Reporting to the Associate Dean of Campus Life, the Area Manager position is a key member of the Campus Life team. This is an ideal position for new professionals seeking to expand and diversify their skills; energetic and motivated candidates are encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity. The Area Manager role is a 12-month, live-in position that includes a collateral assignment outside of the housing portfolio, a competitive salary, excellent benefit package, as well as free campus apartment and meal plan. The Area Manager position will partner with the Associate Dean and two other Area Managers to create a comprehensive and cohesive programming model that provides targeted opportunities for student involvement in extracurricular activities and residential education which complement in-class learning, foster interpersonal development, and encourage greater commitment to the College. This position will supervise resident assistants and possibly graduate assistants. The Office of Campus Life oversees the following areas of the co-curricular learning program: (a) Fraternity and Sorority Life, (b) Orientation and First Week programming, (c) student organizations, (d) community service, (e) leadership development, (f) commuter student programming, (g) multicultural programming, (h) student conduct, and (i) residential education and housing.
A strong sense of humor will serve the candidate well while working with a fun yet strongly professional existing Student Engagement team. LaGrange College, the oldest private institution in Georgia founded in 1831, is a vibrant, student-centered liberal arts institution located in beautiful LaGrange, Georgia (45 minutes South of the Atlanta International Airport and within an hour of Auburn, Alabama).
- Support the Associate Dean and other Area Managers in providing primary oversight and leadership for the Office Campus Life in a manner that supports the mission of the Division of Student Engagement and the College.
- Provide direct supervision and management to residential staff within assigned campus area; including, but not limited to, facilitating weekly staff meetings, conducting regular one-on-one meetings with Senior RAs and RAs, and maintaining accurate staff files.
- Assist the Associate Dean and other Area Managers with the selection and training for all residential staff and ensuring that the functions of residential staff are understood, aligned, and integrated with the mission of the Division of Student Engagement and the College.
- Within assigned campus area, oversee the implementation of a comprehensive programming model that complements in-class learning, fosters interpersonal development, and encourages greater commitment to the College; monitor, track, and support the individual programming responsibilities of residential staff.
- Within assigned campus area, coordinate communication with external units regarding building services, custodial services, fire/life safety requirements, as well as maintenance requests, and oversee the monitoring, reporting, and follow up functions for these initiatives within the residential community.
- Within assigned campus area, support the Associate Dean in overseeing the administrative functions of the Office, including, but not limited to, room assignments, room changes, move in/out procedures, damage assessments, health/safety inspections, fire drills, incident reporting, assessment activities, policy review, budgetary oversight, publicity/advertising, and building tours.
- Assist the Associate Dean and other Area Managers in overseeing the on-call duty rotation for residential staff within the assigned campus area and participate in the professional on-call duty schedule that includes evening and weekend coverage; respond to crisis and emergency situations as needed; maintain a presence in the halls and make rounds of residential facilities on a regular basis.
- Help oversee the implementation of new initiatives within the Office of Campus Life that includes a summer conferences program, living-learning communities, and a residence hall association, and provide direct support/oversight for such initiatives when launched.
- Provide leadership and direction for the development of interpersonal relationships with and among students in residential communities to ensure an inclusive, safe, secure, healthy living and learning environment through consistent interaction with students and maintaining a visible presence within the halls.
- Work closely with the Associate Dean of manage a student conduct caseload.
- Complete a collateral assignment of approximately 20 hours per week within the Division of Student Engagement (see below).
- Serve on various College committees and/or task forces as requested; support the Division of Student Engagement in the implementation of major campus events.
- As with all Division of Student Engagement employees, Area Managers are expected to engage in continual professional development by maintaining a knowledge of current literature, trends, and best practices in student affairs/higher education administration as well as conducting themselves in a professional manner that promotes the mission of the Division of Student Engagement and the College.
As a means of best serving the College’s student population and providing an unparalleled opportunity for continual professional growth, Area Managers are required to oversee a specific function within the Division of Student Engagement portfolio on a yearly basis as part of a collateral assignment. Although time may be adjusted based on the academic calendar, it is expected that the Area Manager will spend approximately 20 hours per week on the collateral assignment. The Associate Dean of Campus Life issues the assignment on a yearly basis. Candidates are invited to let the Office of Campus Life know which of the following areas they have a particular expertise and/or interest:
- Fraternity and Sorority Life
- Community Service
- Student Activities/Organizations
- Commuter Student Programming
- Leadership Development
- Multicultural Programming
Either a Bachelor’s degree and one year of direct professional residence life experience - or - Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, public administration, counseling, law, or related field from an accredited institution and zero years of professional experience. Previous experience directly supervising student staff in a college residential living environment preferred. Previous experience working as a live-in student or professional residence life staff member at a four-year institution of higher education strongly preferred. This position requires significant evening and weekend work.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to the mission of church affiliated liberal arts institutions like LaGrange College.
- Demonstrated ability and willingness to work evening and weekend hours.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the collegiate setting.
- Proven record of being able to utilize effective time management, organization, prioritization, and attention to detail while performing multiple duties, often under stress.
- Excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal, written, as well as oral communication skills.
- Experience supervising residential student staff.
- Ability to foster relationships across campus and build collaborative programs with faculty.
- Demonstrated proficiency with current technology and social networking platforms to advertise programs that reach the student body.
- Demonstrated understanding of the connection between student affairs and the educational mission of the College.
- Proven record of innovative and strategic thinking as well as a passion for building and adapting programs to meet the changing needs of today’s students.
The job profile document is intended to be generic in nature. It is not intended to specify all duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Additional job functions and the need to work a flexible work schedule may vary based on specific requirements of the department and the College.