The Student Development Specialist III (Coordinator of Leadership and Engagement) coordinates and manages the departmental efforts for engagement and learning through the leadership initiatives of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Residential Housing Association (RHA). This is a direct student organizational advising role.
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What we want
The Student Development Specialist III (Coordinator of Leadership and Engagement), coordinates and manages the departmental efforts for engagement and learning through the leadership initiatives of National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and the Residential Housing Association (RHA). This is a direct student organizational advising role. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description appeals to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.
What you need to know
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- Student Leadership Development and Advising - Serves as the primary advisor for the Residential Housing Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). Provides leadership, vision, and direction for student leadership programs in the department. Recommends, develops, and implements initiatives for student leadership, engagement, and learning. Provides oversight, coordination, guidance to departmental student leadership programs and student organization leaders within the department. Supports professional and graduate staff, in their responsibilities of advising and promoting departmental student leadership, learning, and engagement. Supports live-in staff members with the advising of affiliated community councils. Develops appropriate policies, programs, initiatives, and/or procedures designed to meet student needs and current trends in student leadership development. Coordinates training for RHA/NRHH and community councils as necessary. Ensures RHA/NRHH in participation, attendance, and engagement in National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) and Southwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (SWACURH) conferences. Serves as the primary advisor to the annual RHA Student Leadership Conference (CAMP F.I.R.E.), and SWACURH and NACURH student leadership delegations, including travel arrangements. Accompanies RHA and NRHH delegation to regional and national conferences and activities as needed. Attends all student organization meetings and general assemblies as the advisor. Meets with student leaders regularly to discuss student leadership development, personal and academic growth, and organizational direction. Oversees and implements department-wide leadership development programs as needed (Currently Kinect).
- Administrative - Administers and ensures proper financial processes are followed for all departmental student leadership organizations. Adheres to all purchasing rules established by Student Activities regarding student organization spending. Maintains responsibility for purchases and inventory of items related to their position in support of student leadership, student engagement, and student learning. Serves as a resource/guide in the creation and management of student leadership advising manuals for the department, including archival needs of student leadership records. Manages departmental student leadership organization recognition processes, and departmental student leadership organization election and leadership selection processes in coordination with the Department of Student Activities. Manages graduate practicum opportunities associated with departmental student leadership programs. Manages student leadership camp contracts and transportation for department student leadership organizations. Manages departmental social media and website content as applicable for student leadership, student engagement, and student learning. Serves as content manager for student leadership development operations within Residence Life. Coordinates awards and recognition for student leadership organizations, including advising NRHH student leadership in promoting and managing NRHH of the Month Awards (OTMs).
- Programming and Engagement - Serves as a member of the committee focusing on oversight for student led programming efforts in the department. Collaborates with supervisors and advisors to track and document student-led programming efforts. Chairs the departmental programming committee focused on RA programming efforts. Serves as the departmental primary contact for MaroonLink usage and as the primary department liaison to the Department of Student Activities and the MSC Programs Office. Serves as the primary Department user for MaroonLink as it applies to student leadership organizations. Maintains data in the MaroonLink event system on behalf of the Department of Residence Life. Benchmarks, researches, and proposes changes and innovations for continuous improvement of programming and engagement efforts within the department. Serves as a lead facilitator for one section of the Hullabaloo U first year seminar course for residential students or a living learning program.
- Collaboration and Support - Contributes to the Residence Life vision, mission, and values through participation in strategic planning, department goal setting and priority development with applicable Residence Life staff. Assists the Coordinator of Residential Assessment and Research in processes of recognition for departmental High Impact Practices (HIPs) associated with student leadership organizations. Collaborates with departmental professional staff and graduate hall directors in their roles as primary advisors to community councils and other department organizations such as Encouraging Respect, Acceptance and Support through Education (ERASE), Eco-Reps, and Residence Hall Staff Council. Designs and manages leadership training and development for departmental student leadership to include workshops and seminars; this may include dedicated training sessions for RA, GHD, or other specific staff trainings. Participates in Residence Education and University Apartment staff meetings as necessary. Represents the department or subunit on committees as needed. Collaborates on departmental assessment of student leadership and development and learning with the Coordinator of Residential Assessment and Research. Collaborates with others in the department and student leadership advisors/partners across the university. Reviews, evaluates, and assesses defined aspects of departmental student leadership development, student engagement, and student learning in conjunction with the Coordinator of Residential Assessment and Research to ensure optimum understanding of student/staff learning, development, concerns, attitudes, needs, etc.
- Development - Stays current in best practices and trends in higher education, student leadership, diversity and social justice, etc. Advances the philosophy of multiculturalism, and actively promotes diversity and the uniqueness of each individual, through an awareness of campus climate and involvement of under- represented students in departmental student leadership programs. Performs other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
Four years’ experience in student affairs work or related specialty area
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to identify and create opportunities for student learning through student leadership programs
Ability to motivate and inspire students to develop leadership skills, actively engage in inclusive communities
Strong interpersonal/organizational communication skills
Willingness to work as part of a team to aid students and staff
Attention to detail, confidentiality and dependability
Self-starter with high degree of initiative
Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
Other Requirements or Other Factors:
Must be available to facilitate and attend student leadership programs beyond usual working hours, therefore evening and weekend hours are necessary
Preferred Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, or related field
Two years’ experience in student affairs work or related specialty area with a Master's degree
Experience in assessment of student learning, leadership curriculum development, advanced student organization advisor training, or related experiences
Experience advising a large student organization at a college or university
Experience with computers and multi-user databases
Experience with leadership development curriculum, programming efforts, or student engagement initiatives
Experience advising RHA, NRHH, or other large/departmental student organization
Previous experience as a Conference Delegation Advisor (including travel) to regional conferences, NACURH, or other student leadership conference
Experience in assessment of student learning and/or student leadership program effectiveness
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to handle complex administrative functions and management of detailed projects
Ability to be accountable to the needs and requests of multiple stakeholders including students, staff, university leaders, and parents/families