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AD Position Description

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The Residential Education staff at the University of Southern California provides housing and support services for 9,000 students living within USC Housing.  The Assistant Director (AD) position is a full-time, live-in professional staff member who plays an integral role in creating a residential life program that encourages student and community engagement. This leadership role within the Office for Residential Education, is responsible for the development of a supportive living and learning environment within an assigned residential area ranging in size from 1500 to 2500 residents. The Assistant Directors play a significant role in furthering the mission of the University of Southern California, the strategic initiatives of the Division of Student Affairs and the mission, vision, and core values of the Office for Residential Education. This position performs a variety of important daily operation tasks including supervision of professional staff, adjudicating residential and campus judicial cases, managing an area budget, serving as a liaison to housing, providing oversight for 1-2 Residential Education committees, and serving on divisional committees or task forces.

Under the supervision of an Associate Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for the direct supervision, training, and evaluation of 2-5 Residential Community/College Coordinators (RCCs) and the indirect supervision, training, and evaluation of 1-3 Graduate Residential College/Community Coordinators (GRCCs) and 35-55 student staff (Resident Assistants).  In addition to the essential duties listed, the ADs provide overall vision and leadership in the development of a robust academic and social environment for residents, while creating and maintaining a high level of safety, security, and well-being for all residents.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  1. Supervise, train, and evaluate 2-5 Residential Community/College Coordinators (professional hall directors)
  2. Indirectly supervise, train, and evaluate 1-3 GRCCs and 35-55 student staff (Resident Assistants)
  3. Manage, track, and reconcile an area budget of approximately $70,000 – $100,000
  4. Participate in a 24/7 on-call duty and emergency response system for the entire USC population of 44,000+ students
  5. Serve as a judicial hearing officer within the Residential Review process and campus judicial process
  6. Provide oversight for 1-2 Residential Education Task Forces
  7. Provide advice, support, assistance and referrals to all Residential Education staff as well as residents
  8. Provide resources and support for the activities and programs in the building/community
  9. Serve on divisional committees or task forces
  10. Perform administrative functions for day-to-day operation of the assigned residence hall/area
  11. Assist with the maintenance of residence halls in cooperation with USC Housing
  12. Maintain a weekly work schedule with a minimum of 40 hours/week for residents and staff.  Evening office hours are expected.  Additionally, there will be periodic weekend commitments
  13. Other duties as assigned by the departmental leadership

For more details, please review the Assistant Director Job Description