Executive Director of Residential Life
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is one of the nation’s leading public research universities. Founded in 1881, UConn is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and serves a total enrollment of approximately 30,000 students on the main campus in Storrs in addition to its Law School, Medical and Dental Schools, Health Center, and five regional campuses. The University of Connecticut has launched an exciting new vision for the University that will expand the current student body, enhance resources and facilities to support STEM programs, create a premier honors residential program and STEM living-learning community, and add approximately 260 new faculty members over the next decade. This Next Generation Connecticut initiative (http://uconn.edu/nextgenct) will propel the University’s distinction as a top choice institution and engine of innovation and bring with it the challenge and opportunity to advance every aspect of the educational enterprise. The Executive Director of Residential Life will join the Division of Student Affairs management team at a time of significant forward momentum and will be deeply engaged in leading a growing residential educational program well-positioned to become a national model of best practice. This senior member of the Student Affairs leadership team initiates planning and assessment activities to facilitate the development of a large, complex housing program that includes student engagement in educational opportunities designed to build community and citizenship; support for student well-being and success; and contributes to the achievement of UConn’s academic mission and strategic priorities. The Executive Director will serve as a champion for the student experience in the residence halls, advocating for student educational needs and interests, safety and security policy and program standards, facility conditions, and other issues that directly impact student success and satisfaction with living on-campus. Collaboration with other campus partners in academic and student affairs to develop, implement, and sustain vibrant student living-learning communities and other co-curricular programs throughout the residence halls, including two new facilities that will house a projected 1,400 additional students by 2017, is an essential responsibility of the Executive Director. Additional responsibilities include participating in the on-call system and providing leadership in response to student crises; partnering closely with the residential services unit of University facilities operations to determine residential renovation and capital improvement priorities; collaborating with the Student Affairs leadership team on strategic planning and establishing division-wide and departmental goals; and serving as a faculty member of the Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s Program. The Executive Director provides oversight to a $50 million annual budget, currently leads a dedicated staff of six direct reports and provides indirect supervision of approximately 41 full-time staff as well as 448 graduate and undergraduate student staff members, and works with a diverse set of stakeholders committed to the continuous improvement of the student experience and educational environment of the University. A master’s degree in student affairs administration, higher education, or a related field and at least eight years of experience in progressively responsible positions in residential life/housing administration are required. Extensive experience with professional staff supervision, fiscal management, and human resources administration; a record of accomplishment as a student advocate and champion for student success; demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills, excellent problem-solving, crisis management, team building, and communication skills; and an ability to build positive and effective relationships with colleagues and student leaders across diverse University populations are also required. Experience with strategic planning and development of best practices related to organizational program and service development, as well as assessment activities; teaching experience; management experience working within a collective bargaining environment; documented success in a large, complex university setting and an understanding of public higher education; and demonstrated ability to manage a dynamic change process will also be important considerations in the selection of the Executive Director of Residential Life. Review of applications will begin March 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the link Open Positions. Nominations or questions about this position may be emailed to Valerie Szymkowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, please call SJG at 413-529-2895. SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group University of Connecticut Valerie Szymkowicz, Senior Associate Visit the University of Connecticut website at www.uconn.edu The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.