Associate Director for Residential Education - Division of Student Affairs
Carnegie Mellon University
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 2016416
Carnegie Mellon University is a highly selective global research university with more than 13,900 students and nearly 6,000 faculty and staff. Recognized for its exceptional arts and technology programs, we collaborate across disciplines and empower creative leadership in the fields of Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Public Policy & Information Systems, and Science. Carnegie Mellon is consistently ranked among the top 25 universities in the United States.
Carnegie Mellon University's division of Student Affairs is searching for two newly created Associate Director of Residential Education roles. As critical leaders of the House Model, Associate Directors will work to support the principles and initiatives of an aspirational residential curriculum by inspiring and executing a shared vision for the metacurricular experience of 4,000 residential students. Associate Directors will ensure that residential houses reflect our highest ambitions for communities that reflect a commitment to helping students understand their uniqueness and talents through meaningful connections and experiences. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Residential Education, Associate Directors will assume strategic oversight of critical processes and curricular frameworks both pragmatic and ideological.
The Associate Director for Residential Education position at Carnegie Mellon is a live-on role that serves in the Student Affairs emergency response duty rotation to ensure appropriate management of campus emergencies and crisis. University-owned housing that is proximate to campus is provided.
Core Responsibilities of the Associate Director role include:
Provide leadership and oversight for one of three residential neighborhoods supporting the residential student experience and coordinating key strategic initiatives within Residential Education that serve the broader student experience;
Supervision of three to four professional staff Housefellows and lead the larger neighborhood staff team including community advisors and resident assistants;
Support campus-wide initiatives designed to enhance student development; further partnerships with faculty on co-curricular learning and leadership development competency areas with a focus on individual relationships;
Engage in the successful execution of the residential curriculum; assisting with the implementation of common learning frameworks for the residential experience, and equipping house staffs with resources to meaningfully advance them in a customized manner;
Organizing key initiatives with partners in Housing Services, inclusive of house-based capital purchasing, opening and closing processes, room selection process and facility walk-throughs;
Actively participate in divisional work teams within Student Affairs whose cornerstone is a deep, sustained dedication and commitment to the ongoing care of its students;
Assessing and evaluating the efficacy and educational impact of programs and practices that compose the residential experience;
Provide case management, follow-up and student support for student needs in tandem with key campus partners;
Managing budgets for residential and programmatic efforts;
Facilitating connections with critical campus partners to advance unique initiatives to enhance the student experience in particular where the residential community can offer a platform;
Marketing and promoting the stories, initiatives and talents that emerge from the residential experience through social and print media, and other forms of communication;
Coordinating Housefellow professional development experiences; and
Guiding curricular design and implementation for Housefellow's programmatic functional areas across the residential platform.
In addition to the aforementioned departmental responsibilities, Associate Directors will serve as a housefellow to designated residential house community. Given the breadth and depth of the role, Associate Directors are generally partnered with smaller residential communities of approximately 200-250 residential students.
The exact set of potential responsibilities accruing to each Associate Director will be determined in part based on the skills, strengths, previous experiences and professional interests of the incumbents. Associate Directors will lead and convene teams to prioritize and operationalize the strategic goals of Residential Education and the residential student experience. The strategic initiatives within Residential Education currently align to the educational priority of our residential curriculum; preparing students for transformative global citizenship by cultivating an empathetic worldview and developing a clearer sense of self. The curriculum is centered on learning objectives that include developing cultural competence, prioritizing well-being and social responsibility. Candidates with strengths in one or more of these areas should highlight their experiences in the cover letter.
Our primary ambition is to hire innovative, creative and enthusiastic individuals who are well equipped to advance the vision of our residential house model and play a key role in the implementation of a comprehensive residential curriculum. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their work/life experiences to the diversity of our academic community and our engagement with a multicultural student body. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.
Candidates should demonstrate:
Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication skills;
Demonstrated record of dynamic student-centered leadership;
Ability to build and maintain successful collaborative relationships in a diverse campus community;
Proven track record to champion an innovative and highly collaborative work environment and effectively lead a team;
Commitment to justice and equity based approaches to student, staff and community development;
Proven commitment to helping students understand their uniqueness and talents through meaningful connections and experiences; and
Ability to multi-task and execute projects and administrative responsibilities through successful priority development.
Direct experience with student support, crisis response and creating and implementing initiatives intended to address community needs and evaluating their success;
Evidence of successful program development experience and/or experience with a residential curriculum.
Master's degree in a relevant field required
5+ years of progressive leadership experience in residential education and/or in student affairs;
Successful background check
Staff - Regular
Full Time/Part time
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Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.