Assistant Director, Residential Student Development Initiatives

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jun 13, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time
Assistant Director, Residential Student Development Initiatives

The George Mason University, Office of Housing & Residence Life invites applications for the Assistant Director, Residential Student Development Initiatives 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 & Residence Life: Housing & Residence Life 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 Assistant Director of Residential Student Development Initiatives within Housing & Residence Life will serve as the departmental lead in the design and planning of the Residential Student Experience through the lens of a curricular approach in collaboration and coordination with internal and external partners to align with divisional and university goals. The Assistant Director will have primary responsibility for designing the residential experience via the residential curriculum and student staff recruitment, selection, training and development. The Assistant Director will lead a cross campus curricular team comprised of campus partners to create and implement a comprehensive residential curriculum for students living on campus. Specifically, the incumbent is responsible 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.

Responsibilities: Residential Student Experience & Curriculum: * Lead the design, planning, and implementation of the residential student experience with primary focus on the residential students; * Co-chair the Residential Curriculum Committee to create and continue to evolve the Residential Curriculum including learning outcomes, educational strategies, and assessment; * Work with campus partners to design and implement campus initiatives and outcomes within the residence halls to enhance the residential student experience. * Engage residential students and HRL student staff in the planning, execution, and assessment of the residential student experience; * Engage HRL staff, with focus on the Residential Communities team, on the implementation of the Residential Curriculum; * Engage in the residential student experience strategic planning process including development and implementation of Learning communities and First Year Interest Groups; * 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 rubric-based process to select staff. * Develop and implement a tiered competency-based training curriculum, as per the University Life Core Competencies; * 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; * Create and implement ongoing student staff evaluations; utilize gathered data regarding student staff performance to inform future training and development initiatives; * Organize, develop and lead training initiatives for student staff members, including but not limited to UNIV 332 student staff training class.

Supervision & Leadership: * Supervise and evaluate the Coordinator for Residential Student Development Initiatives. Indirectly support and supervise the Graduate Assistant for Residential Student Development Initiatives; * Provide leadership for student employee recruitment; manage the selection of student staff and ensure that the process occurs in a timely manner; * Serve as a liaison between the Residential Engagement team and the Residential Communities team.

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; * Participate in the departmental assessment efforts; * 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.

Required Qualifications: * Master's degree in higher education or related field; * 3+ years of experience in student affairs; * Comprehensive experience in developing and implementing a residential student experience through a residential curriculum; * Comprehensive experience with planning and implementing a curricular approach to staff training, recruitment and selection; * Experience with competency-based student staff evaluations, large projects, supervision, and working on collaborative teams is essential; * The candidate has the proven ability to work in a dynamic environment creating solutions and implementing change; * The candidate will possess strong written and communication skills and will need to be able 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.

"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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