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#112413 Assistant Director of Residence Life

Filing Deadline: Wed 10/27/2021

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Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/27/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Named for environmentalist, nature writer and Sierra Club founder, John Muir, and inspired by his remarkable life, John Muir College of UC San Diego stresses the spirit of individual choice and responsibility within the framework of a welcoming and supportive community. Muir was the second college to be founded at UC San Diego and admitted its first students in 1967. Muir is a special place where generations of students have felt recognized and valued as individuals and experienced a strong sense of belonging within this large research university. The College’s motto, "Celebrating the Independent Spirit," recognizes both our namesake John Muir and the achievements of our talented and enterprising students and alumni.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are central to the mission of Muir. Our residence halls host the LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Community, and in doing so, we create a welcoming space and educational opportunities for all UC San Diego students. Additionally, Muir has largecommunities of underrepresented minoritized students, including significant populations of Native, Black, and Latinx/a/o students compared to the overall campus. Finally, our programs and partnerships reflect our commitment to diversity, as shown through our work with the OASISSummer Bridge Program, the Kumeyaay art piece on the Muir campus, our residential life programs and our numerous student organizations.

Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director of Residence Life (ADRL) coordinates significant portions of the residential life program. The ADRL plays an integral role in implementing the residential life programas it relates to creating a safe and secure living learning environment, which supports students’ personal, educational, social and professional development and is supportive of the college’s educational vision. The ADRL supervises the Resident Assistant / House Advisor (RA/HA) program, consisting of 10-14 student staff, and includes coordinating the selection process, comprehensive trainings and retreats, and providing work direction through weekly meetings and annual evaluations.

The ADRL advises residential programming boards to implement comprehensive programming models that reflect the UC San Diego Principles of Community and the college’s educational philosophy and mission. The ADRL manages a portion of the residential programming budget. The ADRL collaborates with college and university officials and departments regarding student crises. In addition, the ADRL provides counseling and conflict mediation, as well as enforces university policy and resolves conduct issues. The ADRL position requires high levels of, and demonstrated education and experience in, working independently, implementing organizational goals, understanding college student development, and making decisions that impact individual residents, office administration and crisis response.

  • Must live in university provided housing and agree to UC San Diego Residential Living Agreement.

  • Must be available for on-call emergency response including evenings, weekends, holidays, and University closures.

  • Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays, and University closures.


  • Live-in residential experience in a university or college environment.

  • Experience and thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. Able to assess and mediate individual and group conflicts with basic counseling, including but not limited to listening, reflecting and summarizing skills.

  • Demonstrated skill in handling crises and emergency situations involving student welfare and safety.

  • Skilled in selecting, training, providing work direction, and evaluating student staff. This includes collaborating to set performance goals and conducting performance appraisals.

  • Thorough knowledge of Student Affairs / Student Life specialization. Skilled in applying student development theory in leadership training to demonstrate the UCSD Principles of Community. Ability to apply professional approaches to solve problems and organize programs and projects, including, but not limited to motivating students.

  • Strong knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs and knowledge of University and departmental principles and procedures involved in risk assessment and evaluating risks as to likelihood and consequences.

  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance.

  • Abilities in project management, problem identification and reasoning skills. Skilled in problem solving and decision making that represents the best interest of the college, Housing, Dining & Hospitality services, Student Affairs, and students. Skilled to manage a broad range of student services within the residential life community and knowledgeable of university services and resources.

  • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems.

  • Skilled in communicating effectively with individuals and in groups through cross-cultural understanding.

  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively and efficiently with students and other professionals.

  • Skilled in organizing and prioritizing workload while working independently and with minimal supervision.

  • Skilled in programming methods and marketing strategies.

  • Ability to manage budgets for programming initiatives. Knowledgeable of department funding sources, and budgetary policies and procedures.

  • Ability to develop, interpret and apply university policies, regulations and procedures in consultation with higher level professionals and/or management.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and interact in sensitive situations in a professional manner.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

  • This position has been identified as a Responsible Employee pursuant to the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and requires immediate reporting of discrimination on the basis of sex (including, but not limited to, sexual harassment and sexual violence) in education programs or activities.

  • This position has been identified as a Campus Security Authority pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and requires immediate reporting of Clery Act crimes occurring on Clery Act geography to the UC San Diego Police Department (UCPD).

  • The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA"), Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4) requires certain professionals, known as "mandated reporters", to report known or suspected instances of child abuse or neglect to law enforcement. This position has been identified as a "mandated reporter".

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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