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Moscow, Idaho

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Assistant Director for Student Success

Residence Life/University Housing

Open for Recruitment:  August 21, 2012 - March 11, 2013
Announcement #:  12543058702
Salary Range:  $52,468/yr
Full or Part Time:  Full Time
Location: Moscow

Materials Required:
    Online Application
    Letter of Qualification
    Job References

Original job posting of 8/21/12 to 9/19/12 is extended to an "open until filled" status.


Major Function: 

The Assistant Director is a member of the Residence Life staff and is responsible for the overall management of student success initiatives, programs, and student interventions.  The Assistant Director is directly responsible to the Associate Director of University Housing and works cooperatively with the Director of University Housing.  This is a full-time 12-month position.  The Assistant Director will collaborate with Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Academic Affairs to offer residence hall students strategies and programs to advance academically at the University of Idaho and interventions for those that are having academic difficulties.  The Assistant Director will collaborate with the Residence Life staff to bring educational efforts to a floor and hall level. 


Responsibility                                                                                                                                   % of        Essential/

                                                                                                                                                         Time       Marginal

Lead Student Contact and Grade Interventions by:                                                                             25%           E

         Meeting with students who have low GPA, on academic probation, and/or show at risk on MAP Works to provide success strategies.

         Training Residence Life staff to meet with students who are at-risk academically or socially.

         Coordinating follow up contact with any contacted student who are at-risk.

         Developing success plans for students with low GPAs and then re-evaluate their success on a periodic basis. Make appropriate referrals as needed to other campus offices and departments.

         Mentoring students regarding learning skills, test-taking, study habits, writing skills, time management, self-care, and prioritization to encourage academic success. 


Develop Strategies to Elevate Student Success Factors in University Housing                                   20%           E

and Reduce Risk Behaviors by:                                                                                                                  

         Utilizing best practices, research, theory, and identifying successful campus approaches in our methodology.

         Collaborating with the Residence Life Staff on learning outcomes and student points-of-contact (i.e. student judicial, counseling matters, roommate conflicts, etc).

         Recommending departmental policy and practices to enhance student success.

         Oversee student success budget to develop effective strategies to elevate student success factors.

         Guiding students in their progress towards graduation, and providing them the necessary resources to do so.

         Providing leadership and direction to student staff as to the characteristics of a quality learning environment and the elements that contribute to academic success.

         Working with families to share student success strategies and assessment regarding overall success.

         Providing a foundation for students to attain their goals by preparing them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of higher education and ultimately society.

         Promoting a student-centered perspective


Develop, Plan, and Coordinate Student Success Workshops and Training by:                                  15%            E

         Designing and presenting customized programs and workshops for students.

         Identifying staff and faculty across campus to assist with workshops.

         Scheduling programs throughout the year to suggest success strategies to students.

         Offering training for Residence Life staff to identify at-risk students and provide success mechanisms.

         Recognizing academic achievement for individual students each semester.

         Evaluating the programs, activities and services promoting student success strategies to ensure effectiveness.

         Maintain oversight for the web pages for student success.  Work with assigned web personnel to review and sustain web pages as appropriate in student success.


Coordinate Academic Outreach Efforts and Residence Hall Theme Communities by:                         15%           E

         Developing and growing relationships with academic units who have or want to start residence hall themed communities.

         Developing strategic plans for our residence hall communities and identifying appropriate timelines and goals for implementation.

         Working with Faculty-in-Residence Program and other staff and faculty who are willing to engage with Residence Hall living.


Administer MAP Works Program by:                                                                                                  10%           E

         Coordinating all communication with service provider, Educational Benchmarking Incorporated, on any system concerns or data mining.

         Reviewing all data at a macro and micro level to determine best practices and successful response strategies.

         Coordinating MAP Works assessment each year and its communication to the residents and staff.


Compile Academic Performance and Assessment Data for Residence Hall Students by:                     10%          E

         Working with Greek Life, Student Affairs, Registrar, Institutional Research and Assessment, and any other appropriate departments to coordinate comparative student success data for residence hall living.

         Developing assessment instruments and focus groups that enrich the traditionally scheduled data fields that would be collected.

         Providing periodic student success reports reviewing University Housing data and how we benchmark versus other living groups for similar student groups.

         Represent the department on Division assessment committee.


Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of University Housing by:                       5%           M

         Serving on University, Student Affairs, and Housing committees as requested.

         Performing other duties as requested.





        Masterís degree in higher education, counseling, Student Affairs, or education and 3+ years of related work experience in higher education;

         3-5 years Demonstrated competence in public speaking, and written & oral communications

         Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and decision-making abilities

         Experience advising students

         Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others

         Experience planning and coordinating a program

         Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed


Must:  Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.*



         PhD in related field.

         Demonstrated experience with assessment and data analysis

         Knowledge of student development theory

         Demonstrated experience coordinating both large and small scale programs

         Demonstrated experience collaborating with other departments

         Demonstrated experience with strategic planning


About the University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the stateís land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit


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