Welcome, and thank you for your interesting in a Community Director position within the Department of Residential Living in Student Affairs at Georgetown University!
Founded in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning and is committed to educating the whole person. Georgetown is a major research university that embodies its founding principles in the diversity of its students and faculty, commitment to social justice and the common good, intellectual openness, and international character.
In the Office of Residential Living, our mission is to educate students residing in university owned housing through building an inclusive and vibrant community dedicated to personal and academic success. We educate students in a variety of ways including leadership opportunities, responding to behavioral issues, following up with students in crisis, and providing programming opportunities. Georgetown University is a residential campus that is home to over 5,000 undergraduate students living in 13 residential buildings in two areas of campus: First Year & Upper-class residence halls and Apartments & Townhouses.
The Office of Residential Living encompasses the Residential Education unit and the Residential Services unit. As a whole, the department works closely with partner offices such as the Deans’ Offices, Facilities, and the Georgetown University Police Department to ensure that residential needs are met. The staff within Residential Education includes a director, two associate directors, two assistant directors, eleven community directors, eighty-eight resident assistants, one community assistant and four student assistants. We are also proud to support the leadership development of students involved in InterHall, Residential Judicial Council (RJC), and Educating Residents About Social Equity (ERASE). Chaplains-in-Residence (26) and Faculty-in-Residence (5) further enrich the residential experience for our students.
The Community Director is a full-time professional staff member within the Office of Residential Living and is Masters Degree required, focused in higher education or student affairs administration, counseling, or a related field. The Community Director must demonstrate a thorough understanding of and commitment to residence life work as well as the education and character development of college students.
The Community Director position is not compatible with additional full-time employment but is compatible with part-time study. Medical students and first-year law students are not eligible for the position because of time and academic demands.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Community Director Role
The Community Director is primarily responsible for administering the Residential Living program for one residential area housing 250-650 students. The Community Director directly supervises 4 to 12 resident assistants to implement a community building philosophy and programs. The Community Director develops the resident staff and facilitates the design and implementation of a Community Action Plan. The Community Director is expected to serve as an educator by developing the leadership of students and encouraging community investment in an established code of conduct that emphasizes respect for self and others. To fulfill these expectations of education and service, Community Directors collaborate with Residential Living staff, Chaplains/Faculty-in-Residence, and other departments and staff within the Georgetown community. Evening and weekend duties are expected. Flexibility in the work day is encouraged, especially if there are evening responsibilities that night.
On a rotating basis, Community Directors provide on-call, campus-wide emergency response. The Community Director position is designated as an “Emergency” employee. This position must always report to work on time in the event of an emergency or severe weather conditions, whether or not the University is closed.
Community Directors also serve on, lead and/or advise Residential Living committees and project areas. These include, but are not limited to, Professional and Student Staff Selection & Training, the Diversity Committee, Faculty Engagement, Party Host Training & Alcohol Education, ERASE, RJC, Recognition, Alumni Lounge, InterHall, and Living and Learning Communities (LLC).