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Otterbein University
  • Position Number: 3956110
  • Location: Westerville, OH
  • Position Type: Residence Life and Housing

Assistant Director Residence Life

$41,000.00 - $43,000.00 Annually

Westerville, OH

Job Type
Administrative Staff

Student Affairs

Job Number


Otterbein University is seeking two Assistant Directors of Residence Life to oversee resident assistant staff and build community, budget and facility management and leading departmental special initiatives.In addition, the Assistant Director of Residence Life will serve as an Area Director to approximately 700 students living in residence halls, apartments or houses.This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary range of $41,000 - $43,000.

Otterbein offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Accrue 4 weeks paid vacation and 10 days paid sick time per year
  • 13 paid holiday's and bonus days (including Christmas Eve through New Year's Day)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance to you, dependents or domestic partner
  • Retirement plan with employer contributions
  • Tuition benefit
  • Family friendly with a domestic partner policy.
  • Pet friendly
  • and much more

    ABOUT OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY:Historically progressive and building. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio's largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County.
    Otterbein has been selected as one of 23 universities across the US and the first in Ohio to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center.Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers toequity and opportunity.


    Staff supervision, evaluation, training and selection (30%)
  • Select, train, supervise and evaluate hall director staff.
  • Direct residence life paraprofessional staff recruitment, selection, training, enrichment, recognition and evaluation processes including instruction of SLD 2000 courses.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation.

    Student intervention, support & programming (25%)
  • Address student behavior including reporting violations of the student code of conduct, interpreting the student code of conduct and serving as a judicial hearing officer.
  • Lead retention efforts including planning educational programming, meeting individually with at risk students, and training paraprofessional staff to address retention concerns
  • Manage residence hall programs with hall staff, emphasizing developing community, critical thinking skills, healthy lifestyles, residence life learning outcomes, and collaborative efforts across campus.
  • Manage Living Learning Community (LLC) program planning, promotion and evaluation in collaboration with the Center for Student Success
  • Manage community development with residents and support those who experience personal, social, emotional, physical and academic concerns through educational programming and/or referrals.
  • Serve as an advocate for diverse student populations.

    Facility supervision (20%)
  • Supervise hall facility needs including opening and closing, key management, furniture inventory and monitoring cleanliness and maintenance of the facilities.
  • Manage break housing and theme house programs including facilities, selection and resident needs.

    Housing Operations (15%)
  • Plan room assignments and manage room change/vacancy/consolidation processes including publicity and evaluation of each process.
  • Lead development of all Residence Life marketing and social media materials including the departmental website, assignment newsletters to students and parents.
  • Maintain student information (Banner).

    Budget Management (5%)
  • Supervise area programming, staff development and facility budgets.

    Campus Involvement (5%)
  • Participate in the Otterbein campus community through campus committees
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all members of the community and serve the developmental needs of students.

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supervises hall director and resident assistant staff as assigned


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Master's degree required with 2-3 experience in residence life, educational programming, supervision or advising.

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:Valid driver's license and willingness to become a university certified driver

    LANGUAGE SKILLS: Ability to understand and work with all nationalities

    MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Basic math and ability to use Excel and calculator. Budget management and housing projections

    TECHNICAL SKILLS: Must be technically competent and comfortable using a variety of software applications and office machines

    REASONING ABILITY: Must be able to reason with a number of personalities and backgrounds; must be able to make important decisions quickly; must be able to deal with constant interaction with students and faculty/staff campus-wide.Must be able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Sitting for periods of time in front of a computer; constant interaction with students, faculty, and community; loading and unloading supplies; standing or sitting for periods of time. Ability to lift up to 20lbs. Walk up four flights of stairs. Ability to reach above one's head and below one's knees.Must be able to meet regular and predictable attendance standards.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Duties performed primarily in an environmentally controlled office and residence halls.
    Must live in furnished apartment on campus provided by the University.


    This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of this position. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind of level of difficulty.

    Otterbein University is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer

    Otterbein University is committed to providing a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination. To this end, the University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status in its programs and activities. However, the University's commitment to a nondiscriminatory environment is not intended to abridge unduly its commitment to academic freedom, free speech, or its educational mission. Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to: Human Resources

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