Director of Residence Life

Feb 06, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
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 students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 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	
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 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 housing operations, community development, crisis response, planning and assessment, budget management, and annual reports. The Director manages an operating and student wage budget of more than $275,000 and develops and administers 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 serves in the on-call system for after-hours and crisis support.

Specific Responsibilities:
•	Serve as the chief housing officer with responsibilities including coordinate all housing processes; maximize and manage residential population; and facilitate data management
•	Manage the daily operations and administration of a residential community
•	Manage a growing departmental staff that includes an assistant director and 2 area coordinators
•	Evaluate residence life staffing patterns and personnel responsibilities to ensure a match with strategic initiatives, organizational change, and University growth
•	Maintain a consistent/predictable presence in the main office and provide a frequent presence in all residential communities
•	Manage the annual renewal of all Residence Life documents, literature, policies and procedures
•	Facilitate and encourage the establishment, growth, and maturation of living and learning and other intentional residential communities
•	Collaborate with other departments and the university broadly on committees and initiatives
•	Live on campus and participate in the on-call duty rotation

Required Qualifications	
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Susquehanna University seeks a candidate professional traits and competencies rooted within the ACUHO-I Core Competencies. Specifically:
•	Residential Education: skill in developing, leading, and assessing culturally inclusive residential programs with focus on living and learning communities, first year experience programs, and sophomore transitions along with independent living environments for juniors and seniors.
•	Human Resources: sophistication with recruiting, educating, and managing all levels of professional and student employees throughout the residence life program
•	Student Behavior: experience working collaboratively on strategies for the development of student well-being including student conduct responses, prevention programming, Title IX, etc.
•	Crisis Management: a seasoned approach to crisis and emergency planning, management, and response
•	Facilities Management: significant experience with facility stewardship and an understanding of the impact well-designed rooms and common areas have on developing community and the overall residential experience
•	Fiscal Resources: fiscal management acumen that allows for ethical, creative, and sustainable uses of University resources and an ability to use housing and institutional databases for budget management
•	Occupancy: demonstrated experience with housing assignment, occupancy management and other processes
Additional skills
•	Strong technical skills (i.e., data-base management such as Colleague, Star Rez or other housing occupancy systems)
•	Effective and significant management experience in housing processes and management
•	Excellent interpersonal, communication, and public relations skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences
•	Experience in assessment including developing learning outcomes and using data to evaluate and adjust programmatic functions or services
Earned master's degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, or related field required.
Five years of progressive and transformative leadership experience in residence life required. 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 required.
Physical Demand
Position requires the ability to move about the campus, sometimes frequently throughout the work day. Position requires the ability to give and to receive instruction. Position requires the ability to communicate synchronously in person and by phone and asynchronously via email and other electronic means. Position requires the ability to read printed and handwritten text on paper and computer monitors. Position occasionally includes need to stoop, crouch, and bend as well as the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are primarily indoor. This position requires occasional night and weekend hours.

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