Assistant Director, Academic Learning Initiatives - University Housing
Location: knoxville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 224335
Assistant Director, Academic Learning Initiatives
The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives. This is an exempt, 12-month, full-time, non-tenure track staff position.
The University: As the state's public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship, and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable, and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.
The Division: The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens. Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living, and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a passion for working with and serving all students. We believe Vol is a Verb and seek candidates who have the ability to provide expertise, energy, and strategy as the division seeks to build an inclusive excellence infrastructure.
The Department: Our mission is to foster positive, student-centered residential communities supporting the academic mission of the University. We provide a defining experience for students through programs and amenities that facilitate individual learning and development. University Housing's value and services enhance the overall university student experience.
University Housing has the capacity to house over 8,100 residents in 14 different on campus residence halls each academic year. The department has a close working relationship with a variety of student life units and academic offices on campus. Former staff members of University Housing are employed by over 100 colleges and universities throughout the US.
The Position: Reporting to the Associate Director of Residence life, the Assistant Director of Academic Learning Initiatives is responsible for the administration of the Living & Learning Communities. The position works closely with the liaisons for each learning community to foster awareness of and support for existing communities and in the development of new learning communities. The Assistant Director oversees four residence halls and works with the building's maintenance staff, housekeeping supervisors and post office staff to ensure that all resident issues and needs are dealt with and followed up on in a timely manner. The Assistant Director serves as a member of the five-person professional residence life team and serves as a member of the University Housing central staff team.
Responsibilities: The Assistant Director will serve as the primary contact with the existing learning community liaisons and coordinates community expansion. The position will coordinate the marketing, enrollment, and registration for the learning communities, directly supervises the graduate assistant for the learning communities and meets regularly to develop community strengthening initiatives through programs and services provided. The position will directly supervise two full time hall directors, and indirectly supervise two graduate assistants and thirty-six resident assistants. Work closely with the housing staff to respond and monitor all protocol issues. In addition, the position will serve as an advisor to residence life committees.
A successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to:
*Collaborate with partners internal and external to the Department of University Housing.
*Demonstrate ability to blend the academic and residential components of student life.
*Show skills related to program development, organization, and event planning.
*Advocate for student and staff needs.
*Actively participate in regional and/or national housing organizations related to involvement within the housing profession (presentations, committee involvement, institute/workshop attendance, etc.) is highly desired.
Our primary mission is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based, land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.