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Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public Carnegie Doctoral Research University (high research activity) located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia boasting a diverse population of over 1.6 million. Current student enrollment is 25,500 students with approximately 5,000 graduate students and nearly 1,500 international students. The main campus in Norfolk is adjacent to the largest naval base in the world and the University has been a national leader in technology-delivered distance learning since the mid-1980s and is now one of the largest providers of distance learning degree programs in the country. U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings place the Darden College of Education 65th out of 235 colleges of education. The graduate program in Counseling was ranked 18th in the same poll for 2012.

Old Dominion University is engaged in transforming its undergraduate experience through an ambitious program by reconnecting living and learning to enhance the quality of campus life. In the past five years, university-owned housing has nearly doubled its capacity as the University makes a transition to a residential campus. Housing & Residence Life is a comprehensive auxiliary enterprise with 14 residential communities comprised of residence halls, suite style with double-loaded corridors, and three apartment complexes for an on-campus capacity of approximately 4,700 students. As part of the division of Student Engagement & Enrollment Services (SEES), Housing & Residence Life is a student-centered educational partner, impacting the learning environment through an innovative signature experience seamlessly connecting recruitment, engagement, and providing an active living/learning environment. This environment provides intentional opportunities for meaningful connections to the University; collaboratively impacts learning through its various living/learning communities; delivers comprehensive services; prioritizes and uses resources that support student programs and services; and utilizes technology to enhance the experience of students living on campus.

Positions Available

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Residence Education, the Assistant Director is responsible for coordinating and directing all functions of an assigned area of residence halls/apartments of up to 2,000 students. The Assistant Director facilitates student development and implements academic programs based on the student population they serve while implementing the residential curriculum. The residential curriculum emphasizes the importance of making sure every resident is actively engaged within the campus community, and offers programs and experiences which support a high quality living-learning environment.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Overall responsibility for the development, management, and oversight of a multiple communities that include Honors Living-Learning community, first year student and sophomore residence halls comprised of 1,718 students;
  • Supervision of three residence hall directors, three graduate hall directors, and 42 student resident assistants;
  • Recruitment/selection;
  • Assessment of area;
  • Development, supervision and oversight of area staff (Residence Hall Directors, paraprofessional staff, and undergraduate student staff);
  • Coordination of opening and closing;
  • Facilitation of staff meetings and training programs;
  • Management of an area budget;
  • Collaboration with faculty, staff, and students;
  • Development of academic and retention related initiatives;
  • Serve on Housing & Residence Life, SEES, and University committees/task forces;
  • Serves as a campus student conduct officer;
  • Participates in an on-duty rotation and follow up with residents and staff regarding crisis situations;
  • Adjudication of student misconduct and crisis management/emergency situations;
  • Offers student-centered services that support student success.

The Assistant Director of Residence Education position is a twelve month (live-on) administrative faculty position responsible for the mixed class residential neighborhood (the Quad) and will join two other assistant directors, one for the first-year experience, and one for apartment living. Additionally, Assistant Directors have a department-wide focus area upon mutual agreement with the Director of Residence Education. These may include:

  • Staff recruitment and selection
  • Leadership development
  • Community development
  • Social Justice Initiatives
  • Student/academic success initiatives

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, or a related field required with a minimum of four years, post-master's experience in housing/residence life;
  • Experience with staff supervision, residence hall management, leadership training and development, and community development;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Leadership skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of students, staff, university administrators and external constituencies including parents;
  • Ability to work autonomously in a team environment; ability to multi-task, and possess strong organizational skills;
  • Experience in the adjudication of student misconduct and crisis management/emergency situations;
  • Strong commitment to student success and providing a student centered approach throughout the residential experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience with apartment living learning communities, sophomore success programs, living learning communities, and/or any other student success and retention initiatives are strongly preferred;
  • Previous experience advising a student organization preferred.

How to Apply

Applicants must include a cover letter that addresses the position qualifications, a resume, and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Compensation package will include a $40,000 salary, an on-campus 2-bedroom apartment, a board plan available during the academic year when dining halls are open; tuition remission; along with additional university benefits. Start date is negotiable.

