Southern Methodist University - Associate Director for High-Impact Practices (Residence Life & Student Housing)

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Associate Director for High-Impact Practices (Residence Life & Student Housing) (RES00000026)


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Summary:

The Associate Director for High-Impact Practices, a position within Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) at SMU, is an exceptional and innovative position designed to integrate the student curricular and co-curricular experience.  This position provides leadership, vision, and management for the implementation and sustainment of high impact educational practices in a residential setting.  The Associate Director (AD) leads efforts to develop, enhance, and promote a co-curricular learning initiatives related to the Residential Commons (RC) and housing, which incorporates feedback, reflection, and demonstration/articulation of what students gained from the experiences.  The AD promotes and fosters student engagement, with particular emphasis on involvement in high-impact student experiences and retention efforts set forth in SMU in Four.  This position will work with the Director for Academic Initiatives to ensure that all areas are covered appropriately and will use data to make strategic decisions related to office initiatives.

Essential Functions:

Seek out, conceptualize and implement high-impact-educational practices across the residential communities.  Working with the Engage Dallas Advisory Board, establish the strategic direction, conceptualize and implement a student engagement framework for Engage Dallas that supports application and demonstration of student learning and personal impact through co-curricular, place-based community engagement experiences.  Facilitate and advance the work of the Engage Dallas implementation and teams and the SMU in Four initiative.

Facilitate and support the development of the Residential Commons' Peer Leader programs and SMU in Four initiatives to support retention. Individual Peer Leader programs include: honors mentors, peer academic leaders, and peer chaplains.  With Peer Leader supervisors, coordinate the hiring, training, evaluation, and the assessment of program effectiveness.  Ensure necessary communication to program and SMU in Four stakeholders.

Develop and oversee the risk management and compliance-related efforts for high impact practices to include the Engage Dallas initiative. Manage and reconcile a budget to support high-impact-educational programs related to the Residential Commons and housing.

Collaborate with campus stakeholders to further identify and support student engagement opportunities within the Residential Commons (e.g., study abroad, curricular proficiencies). Communicate and educate the campus about division and departmental initiatives and ways to help students create their engagement plans.  Perform other duties as assigned to advance department and divisional goals.

Identify ways of engaging and communicating with students, faculty, and staff about the importance of becoming involved in the Residential Commons and completing multiple high-impact-educational experiences over their time at SMU. Collaborate and determine program needs, program development assessment, grants, and coordination of data with the assessment teams related to the experience, student learning, and impact of student participation.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs Administration, College Student Development, Curriculum and Instruction, or a related field, is required.  Doctoral degree is preferred.

Five years’ experience in supervisory, administrative and programming capacities in a Student Affairs department is required.  Experience in Student Activities, Community Engagement, Leadership, Experiential Education, or Career Services is preferred.

Must have experience working with individual students, groups, program and curriculum development, facilitating education workshops and planning events.

Knowledge of student development theory, student engagement literature, high-impact practices and curriculum development is required.

Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are required.  Preferred skills include: Canvas (or similar LMS system), Qualtrics, WEAVE, Candid.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interface effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.   

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate a conceptual framework to multiple audiences.

Effective consulting and leadership skills are highly preferred, with the ability to collaborate with campus leadership in a highly complex environment.

Candidate must possess excellent organizational skills that include effective planning, time management and project management.   

Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills and analytical skills.  Problems require new approaches and creative problem resolution.


Must be willing and able to attend occasional weekend and evening events related to high-impact practice initiatives.

Must be willing and able to travel occasionally to conferences, or travel to Engage Dallas non-profit and community sites.

Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by:  June 09, 2021

Deadline to Apply:  June 30, 2021

Physical/Environmental Demands:

This position must be able to:

  • ·       Stand
  • ·       Walk for long distances
  • ·       Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • ·       Push/Pull
  • ·       Handle objects (dexterity)
  • ·       Sit for long periods of time
  • ·       Drive motorized equipment

To Apply: 

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Associate Director for High Impact Practices (Residence Life & Student Housing) (RES00000026)

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