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Assistant Director, Residential Education

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This is a live-in position which requires the employee to live in the provided apartment full time. On campus apartment accommodations provided, in accordance with Apartment Use Agreement. Additionally a Basic meal plan is provided to support interaction, involvement, and community building with students, staff and faculty in a dining hall setting during the academic year.

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The IRD for this job is: 03-06-2023

ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ: UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It’s known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus’s DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.

DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW: Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) is a multi-funded organization within the Finance, Operations and Administration (FOA) division at the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz. CHES provides leadership in the areas of college student life and residential services, housing services, facilities, employee housing and capital planning, dining services, conference services, early education services, the Bay Tree Campus Store, ID Card services, and business and financial analysis for these areas. Through these units, educational and developmental programs and services are offered to all members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff, children and external constituents.

CHES provides on-campus housing and dining services to nearly 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students in ten residential colleges and six multi-college affiliated residential communities which support single students and students with families. Employee housing is provided through 51 rental units at the Laureate Court apartments and 188 for-sale homes in four different locations. The unit also provides off- campus student housing support and summer conference operations. CHES manages the auxiliary services units of the Bay Tree Campus Storeand and offers Early Education Services for student parents. More information can be found here.

JOB SUMMARY: As a learning organization, College Student Life utilizes a curricular approach as the defining foundation for all initiatives. Under the general supervision of an Associate Director (AD), the Assistant Director for residential education serves as a member of the student life team. Utilizing a curricular approach, the Assistant Director provides direct supervision and support to the coordinators for residential education (CREs) within their assigned college/unit. The incumbent works to develop and implement curricular initiatives that support the educational priority for staff and residential students. The Assistant Director will work in collaboration with the Associate Director to review multifaceted organizational problems, develop courses of action, and implement proposed solutions.


Budgeted Salary: $73,850 annually

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation rate for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted rate. The salary shown above is the rate the University reasonably expects to pay.

  • No. of Positions: 1
  • Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits
  • Schedule Information: Full-time, Fixed • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri • Shift Includes: Day Employee
  • Classification: This is a Career appointment
  • Job End Date: None
  • Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus
  • Union Representation: Non-Represented
  • Job Code Classification: 004568 - STDT LIFE DEVT SUPV 2
  • Travel: Never or Rarely


60% - Supervision, Training, and Development:

  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates 3-4 full-time professional housing and residential education staff who also serve as conduct officers.
  • Indirectly supervises in excess of 40 student leaders.
  • In conjunction with the Associate Director, builds a cohesive residential life team which includes providing leadership and direction for training, coaching and mentoring for both professional staff and student leaders.
  • Manages staff performance in the effective delivery of residential services.
  • Promotes a safe and healthy workplace; monitors and addresses conditions and practices that could result in workplace injury or illness, and effectively responds to injuries that do occur.
  • Sets and models a standard of ethical behavior for the student and professional staff team, ensuring that staff members follow and enforce university and college policies and procedures.
  • May serve as co-chair and/or liaison to College Student Life committees and activities as assigned.

30% - Curricular Development and Implementation:

  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, develops a comprehensive college curriculum.
  • Directs staff to develop and implement curricular initiatives that address educational needs and enhance awareness of socially relevant issues for residential students.
  • Develops and executes a curricular approach in the ongoing training and development of professional and student staff.
  • Provides leadership for outcomes-based student development in a variety of areas including but not limited to: academic success, diversity and inclusion, social justice, faculty involvement, health, wellness, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Supervises and advises college/unit-wide programming, and college specific theme strategy development, student groups, and projects.
  • In conjunction with the College Student Life leadership team, assists in the implementation of assessment of the curricular approach.

10% - Special Projects and Other Duties as Assigned:

  • Attends all regularly scheduled professional staff meetings including but not limited to unit team meetings, meetings with the Associate Director, Assistant Director meetings and Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services meetings.
  • Participates on department and/or campus-wide committees and activities as assigned including but not limited to higher level conduct hearing boards, Title IX appeal hearings, etc.
  • Regularly participates in ongoing professional development opportunities including workshops, conferences, and webinars. Reviews relevant literature to remain current on emerging trends and issues in higher education.
  • Provides support to the Associate Director and Senior Director for special projects, and performs


  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Direct experience in housing and residence life administration or student affairs.
  • Direct experience providing training and development for a team, supervising and evaluating staff, and setting group and individual goals.
  • Ability to use active listening, critical thinking, negotiation, reasoning, organizing, counseling, written and verbal communication, multitasking, and intercultural competence to develop original ideas to solve problems.
  • Social perceptiveness to be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Strong skills in project and program management.
  • Experience developing and implementing a curricular approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a diverse and multicultural setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle crisis situations involving student welfare and safety.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve difficult problems, reach agreement and potential solutions through flexibility and compromise, make well-reasoned and principled decisions and exercise good judgment in dealing with a variety of complex issues and situations.
  • General theoretical knowledge base in the area of student development theory OR related theoretical knowledge (e.g. community development, program development, educational theory, leadership development theory, cross- cultural communications, and/or group development).
  • General understanding of the current trends and issues impacting student populations and higher education.



  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • The University of California has implemented a policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained.

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EEO/AA: The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

HOW TO APPLY: APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO USE THE UCSC ON-LINE PROCESS View full job description and access on-line application here. To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922.

UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.