The University of Michigan is one of the great public research universities of the United States. Since the nineteenth century, the University has served as a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive public institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research; provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; and demonstrates commitment to service through partnerships and collaborations that extend to the community, region, state, nation, and around the world.
The Division of Student Life is seeking a director of university housing who is visionary, strategic, innovative, flexible, and change-oriented. Reporting to the associate vice president for student life, the director of university housing is responsible for leading, directing, and planning self-funded, University-owned and operated auxiliary units, including approximately 9,000 undergraduate beds in 23 residence halls and 3,100 graduate and family apartments, including Munger Residence Hall for graduate students. The director develops academic partnerships with various colleges; engages student residents in Living Learning Programs (LLP’s); takes a leading role in the divisional diversity and inclusion efforts; and provides oversight for Housing’s restorative justice (student conduct). Additionally, the director provides oversight for the department’s sustainability efforts; partners with the divisional leadership to support both the departmental and divisional assessment efforts; provides strategic direction and oversight for the Housing Information Office; and collaborates with Conference & Event Services in the delivery of a robust summer/conference program. The director will ensure providing the residents with a student-centered community that focuses on student residents’ development, offering safe and secure living accommodations and addressing the facilities’ operational concerns and deficiencies by working closely with the director of Auxiliary Facilities and Capital Projects. The director of university housing is responsible for developing the departmental strategic plan and implementing the relevant divisional strategic plan; engaging in the development of The University Housing facilities master plan; and collaborating with Student Life (SL) Budget and Finance, Human Resources (HR), Marketing and Technology Solutions to initiate and implement best fiduciary and operational practices. The director arranges, directs, reviews, and monitors personnel activities for the University Housing department, including staffing projections, compensation, staff development, and evaluation for 80 professional staff, 185 temporary employees, and 600 student staff and provides financial management oversight, including development and implementation of an approximately $17 million operational budget.
A master’s degree in Student Personnel, higher education or a related field, and at least 10 years of full-time experience with progressively responsible supervisory and management experience in Housing and Residence Life are required. A doctoral degree and extensive knowledge of student development, collaborative learning, residence hall/apartment programming, learning communities/special interest housing, diversity and inclusion, and staff development are preferred. The successful candidate will also possess experience managing complex budgets with a demonstrated ability to prioritize both human and fiscal resources in order to meet changing needs in a fast-paced environment; demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills; the ability to work collaboratively with students, families, faculty, and staff at all levels in a complex and diverse environment; demonstrated evidence of the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners, with particular emphasis on communication and collaboration; demonstrated ability to create a strategic vision and motivate others; and a demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.
Review of applications will begin August 2, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website atwww.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.