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Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170319
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Associate Director for Academic Initiatives in Housing and Residence Life, the Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives is a champion for student learning in a curricular model; provides collaborative coordination and support for multiple living- learning communities; and serves on the Housing & Residence Life Leadership Team.
Core Responsibilities:
*Champion the Division of Student Affairs Aspirations for Student Learning in all interactions, decisions, and innovations.
*Assist the Associate Director for Academic Initiatives and the Office of Learning Partnerships in the design and implementation of learner- centered practices.

Position Summary:

*Provide training for residence life staff on design and implementation of learner-centered practices
*Provide collaborative coordination and support for selected living- learning communities; assist in planning and implementation of new living-learning communities as directed by Associate Director for Academic Initiatives; mentor and advise residence life staff working with LLCs
*Collaborate with colleagues in DSA Communications in the development and implementation of an LLC marketing plan.
*Collaborate with academic partners in the administration and development of the Academic Resource Centers (ARCs) in residential spaces.
*Coordinate LLC involvement in various admissions-related events.
*Supervise Sustainability Manager, a joint position between Dining Services and Housing & Residence Life.
*Support, enforce and ensure compliance with all University and departmental policies and regulations; have a working knowledge of risk management policies; role model professional and mature decision-making; exercise excellent communication skills.
*Serve as liaison with Housing Services staff; especially as pertaining to living-learning community student selection and room assignment process.
*Demonstrate and uphold the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and the values of an inclusive excellence model; foster a supportive and challenging multicultural environment through staff selection, training, community programming, and interpersonal contact with students and colleagues.
*Provide appropriate counseling, mediation and referral for individual students and staff when needed.
*Serve on emergency response duty rotation schedule for campus of 9,400 residents while assisting with protocol training and review for direct reports who serve in emergency response duty.
*Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

-Masters Degree in student affairs/higher education or related field
-Ability to work with a diverse student body, foster sensitivity to diversity issues in the university community, and be able to display an understanding of developmental needs of undergraduate and graduate students.
-Demonstrated experience related to college student development;
-Demonstrated ability in staff supervision and administrative work; experience selection, training, or organization advising.
-Excellent communication skills and values collaboration.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Prior work experience in a live-in housing role. Collaborative, collegial leadership style.
-Experience or knowledge of a residential curriculum.
-Prior experience in coordination/implementation of a living-learning community.
-Experience working collaboratively with faculty and academic departments. Values faculty partnerships and engagement in the student learning process.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check, Other (Describe Below), Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Documented eligibility to work in the U.S.; eligible foreign nationals may receive assistance from the university to obtain a work visa. Department has deemed this to be an Essential position.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Applications must be submitted online at The application package needs to include a resume, cover letter addressing the candidate’s experience with the responsibilities associated with the position, and the required and preferred qualifications, and names of three (3) references and their contact information.

Contact Associate Director of Academic Initiatives, Matthew Kwaitkowski, (540)-231-6205 or with any questions.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Housing & Residence Life - Residence Life
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F, evening and weekend work expected
Job Posting Date: 12/12/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/12/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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