Community Development Specialist (Anticipated Vacancy)

Residence Life and Housing

The Department of Residence Life and Housing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for an anticipated twelve-month live-on position as a Community Development Specialist (CDS).  A member of the department's Management Team, the CDS is a mid-level manager whose primary responsibility is supervision of full-time professional Residence Hall Directors.  SUNY Oswego is proud of its commitment to being a predominantly residential campus.  All residence halls are staffed by full-time professionals who foster a positive and dynamic educational experience.

Posting Date:  February 12, 2015

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin February 26, 2015, and will continue until any vacancies are filled.

Compensation:  Starting salary is $44,530. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  A furnished apartment is provided.  Meal plan provided for CDS and immediate family/qualifying domestic partners when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters.  For more information on benefits for full-time UUP professional staff, visit:

Date of Appointment:  June 11, 2015

Description of Responsibilities:  The Community Development Specialist (CDS) is responsible for supervision of live-in residence hall staff as they execute departmental objectives, assess their effectiveness, identify areas in need of improvement and implement changes as appropriate. The primary focus of the position is the supervision of the staff and program in assigned residence halls/apartments with a combined population of approximately 1400 residents. The CDS's work schedule is intended to provide a presence during peak student contact hours, including evenings and weekends.

In addition, this position will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:  A Master's degree is required PLUS a minimum of three years full-time post-master's experience in higher education/student affairs, including at least two years as a full-time live-in professional with direct residence hall supervision responsibilities.

Preferred Qualifications:  Master's degree in College Student Personnel or closely related field preferred.  Preference will also be given to candidates who demonstrate: the ability to work with diverse populations; effective supervisory, communication and organizational skills; experience educating students within a student conduct process; understanding and appreciation of the need for regular interaction with students and staff; and a commitment to assisting students in achieving academic and personal success.

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts of all degrees, and contact information for three professional references electronically to:


Incomplete candidate files will not be considered.  Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail: 

Residence Life and Housing (
Marie Germain, Search Committee Chair

Description of Department:  The Department of Residence Life and Housing at SUNY Oswego is a leader in developing a premier residential environment where students are actively engaged in their learning experience.  Our environment places student learning and success at the center of all our formal and informal programs, policies, procedures, and physical facilities.  Our department encourages collaboration with other students, faculty, and staff in and out of the classroom to enrich the learning experience.  Furthermore, our programs are directed to enhance students' capacity and aspirations for growth intellectually, socially, aesthetically, interpersonally, and physically.  The Department purposefully and intentionally provides programs and experiences that will offer our residential students a comparative advantage among college graduates.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America's Best Colleges in 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. The College's success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects are evidenced by Quest, a College-wide daily spotlighting original student research, a Summer Scholars Program, which awards stipends to students engaged in independent research and creative work at the highest levels, and the Global Laboratory, a STEM based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of age, race, color, gender, creed, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or protected veteran status.  For our full non-discrimination policy, see  In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

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