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Title:  Graduate Assistant Community Director, Department of Housing and Residential Education

Requisition ID:  21264

Hammond, IN, US

Date:  Sep 21, 2022

Job Summary



The Assistant Community Director (ACD) position is held by a current graduate student and reports to the Assistant Director for Residence Life. The ACD is a staff member of the Department of Housing and Residential Education.  The ACD is available to the Resident Assistants and residents of the University Village community. The serve as the advisor to the University Village Council (UVC) and will assist the Assistant Director for Residence Life in maintaining the Residential Education portion of the department. The following responsibilities comprise the significant duties assigned to the ACD.  This is a live-on position; the ACD will be assigned a room in the University Village Community and it will be their primary residence. Other duties may be assigned.

Behavior and Crisis Intervention

  • Address behavioral and student concerns
  • Respond to policy violations
  • Work with and refers students to campus offices
  • Communicate confidential information appropriately
  • Serve in a weekly on-call duty rotation
  • Respond to crises
  • Abide by all expectations outlined in the Resident Assistant position description and perform the duties of a Resident Assistant in such a way as to model appropriate performance for other Resident Assistants

Residence Life

  • Creates and sustains a positive living environment
  • Work with other campus offices on programming
  • Encourage collaboration between student staff and Housing resident student organization (UVC)
  • Oversee program purchasing budget, receipts, credit card sign-in/out process
  • Advise housing student organization(s)
  • Provide training and leadership development opportunities to resident student leaders and student organization(s)
  • Work with student organization’s executive board to oversee and further develop organization structure
  • Attend state, regional, and national conferences and business meetings with student leaders
  • Assist with recruitment and training of student staff
  • Support residence hall activities by both personal attendance and participation
  • Complete all student employment paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
  • Plans recognition for student staff
  • Attend, participate at weekly student staff meeting(s); Lead these meetings as requested/needed
  • Hold bi-weekly 1:1s with student organization executive board and student staff as requested
  • Assist with Health and Safety Inspections
  • Assist with opening/closing of Buildings
  • Supervise the programmatic efforts of the Resident Assistant staff by upholding programming expectations, issuing reminders, and communicating any issues/concerns to the Associate Director
  • Assist in collecting and recording all RA program proposals, bulletin board proposals, and evaluations
  • Hold 5 regularly scheduled office hours during weeks classes are in session


  • Support the mission of PNW and housing
  • Understand PNW policies and procedures
  • Hold staff accountable in coordination with the Assistant Director for Residence Life
  • Provide prompt responses to inquiries
  • Meet requested deadlines
  • Communicate information to staff in timely manner
  • Serve on committees and task forces as requested
  • Perform administrative tasks, including duty logs, incident reports, program planning and evaluation forms, and staff evaluations, in a timely manner


  • Graduate Student in Counseling or related field


Minimum Qualifications

  • Current graduate student who must be enrolled in at least three (3) academic credit hours of graduate-level course and/or research work at Purdue University Northwest or other higher education institution in the area.
  • Maintain at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 semester grade point average.  Grades will be checked at the end of each semester and summer session.
  • Must maintain a good conduct standing with Purdue University Northwest, as discerned by the Student Code of Conduct and the Department of Housing and Residential Education
  • Must be willing to live in University Village community 


Essential Qualities

  • Commitment to academic excellence
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills
  • Proven leadership skills and abilities
  • Skills in verbal and written communication, problem solving, creative thinking, organization and time management
  • Positive attitude and commitment to being a positive member of a team
  • Ability to assist diverse student populations in developing a positive community
  • Commitment to leadership development
  • Self-motivation
  • Capacity to deal with change
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently

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