The role of the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Selection and Development is to enhance the living-learning experience by providing a holistic approach to working with staff; including the management, planning, implementation, and support of undergraduate student selection and ongoing development/training. Principle responsibilities include: planning, implementation, and assessment of departmental undergraduate staff training, including Resident Assistant Training. The individual in this position will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of student staff recruitment, selection, and hiring. In addition, the position will work with area Assistant Directors of Residential Life to provide support for RA In-Service Training throughout the year. The person in this position will work directly with professional development planning for undergraduate, graduate, and professional staff. The person in this position will also assist with Hall Director Recruitment and provide leadership for new professional development programs within the department. The position will oversee the evaluation process, design and maintain competency-based job descriptions, and guide staff through employee discipline matters.
A. Student Development and Involvement
Cohort Development – Foster a sense of positive community in the residence halls; use creative and innovative methods to personally connect to residential life staff and students.
Program Development – Oversee and implement training programs for the residential life program, including the coordination of student and professional staff development programs including new initiatives to meet the need of a growing residential life program.
Education – Ensure that training programs are designed to connect targeted outcomes to the needs of the department.
Advising –Assist other Assistant Directors of Residential Life 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.
Leadership – Coordinator of leadership conference attendance specifically related to student staff positions; including any state or regional RA Leadership conferences.
Training–Develop and implement all undergraduate, graduate training initiatives and provide support for professional residence life staff training initiatives.
Selection – Develop and implement hiring processes for undergraduate student positions; including taking intentional steps to ensure a diverse and qualified staff.
Evaluation – Develop and maintain job descriptions, facilitate the evaluation process, and assist with employee discipline matters.
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.
Conduct – Assist with the enforcement 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 judicial process for students living in residence halls.
Crisis/On Call Duty – Assist with on-call responsibilities. Work closely with university staff in crisis situations; develop a schedule with building staff to ensure coverage; assign rotating on-call coverage for professional live-in staff; serve as part of Assistant Director rotation within the Assistant Director crisis response team.
Liaison – Work to build relationships with the Central Housing Office, Division of Student Affairs, and other University constituents.
Budget – Administer the Training and Student Selection budgets.
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.
Conflict Resolution – Provide appropriate mediation, counseling and referral for individual students and staff as needed.
Training Support – Actively implement 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.
C. Staff Supervision and Development
Supervision – Work in close contact with professional Hall Director staff that includes indirect supervision through committees and various departmental initiatives. Conduct individual meetings to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved, and to provide and solicit feedback; participate in weekly staff meeting to discuss issues and recognize contribution. Some additional summer supervision possible.
Instruction and Training – Oversee training and assist in the development of professional development training, coursework, and in-services conducted for all staff prior to the beginning of each semester and 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 in the implementation of VCU's residential programming model; ensure that student staff understand programmatic learning outcomes and successfully reach them via hall programming.
Recruitment and Selection – Oversee recruitment and selection of RA staff. Assist with Hall Director Recruitment for the department.
Direct student support activities, including program advising & peer tutoring.
Supervision of graduate staff collaboratively within Residential Life and Housing.
D. Departmental Initiatives
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 Openings, 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.
Master's degree required in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or a related field
REQUIREDQUALIFICATIONS: Three to five (3-5) years professional experience in residence life/housing; Effective communication skills (oral and written); Crisis management experience; 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, 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; demonstrated commitment working with students through training and hiring initiatives (including RA Training, RA recruitment, student staff in-services, etc.). Student conduct and crisis response experience; budget experience; and involvement with state or regional RA conferences. Experience working with Microsoft Excel, Adobe Captivate, eRezLife, and/or similar software packages. Experience with living learning communities and faculty members.
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