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Job Summary

Department Summary

Residence Education's mission is to create and facilitate diverse, inclusive, learning-centered communities that further the goals of the University. Our core values of social justice, restorative justice, inclusive community building, integrative learning, and shared leadership truly guide our everyday work. These philosophies are an important foundation that make a difference - The Michigan Difference.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director/Area Coordinator (ADAC), along with other Assistant Directors, Associate Directors and the Directors of Residence Education, will lead a dynamic team of full-time professionals and residence staff to develop and deliver a range of programs and services designed to enhance the multicultural, educational, and social experiences of our residence hall students. The successful candidate will give evidence of training and experience in managing projects and initiatives, supervising and developing full-time professionals, responding to diversity related issues, mental health emergencies, crisis management, and student safety.

The ADAC is Responsible for the area’s Programming & Training and Community Center operational budgets averaging $32,000 and various committee budgets ranging between $500 - $10,000.  Assistant Directors also help develop and guide the use of the overall department budget of $300,000 to $400,000.

Supervision is received from the Associate Director of Residence Education.


40% / Supervision:

The ADAC exercises functional and administrative supervision over 3–6 professional staff and indirectly over 200 student staff. This includes direct supervision, selection, coaching and feedback, disciplinary and performance management evaluation of staff. The ADAC assists in creating and supporting a professional development plan. Provides mentorship and consultation to students and new professional staff based on professional standards and best practices and trends. Leads experiential learning in areas of student development, identity development, intercultural, social justice education, and group facilitation.

30% / Departmental Leadership:

Facilitate ALA 421: Creating Inclusive Communities, the ResStaff pre-employment course about social identity and building inclusive residential communities.

Provides direction for the delivery of the residential curriculum and the Student Life learning outcomes, and works closely with Living Learning program directors. Collaborates with other Assistant Directors for the purpose of strategic planning efforts, centralizing processes, planning and implementation for an overall vision of residence education while maintaining, fostering and developing an engaged community experience. Chairs key departmental committees and represents Housing on various committees across the Division of Student Life. Provides mentorship and consultation to students and new professional staff. Directs, advises and provides crisis response for students in residence halls and apartments.  Other duties as assigned.

20% / Educational, Community and Student Development:

Provides direction and expertise to the development and delivery of a range of programs and services designed to enhance students’ experiences in the areas of leadership and engagement, social justice and inclusion, interpersonal skills, and integrative learning. Guides area planning, program development and coordination of efforts in alignment with overall departmental needs. Provides direct contact with students and their families in the context of critical incidents. Develops and evaluates strategies for the management of critical incidents in the areas of resident safety, diversity and inclusion, mental health emergencies, and alcohol and drug violations. Supports the Michigan Learning Communities and theme housing programs.

10% / Administrative Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director/Area Coordinator will serve as a member of the Residence Education’s central administration and leads area focused initiatives for approximately 3 to 5 communities, housing 1500 – 2500 students. The position provides primary supervision, hiring, training and evaluation of Community Center Managers and live in Hall Directors. Effectively communicate with internal and external constituencies. The Assistant Director/Area Coordinator will manage and direct appropriate financial accounts and area budgets. 

Required Qualifications*

A Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Educational Administration, or a related field.

Minimum of three (3) years of full-time, progressive professional experience in a college or university housing and residential life setting or similarly applicable experience.

Desired Qualifications*

Experience with supervision, student conduct, crisis response, living learning communities, educational programming, working with faculty, and working with a diverse population is desirable. The ability to communicate and relate effectively with diverse students, staff and faculty. Strong leadership, crisis management, administrative and supervisory skills.


The ability to be a consensus builder and make decisions in a timely manner, Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, in working with diverse populations of students and staff, The ability to maintain open dialogue with students and staff as well as the ability to nurture an atmosphere of collegiality, inclusiveness, shared responsibility and collective accomplishment.

Additional Information

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.

Starting salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience and education of the selected candidate.

Working conditions

Some evenings and weekends are required.

Direct reports

Assistant Director / Area Coordinators directly supervise up to 6 full-time Hall Directors. 



U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.