As a member of the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives (ORAI), the Assistant Director will collaborate with the Director in developing a vision and plan for a residential experience marked by broad academic support, deep faculty engagement, and an intentional slate of programs. The Assistant Director will facilitate new campus-wide initiatives with academic partners, help manage residence-based academic offerings, contribute to development of the residential experience (through research, assessment, and committee work), and support communications efforts.
Serve as ORAI’s liaison to the Resident Directors in Residential Life by collaborating with the Assistant Director of Residential Life to ensure scheduling, promotion, execution, and reporting for residential area programs involving academic partners and organized by ORAI. Work will include communication about the nature of programs and requirements (scheduling, space, etc.). In addition, the Assistant Director will, as appropriate, facilitate marketing and features about programs.
In conjunction with academic partners and faculty in large introductory courses, manage distribution of academic support/enrichment programs, courses, and course sections across residential buildings to ensure coverage and equity. Work will include evaluating instructional proposals for congruence with programmatic outcomes, coordinating with the Office of the Registrar, arranging access for participants, and communicating with internal Residential Services stakeholders (e.g., Facilities about room sets).
Manage selection, training, and supervision of graduate assistants who work under residential faculty leaders. Work will include training graduate assistants to support faculty programming, and fulfill other duties in support of the residential experience (e.g., reporting on programs).
Advance planning for and implementation of a new single residential model. Conduct research into relevant higher education scholarship and benchmarking against other institutions to inform strategic planning and programmatic adjustments for the two-year residential experience.
Reach out to academic departments and offices about opportunities for sustained participation in and contributions to a new residential experience.
Develop and deliver written and oral presentations to diverse audiences ranging from students to senior leadership.
Organize and contribute content to active digital repositories used by multiple committee members.
Support the Director in planning and content development.
Serve as the ex officio member of the steering committee for the overall residential experience initiative, which is chaired by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education; this involves managing communications, preparing minutes, etc.
Conduct assessment of campus-wide initiatives (e.g., residential academic support) and elements of the residential experience that coincide with the two-year residency requirement. Work will include assessing the outcomes of projects, but also evaluating coordination and communication between ORAI and partner offices to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Administration, Counseling, or a related field. OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Two or more years (one of which must be in a role working with residential learning communities, academic and/or non-residential learning communities, academic bridge programs, academic program enhancement or academic support programs) in a university housing operation.
Experience working with faculty.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Knowledge and understanding of assessment and evaluation in student affairs.
Strong problem-solving skills in the context of interpersonal and group relations, strong analytical skills, and strong oral communication skills.
Ability to analyze and write about scholarship and data, make public presentations, and manage information.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
Familiarity with Adobe Illustrator.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36529
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.