About Vassar College Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Vassar College is a smoke free/tobacco free campus. A primary mission of the Office of Residential Life is to help students master the art of living cooperatively in a diverse community. Vassar offers an engaging and creative student affairs experience, which draws strongly upon student self-governance, collaboration and innovation. House Advisors co-create their professional portfolio based on their interests, needs of the department, campus climate and collaboration is encouraged with campus partners. The residential experience is an integral component of a liberal arts education and has been identified as a top priority. A robust partnership between House Advisors and the House Fellows, individualized care and support for every student in the House and emphasized relationship building are all components of Vassar's renewed model and revitalization of our House system.
Position Summary and Responsibilities Reporting to the Associate Director of Residential Education, the House Advisor (HA) is a 12-month live-in professional who is responsible for the overall administration of two houses of approximately 400 residents total during the academic year. The HA is responsible for working on college-wide and departmental endeavors, and partnering with residential faculty members (House Fellows) in an effort to provide comprehensive support for students. The HA supervise a team of student staff (Student Fellows) and advise a larger group of residential student leaders (House Teams)
The House Advisor apartment is within a residential house. The HA is expected to be visible to students during non-scheduled hours and the HA schedule is influenced by student, department and community needs. Work outside of traditional hours may include consultation with staff or students, attendance at campus events, staff and student training/development participation, on-call responsibilities and other duties as assigned.
Student Leader Mentorship and Advising - 30%
Recruit, select, train, and evaluate selected student leadership team;
Attend and advise weekly House Team and Student Fellow meetings;
Conduct regularly scheduled one on one's with student leaders (President, Student Advisor, Student Fellows);
Design and implement training sessions for student leader trainings.
Student Conduct Engagement - 10%
Serve as a Student Conduct Administrator, implementing processes in an educational manner;
Interpret and uphold college rules and regulations pertaining to student conduct occurring within the houses;
Refer students to campus offices related to exhibited behaviors;
Utilize Maxient software to create and track student conduct cases.
Departmental Responsibilities- 20%
Participate in departmental and area decision making and planning through weekly meetings;
Work in collaboration with college-wide offices, particularly those in the Dean of College area;
Provide coverage for houses/campus during large-scale annual campus programs;
Participate in opening and closing of houses;
Work in collaboration with the Residential Operations Center and Facilities Operations.
Community Development - 20%
Work collaboratively with House Fellows to create inclusive living communities that are socially conscious, responsible, and empowering;
Establish a sense of community through house and campus wide programming;
Serve as a resource and referral agent for students' holistic needs (social, emotional, academic, etc.);
Work collaboratively with Safety and Security personnel to provide a safe and secure community;
Engage with students individually and in groups to enhance growth and development;
Serve as mediator for roommate and resident conflicts.
Crisis Management- 20%
Serve as Administrator on Call on a rotating basis;
Manage crisis situations such as mental health emergencies, facilities emergencies, wellness checks, including appropriate community responses;
Act as a representative of Vassar's CARE Team, the Student Support Network, performing wellness checks, one-on-one support meetings and resource referrals.
This position is subject to annual review and appointment for the upcoming year with a maximum duration of five years. House Advisors may seek appraisal in their fourth year to be renewed for a fifth year. The starting date for the position is early July 2019. Compensation includes a competitive salary and benefits package including apartment and meal plan while classes are in session.
Qualifications Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred, preferably in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Social Work or related field; Two years' of professional experience post baccalaureate degree preferred (including graduate level paraprofessional experience); Prior student affairs experience and knowledge of identity development theories preferred; Must have the ability to act independently and to interact effectively with a diverse college community; Must maintain a professional and flexible problem solving demeanor, during sometimes stressful situations; Experience with crisis management is preferred.
Required Applicant Documents Resume Cover Letter Contact Information for 3 References
Optional Applicant Documents
Special Instructions to Applicants To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your cover letter, resume, contact information for 3 references with your online application. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. This position will remain open until filled.
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Vassar is strongly committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, inclusion and respect for difference. Vassar College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.