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Assistant Director for Programming /Resident Director - Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Fort Valley State University
Fort Valley, GA, USA
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  • 06-Aug-2021 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Fort Valley, GA, USA
  • Full Time
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    FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY (FVSU), a state and land-grant institution of the University System of Georgia, invites applications for the position of Assistant Director for Programming/Resident Director in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

    Fort Valley State University, the only 1890 land-grant university in Georgia, is a comprehensive institution that provides an education to over 2,800 students including graduate students. The university is located in the town of Fort Valley in Peach County, the original site of the state's peach industry. Its 1,365-acre (5.52 km2) campus is Georgia's second-largest public university in area.


    The Assistant Director for Programming/Resident Director is a live-in professional who is responsible for the operation of a residence hall, housing up to 190 residents. The incumbent in this position is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of students by providing services and programs focused on the best practices in student housing, student programming, as well as student development theory. The positions reports to the Director of Housing & Residential Life. The position will supervise student resident assistants and some graduate staff.


    Community Development

    • Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that foster a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another
    • Maintain a high level of visibility and availability, including attending community events, regularly touring the community, and interacting with residents
    • Know the residents and provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support and referral
    • Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to students' needs
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff stakeholders to implement programmatic opportunities, some of which may be connected with living/learning community themes
    • Supervises the resident hall student government board (RHA)


    • Coordinate and supervise the Resident Assistant program, which includes developing and managing the selection (recruitment, interview, hiring) process
    • Supervise up to 8 resident assistants and possible 1 graduate assistant
    • Host weekly staff meetings to communicate upcoming events, discuss community concerns, and facilitate professional development experiences related to the overall student development goals of the Division of Student Affairs and Office of Housing & Residential Life
    • Conduct regularly scheduled one-on-one meeting with staff members
    • Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting student behavioral issues and concerns
    • Provide regular formal and informal feedback regarding job performance
    • Ensure that resident assistant duty procedures are followed
    • Oversee the implementation of programs and strategies the enable student achievement, success and engagement goals

    Student Conduct and Crisis Management

    • Review all incident reports and police reports (if available) for incidents that take place in the residence hall and/or involve residents living within the hall
    • Respond to residents in need, referring to other professionals, when appropriate
    • Adjudicate student conduct cases, track sanction completion, refer cases or ongoing situations of concern
    • Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the residence hall facility and/or community if on-call
    • Assume shared responsibility for on-call duty year round
    • Assist in emergency situations as needed
    • Implement all university, division and departmental rules, policies, and procedures
    • Provide programs and other proactive educational interventions to enhance good decision-making by residents

    Professional Development and Administration

    • Perform administrative duties associated with summer projects and assignments
    • Maintain up-to-date student emergency contact cards
    • Report, track, and follow up on maintenance issues with appropriate housekeeping and facilities employees
    • Serve on departmental committees and initiatives
    • Administer student check-in, check-out, and room changes; assist with room condition reports and damage billing processes
    • Participate in departmental and division-wide professional development activities
    • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff member, both student and professional, for the department
    • Conduct environmental assessments of the entire residence hall and communicate any major issues to departmental leadership
    • Develop, coordinate, and assess the programming objectives for the Department of Residential LifeCoordinate the Departmental Community Service Initiative
    • Create and update monthly the departmental programming calendar
    • Conduct bi-weekly meeting with the Resident Directors and Resident Assistants to discuss and evaluate programming in the residential facilities
    • Work closely with the Coordinator of Residence Education and the other Resident Directors to develop departmental programs and initiatives. Examples of these initiatives, but are not limited to the First Year Residential Experience, Residential Curriculum, Female Mentoring Program, Male Mentoring Program, etc...

    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
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity
    • Create and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university
    • Assume an alternative summer assignment such as orientation, conference housing, staff training, environmental assessment and/or operations.
    • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned


    • Bachelor's degree in a related field.
    • Must be able to work with diverse populations and supervise staff.
    • Must be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display a strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the university.
    • Must have the ability and willingness to assume shared responsibility for residence hall system-wide on-call duty and respond to crisis and emergency situations.
    • Must have strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.


    Master's degree in education, college student personnel, counseling or human development, or a related field. Post-baccalaureate experience in residence life, counseling, teaching, and living/learning environments is desired. Strong administrative and counseling skills are utilized in this position.

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