Suffolk University invites qualified candidates to apply for a Director of Residence Life & Housing. The Department of Residence Life & Housing fosters a safe, supportive and inclusive community that strives to develop educated and engaged citizens of a global society who act and lead with integrity. Utilizing the city of Boston as our campus, we expose our students to new individuals, ideas and issues, and support diversity through sensitivity, advocacy and education. Our department is committed to providing leadership opportunities and both formal and informal experiences that build vibrant living learning communities, promoting the academic mission of our institution.
The Residence Director provides leadership to the Department of Residence Life & Housing towards a comprehensive residential education and housing program. Develops a Residence Life & Housing program that supports the mission of the University, optimizes individual growth, facilitates an acceptance and appreciation of individual and group responsibility and fosters community development. Primary responsibilities include: leadership and management of professional and paraprofessional staff teams; administrative duties including policy and budget management, implementation and facilitation of residential education; crisis response and on call responsibilities; direct supervision of professional, support and student employees; advising of department committees; and adjudication of students conduct cases.
- Administrative Management. Develop and implement departmental policies, procedures and programs. Determine departmental goals and objectives and organize resources to accomplish them. Coordinate RLH operations with other Student Affairs departments and appropriate University offices and departments. Manage the technical needs of RLH. Other duties as assigned.
- Staff Selection and Supervision. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of two Associate Directors, three Residence Directors, an Operations Coordinator, a Staff Assistant and student Resident Assistants. Provide support to all professional, support and student staff in their contributions to student success.
- Facilities Management. Collaborate with Facilities Planning and Management to ensure that residential facilities are adequately maintained. Propose facility upgrades and rehab/renovation projects designed to enhance the quality of life for students and residential staff. Collaborate with Admissions regarding occupancy for incoming students. Summer Housing Initiatives. Collaborate to develop summer initiatives to increase revenue and to coordinate new student transition efforts by the University.
- Budgeting. Prepare and oversee annual department budgets and recommend purchases for renovation and facility improvement.
- Living Learning Centers. Direct the department's efforts in all areas of collaboration with academic affairs, placing priority on student success, persistence and retention. Play an active role in the management of the living-learning program and the associated facilities, faculty and staff, and program's academic success.
- Programming. Provide exemplary leadership in the conceptualization, development and implementation of RHL communities. Direct programs and services in the residence halls and apartments to address needs and contribute to the development of resident students and enhancement of the educational and social environment of the University. Develop and implement programs designed to promote positive civic engagement and service to community and minimize vandalism of residence facilities, furnishings and equipment.
- Crisis Management. Implement and participate in Administrator-on-Call responsibilities to manage crisis situations in accordance with University policies.
- Conduct. Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Students to provide training and guidance regarding legal implications of policies and sanctions. Review and revise RLH policies and procedures, as appropriate. Serve as upper level/appeal officer within the university conduct system.
- Assessment. Provide leadership in the area of development of learning outcomes for residential programming efforts. Conduct data-driven assessment of programs and services within the residential program. Implement changes as required. Fosters a culture of evidence collection and maintenance among professional employees.
- Students of Concern/Week-in-Review. Serve as a member of the Student of Concern Committee and Week-in-Review Committee by meeting regularly with the members of SUPD, Counseling, Health &Wellness, Disability Services, CLAS, Academic Advising, and Office of Student Affairs to share information and coordinate services for students.
- Master's degree in student personnel services, higher education administration or related field. Doctorate strongly preferred.
- 6-8 years' experience working in higher education or a related field.
- Keen understanding of issues impacting college students and student development.
- Experience managing a residential life program.
- A demonstrated ability to work with a dynamic, diverse and engaged student population, both individually and in groups; Proven leadership and management skills working with individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and life experiences.
- Experience supervising professional staff and ability to work well with all levels of personnel.
- Demonstrated crisis management skills.
- Experience designing and delivering highly impactful programs and services.
- Demonstrated record of outstanding leadership, a strategic creative perspective, communication, conflict management, team building and advocacy skills as well as personal and professional ethics.
- Strong project management skills with the demonstrated ability to coordinate, manage, implement and evaluate multiple projects over varied timelines.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends on-site and/or at home.
- Other duties as assigned.