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Area Director at Stevens Institute of Technology

Posted in Admin - Clerical 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Hoboken, New Jersey

Job Description:

Job Description

Position Description:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Residential Education, the Area Director (AD) manages 6-14 communities (collectively known as the area) and supervises graduate and undergraduate para-professional staff members. The Area Director is responsible for administering a dynamic residential program for one of two areas within the Office of Residential Education: (1) On-Campus housing or (2) Stevens Leased Housing, which also includes Special Interest Housing. The Area Director directly supervises Resident Directors (RDs), and in directly supervises Resident Assistants (RAs), Office Assistants (OAs). The Area Director supports the mission and initiatives of the Office of Residential Education, Residential and Dining Services, the division, and Stevens Institute of Technology. The Area Director is a full-time 12-month, live-in staff member.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

 Staff Development and Leadership

Supervises, develops, and evaluates a staff of 3 Resident Directors in areas of staff development, supervision, and administration.

Indirectly supervises an area staff of 18-33 Resident Assistants.

Supervises, trains, and evaluates a staff of 1-5 Office Assistants.

Contributes and encourages the development of positive working relationships with all Residential Education and Residential and Dining Services staff.

Assists with selecting, training, development and in-service activities for the paraprofessional staff.

Facilitates RA Programming efforts in coordination with the Resident Directors - including approving ideas, allocating funds, and tracking all programs.

Assists with Coordination of Fall & Spring Training as well as ongoing personal and professional staff development opportunities.

 Community Development

Supports RDs, RAs, and residents in establishing a positive atmosphere within the communities that is welcoming and inclusive for all residents and guests and promotes the adherence to policies.

Promotes, supports, and coordinates hall, area, and campus-wide engagement efforts through programs and activities that contribute to the academic and personal development of residents.

Develops and implements a residential curriculum for the community in accordance with the Office of Residential Education’s vision, mission, and goals, which can be accomplished by assisting in the creation of lesson plans and curriculum assessment. Assists with writing lesson plans for the curriculum and with curriculum assessment.

Assists in the management of student behavior through adjudicating policy violations, judicial sanctioning and student advising.

Encourages behavior that demonstrates professionalism, role modeling, and positive communication.

Works in collaboration with various campus departments and offices including Student Affairs, Student Life, Campus Police, facilities, custodial staff, Dining, Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wellness and others.

Provides clear direction in managing multiple communities including special interest housing.

Develops and maintains a positive and mutually supportive working relationship with all campus offices.

Supports, attends, and encourages resident participation at other areas/building and campus-wide activities (i.e. hall councils, RHA, traditional events, SGA…)

Leased Housing (based on area placement)

Manages leased properties and Stevens owned properties ensuring compliance to all Stevens policies.

Addresses all area issues working with facilities management and property managers in coordination with the Office of Residential and Dining Services.

Facilitates residence life programming model with RAs and residents.

Administrative Responsibilities

Implements specific goals and objectives that are consistent with those of Residential Education.

Assists the Office of Residential Dining and Services with facility management, housing operations, and all housing processes. 

Assists in administrative procedures for the office, including but not limited to, room selection, summer housing, conferences, opening & closing the halls, weekend task, special required events, and other tasks.

Serves in the on-call duty rotation to provide coverage and respond to emergencies on nights, weekdays, weekends and holidays.

Maintains office hours and responds to written and oral communication with students, parents, and campus offices. 

Manages the area office and supervises student Office Assistants.

Attends all department and division staff meetings.

Advises and serves on assigned Residential Education, division, and university committees as well as supports and contributes to all committee functions.

Participates and supports campus-wide activities, programs, and traditions within Stevens Institute of Technology while understanding and enhancing the culture of Stevens.

Manages occupancy records, room changes, room condition reports, and other administrative processes for the area through Mercury, Moodle, shared drives and other technologies, in coordination with the Office of Residential and Dining Services.

Effectively manages area budgets which includes monthly reconciliation of purchasing cards, Duckbills, and other area related expenses.

Responsibilities are subject to change based on the needs of the Office of Residential Education.

Works collaboratively with the Office of Residential and Dining Services and members of Student Affairs.

Works with professional property managers in leased housing and student house managers in Greek housing.

Works collaboratively with other ADs, committees, and other members of the Stevens community.

Further Conditions


A master’s degree is required; Student Affairs and Higher Education degree, or related field is preferred.

Previous residence life experience is required; Related experience in Student Affairs will be considered.

1-2 years fulltime, post-masters professional experience is preferred.


Exhibits effective time management strategies and excellence in executing tasks.

Ability to take tasks and work independently and with accuracy. 

Understands and operates within Title IX and other areas of national higher education compliance.

Strong, positive communication skills required

Understanding of and a commitment to the mission and purpose of Stevens, the Department of Student Affairs, and the Office of Residential Education

Demonstrate experience utilizing technology.

Advising within a residence life or student affairs program

Ability to train, supervise and evaluate undergraduate and graduate student staff

Experience in guidance, mediation, intervention, problem-solving, decision making, and emergency response.


Area Directors will be formally evaluated by their supervisor(s) annually. Additionally, their staff will have an opportunity to provide feedback regarding their performance at the close of each semester.  These evaluations will be used to strengthen staff members’ effectiveness.


This is a 12-month position that includes competitive salary, housing, dining support, professional development, and university benefits


Residential Education

General Submission Guidelines:

In order to be considered a candidate for any job at Stevens, you must submit an online application. Please attach a cover letter and resume with each application. Other requirements for consideration may depend on the job.

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EEO Statement:

Stevens Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Accordingly, Stevens adheres to an employment policy that prohibits discriminatory practices or harassment against candidates or employees based on legally impermissible factor(s) including, but not necessarily limited to, race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, age, ancestry, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information, pregnancy or pregnancy-related medical conditions, disability, or any protected military or veteran status.

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