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Assistant Director, Residential Life & Explorations

Apply now Job no: 493651
Work type: Staff (Full-Time)
Location: Orlando, FL, Winter Park, FL
Categories: Residential Life & Explorations
Division: Student Affairs

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Benefits &

  • 25 Days - Paid Time Off (vacation, sick and personal time)
  • 10 Days - Paid Holidays
  • 5 Days - Paid College Closure Days
  • Eligible for Medical, Prescription, Dental & Vision Insurances (within 30 days of hire)
  • 100% Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account ($125+/month)
  • 100% Employer-Paid Short & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • 11.5% Employer Retirement Contributions
  • Discounted On-Campus Dining Meal Plans
  • FREE On-Campus Parking
  • FREE Access to Campus Amenities (gyms, pools, library, sporting events and more)
  • FREE Full Tuition for Employees and their Families
  • Pet Insurance
  • 100% Employer-Funded Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Award-Winning Wellbeing Programs: Blue Rewards, Rally Dollars, Hinge Health Musculoskeletal Coaching
  • Plus More!

Additional Perks:

  • Local & National Discount Programs, including Winter Park Locations (i.e. shops, restaurants, gift cards and more)
  • FREE E-Training Courses & Professional Development Opportunities
  • IT Software & Laptop Discounts (Apple, Lenovo, and more)
  • College Bookstore Discounts 
  • Annual Service Awards & Recognition Programs
  • Plus More!

Rollins offers a competitive salary along with our generous benefits package. 

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To support and enhance the mission of the Office of Residential Life & Explorations, the Assistant Director (AD) will be responsible for creating and maintaining a comprehensive residential environment that is academically and socially stimulating for the holistic development of students. This position oversees the staff development and training aspects for both our office team and our peer educators, the recruitment of our Resident Assistants (RA) and Senior RAs, residential curriculum development for the department, as well as development of office recognition programs. This position requires significant interaction and collaboration with many college divisions.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supervision:
    • Supervise 2-4 Area Coordinators and indirectly supervise 20-25 RAs, and 2-4 Senior RAs in areas with approximately 800 - 1200 residents.
    • Develop meaningful working relationships with Area Coordinators by conducting regular one-on-one meetings to provide feedback coaching and professional development.
    • Educate Area Coordinators on the student staff evaluation and disciplinary process.
    • Conduct yearly evaluation process for Area Coordinators.
    • Supervises Area Coordinators with the collateral topics of Training, and Selection and Curriculum.
    • Serve as an advocate for Area Coordinator, Resident Assistant, and student needs.
  • Staff Recruitment and Training:
    • Lead department processes for recruitment, and selection of all undergraduate student staff.
    • Plan and execute Fall and Winter Training for RAs and coordinate with the Associate Director for Explorations for Peer Educator training.
    • Assist with planning and execution of Summer Office Staff Training for RLE Professional Staff, Graduate Staff, and Student Coordinators.
    • Create staff development activities and ongoing professional development for RAs.
    • Assists the Director with the recruitment and selection of Area Coordinators.
    • Collaborate with Campus partners to develop holistic training for Peer Educators.
  • Curriculum and Community Development:
    • Co-lead the curriculum committee and assist in the continued development of the RLE residential curriculum.
    • Create community development expectations for both Cohort Housing Community and Upperclassmen Halls in collaboration with the Associate Directors.
  • Conduct and Crisis Management:
    • Responsible for understanding and upholding the Code of Community Standards and the Guide to Residence Hall Living in a developmental manner.
    • Serve in an on-call duty rotation supporting approximately 1,800 residential students.
    • Respond to crises when deemed appropriate by senior-level staff.
    • Work collaboratively with Facilities and Campus Safety to create a safe environment conducive to learning.
    • Assist with Residential Life conduct and follow up on community standard related issues.
  • Administrative and Departmental Responsibilities:
    • Oversees the coordination of department processes within assigned areas, including hall openings and closings, life and safety inspections, damage billing, and room switches.
    • Attends all department and division wide meetings.
    • Participates in and assists with the housing selection process for returning residents.
    • Participates in the move in and move out processes of the department.
    • Maintains clear, and consistent communication with department and campus partners on a variety of topics, ensuring a timely response to concerns, exceptional support of students, and a commitment to the college, division, and department missions.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to Rollins College's institutional goals surrounding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging by operationalizing and executing social justice initiatives.
  • Professional Development:
    • Create an annual professional development plan and goals with the supervisor's assistance.
    • Participate in staff training and development opportunities.
    • Be an engaged member of the profession by being aware of current trends and best practices in Student Affairs and Higher Education.
    • Be involved in regional and national professional organizations and, when possible, attend local, regional, and/or national conferences.

Qualifications & Education:

  • A master’s degree in student personnel, educational leadership, counseling, or a related field required by time of employment.
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in residential life. 
  • Demonstrated skills in the following areas: staff supervision; training and leadership; selection and recruitment processes; crisis intervention and management; conflict resolution; programming; written and oral communication; budget management; residence hall administration; and assessment


  • Live-in residential experience as a Graduate Assistant or professional staff member.
  • Experience with residential curriculum development.
  • Experience at a small private liberal arts college.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to residential living and student development theory.
  • Knowledge of student information systems (i.e. Roompact, The Housing Director).

Work Environment:

  • Live-in role within the area they oversee. 
  • Evening/weekend work (event attendance) and rotating on-call responsibilities.
  • Must be able to traverse stairs and travel between multiple buildings as part of duties.
  • Campus-based, front-facing customer service position, and working in an office environment.
  • Work requires visual strain and the use of a computer.
  • Fast-paced team environment requiring an ability to multitask.

Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, please submit an application and upload the following materials:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter 

About Residential Life & Explorations:

The Office of Residential Life & Explorations seeks to empower students to establish and cultivate community while practicing responsible leadership. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment that encourages learning and nurture intentional relationships, allowing students to embark, explore and find their anchor on campus.

About Rollins College:


Rollins is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community, and the College celebrates the open exchange of ideas within a climate of civility and mutual respect. We view differences—from race and ethnicity to sexual orientation and political perspectives—as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. To learn more, please click here.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply. Rollins does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law, in its educational programs and activities. 

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