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Assistant Director Residence Education, Academic Support

Campus Services
21002022 Requisition #

The University of Iowa is currently seeking an Assistant Director to provide administrative oversight for academic initiatives within University Housing & Dining and Residence Education.  This position will oversee the day-to-day operations of living-learning communities, including recruitment and support of campus partners, coordination of co-enrolled courses, and educational and social programmatic efforts. Will provide oversight and leadership for the development and maintenance of overall academic programming and initiatives in Residence Education.  Will also provide supervision and support to Academic Initiatives Graduate Fellow and Hall Coordinator Staff.  Will support the development and implementation of the Residence Education Model: a curricular approach for staff working with residential students during the year.  This position will also be expected to serve in leadership on-call rotation.


For a detailed job description, please email Talent Acquisition Specialist, Melanie Bell at melanie-bell@uiowa.edu.


About the Division of Student Life:

The Division of Student Life is comprised of staff that embrace new ideas and thoughts, works together to keep our students safe, and provides them with life-changing experiences. The Division of Student Life includes 15 departments that span from Recreation Services to the Office of Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement and everything in between. We believe in working together as one team to achieve our mission: fostering student success by creating and promoting inclusive educationally purposeful services and activities within and beyond the classroom.  One of our division priorities is to advance UI’s goals to recruit and retain U.S. racial/ethnic minority (URM) staff and students.




Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Student Development, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Working full time experience (typically 3 years or more) in housing administration or managerial experience in cultural, educational, and development program planning in a college or university environment.
  • Previous supervisory experience (typically 1-3 years) including experience supervising student and/or secretarial staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of social justice, inclusion, and equity. Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal, in working with diverse populations of students and staff.
  • Strong record of building teams and partnerships with colleagues and key campus stakeholder groups.
  • Reasonable management experience in living learning communities with an emphasis in administration and academic initiatives in a college or University environment.
  • Exceptional administrative skills, including a proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously to establish priorities, accomplish goals and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including experience analyzing and resolving conflict, successfully navigating group dynamics, and effectively building teams.
  • Experience serving in an on-call duty rotation at the collegiate level.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, public speaking, and organizational skills.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience working directly with tenure-track faculty or other campus partners in the facilitation of student success programs.
  • Experience working with residential curriculum models.
  • Experience supervising professional live-in staff or graduate students.


Application Details:

  • In order to be considered, applicants must upload a resume and cover letter and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission.


Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended.  Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check.  Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process. For questions or additional information, please contact melanie-bell@uiowa.edu.

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or fsds@uiowa.edu.  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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