Director of Residence Life

Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Director of Residence Life
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna	
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Its more than 2,100 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary	
Susquehanna University is a nationally recognized, small, private Liberal Arts institution located in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley. The campus population is approximately 2100 full time undergraduate students. Susquehanna University is recognized for its' Global Opportunities program which requires every student to have an immersion experience during their junior or senior year. The Residence Life Office is seeking candidates from a diverse background to lead the program during a transformative time. Susquehanna University is nearly 95% residential and boasts a varied housing stock ranging from traditional residence halls to suites and independent apartments.

Position Summary
The Director of Residence Life is responsible for creating a dynamic residence life program with well-trained staff who are dedicated to student engagement, learning and principled community. The Director will be expected to work with the Dean of Students & Campus Life, along with other Student Life colleagues, to create a Community Standards model that will establish a commitment to Diversity and Inclusion as well as self-governance model in the residential community. The Director of Residence Life is responsible for administering all aspects of the residence life program including community development, housing operations, crisis response, planning and assessment, budget management, occupancy projections, and annual reports. The director manages an operating and student wage budget of more than $275,000 and develops and administer policies, standards, and goals for the department which are consistent with the mission and goals of the University and the Division of Student Life. Reporting directly to the Dean of Students & Campus Life, the director represents the department through service on University and student committees.

The director manages a growing departmental staff that includes:
Assistant Director
2 Area Coordinators
1 Administrative Assistant
11 Senior Community Assistants
Resident Advisors

Physical Demands:

This position requires a flexible schedule with an occasionally heavy load of evening commitments and 24/7 responses to crises, while maintaining a visible and predictable presence in the main office during a significant portion of the business hours. The successful candidate needs to regularly walk through all residential facilities for visibility to students and in order to hold professional staff accountable for quality of residential community atmosphere and facility upkeep at all times of the day and night. This requires lots of walking and stair climbing on occasional yet regular basis. The position may also require the successful candidate to able to easily lift 20 pounds at times.

Required Qualifications	
Education and Experience
Earned master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or related field.

Minimum of five to seven years of progressive and transformative leadership experience in residence life. Commitment to diversity and inclusively of thought, idea, background, and experience and to creating an environment which is inclusive with demonstrated evidence of cultural competency. Demonstrated success in developing or supporting a comprehensive residence life program, advanced knowledge of student development and student learning theory, and strong leadership and administrative skills. Positive attitude, sound work ethic, strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills, and good sense of humor. An interest in working in a dynamic environment where initiative, innovation and creativity are encouraged and a collaborative orientation is valued.

Preferred Qualifications	
Susquehanna University seeks a candidate with skills rooted within the ACUHO-I Core Competencies.

Preferred Qualities/ Skills:
•	Strong computer skills (i.e., data-base management, social media, Colleague/ Datatel, Star Rez)
•	Excellent interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
•	Effective and significant management experience including budgeting, supervising, and strategic planning
•	Demonstrated skill in small group development and support
•	Experience in assessment including developing learning outcomes and using data to evaluate and adjust programmatic functions or services
•	Demonstrated skill at teaching and motivating professional staff to accomplish excellence in performance

Special Instructions to the Applicant	
Applicant's may obtain a complete job description for this position from the Human Resources Office – Employment Coordinator

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