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Community Director

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: 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 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, exploration and leadership, community, diversity and inclusion, social justice, and wellness.

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 student staff selection, training, residential operations, student leadership, community development or professional development. Additionally, the Community Director actively participates in and supports all initiatives of the Office of Residential Education and the Division of Student Affairs.

This position requires evening and weekend work.

Job Duties: 

Supervision
• Supervise 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

Administrative 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
• Address and document students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct
• Serve as a conduct hearing officer and facilitate meetings to promote opportunities for student accountability and reflection
• Lead an assigned Residential Education initiative such as student staff selection, training, residential operations, student leadership, community development, or professional development
• 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 placement, and building renovation
• 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, exploration and leadership, community, diversity and inclusion, social justice, and wellness
• Develop a positive and inclusive working and living environment for staff and students
• 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: 
• Two years of full-time professional residential life, housing, or student affairs experience
• Master's degree in Higher Education Administration or a related field
• Experience in training, selection, and supervision of student staff
• Effective written and public speaking skills
• Strong commitment to students
• Excellent organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills
• On-call and crisis management experience

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Ability to be flexible in a fast paced day-to-day work environment
• Experience working with special interest housing communities
• Strong large-scale programming implementation skills
• Commitment to developing campus partnerships with faculty and staff
• Facilities management operations

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 50 majors and 60 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 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment 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

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

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 about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many 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 is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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