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Assistant Director - Community Engagement

Louisiana State University
Louisiana, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 8, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Full Time
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Assistant Director for Community Engagement, Residential Education

The Assistant Director provides direction and leadership for the departments' community development and student leadership initiatives. The Assistant Director supervises 3-5 full time Residence Coordinators, and 1 Student Leadership Coordinator, and is indirectly responsible for 3-5 Graduate Residence Coordinators and 35-45 Resident Assistants.  Reports to the Associate Director for Student Success, Residential Education.


Provide direct supervision, guidance, development, and support to Residence Coordinators, and indirectly the Graduate Residence Coordinators and Resident Assistants.

• Maintain visibility and presence within the assigned community, directing programming initiatives and

providing support to students.

• Serve as the primary point of contact for community engagement model implementation across the


• Serve as a member of the Residential Education leadership team in developing and evaluating a holistic Residential Life program that is focused on the belonging of students at LSU and their long-term success measured in the retention and graduation of students.

• Develop and maintain relationships with campus partners in support of student engagement



  • Evaluate and Enhance Community Engagement Model. The implemented community engagement model is the primary tool for real time engagement within our on-campus communities; it is the core of our work. Front desks are a critical opportunity to provide resources, support and real time engagement to residents of our communities.
  • Create a Transformational, Rather than Transactional, Student Experience. Through examining what Residential Education is uniquely positioned to do, the Assistant Director will seek to create high impact practices through community engagement initiatives that customize to the various styles of on-campus communities at LSU.
  • Participate in Campus Wide Programmatic Planning Enhance the Student Experience. Our team is asked to operate with the lens of how to make things better, seeking marginal gains, to enhance the quality of the product we provide to students. Residential Education is well-positioned to provide signature events during Welcome Week and Homecoming and this role would be a crucial member of those planning committees with the greater impact in mind.
  • Genuine Investment in the Experience of All Residential Students. LSU has continued to admit a more diverse class as it seeks to serve as the flagship, land grant institution of the state, and as such, the department must continually look with a new lens on its programs and practices to ensure access and inclusion for the services that we provide our students. The Assistant Director is charged to create opportunities for students of all backgrounds, and invest in students of all backgrounds, as they work to consider engagement and leadership opportunities on-campus.



  • Collegial team-player who actively builds authentic and mutually beneficial relationships, who is able to influence others without positional authority, who puts institutional priorities before their own interests, and who is unconcerned with where credit for accomplishing institutional objectives is assigned.
  • Track record of effective leadership and management that includes the development of staff, the ability to articulate clear expectations and provide timely feedback and the willingness to redirect behaviors, practices, or attitudes that are misaligned with institutional or divisional objectives, or that are inconsistent with the maintenance of a positive work environment.
  • Dedicated Housing Professional, who is interested in advancing their career in the field of Housing and Residential Life and has an understanding or the demands and challenges of working in this area.
  • Deep appreciation for the educational and social value of a diverse community and a demonstrated commitment to inclusive and accessible programs, services, events, and experiences.
  • Does not begin with no but is willing and able to say it with kindness when appropriate and necessary.
  • Being philosophically and ethically grounded, but with an interest in curiosity and innovation. An understanding that the best practice is one that is most relevant to LSU students at this moment in time –a reality that is ever-changing.



Three priorities guide our work in the Division of Student Affairs: mattering & belonging, inclusion & access and quality. We believe creating a sense of mattering & belonging requires us to ensure every space, place, and interaction communicates to a student that they are home. Being inclusive and accessible in our work means that as our student body begins to more closely reflect the diversity of our state, it is our duty to design programs, services, events, and experiences with everyone in mind. Finally, a commitment to quality is rooted in the belief that LSU students deserve our best effort. Every interaction we have with them should communicate care, relevance, polish, and attention to detail.


  • Supervision (40%): Oversee the day to day operations of 3-5 residential communities in areas related to student and community development, student behavior, academic initiatives, personnel and administrative policies and procedures, and physical environment concerns; Directly supervises 3-5 full time Resident Coordinators, and 1 Student Leadership Coordinator, and is indirectly responsible for 3-5 Graduate Residence Coordinators and 35-45 RAs.
  • Student & Community Engagement (20%): Oversee the design, development, and implementation of Community Engagement Model through programming within all residential communities; Oversee the 1-1 intentional interaction program for all RAs; Coordinate utilization of an attendance tracking system for programming and the analyzing of the appropriate data; Develop training models for all staff to properly implement community development initiatives.
  • Centralized Initiatives (20%): Execution of departmental Community Engagement Model and initiatives centrally, including welcome week programming, sustainability initiatives, in-community Dance Marathon participation, Homecoming Week, and any other centrally organized initiatives; Development and implementation of a resident participation and incentive program. Oversees the budget and resource management of the departmental Resource Room as executed by the Student Leadership Coordinator.
  • Student Leadership (10%): Supervise the Student Leadership Coordinator; Provide high-level guidance and vision for all Residential Life leadership training and initiatives including RHA, NRHH and Dance Marathon at LSU; Oversee departmental recognition initiatives; Serve as the primary liaison to assigned RHA Vendors.
  • Other Duties (10%): Serve as a member of the Department of Residential Life and Education Leadership team; Serve in on-call rotation at the Leadership Team level; Advise, chair or participate as a member of various inter- and intra-department committees on behalf of the department; Coordinate departmental projects as requested.



• Master’s degree in College Student Personnel

Administration, Higher Education Administration, or

related field

• 4+ years of full-time experience (graduate

assistantships count as a ½ year for each year of


• Direct experience supervising full-time staff,

training, developing staff, and assessing educational




• Experience with advising student organizations

• Experience with large scale programming and


• Experience assessing programming/engagement

models on the student experience



Applications will be accepted online on the LSU Careers website. The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted by April 18.  Requested application materials include a letter of interest; curriculum vitae or resume; and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least three professional references. One of the professional references needs to be your most recent supervisor.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications.  An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.


Ability and willingness to work frequent evening and weekend hours.

As with all LSU employees, due to this position title and/or responsibilities, this position has an obligation to assist students in the acquisition of necessary services. Should a student appear in need of or seek assistance with issues of an emotional, behavioral, or mental health related matter they should be referred to the proper service within the Student Health Center. In situations where the student creates an impression that they are a danger to themselves or others, the advisor should immediately contact the Care Team, the Dean of Students or the appropriate law enforcement agency. The employee outside of those rights contained within FERPA should create no impression of client or patient confidentiality.

In accordance with University Policy Statement 18, this position is considered essential and may be required to report or stay on campus in the event of emergency or closure.

LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination by October 15, 2021 or within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

Special Instructions:

Please provide your cover letter, resume, and three professional references including name, title, phone number and e-mail address. A copy of your transcript(s) may be attached to your application (if available). However, original transcripts are required prior to hire.
Please attach ALL required documents under the "Resume/CV" section of your application.  

Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!  

LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (  

COVID-19 Vaccine Protocol:

LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise they will be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

HCM Contact Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed

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