Director of Educational Initiatives (U Staff Professional 2)

Job Title: Director of Educational Initiatives (U Staff Professional 2)
Job ID: 2017614
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:

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Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut (UConn) is the state's flagship institution of higher learning. Since its inception as an agricultural school, the University has grown to include 14 schools and colleges at its main campus in Storrs, separate Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, 4 regional campuses throughout the state, and Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. UConn is a Land Grant, Sea Grant College and a Space Grant Consortium institution. The University spans 4,108 acres at its main campus and four regional campuses, and an additional 205 acres at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

As the state's flagship institution of higher education, the University of Connecticut is governed by a board of trustees who are among the premier entrepreneurs, strategists, and educators in their respective fields. The president oversees a university system that includes ten schools and colleges at its Storrs campus, separate Schools of Law and Social Work in Hartford, and the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine at the UConn Health Center in Farmington. UConn is renewing, rebuilding, and enhancing its campuses through an unprecedented $1.4 billion, 20-year state investment in the University's infrastructure.

The University of Connecticut is dedicated to excellence demonstrated through national and international recognition. As Connecticut's public research university, through freedom of academic inquiry and expression, it creates and disseminates knowledge by means of scholarly and creative achievements, graduate and professional education, and outreach. Through its focus on teaching and learning, the University helps every student grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national, and world communities. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, it embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. As the state's flagship public university and as a land and sea grant institution, UConn promotes the health and well-being of Connecticut's citizens through enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond.

The Division of Student Affairs is led by Vice President Michael Gilbert, who began at UConn in August 2013. Gilbert has led the Division in the development of a strategic plan that puts the Division in alignment with the institution's Academic Vision

The Division of Student Affairs includes the Center for Students with Disabilities, Community Standards, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Dining Services, Off-Campus Student Services, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Dean of Students' Office, One Card Office, Residential Life, Student Affairs Information Technology, Student Activities, Student Health Services, Student Union, UConn Recreation, and Wellness & Prevention Services.

The reporting structure of departments within the Division of Student Affairs is organized as follows:

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Residential Life
  • Community Standards
  • Off-Campus Student Services
  • Student Health Services/Counseling and Mental Health Services /Wellness and Prevention Services

Assistant Vice President/Director of Student Activities
  • Programs Office
  • Involvement & Leadership
  • Business Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life

Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Administration
  • Student Union
  • Student Affairs Information Technology
  • One Card Office
  • Assessment & Strategic Planning
  • Alumni Relations
  • Budget and Human Resources

Assistant Vice President/Director of Center for Students with Disabilities

Dining Services

UConn Recreation

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to provide programs, services, and co-curricular experiences that enhance student success. The Division of Student Affairs efforts support the development of the whole person by fostering an awareness of lifelong learning and promoting the development of skills for effective citizenship in a diverse world. The Division promotes a vibrant intellectual climate that supports an active and inclusive community. Student Affairs strives to be reflective and intentional in an ever-changing environment.

UConn Residential Life enhances students' personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth by creating safe and inclusive environments, producing innovative programs and services, and fostering meaningful relationships. Our student-centered, residential program houses over 12,500 students on the Storrs campus and approximately 300 on the Stamford campus. Approximately 68% of the undergraduate student population resides in university-managed housing. We offer our students an array of housing facilities and options to enhance their learning experience, including a variety of learning communities.

Residential Life consists of three separate units-Housing Services, Residence Education, and Fiscal Services -and works cooperatively with Facilities Operations on the maintenance of the residential facilities.

The Director of Educational Initiatives is an addition to the Residential Life Leadership Team and will report directly to the Executive Director. The person in this position will provide leadership to the department's Residential Learning Model [RLM], a curricular approach to programming and educational opportunities for residential students, and will partner with the Executive Director of First Year Programs and Learning Communities and their staff to coordinate the academic initiatives within Residential Life's 19 Residential Learning Communities. Additional responsibilities include, instructing the EPSY 3235 Resident Assistant class through the NEAG School of Education, coordination of the mid-semester grades warning program, which includes outreach to students who are struggling academically; oversight for grade reports/statistics based on residential assignments; and other department responsibilities at the discretion of the Executive Director of Residential Life.

