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Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership Programs


Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership Programs

  • req3019
  • Richmond, Virginia, United States, 23220
  • Division of Student Affairs
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
***Sign on Bonus $2500.00***

Position: Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership Programs (Administrator SS 3)

Summary: T he Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership Programs works within the Residential Initiatives Team to foster a residential environment that fulfills the goals and vision of the Department of Residential Life & Housing Mission to provide: safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities that build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship, and personal growth. The Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership Programs is a Master’s Level, full-time, experienced professional, who will serve as part of the Residential Initiatives Assistant Director team responsible for the education and daily management of residential leadership programs for over 6,000 on-campus students. The position will report to the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives. The role of the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Leadership programs is to enhance the living-learning experience by managing the planning, implementation, and support of leadership programs within Residential Life and Housing The Assistant Director will assist with all residential leadership programs such as RAM CAMP and advising residential student groups. Principal responsibilities include planning, implementing, and assessment of RAM Camp, a first-year leadership program for first-year residents. In addition, the position will oversee and provide direct advisement for the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary; oversee the RAM CAMP experience; promote a sense of community and an environment for leadership growth; supervise a graduate student. This person will also provide leadership for new residential programs and initiatives within the department.

Typical Duties

Student Development and Involvement
•Cohort Development- Foster a sense of positive community in the residence halls; use creative and innovative methods to personally connect with campus leadership opportunities, advisors, student leadership positions, and residential students.
•Program Development - Oversee and implement leadership programs for the residential life program including RAM Camp and other new leadership initiatives to meet the need of a growing residential life program.
•Education - Ensure that programs are designed to connect resident students to their floor, building, department, and university; ensure that learning outcomes for the residential community model are reached in concert with the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives; work with the resident assistants, RHA members, NRHH members, and community council to develop programs and activities that meet the diverse development needs of students.
•Advising - Serve as primary advisor to Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Identify, encourage, and provide leadership opportunities to students; serve as a mentor, and resource to hall councils, student staff, and individual residents.
•Leadership Experiences - Coordinator of leadership conference attendance including state, regional, and national representation of RHA, NRHH, and RA Leadership conferences. Plan, implement, and oversee the annual RAM CAMP program.
•Training-Oversee training of Community Council Advisors and student leaders involved with Community Councils.
•Availability - Be available and visible to residents and staff; serve as a positive role model; maintain office hours; understand the nature of work may require some night and weekend hours; attend departmental functions
B. Staff Supervision and Development
•Supervision - Motivate, direct, and supervise one Graduate Assistant of Leadership Programs and approximately 10-12 student workers, and indirectly supervise 14 Hall Directors.
•Performance Management - Provide formal annual evaluations of staff members; conduct individual meetings to develop and review goals/outcomes achieved; conduct periodic performance evaluations as appropriate and create plans for staff development.
•Instruction and Training - Develop and implement on-boarding training for new staff; assist with annual full-time and student staff residential life training and assist in the development of RA area in-services conducted throughout the year; including an emphasis on topics diversity, equity, and inclusion, professional development, academic enhancement, and leadership.
•Recruitment and Selection - Assist with recruitment and selection for all residence life staff full-time and student staff positions levels; assist with and lead departmental searches (including Hall Director, Resident Assistants, Administrative Assistants, etc.); collaborate with marketing staff for recruitment efforts, and potentially travel to recruit at national level recruitment conferences to interview candidates.
C. Community Management
•Customer Service - Investigate and respond to the concerns of students, parents, university staff members, and others in a manner that provides accurate information, foster student development and maintains good public relations.
•Crisis - Work closely with university staff in crises; respond to emergencies to support students and housing operations during weather-related or scheduled university closures, campus-wide disruptions, campus-wide health concerns or pandemics, etc.
•Programming and Advising - Assist in the implementation of VCU’s residential program model goals (connections, inclusion and diversity, scholarship and wellbeing); ensure that student staff understand programmatic learning outcomes and successfully reach them via hall programming and initiatives.
•Academic Support - Actively implement academic initiatives designed to further facilitate student success including working with students as a result of any midterm grade alerts, bringing academic resources into the halls, and working with departmental academic initiatives.
•Living Learning Communities - Assist with the three levels of Living Learning Communities: Living Learning Programs, Programs in Residence, and Theme Communities.
•Administration - Maintain proper records, file any needed weekly reports, filed annual reports, and meet all area and departmental deadlines.
•Budget - Provide budget oversight for area office supply, programming, community council, staff development, and other special programs. Administer the RHA, NRHH, and Graduate Assistant Recruitment budgets. Work with Community Council advisors for establishing individual Community Council budget model.
D. Departmental Initiatives
•Assist in implementing a variety of assessment activities and retention initiatives to improve the residential experience and student success.

•Serve on a variety of department and division-wide work teams, committees, and initiatives as needed to support the mission of the department and the university.
•Work to build relationships with the Central Housing Office, Division of Student Affairs, and other University constituents to best support students and staff.
•Represent VCU at professional conferences, on campus, and in the community.
•Assist with the development/oversight of new and recurring residence life initiatives, training, or programs throughout the year.
•Work with Opening, Closing, Orientation, Open Houses, Preview Days, Conferences, Admissions, or other assigned areas to successfully integrate residential life initiatives and information sessions throughout the academic year and summer.
•Other duties as assigned.

Typical Education and Experience

Master’s degree required in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or a related field.

Minimum of two (2) years of experience with the design and implementation of residential life leadership programs and activities with demonstrated commitment to student leadership groups (including RHA, NRHH, etc. Ability to work, multi-task, and manage projects independently and as part of a team, manage several responsibilities at the same time, and resolve problems using initiative and sound judgment. Ability to collect, interpret, and report data and write informational materials and reports. Strong interpersonal skills; Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes; Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy;; Previous supervision experience; Previous experience advising student leaders and organizations. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment; and commitment to do so as a staff member at VCU.


Previous Residence Life live-in experience; demonstrated commitment to residential community building and academic success (i.e. working with residential living-learning communities, faculty members, academic focus programs/initiatives); Student conduct and crisis response experience; budget experience.. Experience collaborating with administrative services, operations, and facilities.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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