Assistant Dean / Chief Housing Officer

Fairfax, Virginia
Apr 09, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

George Mason University (GMU, Mason, or George Mason) is a public research university in Fairfax County, Virginia. Initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, it became an independent institution in 1972. The university is named after the founding father, George Mason, a Virginia planter and politician who authored the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Mason currently operates four campuses located in Virginia, the main campus being in Fairfax, with another in Songdo, South Korea. Three of the four campuses in Virginia are within the Northern Virginia region of the Commonwealth, part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In 2016, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education released its new listings including George Mason in the “Highest Research Activity” (R1) category.

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for University Life, this position provides leadership to a 6,500 bed university housing and residence life program that is distributed throughout 40 campus residence halls, occupying approximately 2 million square feet of space over three campuses. The Assistant Dean is responsible for a $47 million budget and the supervision of 150 full-time staff and over 300 student staff members. This position also has division level responsibilities for living-learning community operations, housing operations at two regional campuses, and dean level student conduct and administrator on-call duties. Mason’s Housing and Residence Life is committed to providing a safe and well-maintained student centered environment that is innovative and inclusive of a global community. The Assistant Dean will be responsible for creating an environment where staff members are dedicated to creating a home that enriches the experiences of students, staff, and faculty.

Minimum qualifications include advanced degree (masters or doctoral) in higher education, student personnel, business, or an appropriate field; 15 years of progressively responsible university experience, at least five of those years should be at the housing director level; experience working in a comprehensive housing system that contains budget management, occupancy management, housekeeping/facilities, and residence life; excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; excellent problem-solving and analytical skills; experience supervising a large and diverse team; experience managing critical incidents; strong ability to build and maintain collaborative partnerships across multiple constituencies. Experience with public/private housing partnerships would be seen as advantageous.

Review of applications will begin May 11, 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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George Mason University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer encouraging diversity.

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