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Associate Director Residence Life

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Location: Western Main Campus
Categories: Enrollment & Student Services, Executive/Director/Management

Position Title Associate Director Residence Life
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department University Residence's supports Western's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.  We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ people, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.  The Residence Life team supports students as they learn and develop, while living in the residence halls.  Important aspects of that learning and development are influenced by the intentional efforts of our staff, campus colleagues, and the students themselves.
About the Position

As our Associate Director Residence Life you will serve on the University Residences senior manager leadership team under the supervision of the Director of University Residences.  You will provide recommendations, leadership, and assistance to the Director of University Residences in delivering a coordinated and comprehensive residential program supporting student success.  You, through collaboration with faculty, staff, and students, will lead daily operations of the Residence Life program of 4,100 residents living in 16 residence halls and 1 apartment complex, 5 professional and classified staff, and 85+ paraprofessional student staff.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Human Resource Management - Lead implementation of processes to recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and retain highly talented and diverse student affairs focused staff at all position levels of Residence Life.

  • Co-Curricular, Academic, and Student Development - Direct programs accelerating academic, interpersonal/behavioral, citizenship, and leadership skills for all residential students

  • Operations and Administration - Guide residence life initiatives to create a seamless operational and administrative environment exceeding student needs and expectations

  • Emergency Response - Direct and evaluate all emergency and crisis responses

  • Strategic Planning, Leadership and Assessment - Provide exceptional leadership for professional and student staff by strategic planning, implementation and assessment for assigned initiatives, and committee work in Residential Life, University Residences and the Division of Enrollment and Student Services

  • Fiscal Resource Management - Administrate fiscal processes with maximum integrity and timeliness

  • External Relations - Provide excellent support and leadership to all external stakeholders through service minded attention to the broader University Residences, Enrollment and Student Services, and university missions

For a more detailed description of the responsibilities of our position, please view: Associate Director Residence Life

Required Qualifications
  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Student Affairs or related field, with at least seven years of post-master's experience demonstrating progressively responsible organizational authority in a campus residence life/housing setting
  • Successful experience in recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating, and retaining highly talented and diverse staff
  • Demonstrated experience developing academic, interpersonal/behavioral, citizenship, and leadership skills for students
  • Supervision of professional and paraprofessional staff, including recruitment and professional devleopment
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity into Residence Life
  • Demonstrated experience with student conduct
  • Ability to successful manage crises and emergencies
  • Experience assessing and managing risk
  • Demonstrated experience with strategic planning, implementation and assessment
  • Experience analyzing and resolving conflict, team building, group dynamics and problem solving skills, and excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of regulations affecting residential life programs (i.e. Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Title IX)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative supervisory and collegial relationships
  • Operational knowledge and experience managing budgets
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with other student affairs departments or committees including developing partnerships for joint initiatives
  • Experience working with student leadership and advising
  • Experience with program development and assessment for residence hall experiences
  • Knowledge of and experience with best practices for residential living in the following areas: support of student learning and success; academic achievement; diversity and inclusion; social integration; wellness and well-being; life and career preparation; empowerment and accountability; and values clarification 
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A complete application includes: 1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, 2) a one-page statement regarding your demonstrated ability to integrate the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity into Residence Life; 3) a resume; and 4) the names and contact information for three professional references. 

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins February 1, 2018; position is open until filled 

Please visit Residence Life Recruitment webpage for more information about the position and timeline.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.


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