Lead a team of professional staff, supportive operating staff and student staff to support and facilitate the development of welcoming and engaging residential communities. Cultivate a uniquely Denison vision for the department and develop a new, vibrant model for residential living at Denison that builds on the marquee strengths of the college: leadership development, creative problem solving, civic engagement, and a commitment to diversity.
• Serve as the leader of a team-oriented Residential Communities department.
• Evaluate and assess current residential model to design a new, uniquely Denison structure, model, vision and mission for Residential Communities.
• Collaborate with campus colleagues in developing an engaging new residential curriculum rooted in Denison’s mission, principles of leadership and civic engagement, creative problem solving, and elements of individual and community well-being.
• Provide formative supervision and support to three professional and two supportive operating staff.
• Engage proactively with paraprofessional staff and residents to build vibrant, inclusive communities, employing innovative ideas and approaches.
• Evaluate and assess programs, services, and curricula to match the mission of the college, the vision of the department and learning objectives.
• 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.
• Provide guidance to staff who coordinate and design programmatic and other co-curricular initiatives grounded in civic engagement, leadership development and creative problem-solving.
• Work collaboratively across the college on major projects, task force and committees; chair committees and working groups.
• Contribute thorough understanding of the current best practices in the field of student development and an awareness of emerging issues in higher education, community building, and student learning.
• Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and parents; and communicate regularly with these partners.
• Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies.
• Participate with the professional on-call rotations for the University. Manage crisis situations; provide on-call response and report concerns. Facilitate educational meetings with students; encourage conflict resolution through mediation meetings and counsel and refer students as appropriate.
• Employ exceptional interpersonal skills and exercise a high degree of diplomacy and discretion.
• Bring strong collaborative energy, demonstrated capacity as a fair and respectful leader, and proven ability to provide effective guidance to other professional, support, and student staff.
• Oversee and evaluate Residential Communities budget and processes.
Perform other duties as assigned.