Assistant/Associate Dean for Residence Life

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Company Description:

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 2,000 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:

The Assistant/Associate Dean for Residence Life is the chief student affairs officer responsible for a comprehensive residence life program with 1,500 beds located in traditional residence halls and over 100 student rental properties. The assistant/associate dean must be a visionary, detail-oriented and highly collaborative leader.  He or she must possess a track record of successfully managing people and teams, a desire to engage faculty in the residential experience, a strong understanding of and commitment to diversity and inclusion, and understanding of legal issues and risk management.  The assistant/associate dean for residence life reports directly to the Dean of Students.

The Student Development staff is dedicated to student growth and development outside of the classroom and considers Residence Life as an integral part of this learning experience. In supporting the learning environment, the assistant/associate dean should have an understanding of the value of the residential experience as an integral role that supports the integrity and mission of the University while supporting the developmental needs of each student.

Essential job functions include:

  • Provide oversight for developing, implementing and assessing residence life programs to enhance the quality of students' residential experience.
  • Participate in and make recommendations for developing and implementing University-approved student housing policies and procedures; provide oversight for monitoring students' compliance with University regulations in all University housing (residence halls and student rental properties).
  • Provide direct supervision for six residence life staff members, and indirect supervision of forty-four student staff.
  • Provide a program that creates inclusive living-learning communities that foster students' academic success and personal growth; assist students in their adjustment, development and integration to campus life. Make referrals and recommendations as appropriate.
  • Oversee the processes for selecting, training, and supervising residence life staff.
  • Prepare annual budgets and provide oversight of departmental, programming, and residential building expenses.
  • Develop occupancy projection trends and retention strategies.
  • Develop comprehensive, on-going assessments of the residential experience.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgment regarding student problems, parental concerns, faculty concerns, and staff problems regarding the student housing experience.
  • Provide oversight for planning and implementing student housing selection processes.
  • Review and make decisions regarding releases for commuter students, and students requesting release from student living options.
  • Provide oversight for preparing and maintaining student housing publications, forms and reports necessary to the student housing program.
  • Provide oversight for the management of housing facilities. Make recommendations for renovation and repairs, space allocation, and equipment acquisition in residence halls and other student housing.
  • Serve as liaison with external constituents, including but not limited to parents, vendors and community members.
  • Serve as liaison with Physical Plant, Business Office, Admission, Police Division, Registrar's Office, Building Services, and Information Technology Services and with offices in which Area Coordinators will complete collateral assignments.
  • Oversee and serve in the Student Development on-call rotation assisting with emergencies and critical incidents. (Requires that the director live within 30 minutes of campus. Flexibility to discuss options for those living outside the 30 minute requirement).
  • Serve as a member of the Student Care Team and collaborate with the conduct office, counseling center, health center, center for student success, and other partners to identify students of concern and respond appropriately.
  • Participate in appropriate staff development opportunities; serve on campus, community, and professional association committees; appropriately keep supervisor abreast of matters sensitive in nature.
  • Perform other duties related and incidental to the work described herein.


A Master's degree in student personnel or related field is required along with at least two years of experience in student conduct and campus discipline. Candidates should have a commitment to and an understanding of a liberal arts education and diversity at a church-related college.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month position.

Wittenberg offers a comprehensive benefit package, which includes a competitive annual salary commensurate with experience, health insurance, retirement, tuition remission, and professional development opportunities.

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. We believe it is educationally imperative to further our students' appreciation and understanding of a culturally diverse society, and we are committed to ensuring a diverse environment for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, or disability. In that spirit, we are especially interested in receiving applications from individuals who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applicants interested in applying must apply online and submit the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format: A cover letter of application, resume, and name, address and phone number of three professional references.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at (937) 327-7517.




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Posted: 7/1/2016
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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