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Assistant Director (AD)

of Community Development

Bird eye view of the University of Wyoming campus

 

We are currently recruiting for one confirmed Assistant Director (AD) vacancy at the University of Wyoming. We invite you to consider joining our team of student-focused professionals.

Our Misson: Residence Life & Dining Services strives to create an inclusive living and dining environment for students, families and the campus community by providing a healthy and memorable educational setting which fosters academic and personal growth.


Recruitment Video

Check out our recruitment video, which was made for us by two of our (very excited) current RAs.  The video was produced for our live-in Residence Coordinator vacancy, but the content also applies to the AD position!


Selection Timeline

  • February 25 – March 17 |  Job posting active via HR website

  • March 25 – April 5 |  Phone interviews begin

  • April 5 | On-Campus interview invitation extended (estimated)

  • April 15 – April 19 |  On-campus interviews (estimated dates)

  • April 22 – April 26 |  Expected date offer extended

  • Negotiable |  Start date


Selection Process

After applying for this position via our HR website, candidates who meet our minimum qualifications and pass our initial screening will be invited to join us for a 45-minute phone interview.  At the conclusion of phone interviews with all candidates, we will extend on-campus interview invitations to our top candidates.  On-campus interviews will be an all-day experience that allows candidates to explore Laramie, UW, and visit with many of our institutional colleagues.  UW covers the cost of on-campus interviews, including full transportation, lodging, and meals while in Laramie.

If you have any questions about the AD position or the selection process, please contact Corey Peacock, Assistant Director, at mpeacoc2@uwyo.edu.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What does the AD for Community Development’s typical workweek entail?

The two Assistant Directors in Residence Education (Res Ed) each have a supervision area that includes full-time Residence Coordinators (RCs), a Graduate Residence Coordinator (GRC), and many Resident Assistants (RAs) and Desk Assistants (DAs).  The AD for Community Development’s supervision area includes the UW Apartments, as well as a portion of the residence halls.  Supervising an area entails working closely with the staff in your area to ensure that resident needs are being met.  Specifically this is achieved through providing big-picture vision and guidance, as well as day-to-day support on issues and concerns.

The Community Development component of this role includes setting the Community Development Model for Res Ed, working with campus partners on collaborative learning initiatives and Living-Learning Communities, and tracking achievement of educational goals.  This position also serves as the primary advisor for the Residence Halls Association (RHA) and National Residence Halls Honorary (NRHH).

 

What is the type of interaction an AD can expect to have with students?

While the AD position is not live-in, the position does still have high contact with students.  The AD for Community Development advises RHA and NRHH, adjudicates higher-level student conduct matters, assists with higher-level student concerns, and works very closely with our RA and DA staff to serve our residential population.  We find that a large contributor to success as an AD is occasionally getting out of one’s office and spending time in our communities, interacting with students and RAs.

 

What is the on-call structure for ADs?

The AD for Community Development serves in what we call the “Administrator on Call” or AOC rotation.  The AOC serves as an elevated on-call level supporting our Live-In On Call.  The AOC rotation consists of our two ADs, as well as our Associate Director.  We take shifts in full week increments, meaning you can expect to serve as AOC once every three weeks.  The call volume for AOC is significantly less than our live-in staff, as you are only called for higher-level incidents.  On-site response for AOC is possible, yet very rare.

 

What advising roles exist for ADs?

The AD for Community Development advises RHA and NRHH, which includes weekly meetings for those organizations, as well as a weekly executive board meeting.  RHA and NRHH also travel seasonally for regional and national conferences, and the AD typically attends as the primary advisor to those delegations.  In addition, as the leader of Res Ed’s community development efforts, the AD for Community Development establishes structure and provides guidance for RCs as each RC advises their own Community Senate.

 

What is an AD’s role in the student conduct process?

The two ADs and our Associate Director meet each morning to discuss incident reports that came in the previous evening or weekend.  In these meetings, plans are made about which Res Ed staff will be assigned each case, and if additional campus partners (such as Dean of Students, UW Police, etc.) need to be included in follow-up.  The ADs are responsible for assigning all conduct and student care cases in Maxient, and tracking case progress for their supervision area.  ADs occasionally hear conduct and assist with student of concern follow-up when cases are of a higher-level or the RC is unable to accommodate a meeting with a student.

 

What committee opportunities are available to ADs?

The AD for Community Development is the chair of the Community Development Committee (internal to Res Ed), and has the opportunity to chair and serve on numerous additional Res Ed committees based on interest and need.  ADs also serve on cross-campus committees, including the Cowboy Connect Committee (weeks of welcome programming at UW), No More Campaign (UW’s sexual assault prevention and response task force), and others.

 

Where do the ADs fall in the Departmental hierarchy?

Residence Life & Dining Services (RLDS) is a large and complex organization within the Division of Student Affairs.  RLDS includes many units, including Residence Education (our unit), Business Operations, Dining Services (residential and retail), UW Catering & Events, Facilities Management (custodial & maintenance), the UW Copy & Print Center, and the University Store.  Our Associate Director provides big-picture direction and leadership to the Res Ed unit (as well as the rest of RLDS and the Division of Student Affairs), and the two Assistant Directors primarily oversee the day-to-day operations of Residence Education.  In that sense, ADs have a high degree of autonomy and ownership of day-to-day practices and are heavily immersed in the daily experience of our residents, student staff, and full-time live-in staff.

 

What can I expect from training and onboarding?

Formal Residence Education training begins in late July, and focuses on our Residence Coordinator and Graduate Residence Coordinator staff.  Training for the AD position is largely informal, and includes meetings with key campus partners, learning key software systems, and getting set up as both a University of Wyoming employee and resident of Laramie.

 

What is it like working for the Department?

Residence Life & Dining Services (RLDS) is a large, dynamic organization at UW, spanning numerous functional areas including residence life, contracts/assignments, residential and retail dining, catering, business operations, facilities management, and the UW Print & Copy Center and University Store.  While we are a large organization, the Department has a small feel due to the collegiality and respect that are hallmarks of our organization.  Everyone within RLDS (and UW at large!) are eager to help one another and be good partners.  Getting to know our various internal and external campus partners is essential for success as an AD, and is made easy by how friendly and accommodating our crew is!

 

What other benefits are provided?

To view the competitive benefit package provided to all full-time University of Wyoming staff, please visit our HR website.  Additional benefits provided to Assistant Directors include:

• "Block 210" meal plan during the academic year (15 meals per week during summer)
• Up to a $75 monthly cell phone stipend (eligible for 18% UW discount with carrier)
• Up to $5,000 reimbursement in moving expenses

 

If I am invited to campus for an interview, how are travel expenses handled?

UW will cover all costs associated with your on-campus interview, including travel, meals, and lodging.

What is it like living in Laramie, Wyoming?

We absolutely love Laramie, and think that you will too!  Laramie is a small town (population 35,000), and provides the charm and sense of community of a small college town, while also being very close to more urban areas in Colorado (Fort Collins is one hour away, Denver is two).  For more specifics about why we love Laramie, please see our Laramie Area Guide attachment!

Contact Us

Residence Life & Dining Services

Dept. 3394 1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-3175

Toll Free: (866) 653-0212

Email: reslife-dining@uwyo.edu

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