The University of California, Santa Cruz — Executive Director, College Student Life

The University of California, Santa Cruz (also known as UC Santa Cruz or UCSC), is a public research university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Located 75 miles (120 km) south of San Francisco at the edge of the coastal community of Santa Cruz, the campus lies on 2,001 acres of rolling, forested hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay. Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz began as a showcase for progressive, cross-disciplinary undergraduate education, innovative teaching methods and contemporary architecture. Since then, it has evolved into a modern research university with a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, while retaining its reputation for strong undergraduate support and student political activism. The residential college system, which consists of ten small colleges, is intended to combine the student support of a small college with the resources of a major university.

Reporting directly to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Colleges, Housing, and Educational Services, the Executive Director for College Student Life provides leadership for the student life programs in each of the ten colleges. Colleges, Housing and Educational Services (CHES) is a multi-funded organization within the Business and Administrative Services (BAS) division at the University of California (UC) Santa Cruz. CHES provides leadership in the areas of college student life and residential services, housing services, facilities, employee housing and capital planning, dining services, conference services, early education services, the Baytree Bookstore, ID card services, and business and financial analysis for these areas. Through these units, educational and developmental programs and services are offered to all members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff, children and external constituents. CHES provides on-campus housing and dining services to nearly 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students in ten residential colleges and six multi-college affiliated residential communities which support single students and students with families. Employee housing is provided through 51 rental units at the Laureate Court apartments and 188 for-sale homes in four different locations. The unit also provides off-campus student housing support and summer conference operations. Oversees college student life responsibilities for approximately 17,500 undergraduate students with approximately 8,500 living in college residences. Provides oversight and responsibility for management of annual operating budget totaling approximately 7.5 million. Responsible for the oversight of all matters related to the college student life programs and learning outcomes, administration and operations. Responsible for establishing strategic plans and objectives affecting residence life and housing, programs, and student conduct within the colleges. The Executive Director represents the colleges to various constituents both internally and externally and works collaboratively with the Dean of Students and other Student Services units. 

Advanced degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. Demonstrated experience to manage a large complex organization at an institution of higher education, working with a highly diverse staff and student body. Demonstrated experience in providing leadership and in directing administrative operations as well as experience in leading planning and operations activities with high-level management teams. Ability to conduct strategic planning, budget planning and analysis. Strong experience in management of programs, staffing, facilities, administration, operations and budget oversight.

Review of applications will begin October 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. 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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