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. * Evaluate and assess current residential model to design a new, uniquely Denison structure, model, vision and mission for Residential Communities. * Collaborate with campus colleagues in developing an engaging new residential curriculum rooted in Denison's mission, principles of leadership and civic engagement, creative problem solving, and elements of individual and community well-being. * Provide formative supervision and support to three professional and two supportive operating staff. * Engage proactively with paraprofessional staff and residents to build vibrant, inclusive communities, employing innovative ideas and approaches. * Evaluate and assess programs, services, and curricula 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 at university events. * Work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor and support dynamic needs. * Provide guidance to staff who coordinate and design programmatic and other co-curricular initiatives grounded in civic engagement, leadership development and creative problem-solving. * Work collaboratively across the college on major projects, task force and committees; chair committees and working groups. * 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, and student learning. * Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and parents; and communicate regularly with these partners. * Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies. * Participate with the professional on-call rotations for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on-call response and report concerns. Facilitate educational meetings with students; 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. * Bring strong collaborative energy, demonstrated capacity as a fair and respectful leader, and proven ability to provide effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff. * 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 or other related advanced degree. Minimum of five years' professional experience in Higher Education/Student Affairs. Ability to accommodate extended work hours, including evening and weekend work hours. Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including the ability to engage in one-on-one and in public forums. Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make difficult decisions. Exercise problem-solving abilities, especially in cases requiring quick action and resolution. Provide effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff. Build 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. A propensity for creativity and innovation, positive attitude, and multicultural competence are essential qualities of this candidate. Experience in supervising professional staff, team development, a thorough understanding of Millennials and Generation Z, and a 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: * Relational leader with exceptional interpersonal skills. * Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and take initiative. * Demonstrated experience in student development, student involvement, leadership development, housing, residential education, or restorative conduct processes. * Proven success in community and leadership development. * Competent in fulfilling administrative duties and managing systems. * 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 supervising student and professional staff and experience working with a culturally diverse population.