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University of Massachusetts Amherst Assistant Director for Student Leadership in Amherst, Massachusetts

Assistant Director for Student Leadership

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Work type: Staff Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department:Residential Life


Categories: Student Affairs & Services

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The Assistant Director for Student Leadership will provide leadership for a comprehensive student engagement and student leadership program for residential communities.

Essential Functions

  • Primary responsibilities include coordinating and implementing learning centered student leadership program; serve on a team of staff members focused on developing and assessing student learning plans for residential students. Participate in the development of the curricular approach to student learning in the residence halls including developing educational plans, lesson plans, and assessment methods.

  • Develop, implement, and assess student learning initiatives for all student leader roles in residence halls, including, but not limited to, House Councils, Residence Hall Association, and National Residence Hall Honorary. Coordinate recognition events and initiatives.

  • Advise the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). Support RHA involvement in the Northeast (NEACURH) and National (NACURH) Associations of College and University Residence Halls by maintaining the University’s membership in these organizations, advising student conference delegations, and maintaining expert knowledge of all NACURH and NEACURH processes and procedures. Support RHA and NRHH in maintaining up-to-date and accurate constitution and by-laws documents and support compliance with governing documents.

  • Coordinate election and selection procedures for residence hall student leader roles; maintain up-to-date rosters.

  • Oversee fundraising contracts on behalf of RHA with appropriate commercial vendors, University and Residential Life liaisons.

  • Lead Student Staff Selection and placement processes for all Resident Assistant and Peer Mentor positions. Ensure compliance with related selection and reporting requirements.

  • Coordinate enrollment of student staff candidates in EDUC 391R: CORE, a one-credit, pre-employment requirement of all undergraduate live-in staff candidates. Serve as lead instructor for EDUC 391R.

  • Attain working knowledge of applicable collective bargaining unit agreements (CBA) for student staff.

  • Lead the recruitment, selection/hiring and coordination of Minute Mover student leaders who serve a critical role in the success of Fall Move-In. Serve on the campus Move-In Planning committee and provide leadership and direction to all aspects of Move-In that involve Minute Mover students. Provide on-site supervision to Minute Movers during Fall Move-In.

  • Provide high quality supervision of assigned staff including Office Manager, Minute Mover Coordinators/Team Leaders, and student office staff. Implement staff performance management processes, progressive discipline, and recognition efforts for all positions within scope of supervision.

  • Provide leadership, direction, and training to all Residential Life staff related to areas of responsibility. Lead committees related to position responsibilities. Provide back-up support to other Residential Life colleagues, including providing support to supervise a residence hall community in the absence of a Residence Director.

  • Establish and maintain collaborative and effective working relationships with campus partners to support student leadership initiatives, including, but not limited to, Campus Life and Wellbeing, College of Education, Student Leadership and Engagement, Residential Services, Disability Services and Student Affairs Communications.

  • Responsible for budget management in area of responsibility including monitoring, forecasting, and reporting of variances/problems and recommending solutions. Ensure financial resources are utilized in accordance to established policies and procedures.

  • Support and participate in university initiatives such as New Students Orientation and Transition initiatives, student organization events, and others related to the overall student experience. Participate in and/or lead Residential Life processes including searches, move-in/move-out, training, and events.

Other Functions

  • Perform related duties as assigned or required. Understand responsibilities with respect to Title IX, Clery and other compliance requirements.

  • Demonstrate capacity, skill, and willingness to engage students and contribute to student success.

  • Understand responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behave in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.

  • Contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace. Use access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercises care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others.

  • On an as needed basis, sign out and operate University golf cart or vehicle.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Master’s degree in a related field including but not limited to higher education, counseling, education, social justice, social work, or business management.

  • Two (2) academic years directly related work experience in higher education.

  • Valid Class D Driver’s License.

  • Demonstrated experience as a student leader or staff member in a residential environment.

  • Contemporary understanding of student learning, student development, and community engagement in a residential setting. Experience and/or familiarity with residential curricular models.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in use of technology applications including data management/administrative software, Microsoft Office Suite, and communication platforms. Ability to learn new technology platforms to perform position responsibilities.

  • Experience with department or unit level projects. Ability to manage multiple concurrent responsibilities and priorities.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including, strong ability to relate effectively with highly diverse work force, ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships, and superior communication (oral and written) and active listening skills.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Work experience in medium to large residence life program (min 5,000 beds) at a public institution.

  • Working knowledge of student learning outcomes, learning strategy design and outcomes assessment.

  • Demonstrated experience as an advisor of a student organization.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Typical office environment within a residential setting.

  • Ability to lift boxes and materials that weigh up to 30 lbs. for transport and set up.

  • Ability to access and reach residence halls throughout the campus for purposes of responding to incidents and meeting with staff, students, and groups of students.

Work Schedule

  • 37.5 hour work week.

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. Required to work some weekends.

  • Required to work evenings, approximately one evening per week during academic year.

  • This position is designated by Residential Life as essential personnel who may be expected to work in the event of an emergency or university closure.

Salary Information

Level 27

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Upload your resume along with your completed application. Our team will check references at the final stage of the interview process. Therefore, be prepared to provide contact information for at least three (3) professional references. Please note that this position will remain open until filled or the advertised closing date, whichever occurs first. Early submissions are recommended.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Mar 12 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Jun 16 2024 Eastern Daylight Time