Assistant Director, First Year Engagement and Community Development

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
Closing date
Sep 13, 2021

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The Assistant Director is part of the Office of Housing and Residential Experience (OHARE) in the Dean of Students division at Vanderbilt University and is a leader responsible for the oversight of designated residential areas. This position assists in guiding the Residential Experience team to fulfill the departmental mission of building safe, engaging, and educational residential communities, thus contributing to the intellectual, cultural, and social growth of Vanderbilt students. The Assistant Director will supervise between one and three full-time Area Coordinators; lead and work collaboratively with the Area Coordinator team which includes Graduate Area Coordinators and Resident Advisers; and develop and maintain relationships with key campus partners to actualize guiding principles of intellect, community, personal well-being, self-discovery, and cultural awareness.

Reporting directly to the Director of Residential Experience, the Assistant Director is also responsible for engaging in assessment and benchmarking activities; representing the Assistant Director level in the campus on-call rotation and crisis response; supporting the professional team, student staff, and residents; and facilitating programmatic efforts across the department. Additional duties may include working with Residential Colleges and Living Learning Communities, providing mentorship of graduate and undergraduate student staff, collaborating with staff and faculty members within the residential halls and across the university, and aiding in various initiatives to promote student success.

The Assistant Director for First Year Engagement and Community Development will supervise three Area Coordinators, lead three Graduate Area Coordinators and fifty Resident Advisers at the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. In addition, the role will work with the Dean of the Ingram Commons and Residential College staff, and ten Faculty Heads of House across ten residential halls to assist in achieving the goals of the Residential College System and Hall Governance.

The role will also lead the continued implementation of the Community Development Plans and the integration of Meaningful Conversations as an essential role of the Resident Adviser role for each residential community as well as facilitating departmental co-curricular experiential learning in collaboration with faculty members, recognition initiatives, connecting student leaders and administrators by way of facilitating a Paraprofessional Student Advisory Board and providing professional development initiatives for professional staff members.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.

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