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Assistant Director for Training and Leadership Programs (5430)

Date: Jun 21, 2022

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University

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At American University we value open and honest inquiry, servant leadership, and the affirmation of the human dignity of all. We envision a thriving AU community where individuals of all identities and experiences are understood, appreciated, and fully included, and where equitable treatment, opportunities, and outcomes prevail. 


Our diverse community of students, faculty, and staff represent every state and more than 150 countries. Our internationally recognized faculty are today's thought leaders in the areas of public policy, law, the arts, communications, international development, and more. Our staff are innovative, service-oriented, and dedicated to moving the university towards achieving its strategic goals. We are committed to an excellent experience for all of our students, faculty and staff and share a passion for creating change through our knowledge and our work. 


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About the Department/Unit

Through services including on-campus housing, residential programs, involvement opportunities, and off-campus resources, our goal is to allow students to focus on their education in and out of the classroom. We strive to create meaningful student experiences in the residence halls and on-campus while encouraging students to learn and grow together in community.


Oversee all training for student staff positions in Residence Life, and support day-to-day operations for all residence hall areas. Responsible for the leadership development and engagement for student positions and The Residence Hall Association. Consult with staff, students, and parents to solve housing problems; and coordinate area-wide activities and events. Serve as the primary staff member involved in the program administration of functional Residence Life initiatives. 

Essential Functions

  1. Oversee the development, planning, implementation, and evaluation of competency-based training for all student staff: Assist in developing a competency-based training for professional staff. Develop and maintain leadership programs and initiatives, which support student growth and development. Serve as the advisor for the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary.
  2. Develop, plan and execute trainings: For student and professional staff focused on equity-drive, inclusive educational programming that promote wellness, sense of belonging and support for underrepresented student populations living in each residence hall. Partner in the design, planning, facilitation and evaluation of educational events and programs that promote inclusion in all residence halls. Serve as primary lead for all diversity initiatives and represent Residence Life in campus wide initiatives. Support campus-wide restorative justice initiatives.
  3. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate one assistant community director.
  4. Develop a rubric to evaluate and assess student staff training: Implements and analyzes annual student and staff assessment and retention evaluation efforts.. Create and direct evaluation and assessment of all student staff training programs, including fall, winter, and in-services.
  5. Provide on-call emergency coverage after hours for the resident population, and coordinate response network.
  6. Ensure that policies are uniformly and fairly enforced: Serve as a hearing officer in violations of the Student Code of Conduct housing policies. Prepare and present in cases involving a Disciplinary Hearing Board.
  7. Other Projects: Duties as assigned.


Supervisory Responsibility

  • This position will supervise one Assistant Community Director.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Full Time.
  • Sr. Coordinator/Analyst B.
  • Exempt.
  • This position has “non-traditional” business hours. Attendance at campus functions, student programs, and after-hours emergency response is often required.
  • The compensation package for this position includes a furnished two-bedroom apartment, all utilities paid.

Salary Range

  • $57,500.00/year.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master's degree in Student Personnel Administration or related field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience, post Master’s professional residence hall experience.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively "Protected Bases") in its programs and activities.

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