Coordinator of Residential Student Development Initiatives

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Closing date
Dec 7, 2023

Job Details

Department: University Life

Job Category: Administrative or Professional Faculty

Job Type: Full-Time

Work Schedule: Full-time (1.0 FTE, 40 hrs/wk)

Location: Fairfax

Telework Friendly: Yes

Salary: Salary beginning in low 50k's; commensurate with education and experience.

Criminal Background Check: Yes

About the Department:

Housing & Residence Life (HRL) is an auxiliary organization within the University Life unit of George Mason University. HRL employs over 170 full-time and graduate staff members and over 200 undergraduate student staff members. HRL oversees student housing areas comprised of roughly 6,000 beds within over forty (40) residential facilities, as well as housing the distributed campuses including the Science & Technology Campus and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation. HRL is committed to provide a safe, student centered environment that is inclusive of the global community; dedicated to creating a home that enriches the experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.

About the Position:

The Coordinator of Residential Student Development Initiatives within Housing & Residence Life serves as the planner, designer, and executor of strategies which help in the learning and development of residential students and staff in collaboration and coordination with internal and external partners to align with divisional and university goals. The Coordinator has responsibility for assisting in planning the residential curriculum and student staff recruitment, selection, training and development. The Coordinator also oversees logistical and planning responsibilities for student staff recruitment, selection, and year-long training with a departmental committee. Specifically, this position has shared responsibility for the following functional areas as it pertains to the HRL department: student staff recruitment, selection, and on-boarding; ongoing student staff training and development opportunities; curriculum creation and implementation in conjunction with university partners.


Residential Student Experience & Curriculum:
  • Co-lead the design, planning, and implementation of the residential student experience encompassing the active and passive programs or engagement strategies which lead to the achievement of departmental and university life learning outcomes;
  • Serve on the Residential Curriculum Committee comprised of department and campus partners to create and continue to evolve the Residential Curriculum, including learning outcomes, educational strategies, and assessment;
  • Collaborate with campus partners to design and implement campus initiatives and outcomes within the residence halls to enhance the residential student experience;
  • Engage residential students, Residence Hall Association, and HRL student staff in the planning, execution, and assessment of the residential student experience;
  • Engage HRL staff, with focus on the Residence Life team, in the implementation of the Residential Curriculum;
  • Develop training and educational initiatives for the HRL student and professional staff to help disseminate the Residential Curriculum and ensure proper implementation;
  • Engage in the residential student experience strategic planning process including connecting the Residential Curriculum to residential learning communities and other areas;
  • Provide outreach and encourage student leaders within the Residence Halls to participate in work groups and review committees related to updating and refining the Curriculum; and
  • Conduct research and collaborate with other institutions across the nation to continuously search for and become familiar with best practices as they relate to the Residential Curriculum.

Recruitment, Selection, Training & Development of Student Staff:
  • Coordinate student staff recruitment, selection, training and development in collaboration with HRL and university stakeholders;
  • Implement a fair, comprehensive process to select staff;
  • Develop and implement a tiered competency-based training curriculum, as per the University Life Core Competencies;
  • Manage paperwork for student staff hiring, evaluations, disciplinary actions, and exiting;
  • Follow up with supervisors and Human Resources regarding required paperwork and mandatory trainings as they pertain to departmental and university policies;
  • Work collaboratively with appropriate HRL stakeholders to determine and update both individual and departmental training needs on an ongoing basis through assessment, conferring with supervisors, and consulting with members of the leadership team;
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of ongoing student staff evaluations; utilize gathered data regarding student staff performance to inform future training and development initiatives;
  • Coordinate training on the staff performance and development process, recruitment processes, interview, and presentation skills;
  • Organize, develop and lead training initiatives for student staff members, including but not limited to UNIV 332 student staff training class; and
  • Identify and promote student staff professional development opportunities offered by Mason and professional organizations such as, but not limited to, ACUHO-I, SEAHO, VACUHO, University Career Services, and the LEAD Office.

Supervision & Leadership:
  • Supervise and evaluate as needed departmental graduate staff or interns for the Residential Student Development Initiatives area;
  • Co-advise the HRL Student Staff Voice organization;
  • Provide leadership for student employee recruitment; manage the selection of student staff and ensure that the process occurs in a timely manner; and
  • Serve as a liaison between various members of the Residence Life team and other units within the department and division.

Collaborations & Partnerships:
  • Serve on departmental and divisional committees in support of the Residential Student Experience including Patriot Experience, Mason 360, Mason Reads, and others;
  • Act as a liaison for the department when partnering with other offices on campus as they contribute to the Residential Student Curriculum and Training initiatives for student staff;
  • Engage as an active member in departmental assessment initiatives; and
  • Provide support for divisional strategic initiatives.

Other Duties:
  • Assist in fulfilling duties of vacant positions within the department, as needed;
  • Attend regularly scheduled departmental meetings;
  • 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;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor;
  • This position is a live-in staff member; and
  • This position will serve in an on-call rotation as a part of the campus duty response team.

Required Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience in student affairs (typically obtained in 1 year);
  • Experience in developing and implementing a residential student experience through a residential curriculum;
  • Experience in planning, implementing, and supervising large projects, training, evaluation, and collaborative teamwork;
  • Effective written and communication skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively, adapt to and implement change, and problem-solve; and
  • Ability to navigate working with members of different offices and presenting to large groups of student staff.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in a large, dynamic housing/student affairs environment; and
  • Experience working with student success and communication software platforms.

Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for Coordinator of Residential Student Development Initiatives at; complete and submit the online application; and provide a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Posting Open Date: November 3, 2023

For Full Consideration, Apply by: November 17, 2023

Open Until Filled?: Yes

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