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Assistant Director for Student Engagement

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Student Affairs and Services

Posting Number: req18362

Department: Residential Education

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The Assistant Director for Student Engagement, reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Residential Education, oversees student engagement initiatives within or managed by Housing & Residential Life. This position is a part of the Residential Education Management Team, directly supervising staff within Leadership Development and Engagement, collaborating with other Residential Education staff (i.e., live-in staff, supervisors, Student Behavioral Education) to develop and implement initiatives aligned with Wildcat Living residential curriculum related to academic success, recognition, student development, and student leadership. The Assistant Director for Student Engagement is responsible for enhancement, support, and ongoing development of Living-Learning Communities (LLCs). This position chairs the Student Recognition Committee and may contribute to other committee work in areas such as curriculum development, training, and selection. Occasional evening and weekend commitments should be expected. This position also serves as a member of the after-hours emergency on-call rotation for Housing & Residential Life. This position may require driving University vehicles and/or golf carts.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Housing & Residential Life (Housing), a self-funded auxiliary housed within Campus Life at the University of Arizona, operates 23 dorms and 1 graduate apartment complex that house over 7,800 students annually on the University of Arizona Main Campus. More than 80% of on-campus residents are first-year students. Our dorms range in style from historic to modern and range in size from 60 to 1000 residents. While the University does not require students to live on campus, more than 70% of all incoming first-year students choose to live in UA housing to help their transition to university life.

Housing & Residential Life plays a critical role in achieving institutional and divisional goals. We are proud of the supportive environment we provide our students, our vibrant academic partnerships, and our high-quality facilities.

Our Mission: Helping Students Build a Foundation for Success

Our Core Values: 

  • Excellence -Excellence is performing at an extraordinary level and exceeding expectations
  • Respect -  Respect is treating others courteously and professionally in all situations; valuing and honoring diversity in others; being honest, direct, and courteous in all communications and loyal to all, including those not present
  • Integrity - Integrity is doing the right thing, being honest with oneself and others, being authentic, and being transparent in intent
  • Caring - Caring is being welcoming, kind, compassionate, and willing to help others; showing concern for a person's needs; listening more and talking less

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Supervise Coordinator for Leadership Development and Engagement
  • Direct work within the Student Engagement and Leadership areas, building connections among staff, developing collaborative initiatives, and grounding work in residential curriculum and relevant theory. 
  • Manage the Student Engagement budget effectively by making strategic decisions to promote and support student development and educational initiatives; support staff in oversight of Leadership/Residence Hall Association budget. 
  • Indirectly supervise live-in staff (e.g., Community Directors/Graduate Community Directors) in related areas such as Living-Learning Communities and Student Engagement.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs):

  • Oversee LLCs, providing day-to-day support with campus partners to develop long-term plans and goals connected to residential curriculum.
  • Coordinate regular group and individual meetings with LLC campus partners and Housing partners. 
  • Manage housing assignment processes and building occupancy of LLCs in collaboration with Housing Assignment Services and campus partners. 
  • Assist with the marketing and recruitment for LLCs.
  • Assess needs, develop outcomes, develop strategies, and evaluate LLCs. 
  • Collaborate with Housing and campus partners to facilitate annual Memorandum of Understanding implementation. 
  • Implement training for staff and campus partners related to LLCs. 
  • Foster relationships with academic colleges, Cultural Resource Centers, and other departments to represent Housing, bolstering current LLCs and creating pathways for future collaborations. 
  • Monitor student trends, perceptions, enrollment patterns, practices, and research related to LLCs at the institutional and national levels.

Wildcat Living Residential Curriculum:

  • Plan and implement multi-media campaigns and materials to promote residential curriculum, living learning communities, and campus resources to students in dorms. 
  • Develop and help implement Department-Wide Engagement Strategies for residential curriculum.
  • Contribute to student learning assessment efforts related to Department-Wide Engagement Strategies, campus partnerships, and LLCs.

Student Support:

  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships across the institution related to student success (e.g., Think Tank, Thrive Center, Student Engagement and Career Development, Advising Resource Center). 
  • Oversee academic accountability and support for Residential Education (ResEd) student staff. 
  • Chair the Student Recognition Committee, coordinating efforts to recognize Housing student staff.
  • Develop recognition plans to support residential students.  
  • Develop academic support initiatives and materials for residents and Housing student staff. 
  • Plan enhancements to academic spaces in dorms in cooperation with Housing Facilities.

Other Duties:

  • Serve on and/or lead departmental committees in areas such as training, selection, and curriculum development as appointed. 
  • Represent Housing & Residential Life on University committees as appointed. 
  • Serve on "Manager on Duty" rotation serving as a resource to On-Call Community Directors. 
  • Assist with various departmental activities during August Move-In. 
  • Other duties as assigned to meet the department's mission. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of student development theory and its applications in the dorms. 
  • Leadership and team management skills 
  • Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal communication, writing, public speaking and presenting.  
  • Ability to conduct assessment and evaluation of housing academic initiatives, interpret and report data, compare data to benchmarking data and stay current with trends in academic support.  
  • Ability to act as a liaison between campus administration and students. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of diversity and an ability to work with a wide variety of people while recognizing the needs of students with marginalized identities.  
  • Possess the necessary skills to respond to internal and external customer needs in a timely, accurate and professional manner.  
  • Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple and diverse tasks simultaneously.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required. 
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Administration, Counseling, or a related field.
  • Professional experience in housing and residential life.
  • Experience developing initiatives to support student success.
  • Experience in developing and maintaining Living Learning Communities or similar residential/student-focused communities.
  • Valid Driver's License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Student Services

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $67,000-$70,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Student Activities & Engage

Job Function

Student Services

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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