The Associate Director of Residential Initiatives works within the Residential Life team to foster a residential environment that fulfills the goals and vision of the Department of Residential Life & Housing Mission to provide: safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities that build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship and personal growth. The Associate Director of Residential Initiatives is a Masters Level, full-time, experienced professional who will serve as part of the senior residential leadership team responsible for the education of residence life staff and approximately 5,700 on-campus students. The position will report to the Director of Residential Life & Housing (FAC040). The role of the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives is to enhance the living-learning experience by providing a holistic approach to working with staff and residents. This position provides leadership and supervision of approximately three-four Assistant Directors including focus areas in Multicultural Affairs, Student Selection and Development, Leadership Programs, and Living Learning Communities. This position directs and manages initiatives related to academic excellence, community development, educational initiatives, leadership development, retention efforts, and creative problem solving. This person will assist with all areas of residential education and learning. Position will serve as a liaison with various academic departments across the University.
Program and Department Initiatives A Student Development and Involvement
Community Development – Foster a sense of positive community in the residence halls/complex; use creative and innovative methods to personally connect to residential life staff and students.
Program Development – Work with Assistant Director of Selection and Development and other residence life staff to implement training programs for the residential life program, including student and professional staff development programs. Support staff in residence life programming model and theme weeks throughout the year.
Education – Work with residence life staff to ensure programs are designed to connect targeted outcomes to the needs of the department. Work with staff to ensure selection, development, leadership, and multicultural programming connect back to overall residential life goals of the department.
Advising –Assist Hall Directors with support of advising. Identify, encourage, and provide developmental and training opportunities for all student staff. Serve as a mentor and resource for student staff, Hall Director staff, and central office.
Availability – Be available and visible to residents and staff; serve as a positive role model; maintain office hours; understand the nature of work may require some night and weekend hours; attend departmental functions.
Assessment- Serve as primary contact/resource for Residential Life & Housing related to coordination, registration, and distribution of Skyfactor Residential Life survey as well as any other Living Learning Community surveys administered throughout the year.
Living Learning Communities- Provide leadership and strategic planning, development, implementation, and evaluation to all levels of Living Learning Communities including Living Learning Programs, Programs-In-Residence, and Theme Housing. Assist with cultivating current relationships and expanding programmatic efforts.
Academic Support – Actively implement academic initiatives designed to further facilitate student success including working with students as a result of any mid-term grade alerts, bringing academic resources into the halls, and working with departmental academic initiatives. Work closely with Associate Director of Residential Life related to the residence life program/curriculum model.
Conduct – Enforce and support all university and departmental policies and regulation in cooperation with the Department of Residential Life and Housing and the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and assist in the administration of the university's conduct process for students living in residence halls.
Crisis/On Call Duty – Assist with on-call responsibilities. Work with university staff in crisis situations.
Liaison – Work to build relationships with the Central Housing Office, Division of Student Affairs, and other University constituents. Work to cultivate Faculty relationships across the university to assist with residential programmatic goals.
Budget – Provide budget oversight for residential learning area including: office supply, area programming, selecting and development, residential multicultural affairs, leadership initiates, and other special programs.
Public Relations – Investigate and respond to concerns of student, parents, university staff members, and others in a manner that provides accurate information, fosters student development and maintains good public relations.
Assignments – Work closely with administrative services staff on assignment processes that impact the residential community. Work closely with assignments staff in regards to those residents living in any of the Living Learning Communities.
Conflict Resolution – Provide appropriate mediation, counseling and referral for individual students and staff as needed.
Training Support – Work with other Assistant Directors to provide training initiatives designed to further facilitate student success; bringing campus resources into training initiatives and working with faculty and academic advising to ensure student success in residence.
Administration – Maintain proper records, file any needed weekly reports, file annual reports and meet all area and departmental deadlines.
Safety and Security – Maintain relationship and good communication with Residential Security Coordinator and VCUPD. Support departmental safety and security initiatives for the residential community.
D.Staff Supervision and Development
Supervision and Evaluation – Provide daily leadership and development of professional and student staff within Residential Learning area. Supervision of approximately four Assistant Directors; provide formal evaluations of staff members; conduct individual meetings to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved. Assistant Director will conduct weekly/bi weekly staff meetings to discuss issues and recognize contributions; conduct periodic performance evaluations as appropriate and create plans for staff development. Promotes and encourages staff professional development and involvement in relevant professional associations.
Leadership – Work in conduction with the Senior Associate Director and other senior level staff to ensure that all policies are effectively communicated to students and staff. Serve as a member of the residential life leadership team and as a key member of the Residential Life and Housing management team. Acts on behalf of Senior Associate Director of Residential Life as requested.
Instruction and Training – Assist with residence life trainings and assist in the development of RA area in-services conducted for all staff throughout the year; including emphasis on topics diversity and social justice, professional development, academic enhancement, leadership, and day to day duties of residential staff.
Programming and Advising – Assist the residence life area with the implementation of VCU's residential program model.
Recruitment and Selection – Assist with residence life recruitment and selection for all residence life staff levels. Oversee graduate and professional staff recruitment efforts within Residential Learning area.
Assist in implementing a variety of assessment activities and retention initiatives to improve the residential experience and student success.
Serve on a variety of department and division-wide work teams, committees, and initiatives as needed to support the mission of VCU RL&H and the university.
Participate in program research projects and co-author/co-present research findings.
Represent VCU at professional conferences, on campus, and in the community.
Assist with the development/oversight of new and reoccurring residence life initiatives, trainings, or programs throughout the year.
Work with Opening, Closings, Orientation, Open Houses, Preview Day, Conferences, Admissions, or other assigned areas to successfully integrate residential life initiatives and information sessions throughout the academic year and summer.
Duties as assigned.
A minimum of seven years professional experience in residence life/housing
Experience supervising professional staff
Effective communication skills (oral and written)
Crisis management experience
A strong skill and ability to build teams and work collaboratively
Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy
Ability to work well under pressure with multiple and changing deadlines
Demonstrated proficiency utilizing technology such as web applications, online systems, database software, and standard office packages (word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail).
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, manage several responsibilities at the same time.
Ability to provide leadership to residence life area, resolve problems using initiative and sound judgment.
Ability to collect, interpret, and report data and to write informational materials and reports.
Strong interpersonal skills
Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes, and experience in its application.
Previous supervision experience. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment; and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Previous Residence Life live-in experience
Advanced crisis experience
Advanced supervision experience demonstrated commitment to residential community building and academic success (i.e. working with residential learning communities, programming model development and/or Residential Curriculum experience, academic focus programs/initiatives).
Experience with student staff selection, training, and ongoing development.
Demonstrated commitment to creating learning environments and opportunities for diverse student populations.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with historically underrepresented and underserved communities.
Knowledge and incorporation of student development practices, assessment and budget management highly desired.
Student conduct and policy experience and involvement with student leadership/advising.
Ability to create and analyze various reports for internal and external constituents related to student success and student satisfaction instruments.
Experience collaborating with administrative services, operations, facilities, and campus partners across the University.
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