Director of Residential Programs and Services

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Open Until Filled: No

Job Summary: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The university's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered university in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff members. The university's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. A part of the Division of Student Affairs, University Housing is home to more than 8,300 students who live in nine residential communities comprised of 22 residence halls, University Village apartments, and Health Science Campus townhomes as well as four Greek Park houses. University Housing connects to the university's mission by providing comfortable, affordable and secure on-campus housing options in residential communities where the academic success and personal growth of residents are encouraged and supported. As a result, research indicates students who live on campus perform better academically than their off-campus peers. In support of this mission, University Housing employs more than 700 full and part-time employees within three comprehensive units - Administrative Services and Communications, Facilities, and Residential Programs and Services. As a self-supporting auxiliary, University Housing operates a $50 million budget derived only from student rent and other non-state sources. University Housing fosters a supportive and challenging inclusive environment through staff selection and training, community programming and contact with staff and students. Residents are part of a community that values and appreciates diversity and where individual rights and differences are recognized and respected. Reporting to the executive director of University Housing, UGA seeks an individual who will serve as a leader of the Residential Programs and Services unit. The successful candidate will be an active and engaging member of the department's management team. Position RESPONSIBILITIES: * Provide leadership and vision to the Residential Programs and Services (RPS) unit within University Housing * Directly supervise two associate directors, a security coordinator, and an administrative associate. Indirectly supervise eight area and senior coordinators, 16 hall directors, and seven administrative staff. The director also oversees a large student staff (300-400) including graduates assistants, doctoral interns, resident assistants, C.L.A.S.S advocates, desk workers and office assistants * Serve as a member of the housing directors group, along with executive director, assistant to the executive director, director of housing facilities and director of administrative services and communications. Also serves a member of housing management team, which includes the director and two associate directors from each unit * Lead a comprehensive academic initiatives program in the residence halls, collaborating with others on campus to support, promote and enhance academic partnerships (curricular learning model, Living Learning Programs, faculty involvement in the residence halls, etc.) * Establish and manage the staffing model for the unit; participate in recruitment, selection and training of professional, management and student staff within RPS * Serve as a key manager and responder for student crisis and behavioral intervention in the residence halls. Will serve as a member UGAs Behavioral Assessment Response Committee (BARC), collaborating closely with offices who work with students in need (Dean of Students, Student Care and Outreach, Student Conduct, University Health Center, University Police) * Provide direction for safety and security staffing functions within the residence halls, responding to emergencies involving students, staff and the facilities. * Develop and manage budgets for the residence halls; contribute to the establishment and direction of the department budget * Interpret and enforce university and department regulations, policies and procedures. Take the lead in development and implementation of policy pertaining to the operation and management of the residential life unit, conference services and security functions of the department * Respond to concerns of students, parents and others regarding any and all aspects of the residence hall communities; develop and maintain mutually supportive relationships with other university staff and units * Prepare periodic management reports and summaries, research operational data and apply measures of effectiveness including needs assessments and program evaluations * Perform other duties consistent with the purpose of this position as assigned The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualifed applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, set, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have the following qualifications: * Have a master's degree in higher education or a related field * Completed a minimum of eight years full-time experience with demonstrated advancement in residence life/housing or related field

Preferred Qualifications: Candidates should also have, or be open to developing, the following preferred qualifications: * Doctorate in higher education, student personnel or related field * Ten years of progressive experience with hiring, training, supervising and evaluating various levels of staff; including but not limited to students, graduate assistants, residence hall directors and administrative assistants. Possess the ability to train and guide both direct and indirect reports who serve as supervisors with developing a similar skill set * Experience overseeing a comprehensive residence life unit * Ability to make decisions in a timely fashion both independently and by facilitating productive discussions to solicit feedback from individuals and groups * Ability to remain calm under pressure with regard to meeting competing deadlines and when responding to emergency situations * Possess strong, collaborative, communication skills and the ability to express ideas and opinions clearly both verbally and in writing * Readiness to work in a mission-driven department and possess the ability to articulate the mission to residents, faculty, staff and other stakeholders * Capacity to foster and maintain an inclusive living and working environments for students and staff members * Willingness to build strong relationships with staff members while maintaining the ability to hold them accountable * Experience building and/or enhancing academic programs in residence halls, including Living Learning programs, Faculty Fellows programs, a residential curriculum and/or other academic initiatives * Ability to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with various campus partners and community partners * Experience working with budgets, facilities management, renovation projects and strategic planning * Enjoy working with a diverse and academically competitive student population * Willingness to learn. Open to personally engage and motivate others to engage in professional development opportunities at various levels including: department, campus, local community, state, region and nation


Faculty Rank: Administrative Faculty

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Employee Percentage: 100

Location of Vacancy: Athens Area




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Posted: 5/9/2018
Application Due: 6/29/2018
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