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Associate Director for Residential Academic Initiatives

Miami University
Miami University, Oxford Campus, Ohio

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Job Summary:

The Associate Director for Residential Academic Initiatives serves as a Central Staff member for the Office of Residence Life. In addition to providing guidance, direction, and support for the overall mission, vision, and goals of the residential program at Miami University, the Associate Director is responsible for oversight of the departmental initiatives related to academic and large scale departmental initiatives. Like all members of the Office of Residence Life, the Associate Director is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of students by providing services and programs focusing on the learning outcomes for the Office of Residence Life. This position is a live-out position and reports to the Director for Residence Life.



Listed below are specific job duties of the Associate Director position as well as minimum professional standards expected of all Residence Life employees. These responsibilities encompass student and community development initiatives, both proactive and reactive, that directly influence the success of our residential students.

Residential Academic Initiatives
• Assist in the creation, implementation and training on the vision for residential academic initiatives in the Office of Residence Life
• Collaborate with the Campus Services Center to facilitate LLC assignment processes
• Proactively build partnerships with current and potential stakeholders in order to provide timely and engaging co-curricular options for students
• Chair the Residential Academic Initiatives Workgroup (membership external to ORL)
• Chair the Residential Academic Initiatives Committee (membership internal to ORL)
• Communicate regularly with faculty members, academic departments, and program offices to support residential academic initiatives
• Collaborate with stakeholders (which could include faculty, staff, and paraprofessionals) to develop integrated living/learning experiences for students in our learning environments
• Co-Supervise 3 master’s level live-in Area Coordinators in collaboration with an Assistant Director of Residence Life
• Coordinate enrollment of LLC classes with students, Campus Services Center, faculty, instructors, and the Office of the Registrar
• Serve on the Orientation Planning Group (for non-divisional advisors) and assist with Orientation Registration process for LLC classes
• Coordinate departmental staff responsibilities in teaching first year transition courses (UNV 101 and CEC 101)
• Coordinate the Resident Assistant course (EDL 301); teaching, recruiting and training instructors and developing curriculum
• Provide leadership on assessment for residential academic initiatives
• Serve on select LLC Advisory Councils, as needed
• Coordinate faculty recognition/involvement efforts in department
• Collaborate with Residence Life staff, as well as other staff and faculty, to identify efforts to increase initiatives focused on student learning
• Coordinate residential retention initiatives; including Second Year Student Initiatives, Student Created Community LLC Process, Emerging Adulthood Committee, etc
• Represent ORL at Make It Miami Days and other admission events
• Represent ORL on various university-wide academic initiative committees

Large Scale Initiatives
• Coordinate department’s programming efforts for Welcome Week and First 50 programming
• Provide oversight of departmental processes for when vendor contracts are required for services

Overarching Staff Expectations
• Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
• Practice ethical stewardship of university resources
• Collaborate with and support live-in staff members on departmental, divisional, and institutional priorities
• Demonstrate a consistent willingness to work with individuals from different race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin backgrounds
• Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff members for the Office of Residence Life
• Interpret and enforce Miami University, policies, rules, and procedures
• Build and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university
• Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Life and Miami University


Minimum Qualifications:

This position required a master’s degree, in higher education or a related field, plus a minimum of 6 years of full-time, post-masters experience. The individual in this position must have experiences in residence life, living learning communities, programming, long-range planning, developing and maintaining effective cross campus partnerships, as well as a proven ability to relate to a diverse population.


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to [email protected] or 513-529-3560.


As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.


Nationally recognized as one of the country's most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio (35 miles north of Cincinnati), with regional locations in Hamilton, Middletown, and West Chester, Ohio, and the John E. Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg. Miami combines a wide range of strong academic programs with the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions. A liberal education core complements the more specialized studies of the majors.

Along with an impressive number of opportunities to gain practical, hands-on and immersive experiences, Miami is distinguished by a faculty who enjoy teaching and mentoring students. Recognized as a "Public Ivy" by Richard Moll in his 1985 book about America's flagship universities, Miami is consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best schools for “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This commitment to teaching is demonstrated in the University's record of exceptional retention and graduation rates-which are among highest for NCAA Division I schools. Miami also regularly ranks among the top public doctoral university in the country for study abroad participation by undergraduate students.

Chartered in 1809, Miami is the 10th oldest public university in the nation. Enrollment includes almost 15,000 undergraduates and more than 2,200 graduate students on the Oxford campus, which is lauded for its exceptional beauty. The charming, historic uptown area of Oxford is adjacent to the campus.

Miami offers bachelor degrees in over 100 areas of study and master's degrees in more than 50 areas; the University also offers a number of doctoral degrees.

More information on Miami may be obtained via

Miami University is deeply committed to the success of every member of the community. At Miami, our mission is to empower each student, staff, and faculty member to promote and become engaged citizens who use their acquired knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of the community and the world.

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) exists to provide an inclusive, equitable, working, living, and learning environment to members of the Miami University community. OEEO provides members of the university community a place to obtain guidance for providing equal opportunity in personnel matters, and to resolve issues of harassment and discrimination

The Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity (OEEO) ensures that Miami University provides an equitable environment for students, faculty, and staff. This will be achieved with compassion, understanding, and fairness to all parties involved and act as a resource for all members of the university community.

Office of Diversity Affairs is located at 336 Shriver Center 3rd Floor. The Main Office line is (513) 529-6504.

Janine Todd, Program Associate
Mr. Gerald Yearwood, Senior Administrative Director
Dr. Juanita S. Tate, Director of Divisional Initiatives
Demere Woolway, Assistant Director of ODA & Coordinator of GLBTQ Services
Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, M.S., Assistant Director & Coordinator of Diverse Student Development

Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity is located at 219 E. Spring Street Oxford, OH 45056. The Main line is (513) 529-7157.

Kenya Ash, Director, Title IX Coordinator & Section 504/ADA Coordinator
Kristie Marcum, Associate Director
Tandy Hamm, Assistant Director
Janet Fink, Administrative Assistant

For a list of contacts involved in diversity-related efforts, see Diversity Contacts (PDF 229KB).

As part of institutional diversity and inclusion goals, our efforts diligently center on four core areas: recruitment, retention, curriculum and climate. These core areas are addressed through key initiatives that are tailored to faculty, staff, and students and are executed either through programs and support from our office or in collaboration with other university offices, departments, and programs. In addition, we also value relationships with our community partners who also work with us to promote diversity and inclusion at Miami.

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