Washington University in St. Louis — Executive Director of Residential Life

Washington University in St. Louis is a private, research university located in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1853, prominent St. Louis merchant Wayman Crow and his pastor, William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr., concerned about the lack of institutions of higher learning in the growing Midwest, led the founding of Washington University. Named after George Washington, the University enrolls over 14,000 students, about half of whom are undergraduate students. Students with the faculty, represent all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries, pursuing more than 90 fields of study across the University’s seven schools.

Washington University in St. Louis has invested over $300 million in its residential life program and facilities during the past two decades, developing high impact living/learning communities with strong identities and traditions; creating a dynamic faculty-in-residence tradition through the faculty fellows program; and, constructing 20 new state-of-the-art residential buildings. The Office of Residential Life has a strong senior leadership team, but has operated without a senior director since the 1990s. The Executive Director is a new position responsible for leading this comprehensive and complex organization. In this new role, the Executive Director will facilitate the continued development of a strong senior leadership team, and will serve as a key senior leader in Student Affairs at the University.

The Executive Director of Residential Life reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and will be responsible for supervising both the programmatic and operational functions of the undergraduate residential life program that houses approximately 72 percent of current undergraduate students. The Office of Residential Life has 41 full-time central staff employees, 70 housekeepers, and more than 150 student employees. Residential Life is an auxiliary operation of the University with an annual budget of $54 million. The largest residential community is the South 40 which is home to 10 Residential Colleges, most of which have live-in faculty fellows. Approximately 750 students live on-campus in apartments and suites located on the northwest corner of the Danforth Campus. An additional 800 students live in apartments adjacent to campus in University-owned, residential life managed properties. The new Executive Director will bring transparent vision and leadership to the department while leading a vibrant organization into the future.

The successful candidate will posses a minimum 10 years of progressive experience in student affairs, preferably in residential life or student housing; at least five years of experience in supervising full-time professional staff; strong organizational and communication skills; a master’s degree in student personnel, higher education, business, or other applicable field; and, an ability to work in a fast-paced, student focused environment. The successful candidate must possess a strong commitment to social justice, a focus on the success of all students, an open mind, and a willingness to learn. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree, experience with faculty in-residence programs at a college or university, a strong background and understanding of financial operations, and crisis management experience is highly desirable.

Review of applications will begin October 27, 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 Jennifer N. Hiatt at jnh@splemanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Washington University in St. Louis – Executive Director of Residential Life
Jennifer N. Hiatt, Search Associate

Visit the Washington University in St. Louis website at www.wustl.edu 

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.