The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities administers the living-learning community program and all student success initiatives within the residence halls, supervises the Coordinators-Student Success Initiatives, and assists in the supervision of professional, graduate staff, and live-in hall staff working directly with the living-learning communities program. The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities assists in long- and short-range planning to provide student development opportunities and experiences to meet the academic success needs of current and future students. The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities provides leadership to professional staff and assists in the development of policies and procedures related to all living-learning community and student success initiatives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Creates, develops, implements, and oversees the living-learning communities (LLC).
2. Recruits, engages, and establishes strong collaborative relationships with all LLC partners, including University faculty and staff members.
3. Recruits and engages members of the Springfield community to share professional expertise, provide service opportunities, and participate in program planning as partners of the LLC program.
4. Provides for the appropriate implementation of delegated tasks through the selection, training, daily supervision, and evaluation of the Coordinators of Residence Life – Living-Learning Communities.
5. Plans, organizes, hosts, and facilitates the LLC program fall and spring semester retreats.
6. Administers the budget for the LLCs.
7. Designs, implements, and oversees comprehensive assessment of the LLC program.
8. Creates content of marketing materials, including the development and maintenance of content for the LLC’s website and social media communication.
9. Assists in the redesign of the housing application, reapplication, selection, and assignment process to facilitate the implementation of LLCs.
10. Collaborates and directs the recruitment of new students for LLCs with Admissions, the Honors Program, and all University colleges.
11. Serves as the spokesperson and public relations contact in relation to all LLC inquiries.
12. Assists with recruitment, selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and development of staff members working with LLCs.
13. Oversees the academic success probation program.
14. Attends and supports departmental and University functions and activities.
15. Encourages responsible behavior among Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services staff and students by establishing and communicating behavioral expectations that encourage and influence the development of responsible behavior, facilitates the development of an environment that stimulates student responsibility and accountability within the residence life community, and encourages the appreciation of diversity.
16. Actively participates in professional organizations and facilitates interaction with other institutions of higher education.
17. Participates as a member of the University community by serving on various committees and task forces.
18. Advances the concepts of student development and programming by serving as a resource and liaison to other University offices and student groups.
19. Assists the Director, Associate Director, and other Assistant Directors, and Coordinators with appropriate and timely responses to system-wide or building-specific needs, emergencies, or other situations requiring central office intervention, including participation in a rotational, on-call schedule.
20. Contributes to a work and learning environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of shills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
21. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or development courses required by the Associate Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services.
22. Supports the overall operation of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services and contributes to the accomplishment of its mission and goals by performing other duties as assigned by the Associate Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services.
The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities directly supervises the Coordinators of Residence Life – Living-Learning Communities and an administrative assistant. The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities provides indirect supervision to Residence Hall Directors, Assistant Hall Directors, Graduate Assistants, and Resident Assistants, makes recommendations which are given particular weight regarding the hiring, dismissal, advancement, promotion, and other changes of status of those supervised. The Assistant Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services – Living-Learning Communities is supervised by the Associate Director, Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: A Master’s degree in Educational Administration, College Student Personnel, or a related field is required.
Experience: At least four years post-Master’s experience in residence life with increasing levels of responsibility and exposure to student success initiatives, living-learning programs, conduct, hall administration, student development and programming, leadership development, and supervision of student employees and volunteers. Experience incorporating multi-cultural and multi-perspective experiences for students that are needed to succeed in a global, broadly diverse society is preferred. Experience working in a diverse environment and/or with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred.
Skills: The ability to select, supervise, and evaluate professional and student personnel is required. Effective verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to produce effective, creative, and meaningful student success programs are required. The ability to motivate and collaborate with partners in support of individual living-learning communities is required. Demonstrated skills in problem solving, conflict resolution, effective decision making, and goal achievement are required. The ability to prepare and implement workshops and training presentations to large and small groups and the ability to utilize word processing and other applications to process data are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.