Assistant Director of Community Standards

Fairfax, VA
Starting in mid 50's; commensurate with education and experience.
Oct 22, 2019
Nov 03, 2019
Full Time
Assistant Director of Community Standards
Housing and Residence Life, in partnership with the Office of Student Conduct, is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the Assistant Director of Community Standards 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 the Department:
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.

The Assistant Director of Community Standards is an administrative faculty position and is a part of the professional staff team of the office of Student Conduct, within the Division of University Life. The position is a primary report to the Director for Student Conduct and secondary report to the Associate Director for Residential Student Care and Outreach within Housing and Residence Life.
The Assistant Director of Community Standards manages multiple tasks while fulfilling the strategic goals as established by Student Conduct, Housing and Residence Life, and University Life. The Assistant Director for Community Standards is responsible for the overall administration and management of residential conduct in conjunction with the office of Student Conduct and the Associate Director of Care & Outreach within Housing and Residence Life. The primary focus and responsibility includes conduct management and procedure development for the residential communities.


Conduct Management * Supervise the Coordinator for Community Standards; * Provide leadership and support for the Graduate Assistant for Community Standards; * Oversee the management of the system database utilized by hearing officers for case adjudication and development; * Serve as a primary student conduct case manager for incidents involving residential students; * Oversee the assigning of cases to appropriate hearing officers and/or adjudication boards within Housing and Residence Life; * Serve as hearing officer for high-level cases; * Serve as an advisor to the Community Adjudication Board or Residential Adjudication Board as needed and assist in the coordination of cases; * Serve as a facilitator in the restorative justice model as needed; * Serve as an appeals officer for cases adjudicated by residence life staff; * Manage case tracking and staff accountability to ensure guidelines and case management standards are being met effectively and efficiently; * Provide guidance and oversight of the Residential Adjudication Board in conjunction with the Coordinator for Community Standards; * Ensure that student records are maintained in accordance with University policies and applicable laws

Assessment & Outreach * Gather and report data for monthly, semesterly and annual reports, assessment initiatives, and statistical analyses; * Oversee tracking and trends that advise on programming initiatives to support the Residential Student Experience team and residential community; * Work in conjunction with the assessment team in the assessing of educational sanctioning and internal procedures; * Assist in the outreach to the residential student population regarding rules and regulations governing residence hall living; * Oversee the development of educational sanctioning opportunities; * Ensure collaboration with Student Support & Advocacy Center in the development, implementation and assessment of the educational sanction programs addressing alcohol and other drugs; * Collaborate with key stakeholders to provide education regarding policies, programming based on concerns/trends, and initiatives that impact the residential community.

Departmental Responsibilities * Assist with Housing and Residence Life staff training regarding the administration of the conduct process from its origination as an incident report through sanctioning; * Remain current in case law, compliance guidelines and policies governing higher education and student conduct; * Assist with developing and maintaining a Standard Operating Procedures manual (SOP) for case adjudication guidelines; * Provide follow-up with staff on duty reports updating appropriate offices and staff as necessary; * Assist in the on-going training and development of staff in regards to best practices in conflict resolution, mediation and case adjudication; * Collaborate with University Life Safety & Emergency Management team on development of the Health & Safety adjudication process; * Recommend needed changes to policy and procedures as evidenced through tracked trends; * Serve on departmental and divisional committees; * Actively research and propose best practices in education and conduct to appropriate university and departmental stakeholders; * Represent Housing and Residence Life at appropriate stakeholder meetings including Student Conduct Case Conference meetings and AIM.

Other Duties: * Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor(s); * Engage 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.

Required Qualifications: * Master's degree in higher education, law, or related field at time of hire, or equivalent combination of education and experience; * A minimum of five years experience in residence life and/or student conduct, with a minimum of three years experience adjudicating student conduct cases and/or serving as an advisor or member to a conduct board.

Preferred Qualifications * Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, build relationships and implement processes required; * Proven ability in establishing successful new programs or partnerships; * Demonstrated experience in the supervision of student and/or graduate staff; * Strong communication, computer, and administrative skills.

"For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information."

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