Assistant Director for Residential Academic
(Student Services Professional 2 - MR09
Housing and Residential Life
University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
The Assistant Director for Residential Academic Initiatives reports
to the Associate Director for Housing and Residence Life. This
position supports the co-curricular aspects of residentially based
academic communities working with residence education staff,
faculty, and other academic staff to create a seamless environment
between living and learning components of campus life. Assists with
overall implementation of residential learning communities, assists
with the freshmen academic success program, coordinates academic
services within the residence halls, and facilitates all
departmental assessment. This position promotes student engagement,
academic success, personal development, and a strong sense of
community though the implementation of the residential
Staff Supervision & Training
Academic Initiatives, Intervention, and Assessment
- Coordinate, or assist with, the recruitment processes for 7
Resident Directors, full-time administrative staff, 93+ Resident
Assistants, other student staff, and Graduate Assistants.
- Supervise 3-4 full time Resident Directors. Oversee the
supervision of up to 2-6 Administrative Assistants, up to 3
Graduate Assistants, approximately 40-60 RAs, and numerous student
- Coordinate, or assist with, staff training for full time and
student staff throughout the year (weekly, monthly, & semester
- Coordinate full-time and student staff evaluations.
- Support and assist the development and implementation of
residential learning communities (RLCs: i.e., Living Learning
Communities; Theme Learning Communities, First Year Residential
Experience, Sophomore Year Experience, etc.).
- Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop learning
outcomes and program implementation.
- Assist campus partners in the recruitment of RLCs participants.
Ensures effective marketing and recruitment strategies for
communities and programs.
- Hire and train staff assigned to work with the Residential
- Recruit and select faculty for the Faculty Fellow and Faculty
in Residence program. Ensures that faculty are supported and
meeting the needs of the program.
- Utilize best practices and data to assist in the development
and continued improvement of the Faculty In Residence Program and
Residential Learning Communities.
- Create Memorandum of Understanding for each learning community
- Assists with the RLC resident application process and
coordinates LLC room assignments with the housing operations
- Serve as primary contact for residential students’ success
initiatives and retention program (i.e., Freshmen Academic Success
Track, Common Reading, Convocation).
- Provide academic coaching for at risk Resident Assistants who
may have fallen below required GPA.
- Identify collaborative opportunities with campus partners such
as Student Success Programs, Academic Advising, Career Services,
Writing Center, etc. to support residential student's learning,
faculty and staff engagement and involvement in the residence
- Responsible for the planning, implementation, and assessment of
the residential curriculum.
Conduct & Crisis Management
- Manage short and long-term projects and see them through
- Attend various meeting, oversee departmental committees, and
serve on university committees as needed.
- Collaborate with other departments and offices on and off
- Review and revise publications, including Residence Life
training materials, the housing web page, and others.
- Assist in the development and implementation of policies and
- Manage area budget(s) related to educational and training
initiatives, as assigned.
Summer School/Special Projects
- Available 24/7 for crisis situations and offer immediate
support and resources to students and staff involved.
- Update appropriate supervisors in a timely manner of situations
- Assist in the coordination of the conduct process and student
of concern referrals within specified area. Serve as conduct
hearing officer by investigating cases quickly and efficiently,
while observing due process. Must use knowledge and skills to make
sound decisions that will stand up on appeal.
- Advise individual residents, students, and student staff. Meets
with individuals on a regular basis for conflict
mediation/resolution, discuss concerns or disciplinary action. Must
make judgments about various issues and refer to the appropriate
resources, if necessary (e.g., Counseling, Dean of Students,
Records, and Bursar).
- Responsible for, or assist with, the day-to-day operation of
summer school to include check-ins, check-outs, and staff
supervision. Interface with internal and external
- Extensive summer training preparation for 100+ staff members
lasting five weeks or more.
- Extensive and intensive planning for long-term and academic
year projects during summer.
- Peak time: May-August.
Perform other duties assigned, including autonomous decision making
and authority regarding Residence Life matters in the Associate
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
Knowledge of or the ability to learn, department and university
policies and procedures; must have excellent ability to handled
high-volume administrative tasks in a timely manner; ability to
work within a collaborative environment and with diverse
populations; ability to communicate effectively in both oral and
written form; ability to exercise sound judgment in making
decisions; and knowledge of how learning occurs (Bloom's taxonomy,
Review of applications will begin on August 2nd
until the position is filled. Applications received by this date
will receive priority consideration.
Master’s degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel,
Counseling, Education, or related field, and 3 to 5 years of
full-time experience in Housing & Residence Life or Student
Affairs (Admissions, Student Affairs, or related)
Knowledge of tenets of a residential curriculum; experience working
in academic support initiatives; experience collaborating within
and between departments; and experience working with college
faculty and living-learning communities is preferred.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title
VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified
applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will
not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national
origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability,
or protected veteran status.