As Mount Allison University’s Strategic Statement states,”Our mission is to work together to make the Mount Allison experience a unique and creative one...” Residence dons play a key role in residence life, and have the opportunity to contribute significantly to student development. Through regular interaction with residence students, residence dons share in the task of developing the whole person, helping to create a comfortable and nurturing residence environment that provides opportunities for personal growth and academic success. Interaction with students is both on an individual basis as well as in groups.
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
- Work in collaboration with student life and housing to create an environment which enhances the academic, social, and physical well-being of the residents of the house during the academic year.
- Provide information, assistance, mentoring, and guidance to/of students, referring more serious problems, issues, and programs to appropriate resources.,
- Supervise and direct assistant don/senior RA, residence assistant team, and academic mentors, as well as other residence life positions within the residence.
- Conduct regular meetings with team to discuss residence operations, challenges, issues, and programs.
- Attend all training, orientation workshops, and monthly meetings with the director of student life as required.
- Review and approve to their satisfaction, completed student event risk assessment forms prior to submission to student life.
- Encourage student participation in academic, social, and athletic events to promote fellowship within the residence.
- Attend all house meetings as an advisor.
- Responsible for discipline and order within the residence, working through the assistant don and/or resident assistants or directly with students and referring serious violations to director of student life.
- Eat a minimum of seven meals per week with residents at Jennings Hall.
- Serve as residence fire marshall.
- Report and monitor damages and/or maintenance problems while maintaining open communications with residence’s custodial team. Complete monthly health and safety reports.
- Interview candidates for assistant don/resident assistant positions for the next academic year making your recommendation to student life.
- Ensure all required records, files, and procedures are completed, filed and/or submitted/followed in relation to residence opening, individual student records, room inventory check lists, don monthly reports, and residence closure.
- Other related duties may be assigned or required from time to time by the director of student life.
Residence dons must be available and may be called upon at any time, day or night, weekdays, weekends, or holidays while University students are living in residence. A private unfurnished apartment within the residence is provided. Amenities include local telephone, cable, high speed internet services, refrigerator, stove, and utilities. Residence dons also have a meal plan and access to the dining hall during the academic year. These benefits are considered taxable income.
Qualifications for residence dons include a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of other post secondary education, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, experience leading and facilitating large groups of people, an ability to respond to concerns and situations in a professional and diplomatic manner, a good mix of friendliness and firmness, and an ability to work both independently and as part of a team of service providers. Residence don(s) must have a genuine interest in the academic and personal growth of students and must have an understanding of residence life at Mount Allison and its importance to the University’s mission.
Should the need arise for more or new residence dons, applications will generally be held in the spring after the end of the academic year.
If you are interested in applying for this position, click here for the residence don application.