The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.
One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado's leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students - this is how we define a Students First university.
Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next ten years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.
- Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
- Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
- Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
- Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado's future.
- Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.
As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Housing and Residential Education at the University of Northern Colorado is seeking a Community Director who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is confident balancing student support with the various administrative responsibilities of the role. We are seeking candidates who have an excitement to be a member of a mid-sized, community connected institution. Someone who appreciates collaboration and building relationships and thrives on a team while being comfortable sharing responsibility. We emphasize building community through a curriculum model that utilizes learning outcomes to focus on connection, support, diversity, and collaboration and are looking for someone who emphasizes student learning in their work. We hope to find someone adaptable, innovative in their approach, committed to the ideas of equity and inclusion, and experienced with organizational change. A recent restructure has meant our department has seen significant change and while some may see a challenge, we see opportunity and need others who share a similar outlook.
The Community Director is a full-time, 12-month, live-in position. This position oversees residence halls and/or apartment complexes comprised of 400-600 students. The Community Director will primarily oversee the administrative processes, staff supervision, and facility management.
Housing and Residential Education Mission Statement: Our central mission is to equip students with the tools to engage in the transformative power of personal relationships and communities. We work with students, families, and our campus community to create a sense of home through intentional programming, one on one interactions, and serving as a connection point for students to campus resources. Through a social justice lens and experiential learning, we empower students to grow, learn, lead, and achieve.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Staff supervision, selection, training, and development of 3-15 Resident/Community Assistants, ~10 Desk Assistants, 1 Desk Operations Coordinator
- Establish effective administrative processes to support student services
- Manage apartment/house occupancy utilizing housing management software (HMS), including room moves, planning for lease renewal, and late July turn-over of 12-month leases in apartments
- Direct the operations of the front desk and navigate and coordinate various administrative processes to ensure departmental procedures run effectively (including openings, closing, room selection, incident reporting, front desk management, and communication with residents).
- Utilizing a curriculum model and learning outcome approach to foster student connection, learning, and development
- Lead the overall management of multiple facilities in a hall/apartment/house community
- Serve in a professional emergency on-call rotation to respond, evaluate, notify, and direct staff around student crisis
- Maintain effective working relationships with university staff, students, support people, and guests.
- Serve on departmental and/or university-wide committees
- Serve as a university Hearing Officer responsible for upholding the Student Code of Conduct (BEAR Code) to promote accountability and integrity, utilizing Maxient student conduct database
- Serve as a case manager to provide outreach, support and referrals for students of concern
- Oversee the process for roommate mediations and conflict resolution in the community
- Demonstrate quality decision making and evaluative skills.
- Demonstrate good communication both written and oral and listening skills.
- Demonstrate an active commitment to social justice initiatives and department and institutional goals surrounding equity and inclusion.
- Bachelor's degree conferred by December 31, 2021. If you are still completing coursework, you must be able to complete your degree remotely to begin the Community Director position on the University of Northern Colorado's campus
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
- Successful completion of a background check
- Experience with community development through a residential curriculum and/or developing student learning outcomes
- Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative relationships and programs
- Experience with staff supervision and development
- Managing on-call responsibilities and crisis response
- Experience facilitating conflict resolution and/or mediations
- Demonstrated strong written/oral communication and ability to prioritize
- Knowledge of housing management practices
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Attach resume, cover letter, and a list of references electronically.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is $43,000. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Additional Requirements and Information:
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.
Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online (https://www.unco.edu/police/clery/security-report.aspx) and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.