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Associate Director of Residential Education for Academic Initiatives & Partnerships (ADAP)

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Residence Life
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The Associate Director of Residential Education for Academic Initiatives & Partnerships (ADAP) is a senior member of both the Residence Life central office team and the Residential Education senior leadership team. Utilizing the tenants of equity and inclusion to guide their daily work, the ADAP reports to and assists the Director of Residential Education (DRE) in supporting the implementation of an inclusive, dynamic, and comprehensive residential community that houses just under 5,000 students.

Primary areas of responsibility for the ADIAP include the direct supervision of a professional Assistant Director for Living Learning Communities (ADLLC), Area Coordinators, and Resident Directors. The ADAP is also responsible for the indirect supervision and development of graduate fellows and student staff in their assigned residential supervision area. In consultation with the DRE, the ADAP is charged with leading the overall vision and strategic planning for executing an inclusive, comprehensive living learning community program. The ADAP will be supported in these efforts by the ADLLC who oversees the day-to-day operation and marketing of the LLC program in addition to recruiting, developing, supporting, and directing the efforts of the Living Learning Fellows and Faculty in Residence.

Additionally, the ADAP has the primary responsibility for departmental leadership in building academic partnerships across campus through the promotion of LLC program and residential academic initiatives though educating campus partners about the opportunities and benefits associated with living on campus and participating in the LLC program.

ADAP is responsible for leading Residence’s Life overall curricular approach to student engagement by leading the ongoing development and review of our curricular model to ensure it is meeting the established 10 essential elements as outlined by ACPA. In conjunction with the Residential Education team, the ADAP will annually determine the learning goals for Fall and Spring educational plans. The ADAP will create and communicate an annual curricular timeline that outlines due dates for the development of curriculum-related materials (educational plans and strategy facilitation guides). Collaborating with the Associate Director for Recruitment & Development (ADRD), the ADAP is responsible for delivering the initial curriculum onboarding development for all new employees and student leaders providing ongoing development and ongoing support to all levels of Residential Education staff.

Specific Responsibilities Include: 

  • Direct supervision of a professional Coordinator, Area Coordinators and/or Resident Directors and indirect oversight of assigned residence hall communities. Indirect supervision of graduate fellow and student staff.
  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for the overall development and execution of an inclusive, comprehensive living learning community program which includes establishing and maintaining partnerships with academic schools and colleges, deans, faculty, staff, and university partners. Using assessment data and best practices, design and implement purposeful initiatives that support the academic success of residential students.
  • Lead the overall implementation and assessment of the department’s residential curriculum model and academic initiatives.
  • Provide direction and leadership for the residential education team in the absence of the Director of Residential Education.
  • Serve in an emergency on call duty rotation for residential students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • A masters degree in higher education, college student personnel or a related field is required
  • A minimum of 5 years of increasing experience and responsibilities in Residence Life, including housing, judicial, administration, staff selection and staff training
  • Three years in a middle management residence life position supervising full time professional staff
  • Experience with the development and implantation of a residential curriculum approach to engagement and education
  • Residential Living Learning Community Experience
  • Interest in or previous experience with assessment
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theory and experience working with diverse student populations

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proven experience with the creation and implementation of social justice, diversity, and/or inclusion education
  • Leadership role with an LLC program
  • Experience working with faculty
  • Demonstrated assessment experience
  • Competency with using MS Teams, SharePoint creation and management, StarRez, and Maxient

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is an SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P17.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.      

Please include a resume and cover letter that addresses your experience with Residential Curriculum, Living Learning Communities and Academic Partnerships with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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