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Our department has many employment opportunities for students as well as professional staff. All of our different positions offer opportunities to get involved in the residential community and improve skills in many ways.

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Residence halls at SUNY Oswego are places where students learn and grow. We would not be able to make that statement without our staff. They put our educational philosophy into action!

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Professional Staff

The Professional Staff of Residence Life and Housing includes:

Visit the Professional Staff section of the Employment Opportunities page to see all our current open positions.

*All Residence Life and Housing professional staff (as well as Resident Assistants) are provided training in many different topical areas including in the administration of NARCAN Nasal spray.  This is available at the front desks of each of the residence halls and can be requested by contacting a Residence Hall Director, Assistant Hall Director, or Resident Assistant.

Associate Director for Recruitment and Training

Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director for Residence Life and Housing, the Associate Director for Recruitment and Training is a member of the Residence Life and Housing leadership team. This position is responsible for the recruitment, selection, onboarding, and training processes for residence life and housing staff members. This position is also responsible for developing a comprehensive training program for professional staff and will implement the performance evaluation process for the Residence Life and Housing team. Central to this role is promoting student recruitment, retention, and academic enrichment, specifically as it relates to student learning and development, equity and inclusion, and student engagement. Visit the Associate Director for Recruitment and Training posting page for a complete job description. 

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Higher Education, counseling, or related field.
  • Five or more years of professional experience working with college students.
  • Strong knowledge of student development theory.
  • Experience in staff recruitment, training, and evaluation.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Assistant Director, Student and Community Advocacy

Under the direction of the Senior Associate Director for Residence Life and Housing, the Assistant Director strives to develop cohesive, safe, and positive residence hall communities; manages response to student conduct in the residence halls; leads initiatives to improve community standards and community health; and serves as student and staff advocate for the purpose of enhancing the operations, programs, services, and student retention of a residence hall system. Serves as a member of the department's leadership team initiating strategic planning and organizational leadership to facilitate the development of the overall operation including engagement of students in educational opportunities that exist to build community and develop citizenship and leadership; support student success; and contribute to the achievement of SUNY Oswego's academic mission and strategic planning goals. Acts decisively and diplomatically to advance and protect departmental and University relations in resolving situations that are unique, controversial, or not fully resolved by hall staff. Serves as a champion for the student experience in the residence halls through all areas of responsibility. Visit the Assistant Director, Student and Community Advocacy posting page for a complete job description. 

Required qualifications
  • Master's degree in Higher Education, counseling, or related field.
  • 3-5 years of professional experience working with college students.
  • Strong knowledge of student development theory.
  • Experience in student support programs and services, crisis intervention techniques, and conflict resolution.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Associate Director of Residential Education

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director for the Residential Experience, the Associate Director of Residential Education is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the residential learning initiatives for the Department of Residence Life and Housing. Residence Life and Housing (RLH) leads the development of the strong residential character of the SUNY Oswego campus and provides a common experience for most of the undergraduate community. Situated within the Division of Student Affairs, RLH plays a critical role in furthering the mission and vision of the Division and in achieving institutional enrollment goals through cutting edge business services, direct interface with the holistic needs of students and their families, and nationally recognized residential education practices. RLH works to advance student attainment of General Education goals with residence hall initiatives organized through a curricular approach to residential education.

The Associate Director is a key member of the Residence Life and Housing Leadership team. The Associate Director for Residential Education will develop, implement, coordinate, and assess a residential curriculum model and the living learning community framework consistent with the strategic goals of the College. The Associate Director will work collaboratively with a wide range of campus partners to support the overall success of maintaining a holistic residential community focused on student learning and success. Visit the Associate Director of Residential Education posting page for a complete job description. 

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Higher Education, counseling, or related field.
  • Five or more years of professional experience working with college students. 
  • Strong knowledge of student development theory.
  • Experience in facilitating a residential curriculum and supporting living learning communities.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.

Residence Hall Director 

Under the direction of an Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing, the Residence Hall Director (RHD) works within their assigned residential area to create living environments that facilitate positive learning experiences, communities and support the academic mission of SUNY Oswego. RHDs play key roles in the department of Residence Life and Housing (RLH) and the broader campus community.

Situated within the Division of Student Affairs, RLH plays a critical role in furthering the mission and vision of the Division and in achieving institutional enrollment goals through cutting edge business services, direct interface with the holistic needs of students and their families, and nationally recognized residential education practices. RLH works to advance student attainment of General Education learning outcomes with residence hall initiatives organized through a curricular approach to residential education.

RHDs provide leadership to paraprofessional staff and student leaders; partner with students to develop vibrant inclusive communities which encourage student engagement, community contributions, a free exchange of ideas, and the cultivation of skills and knowledge so that students may become citizens and leaders in our increasingly global society; and serve on a variety of department and divisional committees and implementation teams furthering strategic aims. Residence Hall Directors live on campus and are therefore available to staff and students outside regular business hours during crisis situations or other critical times. Visit the Residence Hall Director posting page for a complete job description. 

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Assistant Hall Director

Under the direction of Residence Life and Housing, Assistant Hall Directors (AHDs) work within their assigned residential areas to create living environments that facilitate positive learning experiences communities and support the academic mission of SUNY Oswego. AHDs play key roles in the Department of Residence Life and Housing (RLH) and the broader campus community. Assistant Hall Directors live on campus and are therefore available to staff and students outside regular business hours during crisis situations or other critical times. Visit Assistant Hall Director Posting page for a complete job description. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership to paraprofessional staff and student leaders
  • Partner with students to develop vibrant inclusive communities
  • Encourage student engagement, community contributions, and a free exchange of ideas, and cultivation of skills and knowledge
About the position
  • This position is live-in and serves in the on-call rotation
  • Oversees the front desk operations and recycling rooms
  • Provide high level customer service and support to residents and families
  • Possess effective interpersonal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to motivate, develop, direct, and train staff
Required qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Accepted into a Graduate Program or have submitted an application and waiting on a response to go through the interview process
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Assistant Director for Residential Operations

Reporting to an Associate Director for Residence Life and Housing, the Assistant Director (AD) is a full-time, twelve-month, live-off Residence Life and Housing (RLH) serving as an integral member of the department's leadership team.  The Assistant Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the housing facilities.  This includes coordinating maintenance and repairs, assisting with the planning and facilitation of the student move-in/move-out process, and ensuring compliance with University policies and regulation. This position will also have oversight of the residence halls in use when the University hosts camps, conferences, and external groups on campus.

Residence Life and Housing (RLH) leads the development of the strong residential character of the SUNY Oswego campus and provides a common experience for most of the undergraduate community. Situated within the Division of Student Affairs, RLH plays a critical role in furthering the mission and vision of the Division and in achieving institutional enrollment goals through cutting edge business services, direct interface with the holistic needs of students and their families, and nationally recognized residential education practices. RLH works to advance student attainment of General Education goals with residence hall initiatives organized through a curricular approach to residential education. Visit the Assistant Director for Residential Operations posting page for a complete job description. 

Required Qualifications
  • Masters degree at the time of application.
  • Minimum of two years full-time post-master's experience working in residence life and housing or a related field.

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