Information & Responsibilities
The Assistant Director of Campus Life (ADCL) is a live-in, student-centered, collaborative professional who oversees community standards policies and procedures for the campus, manages a residential community of approximately 430 students, and supervises about 13-15 student staff members and interns. The ADCL is, first and foremost, a residential educator who is responsible for creating and sustaining a community of artists. The ADCL is also a generalist in Student Affairs, and is responsible for the ongoing development of and improvement to the quality of student life – including advocacy, health and wellness, and integration into the CalArts community.
Note: This position is required to live in a residence hall on campus. Availability to work extended hours will be required on an as needed basis, including evening, early morning and weekend assignments.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Ensure awareness of student community standards across the institute
• Serve as student conduct administrator for community standards violations and enact appropriate sanctions and/or referrals, as appropriate;
• Cultivate, coordinate, and assist in the development of student leadership, community and responsibility through social, recreational, cultural and educational programming and direct involvement with residents;
• Assume on-call/crisis response duty on a scheduled basis;
• Provide overall direction for the operational functions of two (2) residence halls;
• Attend to the ongoing developmental and safety needs of residents through frequent personal and group advising;
• Directly supervise undergraduate or graduate students who serve as Resident Assistants in Institute-owned residence halls, and interns as appropriate;
• Recruit, select, train and evaluate Resident Assistants and monitor work performance for accuracy and completeness in accordance with Department and Institute goals and objectives while ensuring compliance of staff with established Residence Life policies and procedures;
• Serve as primary support resource for staff and students in dealing with specific residence hall concerns including roommate conflicts, personal and emotional challenges, diversity- and identity-related issues, and other developmental concerns;
• Be cognizant of the special needs and concerns of minority students and initiate programming and other efforts in the halls to address these needs and concerns.
• Oversee the student development and operations components of the assigned residence halls;
• Establish and maintain advising relationships with students living in the residence halls through individual contacts, meetings, and discussions and serve as a mediator/facilitator, when necessary, to provide resolutions for interpersonal conflicts between students;
• Manage operational functions for residence halls, such as: key distribution and collection, damage assessment, reporting and billing, maintenance requests, and hall openings and closings and serve as facility manager for residence halls including conducting room checks, reporting and following up on custodial, maintenance, and mover requests;
• Develop and implement staff training and development programs in conjunction with the Director of Campus Life;
• Assist the Director of Campus Life in making recommendations for the purchase of furnishings and equipment, improvement of custodial services, and preventative maintenance and safety measures;
• Select, train, and supervise student employees of Mom’s Café and their programming efforts;
• Act to control unnecessary/unreasonable residence hall damages and vandalism and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in Facilities, Campus Safety, Counseling Services, Health Services and other Student Affairs departments and programs;
• Advise, counsel and advocate for all residents - especially those from under- represented or under-served populations;
• Monitor Residence Life programming budget
• Serve as a member of the CalArts Threat Assessment and CARE Teams
• Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and actively assist in the planning of renovation work needed in the residence halls;
• Serve on various Institute and Divisional committees including but not limited to: Staff Council, Safety and Disaster Preparedness committee, and the Equity and Diversity committee;
• Other duties as assigned.
• Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills are essential;
• Have a collaborative disposition and possess the ability to think both critically and strategically;
• Understanding of and appreciation for college student development issues and the student affairs field in general;
• Respond to crisis and emergency situations; handling and protecting sensitive and confidential information and records;
• Possess excellent written, verbal, human relations, organizational, and time- management skills;
• Ability to work independently, as a member of the student affairs team, and with a highly selective and creative student population within a rigorous artistic setting;
• Ability to program intentional educational and social programs in the halls;
• Work effectively in a dynamic and diverse environment;
• Required: an earned bachelor's degree
• Preferred: an earned graduate degree (in higher education/student affairs administration, counseling, or other area relevant to student affairs) with live-in experience at a small liberal arts or arts college setting
• Knowledge of and experience working with students in transition;
• A passion for working with creative and artistic students of diverse backgrounds;
• An understanding of the interpersonal and social development of artists;
• Knowledge of and appreciation for the unique history and very liberal nature of the CalArts culture preferred.
How to Apply
Position is available immediately. If you are interested, please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the subject line: Assistant Director of Campus Life in order to be considered.
Equity & Diversity
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.