Director of Residential Communities
Basic Functions: Lead a team of professional staff, supportive operating staff and student staff to support and facilitate the development of welcoming and engaging residential communities. Cultivate a uniquely Denison vision for the department and develop a new, vibrant model for residential living at Denison that builds on the marquee strengths of the college: leadership development, creative problem solving, civic engagement, and a commitment to diversity.
Essential Job Functions: Serve as the leader of a team-oriented Residential Communities department. Provide formative supervision and support to three professional and one supportive operating staff. Evaluate and assess current residential model to design a new, uniquely Denison structure, model, vision and mission for Residential Communities. Collaborate with campus colleagues and students in developing an engaging, effective community development model rooted in Denison's mission, principles of leadership and civic engagement, creative problem solving, and elements of individual and community well-being. Evaluate and assess programs and services to match the mission of the college, the vision of the department and learning objectives. Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community by attending university events and providing leadership on committees, task forces and working groups. Work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor and support dynamic needs. Contribute thorough understanding of the current best practices in the field of student development and an awareness of emerging issues in higher education, community building, civic engagement, and student learning. Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies. Participate with the professional on-call rotation for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on-call response and report concerns. Facilitate educational meetings with students, including those related to violations of the Code of Student Conduct; encourage conflict resolution through mediation meetings and counsel and refer students as appropriate. Employ exceptional interpersonal skills and exercise a high degree of diplomacy and discretion. Oversee and evaluate Residential Communities budget and processes. Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: An earned Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Social Work or other related advanced degree. Minimum of five years professional experience. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal. Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions. Exercise problem-solving abilities, especially in cases requiring quick action and resolution. Experience in providing effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff, and building collaborative relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners. Commitment to inclusion and desire to work with diverse groups of people. A propensity for innovation and creative problem-solving. Experience in supervising professional staff, team development, a thorough understanding of and passion for working with college students are critical to the success of the Director of Residential Communities. Must have a current, valid driver's license and must be insurable under Denison's liability insurance policy.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience supervising professional staff. Experience with leadership development, civic engagement and community organizing in the residence halls context. Competencies: * Exceptional interpersonal skills. * Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and take initiative. * Background in working with small teams to accomplish tasks and meet stated goals and objectives. * An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges. * Experience working with a culturally diverse population.