Professional Positions

Associate Director for Residential Life

The Associate Director for Residential Life serves as a primary leader in overseeing the day to day functions of a residential life program housing more than 7,500 students. The selected individual will provide direction for the provision of all services connected with the residential life program. Along with the Sr. Associate Director for Residential Life and the Associate Director for Residential Education, this individual will initiate and administer policy for the department and the university. A primary focus of this position will be to establish community development initiatives that supplement the student learning we seek to facilitate through our residential curriculum. This will be done primarily through the supervision of 3-4 Assistant Directors and the indirect supervision of more than 30 live-in professionals (full- and part-time) and over 200 paraprofessional student leaders. This position is a senior position within the residential life team and will have high contact with the Director of Campus Living, as well as other leaders and constituents within the division and university.

  • Provide orientation, supervision, and regular evaluation for three Residential Life SL-3 staff, and one Graduate Assistant. Provide indirect supervision to live-in professional and paraprofessional staff, and student assistant staff. Provide vision, guidance and participate in the selection and training of all residential life professional and paraprofessional staff. Travel to national/regional placement conferences will be a shared responsibility.
  • Provide direction for the provision of all services connected with the program. In particular, provide direction and oversight for nine area desk operations, including direction for openings, closing and summer operations.
  • Select, train, and supervise the Residence Hall Association Advisor. In conjunction with the RHA advisor, coordinate executive board elections for Residence Hall Association and hall/village councils.
  • Provide vision and direction for student programming, leadership development and community building.
  • Evaluate departmental programming efforts.
  • Respond to crisis or emergency situations; provide guidance to residential life staff members and students.
  • Development of an assessment and evaluation plan for residential life, to include, but is not limited to, student floor evaluations and staff evaluations of supervisors.
  • Coordinate departmental efforts to collect assessment data (i.e. annual EBI surveys).
  • Development and execution of a comprehensive move-in program for all residential students each fall and students new to on-campus housing each spring.
  • Coordinate logistics and work with other departments at the University to deliver a thorough welcome to new and returning students and their families.
  • Manage responses to higher level student issues and parent interactions.

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Area Directors (AD)

At the University at Buffalo, ADs are selected from a highly competitive national pool of residence life professionals with extensive experience. They manage the staff of an area (Apartments, Ellicott East, Ellicott South, or South Campus) with up to 2200 students. An AD:

  • Directly supervises two to four full-time live-in professionals and two to four part-time live-in professionals
  • Manages multiple budgets for residence halls or villages, areas, and committees
  • Chairs departmental committees, often meeting once a week
  • Lives off campus but serves on a rotating duty schedule

Residence Hall Directors (RHDs)

UB's RHDs are carefully selected from a competitive national pool for their fit with UB's diverse student population and our mission as a leading global research university. RHDs are full-time, live-in, professional administrators with master's degrees in college student personnel or related fields. An RHD:

  • Supervises a staff of between 15-18 RAs
  • Interacts with other Campus Living departments to promote an environment conducive to social and intellectual growth
  • Holds a full-time, 12-month, live-in professional position and maintains an office in the residence halls
  • Is responsible for residential life functions in one or more residence halls, housing up to 575 students
  • Is supervised by an Area Director
  • Supervises an Assistant Hall Director
  • Fosters a positive, secure, and clean community that encourages student development
  • Serves in an advisory role to the Hall Council and provides direction to developmental programming initiatives in the residence hall
  • Serves as part of the on-call duty rotation

View the Residence Hall Director Formal Job Description: Word (95KB) | PDF (160KB)

Complex Directors (CDs)

UB's CDs are carefully selected from a competitive national pool for their fit with UB's diverse student population and our mission as a leading global research university. CDs are full-time, live-in professional administrators with a master's degree in college student personnel or related fields. A CD:

  • Interacts with other Campus Living departments to promote an environment conducive to social and intellectual growth
  • Holds a full-time, 12-month, live-in professional position and maintains an office in the village
  • Is responsible for residential life functions housing up to 625 students
  • Responsible for traditional property management functions (direct outside vendors for apartment unit turnover activities, landscaping and snow removal.) A large operating budget is also managed by the Complex Director
  • Is supervised by an Area Director
  • Supervises an Assistant Complex Director and up to 8 Community Assistants
  • Fosters a positive, secure, and clean community that encourages student development.
  • Serves in an advisory role to the Village Council and provides direction to developmental programming initiatives in the village
  • Serves as part of the on-call duty rotation

