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Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

JOB TITLE: Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct

FLSA STATUS:  Salaried, exempt

DEPARTMENT: Residence Life

REPORTS TO: Assistant Vice President for Student Success

JOB STATUS: Full-time (at least 37.5 hours/week)



With an equity lens the executive director is tasked with creating a Dominican mission-based experience for students through co-curricular engagement within the residence halls. This position

is also responsible for the development of residence staff, and collective responsiveness to Dominican’s student body development needs. This role will also serve as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and will assist the Title IX Coordinator in supporting the institution’s compliance with Title IX. The Executive Director will also play a central role in emergency management and student support responsiveness. The Executive Director is central in the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures which ensure the safety of all students while ensuring operational efficiency.


In collaboration with the Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, the Executive Director will participate in institution-wide strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the student residential experience. The Executive Director will play a key role in institution wide student policy development, implementation, and equity audit review. Additionally, the Executive Director, providing oversight for residence life staff, will oversee the full resident student life cycle from student application and room selection, to move in, and coordination of a streamlines operational experience for students through the entirety of an academic year. With the support of a cross departmental team, this role will support the implementation of strategy to attract new and returning students into the resident student experience ensuring a seamless transition into the residence halls.

The Executive Director will play a key role in the design and implementation of Dominican university housing strategy on the River Forest campus and the Chicago Campus.


EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES: To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.



Residence Life Strategic Operations

  • Works collaboratively with Enrollment Management on the marketing of the residential experience to prospective students.
    • Implement a strategy to fill the residence halls to maximize occupancy 
    • Support the design of three-year occupancy forecasts for the residence halls
    • Provide detailed reports on student residential housing capacity, fill rates, application completion, and housing deposits
  • Ensures with the support of the Residence Life staff, the implementation of programs for students that promote student involvement, contribute to a vibrant, active campus life and encourage student development, leadership development, organizational development, and interpersonal skills within the residence halls.
  • Collaborates with the Residence Life staff and Physical Plant regularly to facilitate the timely completion of maintenance requests/projects within the residence halls.
    • Co-designs with Physical Plant a schedule for summer and winter break maintenance
  • Ensures with the support of Residence Life staff, oversight for summer and break housing for students and serve as liaison in planning for summer housing rentals
  • Coordinates Residence Life staff to operationalize all department practices looking for efficiencies
    • Creates and updates the Residence Life operational manuals
    • Manages housing emergency response workflows including updating and publishing of workflows

Holistic Support/Emergency Management Crisis Response

  • Serves on the Incident Management and Assessment Team (IMAT) helping to coordinate student related crisis management, and collaboration with Campus Safety and Security as needed.
  • Participates in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation.
  • Responds to emergency situations and assist in resolving resident concerns and/or facility issues.
  • Serves as a liaison to Campus Safety to manage the safety and experience of residential students. 
  • Ensures student support cases assigned to the Residence Life team are coordinated and the team is waking alongside students during the process.
  • Ensures the coordination and implementation of preventative health and wellness support plan for Residence Life with partnership between the university Wellness Center.

Student Conduct/Policy Management

  • Collaborates with other SSE staff to develop efficient and effective policy’s, programs and services that support the university mission. 
  • Leads the equity analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures.  
  • Provides oversight for Residence Life team in serving as the campus wide lead for student conduct
  • Collaborates with university partners to facilitate resolutions of student issues and grievances. 


Title IX Deputy Coordinator

  • University Title IX Deputy Coordinator
    • Partnership with athletics in support of Title IX compliance
  • Supports the review of student conduct cases for the presence of Title IX violations
  • Support the Title IX coordinator with implementing new regulations and a process for training students
  • Supports the Title IX Coordinator by managing cases as assigned.

Data /Assessment

  • Assesses student learning in dedicated living learning communities, impact on student retention, and overall effectiveness of Dominican’s resident student experience.


  • Oversees the hiring, training and retention of Residence Life staff.
  • Fosters and stewards an environment of collaboration and innovation within the department.
  • Develops and implements a staff growth plan centered in the individual needs for staff (graduate and professional staff) to respond to the diversity of student presenting needs


Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Commitment to innovation in the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and justice work
  • Commitment to Dominican University’s HSI mission
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; team-building and cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Strong time management and organization skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs and student database systems
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with university students, faculty and administrators
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Ability to calmly address a crisis situation
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Master’s degree required; preferably in higher education, counseling, social work or related field
  • Supervisory experience of professional and student staff
  • Specific experience assisting students with meeting academic, professional, and personal goals
  • Must be committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment


  • Bi-lingual Spanish communication skills are preferred
  • Five to seven years of experience in the area of residence life preferred
  • Desire to be present and support a student first environment
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member

A background screening is required.


EEO Statement

Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. If you need assistance and accommodations due to a disability, you may contact us at or (708) 524-6655.

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