Residence Life creates an inclusive and vibrant community where students grow and develop to flourish in and out of the classroom. Through our residence community, students have a sense of belonging where they learn to live with, learn from, and take care of others, as well as themselves.
Our Don Team is made up of Junior Dons and Dons. The basic qualifications for each position are outlined below.
The position descriptions and responsibilities are mostly the same for both positions and are outlined below. The only difference is Junior Dons will typically be responsible for smaller-sized communities.
Dons are community leaders and role models who provide mentorship and support to the King’s residence community. Dons report to the Assistant Dean of Residence Life and work closely with the Programming & Community Engagement Coordinator who is also a member of the Don Team. Together, they make up the Residence Life office.
The Don position requires a high degree of creativity, passion, reliability, on-campus presence, dedication, and flexibility. Dons are an integral component of residence life at King’s and are largely responsible for delivering a friendly, safe, inclusive, and supportive residence experience. Dons are expected to motivate their students to get involved in campus life and help foster an environment where students can build relationships with one another.
Dons participate in a rotational, after hours on-call schedule. A Don can expect to be on-call about four (4) shifts a month. During these on call shifts, Dons work with Student Patrol, Front Desk and Campus Security to respond to various and occasionally serious incidents in residence. Incidents can include, but are not limited to, lockouts, noise complaints, alcohol related issues, medical emergencies, mental health crisis, verbal and/or physical aggression, suicide intervention etc. There is a Don on-call Monday – Friday from 4pm-8am and 24/7 on weekends and holidays.
Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
Dons will typically be graduate students, young professionals, or recent graduates of an undergraduate program and junior dons will be mature, upper year students (going into their 3rd year of study or higher).
Additional experience and skills needed to thrive in this position include:
Experience and skills in Mental Health Support, Anti-Oppression, Equity Building and Sexual Violence Prevention Training is considered an asset.
Dons are required to be trained in Emergency First Aid & CPR – Level A. Emergency First Aid Training will be provided during training in August.
Employment Equity Statement:
The University of King’s College is committed to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion. We encourage and welcome applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons with a disability, racialized persons, including persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, persons who are neurodivergent, persons from rural communities (especially rural Atlantic Canada) and all candidates who would contribute to the diversification of our community.
Our goal is to have a diverse Don Team that represents the lived experiences and worldviews of our student population. If an applicant is a member of one of these groups, they are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.
Duration of Assignment:
The Don contract dates are August 14, 2023 – May 31, 2024.
The Don training program is scheduled between August 17 – August 25 for Don specific training and August 28 – September 1 for joint training with Student Patrol and Front Desk. These training dates are subject to change with notice. There are days off scheduled within the Don training program.
Dons are expected to be fully moved into their accommodations prior to the training start date. Dons are required to pay a $300 damage deposit before receiving their keys and moving into their rooms/suites.
Remuneration for the Don position is comprised of taxable benefits (housing and food) and stipends.
Interested candidates can apply for this opportunity by completing our online application form: UKC Residence Don Team Application Form
The application deadline is March 12, 2023, at 11:59pm. The application form will automatically close when the deadline has passed.