Associate Director of Residence Education

Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
Mar 10, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles from the state capitol, 80 miles from Detroit, 210 miles from Chicago, and 90 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Residence Education and Housing Services, the Associate Director of Residence Education provides leadership and strategic vision to, and is responsible for, developing strategic residence education plans to engage in the Liberal Learning goals and professional development plans for staff in MSU’s residential Neighborhoods. The Associate Director manages the daily operations of residence halls and apartments to create, deliver, and assess residence education staff training and ongoing development sessions. Further, the Associate Director acts as the secondary hearing officer for appeals for contract terminations. MSU Residence Education is a comprehensive housing operation with over 15,000 residents, more than 350 resident assistants, more than 35 full time staff, and annual revenues in excess of $70 million. The new Associate Director must be committed to the following principles: student learning, engagement, and development through the neighborhood model; intercultural learning and inclusion; restorative justice principles and sustainable practices. The Associate Director must understand and appreciate that they are the primary custodians of the Residence Education and Housing Services brand and work in a culture of accountability to ensure that the brand is strengthened through daily actions. While supervising five Assistant Directors for residence education, the Associate Director will manage high level student issues, partner with families, promote outcomes assessment and evaluation, assess staffing needs, and assist the Senior Associate Director in the overall leadership of the organization, promoting quality services for all areas of the community. Finally, the new Associate Director will help lead the strategic planning efforts, including annual goals, objectives, and professional development plans which maximize partnerships, resources, and synergistic relationship throughout the department.

The position requires a master’s degree higher education administration or a related field and five to eight years of progressively more responsible and expansive work experience in residence life and housing. The successful candidate will have experience in program development, administration and assessment, management and/or supervision. Among a broad array of desired qualities, the successful candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader with the ability to strategically manage and facilitate organizational change; demonstrate exceptional business, fiscal planning, and budget management skills; and have an understanding of living-learning communities and how to shape environments that support comprehensive educational and developmental programs.

Review of applications will begin immediately, however for full consideration applications must be received by April 10, 2017 and applications will continue to be accepted 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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Michigan State University – Associate Director of Residence Education

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MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.