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Vice Chair - Council Leadership Development, 2018-2019


  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program or completing the final year of a fifth-year Master’s program.
  • Must have at least one year experience as a Resident Advisor.
  • Must be in academic good standing with their school of enrollment and must meet the minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA requirement at the time of application and while under the Program Agreement.
  • Must be in good judicial/disciplinary standing with Housing & Residence Life and the University.


The Vice Chair for Council Leadership has primary responsibility for the support and growth of leadership development programs and initiatives related to all residential councils through the Residential Leadership Experience (RLE). This includes Association Councils and First-Year Council. Coordinates educational and awareness activities designed to assist with the academic and personal/developmental needs of students on the Councils, and those residential students that the Councils serve. The Vice Chair may select and manage a team of Assistant Vice Chairs (AVCs) to assist in the development of specific aspects of this position. The Vice Chair - Council Leadership is supervised by the Chair(s) of the Resident Staff program and an HRL professional staff member. Additional responsibilities and expectations will be communicated during trainings and throughout the year.

The core values of Housing & Residence Life are multiculturalism, collaboration, personal accountability, empowerment, critical thinking, and customer service. The Vice Chair is expected to incorporate these core values into their respective roles.


  • Coordinate the First-Year Council and Association Council elections process.
  • Design and Implement fall training for the Residential Leadership Experience (RLE), including the fall RLE retreat.
  • Coordinate regular training and development sessions for First-Year Council and Association Councils during the year.
  • Train all Residential Council Advisors (Senior Residents) and facilitate monthly meetings to provide on-going training and development.
  • Serve as a resource to Senior Residents on advising Association Councils.
  • Coordinate with the Association Councils for the procurement of goods for events in their area.
  • Organize regular RLE Executive Board (Association Councils presidents and the First Year Council Vice President) meetings.
  • Coordinate Professors’ Picks, a program which pairs faculty with residents to discuss a book of the professor’s choosing.
  • Collaborate with University and community departments/organizations to provide intentional programming within residential communities.
  • Support student participation in state, regional, and national leadership development opportunities.
  • Work with the HRL professional staff, Chair(s) and Vice Chairs to maintain consistency and teamwork in the leadership and direction of the Resident Staff Program.
  • Attend weekly HRL team meetings and Executive Committee meetings. Maintain a presence in the Housing & Residence Life office in Gibbons.
  • Communicate regularly and attend weekly meeting with supervisor.
  • The Vice Chair may be assigned additional duties during the academic year, as needed by the Chair(s) and HRL leadership.
  • Senior staff should speak with HRL professional staff for assistance in using the America-to-Go system for catering orders and for any assistance needed in purchasing items.

Other Information

  1. Remuneration: A furnished suite / apartment / room, rent-free during term of appointment; Resident Staff Meal Plan ($800 plus dollars - $400 per semester) and an award of $2500 per year. Remuneration amount/type and Resident Staff Meal Plan amount/type are subject to change.
  2. The Vice Chair responsibilities are an average of 15 hours per week, with some evening and weekend tasks required.
  3. All Vice Chairs will be expected to attend Housing and Residence Life staff meetings, individual supervisor meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
  4. Must attend mandatory spring training sessions (two 2-hour evening sessions tentatively scheduled for March 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m., and April 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m.).
  5. Must arrive for mandatory training program between noon on Saturday, August 4 and noon on Sunday, August 5. No exceptions.
  6. The ideal candidate for this position will serve in their position during the summer to help develop the Senior Staff training, O-Week training, and planning for the year ahead, for which the candidate will live on-Grounds rent-free and receive an award of $1000 (for the entire summer, prorated if unavailable for all summer).
  7. Vice Chairs are encouraged to participate in life on Grounds and in their residential community; however, no commitment should interfere with responsibilities of being a student in good standing or with the responsibilities of the position. When conflicts arise between VC duties and extracurricular activities, VC responsibilities take priority. To ensure that outside activities are appropriate, they should be reviewed with supervisors at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year. Resolution of scheduling conflicts is left to the discretion of the supervisors.
  8. Vice Chairs are not to hold major, university-wide, elected positions, such as president of a sorority or fraternity or Student Body President, and are not permitted to take on any other paid employment. Exceptions need to be discussed with the Assistant Dean in advance.

Parking Information

Parking permits are not part of the Resident Staff remuneration. There is no requirement that any member of Resident Staff have a personal vehicle on-Grounds. Housing & Residence Life will send the name of members of Resident Staff to Parking & Transportation each semester. If a member of Resident Staff wishes to have a vehicle on-Grounds, it is their responsibility to purchase a parking permit from Parking & Transportation. The location and availability of parking is subject to change at any time. This includes but is not limited to special events, construction, or changes by Parking & Transportation. The parking spaces adjacent to Alderman Road and McCormick Road buildings are no longer available. Senior staff in these areas are eligible to park in the S6 lot at the football stadium. This is due to construction and other needs for these parking spaces.