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Assistant Director Job Description and Benefits

Overview of the Position

The Assistant Director is a live-on master's-level professional who serves as a central staff member for the Office of Residence Life. In addition to providing guidance, direction, and support for the overall mission, vision, and goals of the residential program at Miami University, this person is responsible for the supervision of 8 – 12 live-in staff members. This position requires the Assistant Director to reside in an assigned on-campus apartment throughout the term of their appointment. Like all members of the Office of Residence Life, the Assistant Director is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of students by providing services and programs related to the Office of Residence Life’s Pillars of Success, which include (1) to provide safe and healthy homes, (2) to assist in increasing persistence and retention, (3) to promote inclusive and diverse communities, (4) to extend the learning environment beyond the classroom, and (5) to ease students' transition to adulthood.

Basic Qualifications

This position required a master’s degree, preferably in College Student Personnel, Higher Education/Student Affairs or a related field plus at least 4 years of full-time post-master’s experience by the start of appointment. The individual in this position must have post-masters experiences in residence life, supervision, developing and maintaining effective cross campus partnerships, as well as a proven ability to relate to diverse populations. The Assistant Director must be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the University. Individuals in this position must have the ability and willingness to respond to crisis and emergency situations. A functional knowledge of word processing, desktop publishing, and spreadsheet use is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in Google suite, Maxient, StarRez, and social media platforms are preferred.

Job Responsibilities


  • Supervise, train and evaluate full-time masters’ level and part-time graduate level professional staff members
  • Manage crises and serious incidents in collaboration with supervisees, Resident Assistants, other central staff members, and university resources
  • Communicate regularly with faculty members, academic departments, schools, and colleges to support respective Living Learning Communities
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin and other areas of diversity
  • Assume leadership of one or more of these initiatives:  Resident Assistant Recruitment and Selection, Student Leadership Development, Resident Assistant Training and Development, Professional Staff Training and Development or other departmental initiatives
  • Develop and coordinate evaluation and assessment strategies related to assigned organizational initiatives 
  • Assist with campus-wide hall openings and closings
  • Support the initiation, planning, and evaluation of programming activities planned by students, community leadership teams, and other organizations
  • Assist with University, divisional, and departmental student retention initiatives
  • Collaborate with other offices participate in activities geared towards positively affecting student success 
  • Teach departmental or divisional related courses (as needed)
  • Refer misconduct incidents to the appropriate University offices 
  • Review incident reports and support in-hall staff in response and resolution
  • Integrate knowledge regarding students and their development into daily interactions and activities 
  • Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
  • Participate in departmental and divisional professional development activities 
  • Chair departmental committees, as assigned  
  • Serve as office representative/liaison to other University offices as required 
  • Facilitate conflict resolution for students and staff
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff members for the Office of Residence Life
  • Interpret and implement Miami University, policies, rules, and procedures
  • Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Life and/or Miami University

Overarching Staff Expectations

  • Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
  • Practice ethical stewardship of university resources 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity by promoting and attending campus & community multicultural events, facilitating professional development with RA staff, presenting on diversity, or implementing strategies.
  • Demonstrate a consistent willingness to work with individuals from different race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin backgrounds
  • Create and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university 
  • Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Life and/or Miami University

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

Smoke Free Campus Statement

All campuses of Miami University are smoke- and tobacco-free.

Criminal Background Check

Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.

Right to Know- Consumer Information

As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s  Annual Security & Fire Safety Report, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

More Information

For more information regarding the Office of Residence Life, Miami University and the Oxford community, please visit:

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Office of Residence Life

211 Warfield Hall
451 East Spring St.
Oxford, OH 45056