Associate Director of Residence Life

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Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Mar 30, 2022
Oct 10, 2022
Full Time
Associate Director of Residence LifeGeorge Mason University, Housing and Residence Life is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for the Associate Director of Residence Life 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 Associate Director of Residence Life serves as a key member of the Housing and Residence Life team and is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the residential student experience at Mason through direct supervision of the following areas:Residential Academic EngagementResidential Student Development InitiativesResidential Student EngagementReporting to the Director of Residence Life, the Associate Director oversees the development, implementation, operations, and assessment of all residential student education and engagement initiatives for Mason's Fairfax campus. The Associate Director will serve as a liaison between Housing & Residence Life and many critical campus partners in Academic Affairs and University Life. The Associate Director will play an essential role in supporting collaborative efforts between the residence hall staff and residential student experience staff within Residence Life, including the management of Learning Communities and execution of the Residential Curriculum. In partnership with the Director of Residence Life, the Associate Director will provide leadership and support to all areas and team members within Residence Life. The Associate Director will assume overall leadership of the Residence Life Team in the Director's absence.Responsibilities:Provide overall leadership and indirect supervision to a team of 3 Assistant Directors, 2 Coordinators, and 3 Graduate Assistants within the residential student experience area of Residence Life;Build strong relationships and collaborations with campus partners and stakeholders in both University Life and Academic Affairs; including students, faculty, staff, deans and directors;Manage the monthly payroll and expense budgets for the residential student experience area of Residence Life; collaborate with the Director of Residence Life on annual budget requests;Serve on departmental and University Life committees related to the student experience including University Life Strategic Planning Committee and the Patriot Success Survey Committee;Provide exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to work in a new, challenging and emerging direction within the University;Work collaboratively with HRL's Assistant Director of Assessment to create systems for measuring student learning within the residence halls;Serve on the HRL Senior Leadership Duty Rotation, providing support and guidance to residence hall staff for elevated student crisis situations;Possess the ability to work independently and as a member of a group in addressing strategic priorities, particularly relevant to developing and executing goals and objectives;Work a flexible work schedule due to evening and weekend programs and events, particularly during peak times of year related to residence hall move-in and HRL staff training programs; andPerform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life or Associate Dean & Chief Housing Officer.Required Qualifications:A completed master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration, Counseling, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience;Significant progressive experience (generally 5-7 years) in housing & residence life, student leadership programs, or a related higher education field;Significant experience supervising a team of diverse professional and/or graduate-level staff members;Must demonstrate a strong knowledge base and ability to address first-year student transitions and residential student success;Ability to demonstrate excellent skills in management, administration, oral and written communications, budgeting, interpersonal relationships, short- and long-range planning, problem solving, creativity and critical thinking;Demonstrated foundational knowledge of student development and understand current trends in the field of housing & residence life;Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrate the ability to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of a diverse and dynamic environment; andHave served in a residence hall on-call structure.Preferred Qualifications:Prior experience in higher education at a four-year institution;Prior experience with residential Learning Communities that contribute to student engagement and retention; andPossess a working knowledge of retention software (e.g. Beacon, Navigate, etc.) and student housing software (e.g. StarRez).

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.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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