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Director of Housing and Residence Life
|Job Type:||Housing/Residence Life|
|Institution Type:||Public, 4-year|
|Institution Size:||< 30,000 Students|
Institution: Grand Valley State University
Division: Student Services
Division of Student Services Mission: To foster lifelong learning through programs and services that engage all students in the University community, support their academic, personal and professional goals, and positively impact student success.
Division of Student Services Vision: To be a leader in the field of student affairs, providing exemplary programs and services that enhance student success and advance an unparalleled educational experience that creates engaged and independent students who are prepared to be active, principled contributors, and leaders within their professions and communities.
Division of Student Services Purpose: Serve as an information resource and problem-solving office for students and faculty; act as an advocate for student concerns; represent the division to constituencies inside and outside of the institution; and provide remote services to students enrolled on the Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.
Department: Housing and Residence Life
Housing and Residence Life Mission and Values: To provide resources and opportunities for student learning and success by collaborating to build inclusive residential communities and experiences. Housing and Residence Life values the education, success, and experiences of students and staff, through the following:
Student Development and Support: Support the development of student resiliency through problem solving, conflict resolution, personal responsibility and advocacy, critical thinking and wellness.
Liberal Education: Engage in learning through creative and critical thinking, self-awareness, and active citizenship.
Diversity and Inclusion: Provide inclusive and supportive environments where diverse voices and experiences are welcomed, celebrated and personal growth is encouraged.
Sustainability: Triple bottom line sustainability which includes economic, environmental, and social equity.
Reports to: Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Position Description: The Director of Housing and Residence Life (HRL) is responsible for planning, directing, and leading self-funded, university-owned and operated residence halls and apartment housing (6,000 beds) on both the Allendale and Pew Campuses. This senior leadership role is responsible for creating conditions which foster student learning, engagement, and success, while also assuring the department is contributing to overall Division and University objectives. The Director will provide visionary leadership and essential oversight for a comprehensive, contemporary, professional, innovative, and service-oriented Housing and Residence Life department. The nature of the role may shift over time and requires adaptability depending on student, Division, and University needs.
Essential and Functional Job Responsibilities:
Design and implement a vibrant residential experience that supports the University’s purpose and values, while assuring meaningful connections with the academic community, high student satisfaction, a strong sense of student community and self-governance, assessment of learning environments, and disciplined focus on safety and security.
Provide visionary, strategic, innovative, flexible, and change-oriented leadership for the department, including approximately 6,000 beds in 21 living centers and 18 campus apartments in over 1.9 million gross feet.
Recruit, train, and supervise approximately 29 staff, 12 graduate assistants, 114 resident assistants, and over 80 student employees, assuring positive organizational culture, empowerment with accountability, personal and professional growth, and congruence with University and Division values and expectations.
Champion current and future student housing needs, assure department offerings are inclusive, and assure that an acceptable educational philosophy supports changes and initiatives.
Use data and predictive measures for department planning and decisions; evaluate and supervise programs, services, facilities, and staffing using assessment, best practices, and institutional context to make adjustments as needed.
Collaborate and work closely with faculty and staff in supporting the academic, professional, and personal needs of students; and partner for program and idea development.
Evaluate, modify, and implement programs and initiatives focused particularly on the first-year experience, using research, best practices, and institutional context; work to improve retention within university housing facilities and at the University overall; augment efforts to develop more comprehensive learning-living and theme communities.
Develop protocols to respond to emergency issues on a 24 hour basis, participate in campus emergency planning; ensure compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws, and conduct regular policy reviews to align organization with compliance and other obligations.
In partnership with Division and University finance colleagues, take responsibility for business and financial operations; construct, monitor, and adjust budgets; determine financial operating models and other strategies to ensure long-term stability; identify new sources of revenue and cost efficiencies for short and long term success; and formulate fiduciary policies, budgets, contracts, and operating systems for the department.
In partnership with University law enforcement, legal, and other colleagues, take responsibility for safety, security and risk management in campus housing facilities.
In partnership with Division and University facilities and auxiliary colleagues, take responsibility for assuring high quality spaces, dining, and summer conference operations; identify opportunities to generate additional revenue; work cooperatively with other leadership to share best practices and resources related to staff training and development, programming and services, facility management and improvement, and other areas where synergy and efficiency is possible.
In partnership with Division and University facilities and organizational planning colleagues, assure long-term strategic and capital planning occurs for HRL, addressing the physical plant, programs, services and capital funding.
Provide vision and leadership for broad-based diversity, inclusion, and equity initiatives for students and staff; support and participate with other colleagues working to create inclusive experiences, learning opportunities, and environment. Provide support in development, implementation, and assessment of inclusive residential education curriculum.
Maintain a high level of professionalism, personal integrity and collaborative relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, families, and external communities.
Maintain confidentiality and respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or concerns; serve on and/or support
Behavior Team, Conduct processes, and other processes designed to support vulnerable students.
Serve as a leader in and contributor to the profession.
Participate in team projects, programs, and committees; perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experiences:
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