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Assistant Director, Residence Life & Housing-Equity & Inclusion

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College / VP Area: Vice President for Student Life
Work type: Staff
Location: Newark
Categories: Student Affairs & Services, Full Time


Under the direction of the Executive Director of Residence Life and Housing, the Assistant Director for Equity and Inclusion leads the creation of unique equity and inclusion initiatives for Residence Life and Housing and enhances equity and inclusion efforts of the Division of Student Life and the University of Delaware. Through supervision of staff, student support, and student advocacy, the Assistant Director serves as a champion for equity and inclusion and the overall student experience in the residence halls. The Assistant Director directs the efforts of all residence hall staff within these areas (3-5 FTE). Through supervision of staff, student support, and student advocacy, the Assistant Director serves as a champion for the student experience in their assigned residence halls.
Position duties are fulfilled within a 24-hour, 7 day per week operation and require periodic evening and weekend time commitments.


  • Directly supervise and further the development of 3-5 Master’s level Residence Hall Coordinators (RHCs) in their work to enhance student learning and support through engagement, student led programs, and sound management of assigned residence halls.
  • Review all incident reports generated from assigned residence halls and oversee effective case response by home Residence Hall Coordinators. Escalate highly unique and high-risk situations where appropriate. Assess student behavior trends in respective communities and formulate response (educational and student conduct) to student concerns. Maintain effective outreach and referral efforts for long-term crisis recovery or mental health concerns. Implement University and department protocols related to Sexual Misconduct response. Educate staff and students about the University Code of Conduct, Residence Hall Regulations, and fire and safety codes. Monitor incident response trends by Resident Assistant staff and initiate interventions when necessary.
  • Coordinate on-site and front-line response to crisis situations, including those that are highly complex in nature and may be life threatening. Assume a case management role with students experiencing long-term mental health challenges. Provide non-clinical student counseling, crisis intervention, and referral services. Direct RHC and RA crisis response efforts within the Upper Division area. Assume University-wide on-call roles and act as primary contact and decision maker for all student crises in compliance with University protocols, State and Federal laws.
  • Provide live-in staff members with direction in day-to-day operations management for the residence halls within scope of responsibility: Opening and closing of halls, key and security systems management, custodial and maintenance issues, occupancy management, and room change process.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and maintain residence hall programming aimed at reaching departmental equity and inclusion outcomes related. Create curriculum, learning exercises, and assessments for the program and train RAs and professional staff in their associated roles.
  • Oversee RLH Equity and Inclusion Committee and ensure effective structures for the implementation of intercultural programming and support services for students from minoritized backgrounds. Guide the development of RLH programs such as monthly cultural celebrations; MLK Day of Service; and the UJIMA support network.
  • Provide leadership and coordination for Equity and Inclusion efforts within RLH. Identify key frameworks and develop curriculum, learning exercises, and evaluation for Professional and RA staff, and students. Train RA and professional staff in their associated roles. Assess effectiveness and propose updates and adjustments for future year initiatives.
  • Lead the development and implementation of residence hall based discrimination response protocols. Further competencies of residence hall staff in addressing discriminatory acts, including support of individuals and community healing.
  • Student Life and institutional priorities.
  • In conjunction with the Senior Associate Director of Residential Communities, create and maintain systems to remain up to date on the community climate and needs of their respective residence halls.
  • Develop and administer assigned budgets.
  • Participate in all RLH department-wide efforts such as strategic plan goals, residence hall openings and closings, and committee roles within RLH and the Division of Student Life.


  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling or related field, with three years of professional experience working with college students, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Non-clinical front-line assessment and referral skills.
  • Knowledge of student support programs and services, and crisis intervention techniques.
  • Familiarity with college student learning and development theories.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of equitable practices and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Experience with writing and measuring learning outcomes and assessment methods.
  • Ability to motivate, develop, direct and train assigned staff including coordinating and supervising work, fostering a cooperative work environment, and maintaining employee morale in a high stress setting
  • Ability to contribute to the creation and implementation of short and long-range department goals
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and effectively prioritize among competing needs.
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community and rapidly changing technical environment.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.


  • Requires periodic evening and weekend time commitments.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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