View the Complex Director Formal Job Description: Word (93KB) | PDF (158KB)

Assistant Hall Directors

Assistant Hall Directors are part-time, live-in, professional administrators usually working on advanced degrees. An Assistant Hall Director:

  • Provides assistance to RHDs to manage their respective halls
  • Is a part-time, live-in professional position and maintains an office in the residence hall
  • May supervise lounges, budgeting, supervise Academic Assistants or tutoring staff, and program planning
  • May directly supervise a small staff of Resident Advisors
  • May Advise Hall Council
  • May supervise developmental programming initiatives in the residence hall
  • Has opportunities to develop skills in supervision, program development, conflict management, budgets, and decision making

View the Assistant Hall Director Formal Job Description: Word (84KB) | PDF (113KB)

Assistant Complex Directors

Assistant Complex Directors are part-time, live-in, professional administrators usually working on advanced degrees. An Assistant Complex Director:

  • Provides assistance to CDs to manage their respective village.
  • May Advise Village Council
  • May supervise developmental programming initiatives in the residence hall
  • Supervises on-site Business and Fitness Centers
  • Assists in coordinating daily property management operations and student services (including mail package delivery, lock changes and agreement renewals)
  • Is a part-time, 12-month, live-in professional position and maintains an office in the village
  • Has opportunities to develop skills in supervision, program development, conflict management, budgets, and decision making

View the Assistant Complex Director Formal Job Description: Word (93KB) | PDF (154KB)

Assistant Director for Residential Education (Res Ed AD)

The Assistant Director is selected from a highly competitive national pool of professionals with extensive experience in higher education/residence life. This position works collaboratively with all levels of the residential life staff in the development and implementation of academic support initiatives, such as a residential curriculum and living-learning communities, in the residence halls and apartments. The Res Ed AD:

  • Directly supervises the Coordinator for Living Learning Programs and indirectly supervises 2-3 Graduate Assistants as well as 16 paraprofessional student staff
  • Provides direction and leadership for the ongoing development, implementation and assessment of the residential curriculum
  • Oversees the living-learning communities program
  • Lives off campus but participates in a rotating on-call system

View the Director for Residential Education Formal Job Description: Word (82KB) | PDF (172KB)

Coordinator for Living-Learning Programs (CLLP)

The CLLP is a full-time, professional position selected from a competitive national pool with experience working with living-learning programs and a fit with UBís mission and diverse student population. This is a live-off position. The CLLP:

  • Supervises two Graduate Assistants and 16 paraprofessional student staff (Academic Assistants)
  • Coordinates AA staff programming in learning communities
  • Coordinates the development and implementation of residential learning communities, including working collaboratively with campus partners in academic units and student support offices

View the Coordinator for Living-Learning Programs Formal Job Description: Word (86KB) | PDF (185KB)

Coordinator for Academic Initiatives (CAI)

The Coordinator for Academic Initiatives (CAI) is responsible for overseeing the day to day academic support functions of residential education program within the residence halls and apartments. This position supports the co-curricular aspects of residentially based academic communities by working with residential life staff, faculty, and other academic staff to create a seamless environment between living and learning components of university life.

  • Assist with overall implementation of residential learning initiatives; provide leadership to academic interventions and the tutor program.
  • Coordinate outreach initiatives (programming) around academic success themes, and facilitate assessment activities that examine the impact of academic support programming.
  • This position includes educational, supervisory and administrative functions that promote student engagement, academic success, personal development, and a strong sense of community though the implementation of the residential curriculum.
  • The CAI must work collaboratively with staff members in residential life, student affairs and various academic departments, their faculty and administrators.
  • The CAI will provide direct supervision to the Graduate Assistant Tutor Coordinator and indirect supervision to the Tutors.

View the Coordinator for Academic Iniative formal job description: Word (2MB) | PDF (494KB)

Office Managers

All Campus Living offices are staffed by professional administrative staff who:

  • Assists with staff scheduling
  • Provides support during hall/village opening and closings
  • Interacts with students, answering questions and referring them to the appropriate office
  • Assists with judicial tracking, room management, and office budgeting
  • Supervises students who work in the office or in mail delivery

Last updated: May 24, 2015 3:32 am EST