  • Serve as the content expert with relation to the management and oversight of all aspects of the Residential Learning Model (RLM). Serve as a resource for staff in the development implementation, and assessment of intentional programs, services, and activities that will meet the unique needs of a diverse student population.
  • Manage the coordination of the departmental efforts related to the application of the RLM which includes advising the departmental leadership team on current issues and best practices and chairing the RLM review committee.
  • Responsible for the budget management of 3M related to the Residential Learning Model and the living learning communities.
  • Oversee the leadership of the Office of Residential Life as it relates to all 19 living learning communities and the 1500 students who participate in these programs. In conjunction with the conjunction with the Executive Director for FYP and Learning Communities program design and develop assessment measures, to evaluate existing programs and develop future communities in a manner consistent with the goals expressed by UConn's Academic Vision.
  • Direct all residential living learning initiatives and activities for the department which includes the collaboration with Housing Services staff on issues related to location and capacity for these areas.
  • Provide functional supervision to entry-level professional staff (Residence Hall Directors) in the Residence Education Unit as it pertains to residential Learning Communities.
  • Represent Residential Life at meetings with Faculty Directors, First Year Programs and Learning Communities (FYPLC) staff, providing resources and guidance on Residential Life programs and processes.
  • Consult on and review Learning Community-related programming, ensuring content is in line with Residential Life Mission and First Year Program and Learning Communities Office learning objectives.
  • Provide leadership and oversight to all aspects of the Learning Community program as it relates to the hiring/selection of RA LC staff, Fall/Spring trainings.
  • Serve as the Instructor of Record for EPSY 3235 Resident Assistant class which includes the design and implementation of course content, materials, and learning outcomes of the course. Provide oversight to the course in terms of registration, classroom reservation, grading, Husky CT website maintenance and the facilitation of the bi-weekly Discussion Group Leader meetings to discuss pertinent issues and solicit feedback. Class enrollment - 150 students.
  • Work directly with The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to enhance academic engagement and persistence through the mid-semester grades warning program. Provide management and leadership in the design and implementation of intervention and assessment programs related to academic success of residential students.
  • Serve as a member of the Department Central Leadership Team.
  • Participate in a rotation with the Executive Director and the Director of Residence Education as the point of contact during emergencies.
  • Contribute to the strategic planning and assessment efforts of the Department of Residential Life with a focus on academic initiatives and living learning communities.
  • Represent the Department of Residential Life at University events and on committees as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  1. Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Education, or related field.
  2. Five to seven years of full-time, progressive, post-Master's experience in Residential Life administration.
  3. Previous experience working with faculty and living-learning communities in a residential college setting.
  4. Experience in teaching/instruction or curriculum development.
  5. Experience in professional staff supervision, program development, and working knowledge of student development theory.
  6. Experience with or knowledge of, along with the ability to work with a diverse student population in a highly active team environment.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  8. Experience collaborating with other campus units and the ability to establish positive working relationships.
  9. Crisis response skills and experiences.
  10. Demonstrated ability to facilitate trainings.
  11. Demonstrates ability to analyze data.
  12. Basic budgeting experience.
  13. Strong leadership skills.

  1. PhD or EdD in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Education, or related field.
  2. Ten + years of full-time progressive experience in Residential Life.
  3. Experience working at mid-size and large public universities with a residential population of 5,000 or more.
  4. Involvement in professional organizations.
  5. Three Years of teaching/course instruction experience.


This is a full-time, permanent position slated to begin in August 2017. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references via UConn Jobs at Please identify Search #2017614 in your cover letter and ensure your application materials demonstrate how you meet the stated minimum qualifications and any of the preferred qualifications you may also possess. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2017614).

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on July 26, 2017.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.


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