California State University, Northridge — Director, Student Housing and Residential Life

Director, Student Housing and Residential Life (JID 8099)
Administrator III
Student Housing and Residence Life

CSUN’s Commitment to You
CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

About the University
One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor’s degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor’s degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

The Director, Student Housing and Residential Life provides leadership, vision, and management direction for Student Housing and Residence Life (SHRL). Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Life, the incumbent serves as the chief housing officer of the University and oversees a comprehensive housing program designed to promote the University’s learning and student success-centered mission. As the chief administrator for the University’s student housing program, the director is responsible for coordinating extensive strategic planning, goal setting, and assessment initiatives; implements best practices related to residential life programs and services; provides direction and oversight for budgeting, long-term financial forecasts, physical plant and facility operations, conferencing, and administrative operations; ensures effective marketing and retention efforts to maximize occupancy; and directs emergency preparedness and crisis response efforts. The director provides leadership that ensures programs and services are aligned with the department’s goals of positively impacting retention and graduation rates among residential students; ensures that academic, social, recreational, cultural, and safety programs and services facilitate a living environment conducive to student success and directly oversees related assessment efforts. The director anticipates future housing trends and how to best accommodate those trends programmatically as well as through the initiation of building and renovation programs. In collaboration with the university’s executive leadership, various campus departments, and the Chancellor’s Office, the director oversees and contributes to the development of CSUN’s housing master plan. The director ensures completion of annual renovations and upgrades to existing buildings and the planning and construction of new buildings, including the review of architectural and construction documents and follow-up on contracts related to furniture, fixtures, technology, and equipment.  The director is responsible for administering a $25 million annual budget with various reserve funds; directly supervises six professional employees and has overall supervision responsibility for approximately 87 staff and 160 student employees in five operating units: Residential Life, Facilities Operations, Administrative Services, Financial Services and Human Resources, and Residential Computing Resources. The director collaborates closely with other University stakeholders regarding academic, programmatic, and student support services, including academic colleges/departments, the University Counseling Services, The University Corporation, Department of Police Services, Facilities Planning, Student Accounting and Cash Services, and University Budget Management.

A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in higher education administration, student personnel or related field is preferred. Six years of full-time, progressively responsible higher education supervisory/leadership experience within student housing operations and residential life, or the equivalent, is required, with a minimum of three years in a leadership/management role. Demonstrated leadership in developing and delivering learning-centered programs and services that promote student success among diverse populations in student housing. Demonstrated success in motivating and leading a large and diverse staff, including represented and non-represented union employees. Demonstrated leadership with facilities maintenance, renovation, planning, and design. Highly developed skills in budgeting and financial forecasting. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex crisis situations involving multiple stakeholders. Highly developed and demonstrated understanding of student safety, emergency management, and student behavior/conduct best practices. Highly developed strategic planning skill set. Highly developed ability to develop successful partnerships with multiple on- and off-campus stakeholders in order to develop and achieve a cohesive student housing vision. Familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act and various regional, state, federal, and system-wide regulatory codes. Strong understanding of student development theory, community development, and impact of housing on student retention and graduation. Proven ability to develop and sustain student communities that value and promote diversity.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits. 

General Information
This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission. This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. Additionally, the person holding this position is considered a ‘limited reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019, 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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Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.