Please submit applicant packages to:

Millie Jones
Old Dominion University
Housing & Residence Life
4603 Elkhorn Avenue, Suite 1208
Norfolk, VA 23508-1850
hrlsearch@odu.edu
Subject line: Residence Hall Director

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the development, management, and oversight of a multiple communities that include Honors Living-Learning community, first year student and sophomore residence halls comprised of 400 - 700 students;
  • Recruitment/selection, training and supervision of a staff of 8-22 Resident/Community Assistants, Front Desk personnel, and possible supervision of 1-2 graduate assistants plus office assistants;
  • Advise students individually and in groups including advising the hall/apartment Community Council;
  • Provide/stimulate leadership development opportunities and training;
  • Develop relationships by being accessible to students and staff; building a cohesive team; communicating expectations; serving as a resource; advising and mentoring students; promoting an atmosphere of community and respect;
  • Develop traditions and a unified strategy to build hall/apartment identity;
  • Manage a program budget;
  • Serve as a Student Conduct Officer;
  • Engage in academic initiatives designed to further facilitate student success;
  • Serve on an on-duty rotation and follow up with residents and staff regarding any crisis situation;
  • Participate in assessment and retention initiatives.

This is a full-time, 12-month, Administrative Faculty, live-in position. Compensation package will include a $32,000 salary, an on-campus apartment, meal plan during the academic year when dining halls are open, professional development opportunities, and full university benefits, including tuition assistance after one year.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling, or a related field;
  • Experience in residence life/housing which can be as a pre-professional or undergraduate;
  • Excellent administrative, management, and supervision skills;
  • Effective communication skills (oral and written)
  • Ability to build teams, possess strong interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work collaboratively;
  • Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes and experience in its application;
  • An appreciation for diversity and the ability to work effectively in a diverse institutional setting.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with living-learning, or FYE/sophomore/upper class communities;
  • Experience/knowledge of leadership development, residence hall governance, academic, faculty engagement, and/or retention initiatives.

How to Apply

Applicants must include a cover letter that addresses the position qualifications, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to:

Millie Jones
Old Dominion University
Housing & Residence Life
4603 Elkhorn Avenue, Suite 1208
Norfolk, VA 23508-1850
hrlsearch@odu.edu
Subject line: Residence Hall Director

To apply, prospective Graduate Assistant candidates must send electronic copies of their resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references to:

Sue Frizzell
Assistant Director for Customer Service & Marketing
Email: smykins@odu.edu

To qualify for a GA position, applicants must have applied to a master's degree program at Old Dominion University. Preference will be given to students who have applied to the Higher Education master's program with ODU's Darden College of Education. Students in other degree programs are also welcome to apply.

To apply, prospective Graduate Assistant candidates must send electronic copies of their resume, cover letter, and a list of 3 professional references to:

Amber Steele
Residence Hall Director, University Village Apartments
Email: aesteele@odu.edu

To qualify for a GA position, applicants must have applied to a master's degree program at Old Dominion University. Preference will be given to students who have applied to the Higher Education master's program with ODU's Darden College of Education. Students in other degree programs are also welcome to apply.

Priority Consideration

Applications can be submitted directly to Amber Steele at aesteele@odu.edu

Students who only apply for an assistantship through the College of Education's master's program in Higher Education will always be considered for any openings that may exist within Housing & Residence Life.

Interview Options

Each candidate will need to complete a face-to-face interview with the Graduate Assistant Selection Committee during an on campus interview.

University Resources


Working in HRL at ODU

A community exists on the basis of shared values and principles. Over 4,600 students live on campus and enjoy the benefits of the residential experience at ODU including living-learning communities, programming, and athletic events to name a few. Housing & Residence Life provides opportunities for growth and development through training and professional development opportunities for all staff. Our staff is comprised of 30 full-time professional and administrative staff engaged in providing an exceptional residential experience for our students. Staff members enjoy a team-based approach to working and learning as we participate in campus events as well as programs for our residents.

Old Dominion University (ODU) is committed to fostering an environment that is safe and secure, inclusive and conducive to academic inquiry, student engagement and student success. The perks of a career at ODU are numerous, offering everything from the satisfaction of working for an institution that is considered one of the best colleges to work for in the nation by a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Benefits include a choice of medical plans, retirement plans as well as paid time off and tuition remission.

Housing & Residence Life is committed to providing an educational and working environment for students, faculty, and staff that recognizes the demands of career and personal life, and promotes flexibility in meeting these demands. While the Housing & Residence Life must achieve its mission of providing an exceptional residential experience, it also is committed to fostering an environment that is responsive to employees' and students' personal commitments and obligations. Flexibility that does not diminish the mission and achievement of academic goals is not only possible, but essential. Housing & Residence Life benefits through the improvement in recruiting and retaining quality staff resources, reduced absenteeism, and increased levels of productivity, motivation, and morale, all of which contribute toward staff and students receiving an exceptional residential living experience.

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Benefits for full-time employees

to learn about the employmeny benefits of working for Old Dominion University, please visit the ODU Human Resources website