|About the University
||Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
|About the Position
As our Assistant Director you will collaboratively provide educational and administrative leadership for the residence life program, and are directly responsible for residential education, community development, administrative processes, and supervision of the professional and student staff for a portion of the residence halls (approximately 2,000 students). Your primary collateral responsibilities focus on inclusion, diversity, and staff recruitment and selection. The duties common to the three assistant directors include goal setting and implementation at various levels in the department; budget planning and management; ensuring effective collaboration with division, university, and community partners; leading staff training processes; and providing leadership to all residence life staff in their efforts to foster and assess students’ development of leadership, multicultural competence, academic success and personal growth.
- Staff Supervision
- Provide direct supervision and evaluation to 3-4 full-time, masters-level, resident directors (RDs), and indirect supervision for 3-4 student assistant resident directors and 35-40 resident advisors. RDs are each responsible for student staff supervision and training, educational and social programming, student leadership development including advising student governance groups, conduct adjudication, crisis response, and administrative processes in a residential community ranging in size from 250 to 650 students.
- Student Conduct, Crisis Response, Counseling, and Referrals
- Provide training, guidance and support for resident directors as they implement the University Residences conduct process. This includes ensuring that policy violations are being confronted and addressed in an educationally appropriate manner.
- Provide immediate support and direction for student and professional staff responding to emergency situations such as suicidal behaviors/ideation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, eating disorders, depression, physical assault, domestic violence, anger management, alcohol and drug abuse/dependency/overdose, or psychotic episodes.
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Develop meaningful connections at WWU and at the regional and national levels
- Plan, coordinate and/or implement opportunities for learning and engagement on diversity and inclusion themes for departmental staff, student leaders, and residents.
- Participate in recruitment efforts that enhance the diversity of the university residences student and full time staff.
- Staff Selection
- Lead the RD Search committee and the Student Staff Selection committee.
- Develop and implement recruitment procedures including advertisement copy and updated job descriptions in order to establish a large and diverse pool of highly qualified applicants for vacant positions. For the RD search this also may include coordinating attendance at and attending a national placement conference to recruit.
- Educational Leadership
- Provide leadership in the development of diverse and inclusive communities that foster academic success and personal growth.
- Serve as an advocate and ally for all students, especially those from historically marginalized social identity groups.
- Administrative Leadership
- Collaborate with other University Residences staff in long-term strategic planning, short-term coordination of operations, and more immediate problem solving. Topics include hall opening and closing procedures, vandalism response, key control procedures, resident safety and security, capital planning and summer renovation projects, and occupancy management (e.g., room changes, location of living-learning programs).
- Ensure residence life staff complete administrative tasks accurately and on-time, and understand and adhere to all departmental and university policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Staff Training & Professional Development
- Develop and implement fall training for professional (4 weeks) or student (2 weeks) staff. This includes developing learning objectives, designing educational experiences to achieve those objectives, designing assessment strategies to measure effectiveness, and managing the logistics associated with a residentially-based training (e.g., arranging meals, outside presenters, reserving rooms).
- Help design course syllabus, including learning outcomes, assignments, in-class activities, and assessments.
- Assist the associate director in the development and annual review of the residence life budget. Offer proposals for increases and decreases in order to balance improved services to students with financial stewardship. Assist in budgetary decision-making throughout the year.
- Serve on other department, division and university-wide committees, and take on other responsibilities in support of residence life, University Residences and Western Washington University.
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