sunset on Lake Champlain from UVM campus

Located in Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain between the Adirondack and the Green Mountain ranges, UVM is home to more than 12,000 students and 4,000 full- and part-time faculty and staff.

WHAT SETS UVM RESLIFE APART?

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES.

For students and staff alike, we use Restorative Practices (RP) as a foundation to help build healthy, engaged, and successful communities, and to inform the way we respond when harm occurs. Most often this takes the form of circles, which are a way of structuring communal time to ensure that all present are able to have their voices included. RP emphasizes the value of building connections individually and as a community. It can be a useful tool for residence halls, towns, neighborhoods, and even families. More about restorative practices.

A REPRESENTATIVE STAFF COMMUNITY.

In our department, social justice and intercultural competence are not merely talking points, but espoused values. Our staff is committed to engaging in the self-work, skill development, and knowledge acquisition necessary to create inclusive communities. This approach enhances our capacity to reach across difference while accounting for the historical and institutional impacts of colonialization, power, and oppression.

STUDENTS LIVE WHERE THEY LEARN.

Our students live and thrive in Learning Communities, which are designed to bring students with a shared interest together. Community is built around a common theme, faculty engagement, and easily accessible events and activities coordinated by a dedicated program staff. In late October, current students complete a housing and meal plan contract for the following year. More about Learning Communities.

 

CURRENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

INFORMATION TECH PROFESSIONAL

The IT Professional provides information technology management for the department with an emphasis on integrating department and enterprise systems to support Learning Communities. This position is a member of the Residential Life Leadership Team and is also responsible for managing technical work within the department related to hardware/software infrastructure and technical vendor relationships.

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT AND STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

The Associate Director for Assessment and Strategic Initiatives assists with general leadership for the Residential Life leadersip team and for the department as the head of strategic planning driven by assessment.

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GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS

ASSISTANT RESIDENCE DIRECTOR

Availability: Fall 2018

General Description: The Assistant Residence Director (ARD) for the Department of Residential Life is directly supervised by a full-time Area Coordinator (AC) or Residence Director (RD). The individual in this position assists the AC or RD in all matters pertaining to the management of a residential complex ranging in size from 440-670 residents with 10-17 resident advisors (RAs).

 

ASSISTANTSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Resident Advisor Supervision

  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, development, and evaluation of RAs.
  • Directly supervise 5 RAs and indirectly supervise 5-12 RAs, providing direction, support, and development through one-on-one and regular staff meetings.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the ongoing training process for student staff members throughout the year.
  • Programming, advisement, and community development
  • Responsible for the implementation of educational and social programs that promote the development of community, student awareness, and interaction through the implementation of restorative practices and advisement of staff, hall council, and other student leaders.
  • Advise and meet weekly with the Hall Council Executive Board members to provide development training and guidance.

Administrative

  • Assist in carrying out procedures for the opening and closing of the complex for both fall and spring semesters, as well as mid-semester breaks (i.e. Thanksgiving and Spring breaks).
  • Maintain regularly scheduled office hours per week to include time spent in weekly residential dducation team meetings, committee meetings, and student staff and Hall Council meetings.
  • Oversee the implementation of monthly health and safety inspections of student rooms.

Student Conduct

  • Understand, interpret, communicate, and enforce policies within their residential complex.
  • Serve as a hearing officer through the Center for Student Ethics & Standards for residents who have allegedly violated sections of the University Conduct Code.
  • Serve as a mediator during roommate or group-related conflict.
  • Assist RAs to follow up on violations of health and safety standards that are not corrected by residents when requested by staff members.
  • Communication and resource referral
  • Serve as resource/referral agent for campus and community resources.
  • Encourage participation in programs that assist new and continuing students in their ongoing personal and academic development.

Diversity and Social Justice

  • Actively engage student staff members and residence hall students in programming, training, and dialogue specific to diversity and social justice.
  • Active participant in departmental, divisional, and university-wide training and programming opportunities.
  • Create and maintain communities that are welcoming and accepting of people of all ethnicities, abilities, ages, sex, gender or identity expression, national origins, religions, and sexual orientations.
  • Actively confront situations of intolerance and bias that result from lack of respect.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in a rotating on-call duty system, and respond to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
  • Serve one year (spring and fall) on one of the three residential education area related committees.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by the AC/RD or Assistant Director.

Key Characteristics

  • Student Development/Interaction - Very Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Sometimes
  • Programming/Event Planning - Very Frequent
  • Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
  • Autonomy - Frequent
  • Supervising - Very Frequent
  • Advising - Frequent
  • Collaboration - Frequent

Additional Notes: The compensation for this ten-month position includes full tuition remission, a stipend, a semi-furnished on-campus apartment, and small meal plan.

 

COORDINATOR FOR RESIDENTIAL EDUCATION AND RETENTION

Availability: Fall 2018

General Description: The Graduate Coordinator for Residential Education and Retention (RER) within the Department of Residential Life is directly supervised by the Assistant Director for Residential Education and Retention. This position will assist with the development and implementation of the residential curriculum (co-curricular), coordination of leadership development opportunities for students, will co-advise the Inter-Residence Association (IRA), and serve as a liaison between various campus partners. This position has evening and weekend responsibilities as well as on-call duties. This is a 10.5 month assistantship (August-May) with training starting mid-July.

