Director for Student Housing

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Mar 02, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Kansas (KU) is a public research university and the flagship institution for the state of Kansas which is celebrated for world-class academics, research, and rich traditions. A four-star Fiske Guide institution, KU is one of just 34 public university members of the Association of American Universities (AAU). KU takes pride in its traditions, including the unique Jayhawk mascot and the famous “Rock Chalk” chant. Founded in 1854 by Free Staters, Lawrence is an exciting community of 90,000 with a multicultural, friendly atmosphere and many advantages of a much larger city. Lawrence is known for its arts scene, specialty shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and its beautiful historic downtown just 35 miles west of Kansas City with fine dining, the best in jazz and blues, and professional sports.

The Director for Student Housing represents student housing to senior university administration while leading a highly respected auxiliary unit whose mission is building learning-centered communities through individual support and respect. The Director focuses on the values of engaging communities, vibrant physical spaces, and effective administration while providing strategic vision for the operations, administration, and residence life staff. The Director oversees a $30 million operating budget which will grow with the addition by 2018 of 1,200 beds in newly constructed residence halls and apartments. KU Student Housing employs 42 full-time professional staff, 21 graduate assistants from the Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education, and more than 250 student employees at all levels. Serving 5,100 students in 40 campus buildings, KU Student Housing is home to nearly 80 percent of each first-year KU class.

The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and serves on the student affairs leadership team. The successful candidate will be a creative student affairs professional who is passionate about the profession and has the talent to incorporate best practices into the organizational culture. The next director will also be fully prepared to navigate the complex challenges and issues of rapidly changing student needs, increased expectations and accountability, and shifting financial resources. The director will have a record of involvement in professional associations and be engaged in innovative best practices for meeting the developmental needs of students. Further, the new director will assume other responsibilities as designated by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.

A master’s degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, or closely related field is required.

A minimum of ten years of progressively more responsible leadership, management, and supervisory experience in student housing at the college or university level, as well as exceptional written communication and organization skills as evidenced by application materials, is expected. A demonstrated ability to create partnerships and work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community is paramount. Further, demonstrated experience in budget and fiscal management and demonstrated experience working with diverse populations is required. A terminal degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, law, or a closely related field coupled with supervisory and leadership experience in college student housing in a large, public university setting is preferred.

Review of applications will begin April 3, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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University of Kansas – Director for Student Housing

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