Director of Residential Student Experience

Tallahassee, Florida
Feb 21, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Executive Administration Jobs
Other Executive Administration
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Florida State University (FSU) is an American public space-grant and sea-grant research university. Its primary campus is located on a 1,391.54-acre campus in Tallahassee, Florida. FSU is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida. The university is classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university comprises 16 separate colleges and more than 110 centers, facilities, labs, and institutes offering more than 360 programs of study, including professional school programs. The university has an annual budget of over $1.7 billion and an annual economic impact of over $10 billion.

Reporting to the Executive Director, University Housing, the Director of Residential Student Experience (RSE) is responsible for the overall management of the RSE program for the 6,712 residents living in University Housing at FSU. RSE assists the other units in University Housing with developing a living experience that supports students’ academic goals to graduation. The direct functional areas within RSE include but are not limited to living learning communities, marketing, occupancy management through student applications, contracts and room assignments, and residence life within the halls. 80% of the on-campus residents are considered first time in college students requiring a robust residence life program. The RSE team provides programming, leadership development, and interaction opportunities, helping residents transition to life at FSU. Further, they are the first responders to students in crisis and to behavioral incidents such as policy violations, safety and security concerns, and student conflicts. The Director of RSE is the primary liaison with campus partners such as the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Center, Health and Wellness Center, and Undergraduate Affairs regarding the care and success of students living on campus. The qualified candidate will have a Master’s degree in a related field, four years of directly related work experience; progressive experience in supervision and management of a residential housing program; experience in working with student crisis management; demonstrated progressive experience in budget management; and experience in collaborating with multiple campus partners. Preferably, the ideal candidate will have experience as a Director of Housing/Residence Life on a medium-sized campus or as an Associate Director for a larger housing program; progressive demonstrated on-going professional development experience; progressive career trajectory including higher level experience within a Housing and Residence Life program that demonstrates supervision of multiple layers of staff (associate, assistant, coordinator, and hall staff); demonstrated experience in working closely with different functional areas; demonstrated experience in strategic planning; and demonstrated progressive experience in managing residence life concepts and developing policy and procedure.

Review of applications will begin March 23, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at

Nominations for this position may be emailed to Jennifer N. Hiatt at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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