Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) invites applications for the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs. The Department of Residential Life & Housing (RLH) at Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing safe, inclusive, and well-maintained facilities that build intentional communities to empower residents in their academic excellence, citizenship and personal growth.
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
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PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
The Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs is a Masters Level, full-time, experienced professional who will serve as part of the Residential Life Assistant Director team as well as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs team. The position will be a dual report position that reports to the Associate Director of Residential Initiatives and to the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs Director. This person will serve as the chief liaison between Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Residential Life & Housing. This position will focus on increasing opportunities for collaboration between the two offices.
The role of the Assistant Director of Residential Life for Multicultural Affairs is to enhance the living-learning experience by managing the planning, implementation, and support of residential multicultural programs within Residential Life and Housing and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This position will work to assess the needs for programming and professional development opportunities focused on diversity and inclusion within Residential Life & Housing. Additional responsibilities include: planning, implementing, and assessment of diversity and inclusion programs. This position will oversee and provide direct advisement for the Diversity Ambassador Program, the Residential Intercultural Dialogue Series, and the Social Justice Symposium/Conference. This professional will oversee a residential theme week focused on diversity and inclusion; promote a sense of community, and provide an environment for leadership growth for students. This position will supervise a graduate student and provide oversight of new multicultural programs within the department.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Three or more (3+) years of professional experience in residence life/housing and experience working in higher education with a diverse student population; Experience conducting training workshops on social justice topics and/or intercultural competence. Effective communication skills (oral and written); Crisis management experience; Ability to build teams and work collaboratively; Strong organizational skills with attention to detail and accuracy; Ability to work well under pressure with multiple and changing deadlines; Demonstrated proficiency utilizing technology such as web applications, online systems, database software, and standard office packages (word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail). Presentation experience and demonstrated ability in leading discussions and training topics with students and/or with faculty and staff within the department.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team, manage several responsibilities at the same time, resolve problems using initiative and sound judgment. Ability to collect, interpret, and report data and to write informational materials and reports. Strong interpersonal skills; Knowledge of student learning theory and developmental outcomes, and experience in its application; previous supervision experience. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment; and commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Previous Residence Life live-in experience; demonstrated commitment to creating learning environments and opportunities for diverse student populations. Ability to approach staff trainings and development using intersectional framework; oversight of budget development and/or management; and advising student organizations in higher education. Working knowledge and experience with residential living learning communities, work with faculty members, and course development and instruction. Previous work in advocacy of individual or groups. Demonstrated knowledge and experience cultivating and sustaining relationships with historically underrepresented and underserved communities.
COMPENSATION & ANTICIPATED START DATE: $53,000 to $56,500 as well as a competitive benefits package. The anticipated start date is September 10, 2018.
Please visit https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/80467
to apply. Application packages must include a letter of intent, resume, and contact information of three references. For additional information please contact Shondonesia Pulley at (804) 828-7666 or visit our website http://www.housing.vcu.edu
The position will be open until filled.
Only electronic applications submitted through https://www.vcujobs.com
will be accepted.
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status, political affiliation or disability.