Associate Director for Residence Education and Student Engagement

April 18, 2024

Associate Director for Residence Education and Student Engagement (ADRESE)
University of South Carolina Upstate
Spartanburg, SC

The Associate Director for Residence Education and Student Engagement (ADRESE) provides the leadership for the residential education processes and student engagement within the department of Housing and Residential Life. They are responsible for all of the student staff processes (recruitment, selection, hiring, HR paperwork, training, and ongoing development) for all of the student staff employed within the Department including the Residence Life Graduate Assistant staff/Assistant Hall Directors (RLGA/AHD, 2-3); Residential Life Programming Assistant (RLPA, 1); Resident Advisers (RAs, 16-20); Desk Assistants/Overnight Desk Assistants/Student Office Assistants (DAs/ONDAs/SOAs, 50+); Community Advisers (CAs, 6-8); Senior Student Staff (S3, 6), Summer Conference Assistants (SCAs, 10-15); Summer Facilities & Paint Crew (3-5), as well as coordinates the hiring of the ACUHO-I Interns each summer (1-2).

Develop USC Upstate’s Living Learning Communities and theme housing units working with various faculty and campus partners to edify their success. Responsible for partnering with the Honors Program and collaborating with University College faculty to enhance the Honors LLC/Community of Scholars. Supervises the Residential Life Programming Assistant and together coordinates all staff programming efforts and programming purchasing as well as tracking the programming model. Utilize Archeological Dig to develop a Residential Curriculum to tie programming with our Living Learning Communities and the academic mission of the University. Co-advise the Association of Residential Communities (ARC) with the Director and travels with the students to state, regional and national conferences, as we are able to send the group.

Create the Central Staff on-call schedule (pro/grad/ahd) and also serves in the on-call rotation for after-hour emergencies. Interprets, disseminates, and enforces USC Upstate Code of Student Conduct and University policies and procedures as they pertain to housing conduct; may adjudicate conduct cases as necessary. Adjudicates all fire safety cases and leads the Fire Safety class monthly (conduct sanction). Provides emergency response/crisis intervention to the housing community as needed.

Participates in on-going strategic planning process and develops long-term goals and annual objectives related to residence education and student leadership. Oversees the development and marketing of educational initiatives, programs, LLCs and training for housing and residential life. Manage assessment processes. They will coordinate with the Associate Director for Intercultural Education and Engagement (Office of Student Involvement) on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts for Housing and Residential Life. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned including department or divisional committee work. Attends appropriate organization functions and campus events. Supports additional Housing/Residential Life and Student Affairs events, as directed.

Must be available within 15 minutes for on-call responsibilities during school year and 40 minutes during holidays and summer.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services or related field and 3-year related experience post Master’s, or bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience in Residence Life post-Bachelor’s. Valid driver’s license, a good driving record, and a successful background check are required. When on-call, available to students and others on campus in the event of an emergency.

$49,396 – $50,581; Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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USC Upstate offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

• Health and Life Insurance
• Retirement Programs
• Paid Tuition Program
• Dependent Scholarships
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Annual Leave
• Sick Leave
• 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
• Paid Parental Leave
• Professional Development Opportunities

The University of South Carolina is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. Women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.