Assistant Dean or Director of Residence Life and Campus Safety
Reports to: Dean of Student Affairs
Position Type: Full-time,12 months, Exempt
Compensation: Commensurate with experience; includes on-campus housing
The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at Menlo College is looking for an experienced, resourceful, innovative, and dedicated professional to provide oversight of the student residential experience. Under the supervision of the Dean of Student Affairs, The Assistant Dean/Director of Residence Life and Campus Safety has primary responsibility for administrative management and oversight of residential life and campus safety programs and services. This position provides vision, leadership and strategic direction for the area and works collaboratively with OSA staff and other campus departments to provide students with a safe on-campus living environment that cultivates community, facilitates learning, promotes academic success, and fosters inclusivity.
● Select, train, and supervise the Housing and Student Life Coordinator, Undergraduate Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants.
● Implement a well-balanced, educational, and socially engaging co-curricular program for resident students that supports their personal development, academic success, health and wellness, and ability to live successfully in our community.
● Serve as an integral part of OSA’s management team and assist with policy decisions, programming goals, personnel issues, and a variety of central office matters.
● Manage all housing processes (assignments and occupancy management) in the absence of the Housing and Student Life Coordinator.
● Oversee and assess the Living Learning Community pilot and strategize a model for expansion.
● Identify opportunities to engage and partner with faculty and other departments on campus (e.g., Career Services) to enhance the residential experience.
● Work collaboratively with a third-party security firm to provide overall supervision and leadership to onsite security officers while maintaining coverage for shift operations within a 24 hours operational environment.
● Proactively address safety and security concerns, implement action plans, and ensure related policies are consistently enforced.
● Serve in the Administrator on Call weekly duty rotation to assist residence life staff and Resident Fellows during campus emergencies.
● Develop and maintain a collaborative relationship with local law enforcement.
● Chair the Care Team charged with monitoring and responding to residents experiencing social, emotional and behavioral concerns, working collaboratively with OSA staff, Academic Affairs, and other campus departments when appropriate.
● Serve as a student conduct officer in the adjudication of violations of the Student Code of Conduct and other policies applicable to students living in residence.
● Assist with the planning and implementation of New Student Orientation and signature campus events as needed.
● Opportunity to teach student success courses, depending on qualifications and need.
● Bachelor’s degree required, Master's degree in higher education administration, public administration, counseling, or related field preferred.
● Minimum 2-3 years of experience in Residence Life, Housing, and Student Affairs.
● Strong working knowledge and understanding of established professional codes of ethics and best practices for Student Affairs professionals, including student conduct; housing and residential life; and student development, engagement, and success.
● Demonstrated commitment to promoting inclusiveness and cultural competence; and experience working with underrepresented students.
● Outstanding verbal, written, and public presentation skills; must be able to communicate and interact effectively with students, faculty, staff and all external constituencies.
● Working knowledge of Title IX regulations.
● Proficiency in computer skills, including MS Office and Student Information Systems (Jenzabar preferred).
● Proficiency with outcomes assessment and continuous improvement.
● Willingness to work evenings and weekends.
● Demonstrated success with change management or crisis management, to support planning and operations in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.
About Menlo College
Menlo College is a diverse and tight-knit community of exceptional, involved people. Our mission is to: “...ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy.” We attract students from all over the world who are committed to learning, playing intercollegiate sports, starting and leading organizations, and making an impact in their communities.
For the 12th straight year, Menlo College was named to The Princeton Review “2021 Best Colleges,” a recognition given to only 12% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. In 2020, Menlo College was also ranked #11 in Money for Best U.S. Business Colleges. Menlo College is designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).
Our campus is located 30 miles south of San Francisco, in Silicon Valley – one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative locations. Silicon Valley is renowned as an innovation incubator with exceptional opportunities for experience-based learning.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, a current resume and contact information for 3 references. Position is open until filled. Letters of recommendation may be requested at a letter date:
Attn: Director of Human Resources
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027-4301
or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Menlo College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. All prospective Menlo College employees are required to satisfy a background check, as well as clearance annually for the operation of a motor vehicle on behalf of Menlo College. As we are an in-person campus, we require proof of full vaccination and a booster or approved exemptions for COVID-19
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the College visit: Benefits of Belonging