Ohio University — Director of Residence Life

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio. The beautiful, historic campus is located in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio in the quintessential college town of Athens. With over 17,000 undergraduates and more than 4,700 graduate and professional students enrolled from all 50 states and nearly 100 foreign countries, the residential campus is a vibrant and diverse learning community. This is a particularly exciting time to work at Ohio University as the Division of Student Affairs recently launched a new strategic plan that has three breakthrough objectives:

  1. Ensure that a framework of equity and social justice is embedded into the day to day work of divisional employees and departments
  2. Create, measure and improve upon common student learning outcomes across departments
  3. Work to engage all students in meaningful programs, services and activities to increase retention and graduation rates

In addition, Housing and Residence Life is continuing an aggressive program of capital improvement through renovation and new construction. Over the past six years, the department has invested over $200 million through capital projects and plans to invest an additional $130 million over the next six years.

The Position
Reporting to the Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life, the Director of Residence Life provides strategic vision, leadership, and daily administration for a dynamic residence life unit comprised of 41 residence halls and approximately 8,000 students. This position leads and develops the educational component of the on-campus living experience that supports that academic mission of the institution and the learning outcomes of the Division of Student Affairs. This includes directly overseeing the Specialized Living Experiences, the Faculty-in-Residence program, and the Community Development and/or Residential Curriculum model. The Director also oversees the recruitment, training, and professional development aspects of professional and student staff in Residence Life.

The Director is responsible for the management of the residence hall staff, programmatic and educational efforts with students, student conduct and problem-solving, crisis management, student leadership development, collaborating broadly with campus departments and the Athens community, supporting living/learning communities, and shaping environments that support students’ success and personal growth. The Director must be a critical and creative thinker, demonstrate excellent judgment, display excellent interpersonal and communication skills, have a high standard of integrity, and be motivated to incorporate best practices into the organizational culture. A strong commitment to diversity, social justice, and the creation of inclusive environments is essential.

Ohio University values a very collegial workplace and emphasizes the relational nature of a healthy workplace. In keeping with student trends, a comfort with technology and social media is also important. The position directly supervises one associate director, one assistant director, four administrative support staff members and a $6.5 million budget. The position indirectly manages three assistant directors, 16 resident directors, 12 graduate resident directors/graduate assistants, and 300 student staff. This position will have a high profile at Ohio University as the Director works collaboratively with a wide variety of institutional stakeholders and serves on multiple university committees.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter, demonstrating an understanding of strategic planning and learning outcomes, as well as having the ability to manage, supervise, and motivate a large and diverse staff. The candidate will display crisis management skills, knowledge of student development theory, strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, facilitation skills, basic counseling skills, collaboration skills, and the ability to make sound decisions.

Applications and Nomination
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please apply by 7/17/18. To submit an online application with Ohio University, including a position-specific cover letter and resume, please visit https://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/27166.

Visit the Ohio University website at www.ohio.edu

Ohio University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.
Applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.

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