 

ASSISTANTSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative

  • Attend individual supervisory meetings and work collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Residential Education and Retention.
  • Attend committee and departmental meetings as appropriate (i.e. residential education team (RET) meetings, RET training, etc.).
  • Review, update, and manage purchase card statements, and monthly budgeting processes.

Residential Education & Retention/ Leadership Development

  • Co-chair the residential education and retention committee.

Residential Education

  • Support and assist in the development, implementation, and assessment of the new residential curriculum model for residential education.
  • Collaborate with intramural sports in Athletics in the development and implementation of the residence hall intramural league program

Retention

  • Assist in the planning and execution of large-scale events (STAR, student leader recognition, etc.) in conjunction with the residential education and retention committee.
  • Aid in the coordination and development of appreciation efforts for the department (RA appreciation, office manager appreciation, custodial appreciation, etc.).

Leadership Development

  • Assist in the planning and coordination of logistics of internal and external leadership opportunities and conferences.
  • Serve as the primary facilitator for RET graduate cohort meetings.

Inter-Residence Association (IRA)

  • Co-advise IRA alongside the assistant director; providing administrative, and developmental support to IRA students in an advising capacity.
  • Attend and represent IRA at various local, regional, and national conference as needed.
  • Interact with IRA members through 1:1 meetings as well as attendance at executive and general body meetings.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of summer and winter trainings for IRA Executive Board.
  • Continuously revisit and help anchor the IRA executive board in restorative practices, our departmental community-building framework, as well as student advocacy efforts.

Hall Council

  • Assist in the planning and coordination of logistics for our fall semester hall council retreats for students and advisors.
  • Co-facilitate Hall Council large-group meetings and in-services

Diversity and Social Justice

  • Actively engages student staff members and residence hall students in programming, training, and dialogue specific to diversity and social justice.
  • Active participant in departmental, divisional, and university-wide training and programming opportunities.
  • Actively confronts situations of intolerance and bias that result from a lack of respect.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Participate in a rotating on-call duty system, and respond to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis (max. of 2 weeks a semester).
  • Some adjudication of conduct experience will be available.
  • The person in this position will have evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Participate in major departmental events and initiatives (opening, closing, RA training, etc.).
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Key Characteristics

  • Ability to interact with student leaders in a developmental and restorative manner.
  • Ability/comfort level with facilitating meetings among colleagues.
  • Ability to collaborate interdepartmentally.
  • Experience with student organizations/hall councils/residence hall associations desired, but not required. (either advising or having been in a student organization)
  • Strong administrative and organization skills necessary, as well as the ability to navigate multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to work and make decisions autonomously when necessary.
  • Ability to be creative and think innovatively.
  • Either prior knowledge or a desire to learn about residential curriculums/co-curricular initiatives.

Position Characteristics

  • Student Development/Interaction - Frequent
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Student Programming Attendance- Frequent
  • Department/Committee Project Development/Implementation - Frequent
  • Autonomy- Frequent/Sometimes
  • Supervising - None
  • Advising - Frequent
  • Collaboration – Frequent

Additional Notes: The compensation for this ten month position includes full tuition remission, a stipend, a semi-furnished on-campus apartment, and a small meal plan.

 

TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Availability: Fall 2018

General Description: The Graduate Coordinator for the Residential Education Team Training & Development Committee (RET T&P) within the Department of Residential Life is directly supervised by the Assistant Director for North/Central campuses, and will assist in the coordination of all professional staff and resident advisor (RA) training and social justice education.  This is a 10-month assistantship (Aug.-May).

 

ASSISTANTSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES


Advancing Diversity & Inclusion

  • Actively engage student and professional staff members in training and dialogue specific to diversity and social justice.
  • Actively participate, create and implement departmental, divisional and university-wide training and programming opportunities.
  • Actively confront situations of intolerance and bias that result from a lack of respect.

Community & Civic Engagement

  • Attend individual meetings and work collaboratively with the Assistant Director for Training & Development.
  • Attend committee and departmental meetings as appropriate (i.e. residential education team meetings).

Enhancing Learning

  • Assist in the coordination and creation of lead RA retreats, RA fall training, new-hire training day, winter workshop, RA in-service, spring new RA orientation, summer advisor training, RET summer and winter training, RET and RA affinity spaces, and RET professional development series opportunities.
  • Assist in the assessment and evaluation of all departmental training efforts.

Health & Wellness

  • Participate in a rotating on-call duty system, and respond to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
  • The person in this position will have evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Opportunity to serve as a University hearing officer.

Key Characteristics

  • Student Development – Frequent
  • Student Interaction - Sometimes
  • Higher Education/Administration - Frequent
  • Programming - Frequent
  • Training Development/Implementation - Frequent
  • Autonomy - Sometimes
  • Supervising – Seldom
  • Advising - Seldom
  • Collaboration – Frequent

Additional Notes: The compensation for this ten-month position includes full tuition remission, a stipend, a semi-furnished on-campus apartment, and a small meal plan.