Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for the position of Associate Director of Residential Life. The mission of Residential Life & Housing at VCU is to provide safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities where we build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship, and personal growth. Additionally, we have five departmental values that fall in line with the core values of the institution. The five departmental values are Collaboration, Inclusion & Diversity, Resident Centered, Learning, and Excellence. These values serve as the foundation of our work within the department. More information about the values of our department visit housing.vcu.edu/about.
About the University
Virginia Commonwealth University is a premier urban public research university focused on academic success. Established in 1838 and located on 144 acres in downtown Richmond, VA, we currently enroll approximately 31,288 students. Learn more about living in Richmond, VA. VCU takes pride in its nationally ranked academic programs and academic medical center, research and scholarly productivity, and engagement with the communities it serves and changes.
Principal Functions and Duties
The Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs is a Masters Level, full-time, experienced professional who will serve as part of the Residential Life Assistant Director team as well as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs team. The position will be a dual report position that reports to the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives and to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Director. This person will serve as the chief liaison between Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Residential Life & Housing. This position will focus on increasing opportunities for collaboration between the two offices.
The role of the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs is to enhance the living-learning experience by managing the planning, implementation, and support of residential multicultural programs within Residential Life and Housing and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This position will work to assess the needs for programming and professional development opportunities focused on diversity and inclusion within Residential Life & Housing. Additional responsibilities include: planning, implementing, and assessment of diversity and inclusion programs. This position will oversee and provide direct advisement for the Diversity Ambassador Program, the Residential Intercultural Dialogue Series, and the Social Justice Symposium/Conference. This professional will oversee a residential theme week focused on diversity and inclusion; promote a sense of community, and provide an environment for leadership growth for students. This position will supervise a graduate student and provide oversight of new multicultural programs within the department.
Program and Department Initiatives
A. Student Development and Involvement
- Cohort Development – Foster a sense of positive community in the residence halls; use creative and innovative methods to personally connect with campus multicultural student affairs opportunities, advisors, student leadership positions, and residential students.
- Program Development – Oversee and implement leadership programs for the residential life program focused on diversity and inclusion. Some programs include Diversity Ambassador Program, Residential Intercultural Dialogue Series, Social Justice Symposium/Conference, and residential theme week focused on diversity and inclusion.
- Education – Ensure that multicultural affairs programs are designed to connect resident students to their floor, building, department, and university; ensure that learning outcomes are developed and are reached in concert with the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives; work with the resident assistants, RHA members, NRHH members, and community council to develop multicultural programs and activities that meet the diverse development needs of students, staff and faculty.
- Advising – Serve as co-advisor to Diversity Ambassador Program. Identify, encourage, and provide leadership opportunities to students; serve as mentor, and resource to community councils, student staff, and individual residents.
- Leadership Conferences – Coordinator of annual Social Justice Symposium/Conference.
- Training– Oversee diversity and inclusion training programs within the Residential Life & Housing department. This includes programs offered for residents, student employees, staff, and faculty.
- Availability – Be available and visible to residents and staff; serve as a positive role model; maintain office hours in both office spaces for RLH and OMSA; understand the nature of work may require some night and weekend hours; attend departmental functions within Residential Life & Housing and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
B. Community Management
- Conduct – Assist with the enforcement and support all university and departmental policies and regulation in cooperation with the Department of Residential Life and Housing and the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, and assist in the administration of the university’s judicial process for students living in residence halls.
- Crisis/On Call Duty – This staff member will serve in the rotation of on-call responsibilities as needed within Residential Life & Housing. This staff member may assist university staff in crisis situations.
- Liaison – Work to build relationships with the Central Housing Office, Division of Student Affairs, and other University constituents. Staff member will serve as chief liaison between RL&H and OMSA.
- Budget – Administer established budgets within the position.
- Public Relations – Investigate and respond to concerns of student, parents, university staff members, and others in a manner that provides accurate information, fosters student development and maintains good public relations.
- Conflict Resolution – Provide appropriate mediation, counseling and referral for individual students and staff as needed.
- Leadership Support – Actively implement leadership initiatives designed to further facilitate student success around the topics of diversity and inclusion; bringing campus resources into the residence hall and working with academic and divisional colleagues across campus to ensure student success in residence.
- Administration – Maintain proper records, file any needed weekly reports, file annual reports and meet all area and departmental deadlines.
C. Staff Supervision and Development
- Supervision – Motivate and direct student staff in the area of diversity and inclusion; when necessary conduct individual meetings to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved, and to provide and solicit feedback; participate in weekly staff meeting to discuss issues and recognize contribution.
- Instruction and Training – Assist in the development of professional training, coursework, and in-services conducted for all staff prior to the beginning of each semester and throughout the year. Lead initiatives directly related to diversity and inclusion.
- Programming and Advising – Assist in the implementation of VCU’s residential programming model; ensure that student staff understand programmatic learning outcomes.
- Recruitment and Selection – Assist in the recruitment and selection of staff
- Direct student support activities, including program advising of Diversity Ambassador Program.
- Serve on university committees, boards, panels, etc. as needed to support the mission of VCU RL&H, OMSA, and university.
- Participate in program research projects and co-author/co-present research findings.
- Represent VCU at professional conferences, on campus, and in the community.
- Participate in program recruiting, admissions, orientation, and evaluation activities.
D. Departmental Initiatives
- Assist in implementing a variety of assessment activities and retention initiatives to improve the residential experience and student success within Residential Life & Housing and Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
- Serve on a variety of department and division-wide work teams and initiatives.
- Work with opening, orientation, conferences, or other assigned areas to successfully integrate diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout the academic year and summer.
- Duties as assigned.
Minimum Hiring Standards
Master’s degree required in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or a related field. Three or more years of professional experience in residence life/housing and experience working in higher education with a diverse student population; Experience conducting training workshops on social justice topics and/or intercultural competence. Effective communication skills (oral and written); Crisis management experience; Ability to build teams and work collaboratively; Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy; Ability to work well under pressure with multiple and changing deadlines; Demonstrated proficiency utilizing technology such as web applications, online systems, database software, and standard office packages (word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail). Presentation experience and demonstrated ability in leading discussions and training topics with students and/or with faculty and staff within the department.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, manage several responsibilities at the same time, resolve problems using initiative and sound judgment. Ability to collect, interpret, and report data and to write informational materials and reports. Strong interpersonal skills; Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes, and experience in its application; previous supervision experience. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment; and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
Previous Residence Life live-in experience; demonstrated commitment to creating learning environments and opportunities for diverse student populations. Ability to approach staff trainings and development using intersectional framework; oversight of budget development and/or management; and advising student organizations in higher education. Working knowledge and experience with residential living learning communities, work with faculty members, and course development and instruction. Previous work in advocacy of individual or groups. Demonstrated knowledge and experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with historically underrepresented and underserved communities.
$53,000 to $56,500
Please visit vcujobs.com/postings/80467 to apply. Application packages must include a letter of intent, resume, and contact information of three references. For additional information please contact Shondonesia Pulley at (804) 828-7666 or visit our website housing.vcu.edu. The position will be open until filled. Only electronic applications submitted through vcujobs.com will be accepted.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability