Bowling Green State University — Director of Residence Life

Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a large, primarily residential, public research university located in Bowling Green, Ohio. The 1,338-acre main academic and residential campus is located 15 miles south of Toledo, Ohio. Founded in 1910, BGSU provides experiences that enhance lives. Students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. BGSU is one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success. With a transformative learning community, BGSU builds a welcoming, safe, and diverse environment for over 19,000 students where the creative ideas and achievements of all can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation, and the world.

Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Vice Provost, the Director of Residence Life provides leadership, direction, and oversight to a 6,100 student housing program and $37 million dollar operation that enhance the student life experience. With a comprehensive portfolio, the director will develop and implement goals and objectives for a department of 28 full-time and over 400 part-time/student employees. The director is responsible for long-range strategic planning; monitoring revenue/expense activity; effectively collaborating with institutional stakeholders to meet strategic enrollment goals; developing learning outcomes for student success; business planning; diversity initiatives; capital planning; advising student affairs leadership; project management; and process improvement efforts.

A master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related field is required and an earned doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration or related field is preferred. A record of increasing responsibilities that includes at least eight to ten years progressive leadership/management in housing, residence life, or related field is required. Demonstrated experience in managing a large, complex, multi-million dollar housing program is preferred. The successful candidate will possess an understanding of a variety of strategic housing models; an understanding of competing financial priorities; extensive knowledge of current residence life best practices; the ability to navigate interpersonal relationships; and demonstrated excellent communication skills.

The deadline for applications is December 5, 2017. 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 Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Bowling Green State University – Director of Residence Life
Jennifer N. Hiatt, Search Associate

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