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 Selection and Development is a Masters Level, full-time, experienced professional who will serve as part of the Residential Life Assistant Director team responsible for the education and daily management of over 6,300 on-campus students. The position will report to the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives.
The role of the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Selection and Development is to enhance the living-learning experience by providing a holistic approach to working with staff; including the management, planning, implementation, and support of undergraduate student selection and ongoing development/training. Principle responsibilities include: planning, implementation, and assessment of departmental undergraduate staff training, including Resident Assistant Training. The individual in this position will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of student staff recruitment, selection, and hiring. In addition, the position will work with area Assistant Directors of Residential Life to provide support for RA In-Service Training throughout the year. The person in this position will work directly with professional development planning for undergraduate, graduate, and professional staff. The person in this position will also assist with Hall Director Recruitment and provide leadership for new professional development programs within the department. The position will oversee the evaluation process, design and maintain competency-based job descriptions, and guide staff through employee discipline matters.
Three to five (3-5) years professional experience in residence life/housing; 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).
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 working with students through training and hiring initiatives (including RA Training, RA recruitment, student staff in-services, etc.). Student conduct and crisis response experience; budget experience; and involvement with state or regional RA conferences. Experience working with Microsoft Excel, Adobe Captivate, erezlife, and/or similar software packages. Experience with living learning communities and faculty members.
Compensation and Anticipated Start Date
$53,000 to $56,500 as well as a competitive benefits package. The anticipated start date is January 8, 2018.
Please visit vcujobs.com/postings/67478 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