Community Director

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Other, Student Affairs

The Office of Residential Education commits to providing intentional and deliberate educational experiences for students that support the academic mission of the University. Placing students at the forefront and giving them ownership of their Bucknell experience, Residential Education cultivates an intentional student experience that advances individual transformation.

The Community Director position is a 12-month, live-in appointment reporting to the Director of Residential Education and is on a team comprised of six Community Directors.

The Community Director supervises approximately 10-20 Residential Advisers and oversees the daily operations of one or more residential areas. With building community as a priority of a Community Director’s work, this position is responsible for developing educational opportunities in an environment that enhances student learning and growth in areas including academic success, campus and community engagement, social justice and inclusion, personal development and leadership & professional development.

As live-in professionals, Community Directors are considered first responders and will serve in an on-call rotation to assist with crisis management, intervention and emergency response. The Community Director assumes leadership over an assigned Residential Education initiative such as Appreciation and Recognition, Diversity and Inclusion, Operations, Assessment and Programming, RA Selection, or RA Training. Additionally, the Community Director actively participates in and supports all initiatives of the Office of Residential Education and the Division of Student Affairs.

Job Duties:
SUPERVISION:
• Supervise approximately 10-20 student staff members
• Participate in the recruitment, selection, training and evaluation processes for student staff
• Provide on-going support and direction for student staff through weekly staff meetings, one-on-one conversations, and informal interactions to engage in ongoing development
ADMINISTRATION AND GENERAL EXPECTATIONS:
• Live-in residence and supervise assigned residential communities
• Perform administrative duties including, but not limited to assessment, monthly reports, occupancy, budget management and health and safety inspections
• Provide a staff presence within the community by being visible in the halls and developing a rapport with residents
• Demonstrate an understanding and on-going commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice by addressing the needs and concerns of underrepresented students
• Respond to incidents of reported misconduct and write incident reports
• Serve as a conduct case manager to maintain documentation and facilitate meetings for reported conflicts and violations of University policy
• Foster a culture of care by supporting students and providing resources by maintaining awareness of resident concerns
• Serve as the Lead Coordinator to an assigned Residential Education initiative such as Appreciation and Recognition, Diversity and Inclusion, Operations, Assessment and Programming, RA Selection, or RA Training. Additionally, the Community Director actively participates in and supports all initiatives of the Office of Residential Education and the Division of Student Affairs.
• Develop learning outcomes, goals and ongoing assessment for programs and initiatives
• Respond to student issues and provide follow up accordingly in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students, Counseling & Student Development Center, Student Health, Public Safety and the Academic Deans
• Partner with Housing Services and assist with housing and facilities management including room selection, key inventory, room condition inventory, room changes, damage assessment/billing, summer school, and building renovations
• Coordinate residence hall opening and closing in assigned residential area in collaboration with Housing Services
• Maintain a close working relationship with the Facilities staff
• Attend weekly Residential Education meetings and participate in trainings and workshops
• Perform additional duties as assigned or required to meet Residential Education and University goals and objectives


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
• Implement and evaluate the residential programming model, emphasizing competencies including academic success, campus and community engagement, social justice and inclusion, personal development and leadership & professional development
• Develop a positive and inclusive working and living environment for students and staff
• Provide crisis intervention and resource referral to students in need
• Educate students about University policies and procedures including the Community of Responsibility Statement
• Create, support and attend building-wide and floor-wide programming
COMMUNICATION:
• Maintain honest, courteous and ethical relations with all members of the Bucknell community
• Identify, support and refer students to campus resources as necessary
• Maintain confidentiality of all student issues and matters in compliance with FERPA
• Maintain a high level of professionalism and integrity
CRISIS INTERVENTION & RESPONSE:
• Participate in an on-call duty rotation serving as a first responder and assist with crisis management, intervention and emergency response
• Support students as they encounter various developmental and/or adjustment difficulties
• Provide appropriate support and follow-up for students and staff involved in crisis or emergency situations
• Maintain availability and accessibility to residents and student staff
• Maintain communication with appropriate professional staff to keep them informed of emergencies and crisis situations
DIVISIONAL INVOLVEMENT:
• Serve on department and University committees as assigned
• Attend all departmental and divisional retreats and meetings
• Maintain a high degree of visibility and availability to students and staff members
• Collaborate with other departments within Student Affairs for campus wide events
• Perform other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree
• At least 1-year professional experience in secondary or higher education setting or in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
• Experience in training, selection and supervision of student staff
• Effective written and public speaking skills
• Strong commitment to students
• Strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Excellent organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills
• On-call and crisis management experience


Preferred Qualifications:
• Master's degree in Higher Education Administration or a related field
•Two years of full-time professional residential life, housing or student affairs experience
• Strong large-scale programming implementation skills
• Facilities management operations


Work Type: 
This is a full-time, year round, benefits eligible, live-in position.

This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

Salary Range:
This is a Staff Exempt position with a hiring range of $39,120 - 48,900 (E05). The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.

Benefits: 

Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
- flexible scheduling options determined by role; 
- medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
- an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
- generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
- tuition remission, exchange and grants for the employee, spouse/spousal equivalent, and children (with credit for full-time, benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education)
- a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
- a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card 

To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community.  We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings.  We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

 


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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