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Assistant Director, Residence Life & Education - Trent University

updated on 6:59 AM, July 12, 2022
Province: Peterborough, Ontario
Position: Assistant Director, Residence Life & Education
Deadline: July 25, 2022

Job Description / Duties

Reporting to the Director, Student Housing & Residence Life, the Assistant Director provides primary leadership for student support, student conduct, wellness, and programming relating to residence life and education for the department of Student Housing & Residence Life. The primary function is to ensure that departmental residence life and education function in a developmental and student-centered manner that contributes positively to residential communities that are safe and provide support for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, develop, and grow.

The Assistant Director is responsible for the development and implementation of a 5-year operating plan, and regularly contributes to departmental strategic planning. This position manages a unit budget of over $2 million and oversees over staff and students in Peterborough and Durham. The Assistant Director serves as the main university contact for student support, success, and programming in residence.

The Assistant Director directly supervises 8 full-time staff and indirectly supervises 80 student employees. The position is responsible providing support and guidance to staff in the management of incidents and is available by phone as part of an on call rotation for Peterborough and Durham campuses.

Qualifications / Required Skills


Graduate degree required in Higher Education or a related field required. Certification in one or more areas of suicide prevention, mental health first aid, or conflict resolution from an accredited body is required.

Experience Required

1. A minimum of 5 years of related experience in housing and residence life in a postsecondary environment is required.

2. Experience with residence life programs and supervision of staff is required.

3. In-depth understanding of community development and residence learning models.

4. Demonstrated understanding of student development and learning theories.

5. Experience with developing, implementing and assessing residence student retention strategies.

6. Experience developing and managing operating budgets.

7. Demonstrated ability to interpret a variety of university and departmental procedures, policies, and practices in decision making.

8. Demonstrated experience in supporting students in distress or in crisis, including appropriate referrals and follow-up.

9. Demonstrated experience with educational and restorative approaches to student conduct management and student support initiatives.

10. Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, and accessibility issues with respect to post-secondary students.

11. Proven ability to organize and handle a variety of projects, deadlines, and schedules simultaneously and independently.

12. A demonstrated understanding of relevant legislation, including (but not limited to) the following: the Residential Tenancies Act, Ontario Liquor License Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Occupation Health and Safety Act, Ontario Employment Standards Act, Occupiers Liability Act, Cannabis Act, etc. In addition, is knowledgeable about strategic priorities of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and industry standards and best practices (e.g., ACUHO-I Standards and Core Competencies, Okanagan Charter, CAS Standards).

Additional Information

To Apply: Those interested in applying are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and application form (if applicable), by email to jobs@trentu.ca (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) no later than the above closing date at 4:00 p.m. Please note your full name and the job title in the subject line of your email (i.e. First and Last Name – Job Title). Applications from external candidates will be considered only when accompanied by a completed Employment Application Form.

Trent University is actively committed to creating a diverse and inclusive campus community and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Trent University offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you require accommodation during the recruitment process or require an accessible version of a document/publication, please contact humanresources@trentu.ca.

While the University appreciates all applications, please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary: $3,288.96 - $4,385.32 bi-weekly

Contact Information

For more information please contact Jen Coulter at jencoulter@trentu.ca

Employer Profile

Trent University was founded on a commitment to interactive learning that is personal, purposeful and transformative. Recognized nationally for its leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts exceptional students, faculty and staff from across the country and around the world. Our Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto.