Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing

Job description

The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for an Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing position.

Posting Date: December 20, 2018

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time Management Confidential staff visit:  or

Date of Appointment:  Anticipated June 1, 2019

Description of Responsibilities:

The Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing provides visionary leadership for a vibrant comprehensive Resident Life and Housing program characterized by integrated living and learning and student development.  The Assistant Vice President (AVP) is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and evaluating all functions related to the operation of a complex on-campus student residence life and housing program with an annual budget in excess of $35 million, servicing 4,100 residence students living in 13 building.  The AVP directs 18 professional staff, 6 support staff, and 308 student paraprofessional staff charged with the creation and cultivation of a living and learning community that will influence student development and academic success.  The Assistant Vice President collaborates with students, faculty, staff and administration in setting the vision, marketing the program, implementing initiatives, planning construction, assuring a safe living environment and conducting outcomes assessment.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Develop and administer strategic goals, objectives and programs consistent with the College’s long range plan and the Division’s strategic plan;
  • Manage operations and capital budget development and execution;
  • Oversee occupancy management;
  • Oversee facilities improvement and capital initiatives;
  • Maintain and update departmental safety master plans and emergency response plans;
  • Articulate the department’s role, actions and policies to internal and external audiences;
  • Manage assessment for the department and related activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree
  • At least 10 years of successful and progressively responsible professional experience and leadership in the residence life and housing arena at a college or university.
  • Significant experience in staff supervision; administrative processes – budgeting, assessment and evaluation; professional staff training and development; supervision, initiation, and assessment of student involvement programs in residence halls; and leadership and participation on institution-wide committees and programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in housing and residence life; construction planning and facilities maintenance; and emergency systems and related technology.
  • Demonstrated engagement with, and an on-going commitment to, multi-cultural perspectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, resume, copies of unofficial transcript for required degrees showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) to:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Gary Morris, Search Chair

[email protected]

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:

Residence Life and Housing provides secure, welcoming, and engaging living environments that encourage and support the academic and personal success of residential students. 

Residence Life and Housing is committed to the values of:

Diversity and Inclusion which refers to the ways we differ, including those differences we were born with as well as those characteristics that make us unique. Inclusion refers to bringing people together and benefiting from the collection of our perspectives and experiences. Diversity and inclusion together create a community distinguished by respect, involvement, and connection where our individual ideas, backgrounds and perspectives are harnessed and valued.


Mutual Respect which is the foundation for honesty, trust, and meaningful communication and involves both individual and shared concern for ourselves and others. Mutual respect accords dignity to different feelings, beliefs, and values.


Community involves a set of interrelationships connecting students, faculty and staff who recognize and celebrate a shared vision, purpose and values. These relationships create a sense of belonging and responsibility where caring, respect, justice and fairness are expected and embraced.


Responsibility We recognize the well-being and governance of our community are a shared responsibility. Being responsible means that decisions are made by acknowledging the context and considering consequences, both intended and unintended, of any course of action. A sense of responsibility requires careful reflection on one’s moral obligations to be thoughtful stewards of resources, accountable to ourselves, to each other, and to the community we serve.


Engagement which refers to the energy and commitment that students dedicate to out of class activities that develop their knowledge, skills and competencies. Engagement also refers to the energy and commitment provided by the College to foster student participation in those activities.


Residence Life and Housing has a well trained professional and student staff who provide opportunities for student growth and personal success.  We strive to improve our returning student retention rate.  Residence Life and Housing will provide and maintain facilities that meet the needs of our students and will promote academic success among residential students.


Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing [email protected].  

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery):

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Further policy details, including education and cessation resources, can be found at:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]   




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Posted: 12/20/2018
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