Student Development Specialist

Ross University School of Medicine, located on the beautiful Caribbean island of Dominica in the West Indies, invites applications for an Student Development Specialist. Please note: due to the aftermath of hurricane Maria, RUSM has temporarily relocated to Knoxville, Tennessee and will be conducting classes there until the restoration of campus and community infrastructure in Dominica is complete.

Ross University School of Medicine is a member of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education provider headquartered in the United States. The organization's purpose is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Founded in 1978, Ross is committed to educating a diverse group of skilled physicians to serve as leaders in the U.S. healthcare system. With more than 12,000 alumni, Ross is an important contributor to healthcare in North America. Students complete their foundational studies in Dominica, West Indies, before completing their clinical training in one of Ross's affiliated teaching hospitals throughout the United States. Ross is accredited by the Dominica Medical Board and the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

The Student Development Specialist reports to the Director of Student Affairs and has primary responsibility in three main areas:

Design, implement and evaluate campus-wide programming, out of classroom activities and experiences, and direct supervision of the Campus Activity Center (including the campus wide Room Reservation System) and Campus Life staff; Co-Advisor to Student Government Association (SGA): Provides regular assistance and oversight to SGA and all student groups (averaging 40+ a semester) in the implementations of their tasks, responsibilities and programs; Social media and Web content manager for Campus Life and SGA, ensuring all pages have current information, resources, pictures, etc. and developing innovative resources to support communication and development of RUSM Basic Science Students. The Student Development Specialist works in partnership with SGA and with all areas of Student Affairs to create and implement programs and opportunities that enrich students' overall educational experience and contribute to their personal and professional development.

  • Utilizing a coaching and mentoring approach provide supervision, staff evaluation and staff development in a positive manner.
In collaboration with the Campus Life Administrative Assistant and Supervisor assess appropriate staff development and growth opportunities that will enhance the level of service and programs carried out by Campus Life department; organize and lead team meetings and department retreat Budget responsibility for Campus Life and SGA; provides supervision for the preparation of Daily Cash Summary. Act as a liaison in working with outside vendors in developing and supporting Campus Life/ Student Affairs programing. Co-Advisor to SGA. Use student leadership development approaches to support the professional development of SGA members. Maintain regular contact with student leaders to resolve problems and develop responsible decision-making; assessing student interests, respond to student needs, anticipate student programming/leadership issues. Focus on day to day administration and SGA programmatic advisement and oversight (i.e. Beach Bash, Culture Show, 4th Semester Banquet, Elections). Support SGA members in the transition to new roles. Provides leadership and direction to student groups, and their advisors, in planning, implementing events and programs, and managing expenditures; planning trainings and 'start up' meetings each semester. Manages student affairs facilities such as the Campus Activity Center, intramural & sport fields, acquires equipment, maintains inventory and arranges event logistics. Provides supervision to Campus Life staff in supporting SGA intramural sports. Includes working closely with the SGA Sports Coordinator, Commissioners and captains and updates to the sports rule book. Works with the Ross Housing department and Student Development Specialist – Programs in hiring, training, and scheduling students for Welcome Committee. Social Media / Web and data management duties include: Administrative duties of the Room Reservation System Administrative duties/ managing content for Campus Life department and SGA web pages, Facebook Pages, and Twitter accounts Contribute to the updates for the RUSM Student Handbook & Academic Catalog; recommend, implement, and where applicable enforce policies and procedures as they relate to the student experience and environment. Act as a liaison with other University and external groups; and participate in department/division activities, meetings, committees and seminars related to student affairs matters. Collect and maintain statistics and data that will drive quality improvement and provide for program evaluation. As needed: evening and weekend 'on-call' duties for Student Affairs as related to SGA and Campus Life activities. Other duties as assigned

Master's Degree in a field to perform the job successfully (prefer a degree in higher education administration, college personal, human development, counseling or closely related field). Knowledge of and/or experience in student activities, student government, student unions, study abroad programs, graduate programs, advising, orientation and transition programs, etc.

An individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leadership – with a coaching and mentoring approach Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Customer Service - Responds promptly to customer needs; Responds to requests for service and assistance in a friendly, courteous and professional manner. Interpersonal - Focuses on solving conflict; Maintains confidentiality; Responds calmly to stressful situations/incidents. Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively; Writes clearly and informatively. Team Work - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views. Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position. Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of social media systems; Microsoft Office Suites; data management systems
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