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Looking for a Residence Life Don

Posted by Ancillary Services on May 13, 2019 in News

Don of Residence - Dalhousie Agricultural Campus

The Don is a live-in position and is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe and positive living environment within the House – one which supports the development of (primarily) undergraduate student residents.  This would be consistent with the University’s mission statement, and the Dons will promote both personal and academic development of students. The Don’s focus is on facilitating the development of RA teams, House Council, team leaders and the students in the House, both individually through personal interaction, referrals and mentoring and collectively through programming. The Don is the leader on in-House issues (conduct, discipline, initial crisis intervention, roommate concerns)

Major Duties

Don’s responsibilities include:

•             Supporting students in the House, in both their academic and co–curricular development, including their psychological and social development.

•             Develop and implement programs and campaigns as directed by the RLM for the residence complex.

•             Assisting with policy development and interpret, implement and administer polices on an operational basis.

•             Acting as mediator and resource in non-emergency situations to resolve conflicts between students, and providing guidance and referral for various medical, emotional or academic issues.

•             Encouraging and developing student leadership within the House.

•             Overseeing the scheduling and day to day work of the RAs.

•             Participating in the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of the RA Team.

•             Participating and assisting in the planning, development and implementation of RA training and ongoing professional development sessions throughout the year.

•             Assisting and supporting residence office staff with administrative tasks.

•             Attending and participating in weekly meetings called by the RLM.



•             A university degree or related field is an asset.

•             Residence experience preferred

•             Demonstrated ability and interest in fostering student development as per the responsibilities.

•             Recent work experience in a position requiring staff supervision and administrative responsibilities is an asset.

•             Proven ability to develop and facilitate sessions/workshops.

•             Demonstrated mediation ability.

•             Experience in educational and social programming an asset

•             Counseling experience an asset.

•             Current St. Johns Ambulance Emergency First Aid – CPR certificate.

•             Certified Assist program.

•             Completion of a Vulnerable Sector Check.

A full job description is available upon request.

To apply, send your resume to Paul Coffin ( by May 17th at 12:00 noon.