Princeton University invites applications for the position of director of student life in one of its six residential colleges. Working under the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students (ODUS), the director of student life (DSL) reports to the dean of undergraduate students through the associate dean and to the head of the residential college through the dean of the residential college. The DSL is the primary staff member within the residential college responsible for supporting and enhancing the undergraduate residential and extracurricular experience of students from all four years residing in or affiliated with that college (800 to 900 undergraduate students). The DSL manages crises and emergencies and works to support students of concern; encourages the highest standards of good citizenship and respect for others among members of the college’s community by resolving conflicts, upholding expectations for good conduct, and helping students to understand the value of living in a diverse community; oversees the Residential College Adviser (RCA) Program within the college; and plans, implements, and supports non-academic educational and social programming. As the only member of ODUS and Campus Life within the residential college, the DSL represents all non-academic priorities and concerns within the college system and shares with other staff members responsibility for the development of student life policies. The DSL is regularly asked to assist ODUS, the Council of Heads, Office of the Dean of the College, and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life with special projects, assignments, and committee work.
The DSL is responsible for coordinating efforts to assist the college’s students around health and wellness issues and serves as the liaison between the student, the student’s family, academic deans, and other relevant Campus Life offices. The DSL works closely with University Health Services (UHS) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) to support students of concern, and refers students to educational and medical resources as appropriate. Where necessary, the DSL refers students for evaluations and follows up with students on recommendations or requirements. The DSL represents the residential college in family meetings where a student’s wellness is of highest concern and where continued enrollment and/or residency is under review because of health or wellness issues. The DSL manages on behalf of ODUS non-academic recommendations for continued enrollment or readmission, and writes all official communications around such decisions. Additionally, the DSL takes up to six weeks per year of on-call duty in the dean-on-call system for the entire undergraduate student body, communicating with Public Safety, CPS, relevant hospital staff, ODUS deans, and residential college deans to manage crises involving students from all six colleges outside of business hours.
The DSL serves as a member of the Residential College Disciplinary Board (RCDB), which adjudicates lesser behavioral infractions for all undergraduate students. The DSL prepares for consideration by RCDB all cases that involve members of the DSL’s own college, and writes and maintains record of official letters communicating RCDB outcomes and student’s resulting standing at the university. The DSL may also serve as an adviser to students in hearings before the Committee on Discipline, which adjudicates academic and behavioral cases for all students where separation from the university, either temporary or permanent, is a possible outcome. The DSL may also serve as an adviser to students who are parties in sexual misconduct cases.
Within the residential college, the DSL coordinates recruiting, interviewing, hiring, evaluation, and (where necessary) termination of between 12 to 17 juniors and seniors who serve as Residential College Advisers (RCAs). Working with the other DSLs and the associate dean, the DSL plans and implements trainings for all RCAs. The DSL supervises and mentors the college’s RCAs throughout the school year by holding weekly core group meetings and monthly one-on-one meetings to discuss administrative concerns, on-call rotation, roommate issues, discipline, crises, and on-going RCA-initiated educational programming.
The DSL reviews all incoming first-year matriculation and housing forms and coordinates all first-year roommate and housing assignments within the college. The DSL meets with students by appointment and through drop-in hours around all non-academic aspects of college life, referring them to other offices as appropriate. The DSL also selects, mentors, and meets regularly with the College Council, a group of student leaders in the college who oversee all social programming and college-wide events. Additionally, the DSL works directly with the Admission Office to support Princeton Preview, a program for admitted students to visit campus in the spring. On a rotating basis (approximately every third year), the DSL also directs the non-academic and co-curricular components of the summer Freshman Scholars Institute for select incoming first-year students.
The position requires an advanced degree in an appropriate discipline and at least six years of relevant work experience. A strong preference will be given to candidates who have college or university experience in crisis management, judicial affairs and/or residential life staff supervision and program design. Experience with student activities and event planning is also helpful. Candidates should also have an understanding of and commitment to the aims of a liberal arts education; excellent organizational and problem-solving skills; strong interpersonal skills as a well as a demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to interact effectively with students, faculty, and other administrators; the ability to respond effectively in emergency situations; strong analytical skills; the ability to communicate well orally and in writing; sensitivity to the needs and concerns of students from diverse background; and a willingness to live proximate to campus.
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