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 Assessment is a Masters Level, full-time, experienced professional who will serve as part of the Residential Life Assistant Director team and will work to increase departmental knowledge of student experiences, program effectiveness, student learning, and best practices for residential engagement. The Assistant Director will provide coordination and expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment, evaluation, and research projects. In collaboration with departmental leadership, the Assistant Director will work to design and implement the departmental assessment plan, create and deploy assessment tools, and interpret and disseminate outcomes to the department and campus partners. The position will report to the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives.
The role of the Assistant Director of Assessment is to provide leadership and direction for departmental learning and assessment. Principle responsibilities include: planning, implementation, interpretation and dissemination of departmental assessment efforts. The individual in this position will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the departmental assessment plan, evaluation of signature events and high impact practices, and interpreting data to provide recommendations that will enhance program effectiveness. In addition, the position will work with Assistant Directors of Residential Life to provide support for area specific initiatives throughout the year such as student staff training, Ram Camp, Living Learning Communities, staff evaluations, and program models.
Program and Department Initiatives
A. Assessment Coordination and Development
- Create and coordinate departmental assessment and evaluation including data collection, management, and dissemination
- Ensure departmental assessment efforts support departmental, divisional, and university mission, vision, and values.
- Utilize established principles of measurement theory to develop rigorous, valid, and reliable instruments that assess student learning and satisfaction, or evaluation of programs and services.
- Develop and maintain an assessment template for living learning communities including pre, post, and mid-year assessments.
- Consult with members of department to provide expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment, evaluation, and research projects.
- Serve on the divisional assessment committee.
- Cultivate partnerships with Institutional Research, Planning and Decision Support, and the Division of Student Affairs Assessment.
- Provide monthly departmental updates and share important data.
- Develop and implement methods to share data regularly with students and campus partners to inform them of our work.
- Identify and utilize institutional and national metrics to measure student learning and development.
- Create and administer assessment of signature programs.
- Identify opportunities to assess High Impact Practices and ground results/recommendations in current theoretical frameworks and best practices.
- Prepare annual departmental assessment reports as needed.
- Availability – Be available and visible to residents and staff; serve as a positive role model; maintain office hours; understand the nature of work may require some night and weekend hours; attend departmental functions.
- Utilize analytic software, technology, and data visualization tools to showcase data in formats that promote knowledge and support data-driven decisions
B. Assessment Leadership
- Chair the departmental Assessment Committee.
- Determine professional development needs of staff regarding assessment, evaluation, and research.
- Coordinate assessment workshops or competency development plans for Residence Life and Housing staff.
- Collaborate with functional area Assistant Directors to help establish assessment plans for specific programs and services within the department, such as Student Staff Training, RHA participation, Conduct processes, etc.
- In conjunction with departmental leadership, identify assessment and evaluation opportunities for the year that will assist in informing departmental decision making.
- Prepare reports and meet with stakeholders to share the work of Residence Life and Housing as needed.
- Analyze, interpret, and disseminate data from professional literature, national and institutional data, and student-focused studies to inform new initiatives, strategic projects, and best practices.
- Extract information from existing data that predict future outcomes/trends related to student success, growth, engagement, and retention.
C. Educational and Administrative Support
- Work in close contact with professional Hall Director staff that includes indirect supervision through committees and various departmental initiatives.
- 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. Some additional summer supervision possible.
- Assist in the implementation of VCU’s residential programming model; ensure that student staff understand programmatic learning outcomes and successfully reach them via hall programming.
- Work to identify grant writing opportunities that would provide potential funding for academic and leadership initiatives.
- Participate in program research projects and co-author/co-present research findings.
D. Departmental Initiatives
- Serve on a variety of department and division-wide work teams, committees, and initiatives as needed to support the mission of VCU RL&H and the university.
- Represent VCU at professional conferences, on campus, and in the community.
- Assist with the development/oversight of new and recurring residence life initiatives, trainings, or programs throughout the year.
- Monitor budget within position and determine financial resources needed to implement annual assessment plans.
- Work with Openings, Closings, Orientation, Open Houses, Preview Day, Conferences, Admissions, or other assigned areas to successfully integrate residential life initiatives and information sessions throughout the academic year and summer.
- Duties as assigned.
Minimum Hiring Standards
Multiple years of professional experience working with the development of learning outcomes, assessment plans and conducting assessment projects; Ability to collect, interpret, and report data and to write informational materials and reports; Strong Effective communication skills (oral and written); 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 in the implementation, analysis and reporting of data such as web applications, online systems, database software, and standard office packages; Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Manage several responsibilities at the same time resolve; Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes, and experience in its application; Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse University Academic Professional, staff, and student environment; and commitment to do so as a University Academic Professional member at VCU.
Three plus years of professional experience working with the development of learning outcomes, assessment plans and conducting assessment projects; Previous experience working with residential education or co-curricular learning initiatives; experience; involvement with state or regional conferences; familiarity with systems such as Campus Labs Baseline software, EBI Skyfactor, and Tableau; Experience with living learning communities and University Academic Professional members.
Compensation and Anticipated Start Date
$53,000 to $56,500 as well as a competitive benefits package.
Please visit vcujobs.com/postings/75868 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