Department: UL - Office of Housing and Residence Life (OHRL)
The George Mason University Office of Housing and Resident Life (OHRL) invites applications for a Resident Director position responsible for the administration and management of an assigned residential area. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
A Resident Director (RD) at George Mason University fulfills five primary areas within the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Responsibilities fall into the categories of staff supervision, community development and programming, student development, administrative duties and departmental responsibilities.
Supervision and Development:
Train and support Resident Advisors (RAs) on an ongoing basis to facilitate development of personal and professional leadership skills;
Recruit, interview, evaluate, select, and onboard Resident Advisor candidates during the formal hiring processes year-round;
Plan and implement staff development to aid the RAs in developing positive team dynamics and a cohesive team unit;
Support and supervise RAs in their administrative assignments ensuring accuracy, timeliness and completion;
Educate and hold staff accountable to university policies, OHRL policies, staff terms of employment, and supervisor expectations;
Formally evaluate the performance of RAs during the Fall and Spring semesters;
Attend and conduct weekly staff meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings with RAs; and
Mentor Head Resident Advisor with the intention of increased responsibility and oversight of Resident Advisor staff.
Community Development and Programming:
Create and implement a community development plan to address the developmental needs of specific student populations;
Work with community development planning, to include the incorporation of Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and/or special populations;
Develop and maintain staff awareness of campus and community issues;
Facilitate an effective and supportive working relationship with the Neighborhood Council by attending programs and encouraging resident and staff participation;
Coordinate and participate in neighborhood-wide and university-wide events such as Welcome2Mason, Orientation Events, and other events as assigned;
Coordinate initiatives utilizing the Patriot Experience Co-Curricular Model and resident needs assessments;
Support and supervise RAs in their community development efforts through identifying resources, guidance, attendance and feedback; and assist, monitor and encourage RAs to fulfill programming requirements according to OHRL guidelines; and
Accurately track and evaluate community development efforts as outlined by the department.
Student Support and Development:
Address incidents involving inappropriate behavior using an educational and developmental approach in informal interactions with students;
Serve as a hearing officer to effectively resolve cases of student misconduct, primarily within an assigned residential area using an educational and developmental framework;
Work within the limits of professional capabilities; assist students who have academic, vocational, and personal concerns; and make appropriate referrals when necessary;
Assist with the well-being of residential students while managing situations involving various psychological, emotional, medical, or other safety-related emergencies or incidents in the residential community; and document these interactions in a timely and accurate manner with frequent follow-up;
Participate in duty coverage rotation (staff will be expected to equally share responsibilities associated with duty coverage when classes are not in session and during vacation/holiday periods); and act as essential personnel during emergency situations;
Develop and maintain positive relationships with both residents and neighborhood staff that encourage ongoing communication, mutual support and respect; and
Utilize institutional assessment tools regularly as an early detection tool to assist students.
Maintain consistent hours in the Resident Director office to best serve students;
Attend and participate in staff development activities as outlined by the department, and attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings;
Conduct regular community walkthroughs, and investigate reported damages and communicate with appropriate personnel;
Conduct assigned responsibilities associated with opening and closing the residence halls and other administrative processes related to housing residents;
Promote and develop management procedures and practices that preserve and enhance the facilities; and offer recommendations for the purchase of furnishings and equipment, the improvement of housekeeping services, preventative maintenance, vandalism programs and safety measures;
Maintain appropriate student conduct records and follow-up with students on assigned sanctions;
Maintain accurate budget reports and associated paperwork (e.g., P-Card statements);
In conjunction with Environmental Health Safety, assist in the execution of fire drills and health and safety inspection follow-up;
Complete transition reports by designated deadlines; and
Manage community and roommate agreements for specific buildings, floors, apartments, and/or rooms.
Actively support and comply with all university policies, OHRL regulations, and departmental vision and goals;
Maintain a visible presence in the residence halls as a live-in professional; and engage in positive, professional interactions with students after business hours to promote community development;
Maintain positive relationships with other university departments (i.e., George Mason University Police Department Student Involvement, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Student Support and Advocacy, Orientation and Family Programs and Services, faculty, etc.);
Plan and instruct UNIV 332 (RA Leadership Class) with a student staff co-instructor in the Fall or Spring semesters;
Assist in the recruitment and selection of OHRL professional staff;
Participate in departmental summer, winter, and ongoing training sessions as scheduled;
Ability to voluntarily serve, participate, and possibly chair departmental and university committees;
Support and assist in the implementation of special projects—responsibilities include summer school housing, summer intern housing, and orientation;
Assist in fulfilling duties of vacant positions within the department;
Be an active, communicative, and collaborative member of a residential neighborhood team and departmental team; and
Other duties as assigned by the OHRL Leadership team.
Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated full-time residence life experience;
Strong administrative and communication skills; and
Crisis management and supervision experience with a focus on student development.
Master’s degree in college student personnel or a related field; and
Residence life experience.
Salary: $36,800; plus on-site housing is provided.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position number FA68Ez; complete the faculty application; and upload a cover letter, resume or CV, letter of recommendation, and list of three professional references with contact information. Please provide all required attachments for full consideration.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.