Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Academic Engagement

Fairfax, VA
Salary range starting at $60,000; commensurate with education and experience
Apr 20, 2022
May 31, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Academic EngagementGeorge Mason University, Housing and Residence Life is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Academic Engagement position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About Housing and Residence Life: Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is a self-supporting auxiliary organization within the University Life unit of George Mason University. HRL serves a highly diverse population of approximately 6,200 students, the majority of which are undergraduates living in over 40 traditional, suite, and apartment-style residence halls in three campuses within the vibrant Northern Virginia area. HRL employs over 170 full-time and graduate staff members and over 350 undergraduate student staff members. HRL is committed to provide a safe, well-maintained student-centered environment that is innovative and inclusive of the global community. It is dedicated to creating a home that enriches the experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.About the Position:The Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Academic Engagement serves as a member of the Residence Life Leadership Team and supports the management and development of HRL Learning Communities (LCs) and other educational initiatives. The Assistant Director oversees and manages LC procedures and operations including new and returning resident recruitment efforts, first-year and upper-division student assignments, and collaborative efforts with academic and University Life LC partners. The Assistant Director directly supervises a professional Coordinator for Residential Academic Engagement and provides indirect supervision and support to a Graduate Professional Assistant.The Assistant Director of Residence Life for Residential Academic Engagement is a live-on position at the Fairfax Campus and participates in the Assistant Director duty response rotation throughout the calendar year. This position reports directly to the Associate Director of Residence Life.Responsibilities:Learning CommunitiesProvide oversight and leadership to all aspects of the Learning Communities (LCs) program within Housing & Residence Life including the development of new LCs and the growth & maintenance of existing communities;Collaborate with the larger Residence Life Team, including all Community Directors (CDs) and Assistant Directors (ADs) with one or more LC in their supervision portfolio; provide ongoing guidance, support, and trainings to CDs and ADs related to LCs and departmental goals and expectations;Develop and maintain strong relationships with all academic, interest, and identity based LC partners including LC Coordinators and other academic college staff; facilitate monthly LC Coordinator meetings and regular e-mail communications;Support all aspects of LC Resident Assistant recruitment, selection, placement and training including participating in annual interview processes and facilitating LC-specific training sessions for new and returning student staff;In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Assessment, develop and manage processes pertaining to the evaluation of the ongoing co-curricular success of LCs;Oversee LC occupancy management including LC placement, room assignments, and room changes in partnership with the HRL Residential Services Team; andCoordinate all LC application processes including application updates, content, timelines, and communication to students and stakeholders.Residential Student Curriculum & Academic InitiativesDirectly supervise the Coordinator for Residential Academic Engagement and provide indirect supervision and support to the Graduate Professional Assistant for Residential Academic Engagement;Assist with the ongoing development and review of the Residential Roadmaps (residential curriculum model) desired for Learning Communities to ensure all student learning and competency outcomes are being met;Meet regularly with the other Assistant Directors of Residence Life to ensure adequate resources and communication is in place to support a consistent and effective implementation of the Residential Roadmaps in all first-year and upper-division LCs;Collaborate with the Residential Student Development Initiatives (RSDI) Team within Residence Life to plan and execute fall, spring, and on-going training and development for LC RAs; andManage the annual personnel and expense budgets for the Residential Academic Engagement area within Residence Life; collaborate with the HRL Business Services Team on assessing the evolving financial needs of a growing LC program.Partnerships & CollaborationDevelop and maintain strong relationships and collaborations with partners and stakeholders relating to academic initiatives; including students, instructional faculty, and staff;Engage with the HRL Student Housing Boards throughout the academic year to receive direct student feedback on the LC and co-curricular experience in the residence halls;Work in collaboration with other HRL colleagues on year-round participation in Admissions and New Student Orientation events including but not limited to student and parent presentations, virtual open house/orientation sessions, and tabling events;Serve as the LC assessment liaison for the departmental assessment team; manage LC assessment initiatives as it pertains to LC programming, student staff, and the residential curriculum; andParticipate in the HRL Assistant Director Duty Rotation for the Fairfax & SciTech Campuses; provide phone support & guidance to Community Directors on-duty and physically respond to high-level crises in the residence halls.Other DutiesEngage in assessment and reporting as needed;Actively support and comply with all University policies, HRL regulations, department vision and goals;Act as essential personnel in times of emergency and at critical times;Participate in departmental and divisional hiring search committees as available; andOther duties as assigned by the Associate Director of Residence Life or designee.Required Qualifications:Masters Degree required with considerable (generally 3-5 years) progressive experience in Housing & Residence Life, Conference Services, Student Services, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;Undergraduate and/or graduate student staff supervision experience;Proven ability in establishing successful new programs or partnerships in a higher education setting; andDemonstrated time management and organizational skills to effectively lead short and long-term projects.Preferred Qualifications:Masters Degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, or related field; andSignificant experience in residential curriculum, academic partnerships, and/or living-learning community programs strongly desired.

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