Assistant Director, Academic Learning Initiatives - University Housing

University Of Tennessee Knoxville , TN 37902

Posted 2 months ago

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Assistant Director, Academic Learning Initiatives

University Housing

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.

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.

Required Qualifications:

Education: This position requires a master's degree in higher education, college student personnel, counseling, or related field.

Experience: The following experiences are required.

  • A minimum of five years of full-time professional experience in residence life or student life/affairs; Experience supervising full-time and student staff members.

  • Work with living and learning communities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and experience working with living and learning communities, academic initiatives and advising student groups.

  • Demonstrate ability to blend the academic and residential components of student life.

  • Ability to develop and expand programs in housing.

  • Supervision of full-time housing staff.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge and experience with residence halls.

  • Supervision in a residence hall environment.

  • Significant knowledge, awareness and skills related to multicultural competency as a process with the ability to build inclusive and respectful communities.

  • Ability to work effectively with all constituents (students, faculty, administration, community members, families).

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong oral, written, and listening communication capabilities.

Salary: The salary for this position is commensurate with experience and other qualifications and is accompanied by a standard university benefits package.

Application Process: A review of all applications will begin in late September with a priority deadline of October 15 or will continue until position is filled.

It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin this role December 2021. Questions or nominations may be directed to the Jerry R. Adams, Associate Director for Residence Life.

For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of five references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found at

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Assistant Director, Academic Learning Initiatives - University Housing

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