Director for Housing & Residence Life

Blacksburg, Virginia
Jan 14, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Reporting directly to the Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, the Director for Housing & Residence Life is responsible for managing all aspects of a residence hall system comprised of 47 residence halls housing over 9,000 students, with anticipated occupancy growing close to 11,000 students within the next five years. The Director provides direct oversight for occupancy management, conference services, residence life, and living-learning programs, as well as collaborative oversight of facilities with the Senior Associate Vice President’s office to oversee facilities management, housekeeping, renovations, and construction projects. The position oversees approximately 25 full-time professional staff and over 200 undergraduate and graduate student staff, and an operating budget of approximately $56 million. The Director is responsible for establishing and implementing short- and long-range organizational goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures; monitoring and evaluating programmatic and operational effectiveness; and enacting changes required for continuous improvement. The Director is also responsible for the coordination and implementation of crisis management and emergency response protocols, including oversight for response to bias-related incidents. The Director participates in the Student Affairs leadership group and must be a visionary and highly collaborative leader with the ability to facilitate organizational change to adapt to the changing needs of students. The Director will also be innovative, possess a passion for the student experience at Virginia Tech, and incorporate best practices into the organizational culture.

Applicants should care deeply about the residential experience for students. Successful candidates will have significant and progressive professional experience in housing and residence life; possess exceptional supervisory and interpersonal skills; demonstrate an ability to strengthen residential colleges and living-learning programs and engage faculty in the residential experience; understand facilities master planning and renovation/construction projects; demonstrate excellent fiscal planning and budget management skills; and exhibit an ability to recruit, train, motivate, and support a large and diverse staff. Excellent communication skills; an active commitment to diversity and inclusion; an understanding of legal issues and risk management; and the ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with students, parents, faculty, alumni, community members, and other stakeholders will also determine success. Applicants should be forward thinkers who demonstrate enthusiasm and are known for their listening, writing, and presenting skills. A master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or a related field is required (PhD or other terminal degree is preferred).

Review of applications will begin February 12, 2019 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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Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of qualified candidates to join its community in preparing leaders for the world and encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Location of position:

Blacksburg, VA

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