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Student Life Assistant Director

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
Job Location:
Utica, New York
Student Affairs and Services

Student Life Assistant Director

Munson-Williams is seeking a dynamic and creative individual to fill our Student Life Assistant Director position.

Why choose Munson-Williams for your next career opportunity ?

Munson-Williams creates transformational arts experiences that cultivate curiosity and creativity, enlighten, educate, and inspire. We offer exceptional benefits such as health, dental and vision plans, generous paid time off, and art classes for you and your family, tickets to live performances, films, and so much more! Discover us at

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute (Munson-Williams) is an internationally prominent fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions – Museum of Art, School of Art, and Performing Arts. The Institute was founded in 1919 and annually hosts some 600 events where patrons enjoy exhibitions, performances, art classes, and family-oriented activities.

The Museum of Art is renowned for its art collection and iconic building designed by Phillip Johnson. It is among the nation’s most significant mid-sized art museums. Its renowned permanent collection is focused on 300 years of fine and decorative arts, with strengths in 19th-century American painting and decorative arts, 20th-century through contemporary painting and sculpture, and European Modernism paintings.

The School of Art offers a robust community arts education program featuring a wide range of art classes for the community at large. It also offers a college art program affiliated with Pratt Institute of Art and Design (Pratt MWP) where 200 students spend the first two years of their bachelor of fine arts degree program at the Munson-Williams campus in Utica before completing their studies at Pratt’s main campus in Brooklyn.

The Performing Arts division presents world-famous soloists and ensembles, rising stars, recitals with commentary, cinema, family programs, outdoor festivals and concerts, and a wide array of art-related events in the museum’s 270-seat auditorium or sculpture court, which seats 500 patrons. Regular attractions include a weekly film series, Concerts in the Court, Keyboard Conversations, the For Kids and Families programs, and an annual summer arts festival.

Munson-Williams is located in the heart of New York State with easy travel to the Adirondack region, Cooperstown, Syracuse, and Albany, and just a few hours from Boston, New York, and Montreal.

Position Summary

The Student Life Assistant Director reports Student Life Director/Title IX Coordinator. The Student Life Office at PrattMWP College of Art and Design (a department at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute) is responsible for the holistic development of the small student body (approximately 200 college students) that spend their first and sophomore years on the Utica, NY, extension campus before moving to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for their final two years.

The AD is a 12-month, live on- or off-campus position (negotiable) that is primarily responsible for the day-to-day residence life operations and shares Student Life responsibilities, including student conduct and Title IX roles. This position includes evening and weekend hours, as well as participation in the professional staff on-call rotation.

The AD directly supervises the residence life position(s) that supervise 10 Resident Assistants, oversees housing operations (including room assignments and damage billing), plans and executes Resident Assistant training and selection, responds/handles crisis situations, organizes the College’s conduct process, including training conduct hearing officers, and performs departmental responsibilities, including assisting with programming. Additionally, the AD will be trained as a Title IX adjudicator and advisor.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Operations:
    1. Manage all operational aspects of student housing, managing the housing budget, assigning first year/new student housing placements, conducting sophomore student housing lottery and selection process, facilitating student room changes, conducting room inspections pre-arrival and post-departure for damage and repair, processing damage billing, and organizing all check-in and check-out operations.
  2. Selection, Supervision, and Training:
    1. Create a detailed plan for recruitment and retention of Resident Assistants.
    2. Provide mentorship to the Residence Life team that supervises the Resident Assistants on campus. Provide consistent and constructive feedback to the Residence Life team on job performance, including organizing yearly evaluations.
    3. Organize and lead all summer, winter, and in-service trainings, which help develop leadership and community building skills.
  3. Student Conduct:
    1. Work in conjunction with the Student Life Director/Title IX Coordinator to oversee the student conduct process and serve as primary hearing officer for all residential student policy violations.
    2. Maintain and organize all student conduct records and reports. Train conduct hearing officers. Suggest updates to campus policies and Student Handbook.
  4. On-Call and Crisis Management:
    1. Act as part of the professional on-call rotation. Provide crisis intervention in emergency situations.
  5. Student Retention:
    1. Advise students on transition to college life and community living.
    2. Refer students as needed to counseling, health, and academic services.
    3. Work as part of the Student Advisory Committee to reach out to students of concern.
  6. Title IX:
    1. Serve as a Title IX Adjudicator and/or Advisor.
  7. Pre-College Program:
    1. Assist with the overall planning of PrattMWP’s annual summer PreCollege Program for high school students; oversee all residential aspects of the program, including housing assignments, check-in, damage procedures, and selecting and training the PreCollege RAs.
  8. Community Building, Programming, Special Event Planning:
    1. Manage residence life programming model and assist in designing meaningful intercultural community/educational programming for their residents.
    2. Assist in planning Orientation, Commencement, and Family & Alumni weekend.
  9. Committee Work and Other Duties as Assigned:
    1. May be asked to participate with organization-wide committees and special events.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Required: Bachelor’s degree and previous experience as an RA or employment in Student Affairs;
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel Administration, Education, Counseling, or related field;
  • Experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Effective organizational and time management skills and ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and follow through on all assignments with minimal direction;
  • Excellent communication skills and polished and professional interpersonal skills to interact with Munson-Williams staff, faculty, and students;
  • Critical thinking, consensus building, and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to gather information, sort, draft, and provide analysis for budgetary and purchasing projects; and
  • Ability to read budget reports and accurately prepare fiscal documents and forms.

To Apply:

If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications or check off all the boxes, you should still seriously consider applying. An important part of our interview process is understanding why this position and our mission particularly resonated with you.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references:

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 310 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502

Inquiries on this position: Human Resources (315) 797-0000, extension 2153

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