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#126064 Residential Community Specialist (Contract)

Extended Deadline: Wed 12/6/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

This is a 100% Contract position for seven months. This appointment may be extended or converted to career status based on the needs of the department.

  • This position will remain open until filled. First Review Date 11/20/23.



UC San Diego uniquely offers a vibrant undergraduate college system designed to combine the benefits of a large research university with the personal experience of a smaller liberal arts college. Students enjoy access to renowned faculty, top-tier facilities, and a choice among eight semi-autonomous undergraduate colleges: Revelle, John Muir, Thurgood Marshall, Earl Warren, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth, each with its own educational philosophy, traditions, administration, and residential environment.

As part of each student affairs unit in the undergraduate colleges the the Residence Life professional staff play a pivotal role in the execution and embodiment of the institution’s commitment to a comprehensive, educationally purposeful residential program.


Under the supervision of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs / Director of Residence Life in each college, the Residential Community Specialist (contract) will play an integral role in the operational, developmental, and crisis management aspects within the residence life environment. They will work closely with student staff, assisting in community development, student leadership and involvement, training, conduct management, crisis response, programming, and administrative support processes. The contract end date is Sunday, June 30, 2024 and may be extended depending on business need.

General Responsibilities:

1. Student and Community Support:

  • Assist with student staff supervision, advising, and ongoing development, particularly in the areas of wellness, community building, conflict management, and crisis intervention.

  • Facilitate community building and engagement through intentional programming.

  • Advise and coach student leaders, assisting in communication, leadership skills, and program development.

  • Engage in transformational advising and development practices for students.

2. Crisis Intervention and Student Conduct:

  • Manage and respond to student crises, conflicts, and conduct issues.

  • Utilize established university protocol and case management tools to track, manage, and resolve behavioral management processes.

  • Maintain connections with internal and external stakeholders and serve as a primary contact for the Center for Student Accountability, Growth, and Education (SAGE).

3. Programming/Operations:

  • Coordinate and assist in planning student activities and programs.

  • Manage communications and collaborations for move-out and summer housing.

  • Develop and maintain relationships to ensure the success of student affairs programs and initiatives.

4. Assessment:

  • Create, compile, and analyze reports and metrics on program feasibility, execution, and success.

  • Continually evaluate student and staff learning and training outcomes.

  • Engage in strategic planning, goal setting, and improvement implementation for departmental programs.

This position allows for hybrid working arrangements. The employee must be able to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, and holidays.


  • Experience and thorough knowledge of Student Affairs / Student Life specialization. Strong understanding of the developmental and educational context in which student conduct, student compliance, and restorative justice programs are administered and managed. Strong knowledge and awareness of the interrelationship of student conduct-related policy and governmental laws with student development.

  • Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques. In-depth skills in service orientation, active listening, and critical thinking. Ability to maintain composure, diffuse client anger and anxiety with tact and diplomacy, and be able to follow up consistently on all assignments and pending matters.

  • Strong experience in planning, organizing, and delivering workshops and training sessions; excellent public speaking and presentation skills. Proven experience in conducting assessments of training utilizing resulting data to improve services.

  • 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. Proficient skill utilizing student conduct databases, student information systems, Microsoft Office applications, and Google Tools.

  • Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem-solving, identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance. Highly skill in promoting positive working relationships with constituents and ability to independently use sound judgment and discretion when interacting with individuals from the campus and the community.

  • Abilities in project management, problem identification and reasoning skills. Excellent organizational abilities, project management skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills, including synthesis of information, consideration of alternatives, ability to prioritize and decide among alternative actions, based on partial information. Possess skill to independently interpret and follow written policies and protocols when resolving issues.

  • Ability to develop original ideas to solve problems. Ability to anticipate problems in work assignment areas, and identify and implement appropriate solutions.

  • Superb interpersonal skills to successfully interact with a variety of people and offices, at all levels of the university community.

  • Demonstrated ability to follow University policies, federal and state regulations, and case law related to student conduct and student compliance, including student conduct procedures, FERPA, Clery Act, and Title IX.

  • Superb ability to exercise political acumen and maintain strict confidentiality and an understanding of the importance of protecting the privacy of records and correspondence.


  • Strong understanding of UC San Diego administrative structure, college system, student services, residential life and academic programs.

  • Strong understanding of Office of Student Conduct mission and UC San Diego Principles of Community as well as long and short-range goals and objectives.


  • 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".

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,900 - $91,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.02 - $44.01

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

If employed by the University of California, you will be required to comply with our Policy on Vaccination Programs, which may be amended or revised from time to time. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

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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