Associate Director Residence Life - #003560
Posting Information: The Associate Director for Residence Life (AD) is a member of the central management team. The AD provides supervision and development for Master's level Area Coordinators (ACs) and graduate level Graduate Community Coordinators (GCCs); incorporates the academic mission of the university into the residential experience; assists in the coordination of national searches for professional and graduate staff; provides departmental leadership in recruiting and selecting undergraduate student staff; serves as a consultant and resource to department staff in the areas of supervision, staff training and development, leadership development, programming, Greek Life, and Student Community Ethics; and participates in an emergency/crisis response on-call rotation. The Associate Director reports to the Director for Residence Life. This is a live-on position. Job Responsibilities (10% percentage for each title below) Leadership * Serves as a member of the department's management team, responsible for providing departmental vision, policy, procedures, and planning, designing programs to meet future needs, and providing leadership and direction to department staff. * Directs student development, administration, and programming for an assigned area of campus. * Acts as a departmental liaison to other University departments, as well as colleagues at other institutions. * Represents Residential Living and/or Student Affairs on university-wide committees. * Collaborates with university partners to assist in retention efforts. * Advises student organizations such as Resident Student Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Resident Assistant Advisory Council. * Supports the mission of the department, the division, and the university Supervision * Directly supervises 2-4 Master's level ACs and 3-4 GCCs. * Indirectly supervises 50-60 resident assistants. * Conducts formal performance appraisals each year and informal appraisals each semester. * Develops Performance Management Plans, providing clear expectations for ACs and GCCs. * Conducts bi-weekly individual supervisory meetings with each AC. * Ensures employee compliance with safety and risk management policy. Academic Integration * Develops curriculum and instructs peer leadership courses if assigned. Instructs first-year experience courses. Evaluates student progress, offers student feedback, and assigns grades. * Serve as an instructor for a LEAD class if needed and approved by supervisor. Evaluate student progress and assign grades. * Supervise AC efforts to respond to notifications on possible at-risk students. * Partner with representatives from advising and other related departments. * Collaborates with the Associate Director of RL for Academic Partnerships in the development and implementation of living-learning communities and residential education. * Assists in developing departmental philosophy and mission regarding residential living-learning communities. * Coordinates programming specifically geared toward living-learning community participants. * Works with the Associate Director of RL for Academic Partnerships regarding first-year student focused and/or upper-class student focused programming and topics related to student transition and adjustment. On Call Responsibilities * Participates biweekly in an on-call duty rotation for after-hours student concerns, being available to provide consultation and assistance to the Residence Life On Call staff and personally respond in emergency situations where warranted. * Provides resources or contacts, makes referrals when necessary, and follows up with ACs to ensure that resident needs are met. * Collaborates with Counseling & Psychological Services, University Police, Health Services staff and other campus/university partners to effectively respond to situations. Recruitment * Assists in the national and regional recruitment and hiring process for professional, graduate, and university-wide undergraduate staff. * Attends national and regional conferences to coordinate the interview process for AC, RCM, and GCC candidates. * Responsible for the overall development, implementation, coordination, and supervision of recruitment and selection activities for departmental graduate staff positions while promoting WCU's graduate programs. * Responsible for the development and implementation of semi-annual departmental processes for selecting Resident Assistants (RAs). * Develops comprehensive, research-based instruments for use in the selection of RAs. * Ensures RA room assignments are accurate and communicated to the Room Assignments Coordinator. * Ensures compliance with Federal, State, and University policies regarding student employment. Training and Development * Assists in planning and facilitating annual training activities for professional staff. Conducts departmental orientation program for new ACs and GCCs. * Develops, implements, coordinates, and supervises departmental training and development activities for RAs. * Monitors and provides assistance to ACs for in-area training. * Facilitates ongoing team building and staff development opportunities. Additional Duties and Responsibilities * Collaborates with other university departments to implement student-centered programs. * Performs additional duties as assigned by the Director for Residence Life. Facilities Management * Works with ACs and GCCs to assess the residential facilities, to report concerns to Facilities staff, and to build relationships with Housekeeping, Facilities, and University Police to assure that the physical environment is maintained at optimum levels. * Provides assistance to ACs, GCCs, and hall/area councils with proposals for facility improvements. * Provides leadership during the openings and closings of residence halls. Programming * Responsible for creating an environment which fosters living and learning, outside of the classroom education, and support for the academic mission of the university. * Ensures an educational program designed to meet diverse developmental needs of residents. * Emphasizes needs-based programming and service projects. * Develops creative and innovative methods to assist staff in personally connecting to residents. * Monitors RA participation in the programming guidelines established by the department. * Assists with collecting and analyzing data for residential program assessment. Student Conduct and Counseling * Collaborates with the Department of Student Community Ethics in training professional and paraprofessional staff on educational judicial processes and procedures. * Adjudicates, counsels, and/or advises residents in response to crisis, disciplinary, academic, or stressful situations. * Promotes student success and retention through individual interaction with residents.
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: * Master's Degree in College Student Personnel, Education, Human Services, Higher Education in Student Affairs or related field. * Minimum three (3) to five (5) years professional post Masters live-in experience managing a residence hall. * Outstanding organizational, planning, communication, training, and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Qualifications: * Experience in working with students in a living-learning community * Experience supervising graduate-level staff * Teaching experience
Special Instructions to Applicants: In order to be considered, you must apply online. Attach a letter of application; a current resume; and a list of at least 3 references (include complete contact information). For questions or additional information, please contact Bashaun Smith at 828-227-7303.