Michigan State University — Executive Director of Residence Education and Housing Services

Founded in 1855 as the nation’s first land-grant university, Michigan State University (MSU) enrolls over 50,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. MSU is known internationally as a major public research university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders. The campus is located in East Lansing, three miles from the state capitol, 80 miles from Detroit, 210 miles from Chicago, and 90 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Reporting to the Vice President of Auxiliary Enterprises, the Executive Director of Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) provides leadership and strategic vision for a self-sustaining enterprise that encompasses residential education programs, administrative services, facilities management, apartment life, and guest services, as well as the MSU Union building and student programming and services. The Executive Director places equal emphasis on managing a multi-unit business enterprise and on supporting a comprehensive and robust student development program. The Executive Director develops and maintains significant collegial and collaborative relationships with a broad array of institutional stakeholders including Academic Affairs, MSU Police, Athletics, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, Finance and Operations, and Student Affairs. The Executive Director is a member of the Divisional Leadership Team, and possess both a divisional and University perspective when collaborating with other units. The department employs more than 1,500 full- and part-time staff, and the position manages annual revenues in excess of $70 million. In support of the academic mission of the institution, the department houses 14,500 single students in 24 residence halls and provides 1,300 apartments for both single students and family housing.

A master’s degree and significant senior management experience in housing and residence life or senior management experience within a University context are required. Among a broad array of desired qualities, the successful candidate will be a visionary and collaborative leader with the ability to strategically manage and facilitate organizational change; demonstrate exceptional business, fiscal planning, and budget management skills; and have an understanding of living-learning communities and how to shape environments that support comprehensive educational and developmental programs. The Executive Director will demonstrate the ability to recruit, train, support, and retain a large and diverse staff; excellent oral and written communication skills and an engaging public presence; the ability to manage conflicts and crisis situations; an active commitment to diversity and inclusion; and the ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, alumni, business partners, community members, the media, and other stakeholders. The new Executive Director will possess a passion for the profession and the talent to incorporate best practices into the organizational culture, and an engaging style that demonstrates intelligence, integrity, and adaptability. An understanding of labor relations issues and how to work effectively with union staff; a basic understanding of legal issues and risk management; and media savvy with a level of comfort when approached/pressed by news organizations are also highly desired skills.

Review of applications will begin October 14, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Peter Rosenberg at pwr@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Michigan State University – Executive Director of Residence Education and Housing Services
Peter Rosenberg, Senior Associate

Visit the Michigan State website at http://msu.edu/

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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