Providence, Rhode Island
May 25, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Brown University Providence, Rhode Island

The mission of Brown University is to serve the community, the nation, and the world by discovering, communicating, and preserving knowledge and understanding in a spirit of free inquiry, and by educating and preparing students to discharge the offices of life with usefulness and reputation. We do this through a partnership of students and teachers in a unified community known as a university-college.


Brown University's Division of Campus Life seeks a new strategic partner and leader for the Office of Residential Life as it systematically enhances student residences, through programmatic expansion and physical plant renovation, to be more impactful living and learning environments and primary hubs for realizing the inclusive campus envisioned in Brown's 2013 Building on Distinction strategic plan and the 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

The residential program at Brown aspires to provide high quality student-centered community development, co-curricular learning and support to advance the educational mission of the University, both for the approximately 75% of students housed in the University's 49 residence halls and for undergraduates who reside off-campus, as they make their transition to independent living. A key educator within the Division of Campus Life, the Senior Director works closely with colleagues in other Campus Life offices to deliver inclusive community and skills development specific to Brown's liberal arts open curriculum and highly autonomous and self-directed student population. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Campus Life, the Senior Director will lead the transformation of Brown's housing programs and residence halls into more immersive educational environments that foster both individual student self-determination and the collegiality and empathy that are hallmarks of an interconnected community of scholars. The Senior Director manages departmental operations and the $43 million Residential Life budget, sets near- and long-term goals and priorities and establishes implementation strategies. The Senior Director directly supervises several Associate Directors, indirectly supervises 10-12 additional professional and support staff and, during the academic year, more than 100 student staff (including Residential Peer Leaders, Minority Peer Counselors, Women Peer Counselors and Community Assistants). The Senior Director collaborates with other Campus Life and University departments to provide programs and services, to devise and implement policies within a student development framework and to respond to campus emergencies.

Within the Ivy League formally established in 1954, Brown is unique in its open undergraduate curriculum and dual identity as a “University-College”, a model combining the advantages of both the research university and the residential liberal arts college. Faculty members are as committed to teaching as they are to research, embracing a curriculum that requires students to be architects of their own education. In turn, Brown students work directly with active scholars whose research ranks them at the front of their disciplines. At Brown's core is the idea that students are the authors of their experience inside and outside of the classroom. The foundation of Brown's residential experience is built on student self-governance. Students are empowered and expected to create and maintain safe, healthy and respectful communities.

Each of Brown's 1,650 first-year undergraduates lives in close-knit units of 50 to 60 students. Through an annual housing lottery designed by students on the Residential Council in collaboration with the Office of Residential Life, 3,200 students in upper years pick their exact room, whether a private single or with friends in a room, suite or apartment. Outside of the housing lottery, with 11 residential Greek Houses on Wriston Quadrangle and eight residential Program Houses throughout the campus, Brown provides opportunities to live and learn with students who share interests and affinities. Students may also request a substance free, quiet, gender-inclusive or single-sex community. Some 1,600 undergraduates live off campus, in rented apartments, houses or Brown auxiliary housing, many of these in Providence's College Hill and Fox Point neighborhoods, both Historic Districts.

Qualifications: A Master's degree is required. A PhD in arts-and-sciences discipline or higher education, or an EdD, is preferred. A minimum of seven years of professional experience is required, with a record of management and supervision of a complex operation preferred. Candidates should evidence active engagement with current and emerging best practices and issues in higher education, student housing and student affairs. The successful candidate will be a creative thinker with the proven ability to facilitate organizational change, to improve organizational performance and to build coalitions within an academic community. Candidates should have demonstrated commitment and success working in a multicultural environment with a critical understanding of social justice issues in both student and workplace settings. Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to exercise a high degree of diplomacy and discretion, are essential. Candidates should manifest strong collaborative energy, integrity, sound judgment and the ability to make difficult decisions. The Brown community invites its members to receive each other as peers. The successful candidate will have the capacity to realize a residential community conducive to cultivating the full potential of a diverse, independent student body possessed of rare intellectual promise and creative imagination.

To apply, please use the following link to the position posted on Brown's Career Site at: A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and contact information for five professional referees who can speak about the candidate's qualifications for this position.

Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Brown's search consultant, Chuck O'Boyle of C. V. O'Boyle, Jr., LLC, at who will furnish an internal job description upon request.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

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