at large.

The Area Director (AD) is a full-time, live-in position, primarily responsible for the effective and efficient execution of strategies and programs that enrich the residential experience at Colgate. The AD works closely the Residential Life Leadership Team and, when assigned to a Commons Area, a Residential Commons Leadership Team to build intellectually-engaging residential communities in which all students feel like they belong and have the opportunity to grow. ADs who oversee areas that fall within Residential Commons also work under the leadership of Commons Directors. The AD supervises live-in student staff in their respective areas, and may provide leadership for a part-time Fellow in a Residential Commons.


Community Development & Engagement
• Provide support in the development and furthering of the departmental philosophy, mission, and programs by translating the mission, vision, and strategic goals in ways that impact and transform residential communities
• Manage the facilitation of the community development and learning model in their area, which may include one-on-ones, event planning, community meetings, and other strategies
• Provide accurate advice and guidance that actively supports the growth, maturity, and intellectual development of individual students and groups of students within assigned residential communities
• Facilitate the administration of protocols and processes to address the needs of students of concern and to connect them with appropriate resources and support systems
• Participate in the management of student behavior by responding to incidents, meeting with students, and applying appropriate sanctions as detailed in the University student handbook.
• Resolve student conflict and conduct issues within assigned residential area (or broader when on-call), ensuring proper documentation of conduct issues
• Ensure the development of a safe, welcoming, accessible, and fair environment that actively includes and engages everyone
• Actively address issues and concerns that diminish the capacity for all students to feel like they belong and are able to engage in their respective communities
• Maintain active engagement in your assigned communities by participating in events and programs and having a presence in each area
• Serve as a role model of healthy engagement in the greater campus community

Intellectual Connection
• Provide leadership and support within assigned Residential Commons
• Assist residents with concerns that are barriers to academic success and make appropriate referrals as required
• Develop effective relationships with faculty, including assigned Residential Commons directors, in active implementation of living and learning objectives
• Facilitate the development of residential communities that support and encourage intellectual pursuits and academic engagement
• Advise the Commons Council in support of these goals

Staff Supervision
• Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a team of student staff in accordance with department expectations, goals, and established procedures
• Participate in and plan on-going staff development and in-service activities for the purpose of continued training and opportunities for personal development for student staff
• Advise departmental committees for student staff members and students.

Facilities & Building Management Duties
• Coordinate, maintain, and monitor the administrative and operational functions associated with the management of a residence hall (occupancy management, room condition, maintenance, technology, etc.).
• Exercise judgement in effective day-to-day management of multiple housing facilities
• Manage residence hall opening and closing procedures for all assigned areas
• Facilitate regular health and safety inspections in each residential area
• Ensure that all reported damages and problems with residential facilities are fixed within an appropriate time frame

Crisis Management & Emergency Response
• Serve as a referral source for student staff during counseling and crisis issues
• Provide crisis intervention along with necessary follow-up after an incident, working in coordination with other Residential Life staff, as well as professionals from the Counseling Center, Dean's Office, Campus Safety, and other areas as needed
• Participate in scheduled professional staff on-call duty rotation
• Manage the student staff on-call duty for assigned duty areas

Core Departmental Responsibilities
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships with others in Residential Life, Dean of the College, Facilities, Faculty, and the University community, creating opportunities for them to engage and be involved with students around their areas of expertise
• Disseminate information regarding policies, conduct, administrative matters, and campus events to staff
• Become familiar with central department processes and policies in order to accurately promote and communicate with campus partners, students, and families, cover central office on a rotating basis to ensure these constituents are met with a welcome and informative presence
• Assist in assessment of student learning, student needs, and program effectiveness
• Manage room assignment changes within assigned residential communities in partnership with the Housing Coordinator
• Meet regularly with supervisor to review department goals, establish individual goals, assess progress and solve problems
• Work with students, parents, co-workers, supervisor, department staff, and University staff from diverse backgrounds on a variety of issues
• Communicate with parents, resolving concerns and addressing questions with care and support
• Maintain accurate knowledge of occupancy and vacancy records in your residential communities
• Facilitate weekly staff meetings and 1:1 meetings with assigned student staff
• Participate in university committees as deemed appropriate by members of the Residential Life Leadership Team, supervisor, or Director
• Model professional behavior appropriate for living in and among students
• Other duties as assigned

- Candidates must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and be capable of creating and maintaining productive and collegial working relationships with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors.
- Must be available to work evenings, late nights and occasional weekends as required.
- Must be self-motivated and able to manage multiple projects, programs and student challenges simultaneously with an appropriate sense of urgency.

- A minimum of two years of relevant work experience is preferred.
- Preference will be given to candidates who have college or university experience in crisis management, student conduct, student staff supervision and program design.
- Experience with student activities and event planning preferred.
- Experience working with faculty within the context of a learning community or similar program is highly desired.
- Prior student intern, volunteer and/or professional supervisory experience is required.
- Previous student leadership roles are required.

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