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Asst Dir for Staff Recruitment & Training and Development

University of Utah
Job Location:
Salt Lake City, Utah
Residence Life and Housing

Requisition Number: PRN31599B

FLSA Code: Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code?: No

Standard Hours per Week: 40

Full Time or Part Time?: Full Time

Shift: Day

Work Schedule Summary: This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department. As such, must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing missions of the University.

VP Area: President

Department: 00307 - Housing & Residential Educ

Location: Campus

City: Salt Lake City, UT

Pay Rate Range: $60,000 - $65,000

Open Until Filled: No

Job Summary

Located in Salt Lake City, the University of Utah is a public, 4-year institution committed to providing an exceptional academic and co-curricular experience for students and the University community. The "U" is a PAC-12 institution with over 33,000 students. Housing & Residential Education is home to 4,300 students. The University Housing Campus Master plan calls for continued growth and construction to meet the housing demand.

The Assistant Director provides expertise, strategic leadership and vision for the hiring of full-time Resident Director team and graduate assistant team. This person works with various partners within and outside of the department to ensure success in recruitment, hiring, and training of professional, graduate, and student staff/Resident Advisors (RAs). The Assistant Director will provide onboarding, training, and on-going development for professional and graduate staff. 

This position also supports the residential campus population by serving as part of the on-call coverage team. This is a twelve-month appointed staff position. The Assistant Director reports to the Associate Director of Residential Education.

The University of Utah and the Department of Housing & Residential Education are in an exciting period of rapid growth and change. To prepare for this growth, we have undertaken significant restructuring to our team and individual responsibilities. The Assistant Director position responsibilities currently entails student staff/leader (Resident Advisor) training and development. However, due to the changing needs of our department, these responsibilities of the position may shift in the future.

Housing & Residential Education and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with the team and with the residents.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.


Supervision -
  • Directly supervise three-five Resident Directors and Indirectly supervise Graduate Assistants and 45 - 55 undergraduate Student Leaders.
  • Provide oversight recruitment and hiring of full-time Resident Director and graduate assistant staff.
  • Provide recruitment, selection, orientation, training, supervision, direction and evaluation as appropriate.
  • Serves as a member of the management team for Housing & Residential Education. Assists with the development and implementation of department goals and objectives. Assists in department planning and decision making.
  • Provide intentional leadership for the Residential Education team based on the HRE values of Staff Excellence/Professional Growth, Integrity, Team, Service, Social Justice/Inclusion, and Positive Attitude. Build authentic relationships with team members to support team morale and progress.
  • Support the diversity of Housing & Residential Education staff and residents.
  • Oversee budget activities associated budgets.
  • Assist with departmental training of staff (full-time, graduate assistant, and student leaders).
  • Complete the HR Management Essentials training, department retreats and training initiatives and department and university professional development opportunities.
Professional and Graduate Staff Recruitment
  • Oversee the recruitment and selection process of full-time Resident Directors (RDs) and graduate assistants (GAs).
  • Provide leadership in the RD and GA recruitment and selection process by utilizing national trends, best practicies, and benchmarking to inform and guide the process.
  • Ensure the integration of the curricular approach into the recruitment and selection process of RDs and GAs.
  • Develop, review, and/or create the progressive job/disciplinary process in collaboration with the Associate Director of Residential Education.
  • Create feedback process and collect feedback from all RDs and GAs to share with department leadership team to make informed decision to support the RD and GA team.
Professional and Graduate Training and Development
  • Oversee the training and development programs of full-time RDs and GAs to ensure staff are trained successfully to perform the duties and responsibilities of their role.
  • Create, plan, evaluate, and execute trainings for RDs and GAs on an annual basis and initiate ongoing training and development.
  • Ensure the integration of the curricular approach into the training program of all staff members and that the trainings are outcomes focused.
  • Provide support and guidance to committee chair/committee to ensure training tasks and planning are executed.
  • Assess the training programs, analyze data, and make informed decisions in make appropriate changes and improvements to trainings on an annual basis.
Committees, Relationships, & Involvement
  • Serve as a member of selected department and divisional committees.
  • Serve as the guide/consultant or chair to a Residential Education committee(s).
  • Participate in regional and international student affairs professional organizations to develop new skills and experience and keep abreast of current research in college student personnel administration.
  • Complete additional responsibilities as assigned to meet department and university needs.
Conduct & Crisis Response
  • Serve in the on-call duty rotation with other members of the Residential Education management team to support Resident Director staff to manage crisis/urgent situations and relay information to appropriate personnel.
  • Respond to critical inquiries from families, students, staff, faculty, alumni, and other campus constituencies. Utilize knowledge of legal issues pertinent to housing.
  • In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Conduct, ensure the educational value of residential conduct systems and proper implementation of Emergency Procedures.
  • Adjudicate conduct cases and conduct appeal cases.
This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Bachelor's degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education).

2. Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience.

3. Background knowledge of hiring department's area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors.

4. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Department Preferred Qualifications

1. Master's degree in higher education administration or a related field is required.

2. A minimum of three - five years of post-master's professional experience in housing with increasing responsibility.

3. Demonstrated commitment to fostering engagement of students and staff on issues of diversity and social justice.

4. Demonstrated high competency in supervision of staff members.

5. Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative supervisory and colleague working relationships.

6. Dedication to the professional development of staff.

7. Knowledge of current and emerging principles of good practices for Student Affairs and Housing & Residential Education.

8. Demonstrated experience working with educational outcomes and student learning evaluation.

9. Demonstrated experience with student conduct, crisis intervention and emergency response. Experience with analyzing and resolving conflict, team building, group dynamics, and problem-solving skills.

10. Ability to multi-task and remain organized in a high energy, fast paced department.

11. Demonstrated skill in program implementation and assessment, including skill with Microsoft excel.

12. Knowledge of sound fiscal and budgetary practices.

Preferred Qualifications / Special Skills / Knowledge

1. Experience directly recruitment full-time staff and/or graduate staff

2. Experience directly overseeing housing training programs

3. Experience working with residentially based curriculums/curricular approach.

4. Strong organizational, administrative, and collaboration skills

5. Strategic planning experience

Type: Benefited Staff

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.
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