Associate Director of Residential Communities & Housing
Location: Granville, Ohio
Residence Life and Housing
Denison University, a rigorous liberal arts college with a diverse campus community, is seeking an innovative, enthusiastic, and student-learning-centered individual for the role of Associate Director (AD) of Residential Communities and Housing. In this role, the AD will collaborate with professional and student staff to support and develop engaging residential communities that align with the college’s mission and strengths. Responsibilities include providing supervision and support to the Assistant Director(s) and indirect supervision to Community Coordinators and student Community Advisors. You will be participating in on-call rotations, serving as a conflict resolution resource, and coordinating programs and services. The AD will also work closely with campus partners, maintain visibility and engagement with the student body, and strive to create a culture of creativity, innovation, and trust. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in a related field, three years of relevant professional experience, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. Denison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse campus community.
Fostering Residential Communities
Serve as a member of a team-oriented Residential Communities and Housing professional team. Contribute to the continued development and advancement of an innovative and engaging approach to community building and education based on Denison’s mission, leadership principles, commitment to civic engagement, creative problem solving, and elements of individual and community well-being.
Lead and work with professional staff, student staff, and residents to build vibrant, inclusive communities, employing innovative ideas and approaches and intentionally blending in the marquee strengths of the college.
Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at university events; work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor and support dynamic needs.
Coordinate and design programmatic and other co-curricular initiatives (grounded in civic engagement, diversity, leadership development and creative problem solving), managing the assigned program budget and maintain records.
Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies.
Provide oversight and visioning for department programming and cohort programming in the residence halls to meet the evolving needs of our student population.
Supports and assists in coordinating CARE (student support) case assignments for professional staff in the department.
Oversee interpersonal conflict mediation efforts; serve as a resource for staff managing community disruption or conflict.
Coordinate opening and closing of residence halls, including early arrivals, first-year and upperclassmen move-in, break closings, and end-of-semester closing, and facilitate room inspections and damage billing.
Facilitate educational interpersonal meetings with students; encourage conflict resolution through mediation meetings and counsel and refer students as appropriate.
Serve in conflict resolution to address behavioral matters utilizing an educational framework and restorative justice principles.
Lead the development of social and digital media materials for the department.
Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and parents; and communicate regularly with these partners.
Capture the residential student experience through Student Engagement software to connect students/provide a modern campus experience.
Demonstrate generous support to the work of colleagues in Student Life as well as faculty and staff across the college.
Serve as an on-call professional for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on-call response and report maintenance concerns.
Serve as the department liaison for Orientation and new student programs.
Staff Development and Supervision
Provide direct supervision to Assistant Director(s) and a Supportive Operating Staff Member and indirectly supervise Community Coordinator(s) and 60+ student Community Advisors via our intentional community development model,
Supervise and train student and professional staff, prioritizing community development, inclusion, and well- being skills and mindsets.
Direct the recruitment, selection, professional development, recognition, and evaluation of the paraprofessional staff.
Lead the planning, development, and coordination of all training programs, supplemental training opportunities, and in-services for paraprofessional staff.
Co-coordinate the development and implementation of onboarding, training, and evaluation for Assistant Director(s) and Community Coordinator(s).
Oversee the creation, continuity, and archive of digital resources for Community Advisors, including but not limited to: Community Advisor Resources Google Drive, the Community Advisor Manual, staff files, job action, and employment documents.
Assess, evaluate, and update programs and services to match the mission of the college, vision of the department and core student learning outcomes.
Strive to create a culture characterized by creativity and innovation in problem solving, optimism, individual initiative, a shared sense of responsibility, the intentional cultivation of trust, and attention to clear and timely communication.
Support the Director of Residential Communities and Housing and assist in departmental planning, goal setting, program evaluation and implementation, policy review and development, personnel, budget and assessment efforts.
Develop and maintain general knowledge of all departmental functions, processes, current operations, and trending issues to serve as a resource to others or to act in place of the Director.
Manage assessment efforts and establish departmental learning outcomes, implementation strategies and assess student satisfaction with the residential experience. Ensure findings are integrated into planning cycles with associated implementation timelines and achievement benchmarks.
In collaboration with other department leadership, create a Residential Communities & Housing annual report inclusive of assessment data, occupancy rates and other metrics of university interest.
Perform other duties as assigned.
This is a live-in/on position. A meal plan and furnished apartment with laundry, designated parking, and access to athletic facilities are provided.
Apply at https://employment.denison.edu/postings/4311
3-5 years relevant professional experience are required.
5+ years relevant professional experience
An earned Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or other related advanced degree.
We are delighted you are interested in employment opportunities at Denison University. If you are interested in applying for faculty job openings, please visit Denison Faculty Job Openings. Please allow me to share some information with you about our “fair college on The Hill.”
As our President Adam Weinberg says, Denison offers “an education for the whole brain and whole person.” We are a nationally ranked university offering an academically rigorous liberal arts education to curious and motivated students from across the nation and the world. We are committed to making our education affordable to every qualified student. In fact, Denison is one of the few colleges in the nation to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for our students, and more than 20% of our students qualify for Pell Grants.
Finding a good fit with an employer often means aligning our values. Below are a few of the values we are committed to at Denison; you will find more here.
We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and antiracism, for our students and for our employees, and we are striving to be better and more accountable in our efforts.
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At Denison, you will find work that is interesting and often challenging. Our 100% residential campus means that faculty and staff interact and problem-solve with students on a regular basis. In this vibrant campus community, there are opportunities for professional development, to connect and collaborate cross-departmentally, and to engage in an inclusive and creative culture. Denison is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Denison’s location in Granville brings the best of both worlds to your employment experience. Frequently appearing on lists of most beautiful small towns, Granville also has excellent local schools and a strong community vibe. We are just 35 minutes from downtown Columbus, with all the amenities of a large city, including a wide-ranging music and arts scene, terrific shopping and restaurants, and major-league hockey and soccer teams. And Licking County seat Newark is a convenient 10 minutes away with large grocery stores, local arts, and shopping at both small retailers and big-box stores.
We are a close-knit community, and with more than 850 employees, there is room to grow at Denison. I look forward to sharing more about our opportunities with you,
Janine L. Watkins
Associate Vice President for People and Culture and CHRO