Duquesne University - Assistant Resident Director (part-time)

Assistant Resident Director (ARD) Part-time Duquesne in Dublin at St. Michael’s House-Ailesbury Road, Dublin

The Duquesne in Dublin program is a study abroad experience for students from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A maximum of 20 students study each semester in Dublin attending University College Dublin (UCD) and living as a community at St. Michael’s House on Ailesbury Road. The students are supported at St. Michael’s by an onsite Director and two live-in Assistant Resident Directors (ARD). The program is enriched with cultural visits in Dublin and excursions offered in the west of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and occasionally to other parts of Europe.

Position Description: The ARD works in close conjunction with, and under the supervision of the Director, and assists with Residence Life and Student Life affairs at the campus. The ARD helps to ensure the safety, health and welfare of students, to supervise activities on and off campus, including group excursions. The ARD helps with matters related to the unusual general semester schedule of the program.

Culture and Background

Candidates should possess some knowledge of Irish culture. Particular familiarity with or interest in the history, art history, literature or politics of Ireland that can contribute to the overall study abroad experience of students is also desirable.

Student Life Experience

Experience with a live-in position in Residence Life. The ARD should have Student Life experience, or demonstrate equivalent ability, including practical knowledge of the requirements of residence life and/or study abroad. Due to on-campus living and working closely with the Director and other Assistant Resident Director, a strong but flexible personality is required; moreover, the ARD must be prepared to recognize, assess, counsel and solve (or contain) various interpersonal problems and issues that arise between students. A working grasp of Duquesne University Residence Life policies, procedures, and disciplinary processes is useful. Knowledge of Irish culture, the city of Dublin and how UCD works are very important to help students feel comfortable as they adjust into their new host city and university.

Administrative Background

The ARD should be prepared to assist with minor administrative needs, including the use of the Microsoft package. Higher level technology skills will be especially valued. Evidence of managerial skills, attention to detail, and good working relationships with others is especially useful.

Academic Background

Candidate should have an academic record reflecting a seriousness of study in general and possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable American or European college or university.

Personal Characteristics

The candidate should be a person who can work calmly with a wide range of student and professional groups. Since this position encompasses so many diverse functions, the person should be unflappable, mature, and possessed of a good knowledge of both the student populations and the culture of Ireland.

Irish/EU Citizenship or Irish Working Papers Required

For non-Irish/EU citizens, this potentially could include the Irish Working Holiday Visa, or being enrolled in a graduate program at an Irish university.

Daily/Weekly Tasks:

• The ARD will have mostly evening/overnight and weekend duties to help cover Residence Life requirements.

• Work closely with the Director to process Residence Life student violations.

• Work closely with the Director on Student Life activities and functions, such as conducting weekly room inspections, organizing and ordering the weekly Student Dinner after the “Ireland Uncovered” class, etc.

• Create schedule and manage work-study students.

• Work with fellow ARD to organize and order the weekly student dinner after the “Ireland Uncovered” class

• Attend weekly staff meeting with Director.

• Be reachable by phone 24/7 in case of emergency.

Monthly/Semester-long Tasks:

• Assist the Director with the on-site Orientation at the beginning of each semester.

• Work with the Director for future semester/summer calendar planning.

• Being available in the case of an emergency and helping to assist the Director when emergencies happen and also for Emergency Drills.

• Help the Director with the facilitating of the optional cultural events in the city of Dublin, including with special attention to literary and theatre-themed events.

• Assist Director in Event planning (e.g. Thanksgiving).

• Occasionally accompany students on Academic Excursions in Ireland and possible excursions in Europe.

The hours of work will vary by day (maximum of 45 hours per week split between on-duty and standby) and the ARD will have two weekends off per month.

The tasks listed above are the major responsibilities of the position, but as the program continues to grow there may be other tasks not mentioned that relate to the Assistant Resident Director position.

This position reports directly to the Director of the Duquesne in Dublin program.

COMPENSATION: This position is contracted per semester and pays a basic salary of €9.80 per hour, €875 gross per month: Spring semester ꟷ January-May, Fall semester ꟷ August-December. Based on student summer enrollment, a potential additional pro-rated stipend and contract would be made available for June-July. (If the ARD is enrolled in graduate school, they are free to live at St. Michael’s during the summer months (June & July), even if there are no summer programs in a particular year.) Additional benefits to your contract are:

• Full Room and Board provided at the Duquesne in Dublin property.

• Emergency phone provided.

• Leap card (up to €65) for local public transportation.

Application deadline: Friday, June 28th by noon Please send a CV and covering letter to mcburne655@duq.edu.