The Director of Residence Life (DRL) provides strategic vision and leadership for the Offices of Residence Life, Housing, and Student Conduct. The DRL oversees administration, programming, staff supervision, residential education, crisis management, building management, and 4-year discipleship plan programming for approximately 1,000 students in five residence halls. This position supervises five resident directors, the Assistant Director of Housing, and the Student Services Coordinator. The DRL reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Operations (VPSACO) and serves as a core member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
Design and implement a vibrant residential experience that supports the University’s mission.
Develop an environment of meaningful connections for students which promotes academic success, high student satisfaction, and student engagement, persistence, success, and degree completion.
Provide visionary, strategic, innovative, and flexible leadership for the Residence Life team in providing student development for all residential students through intentional programming, mentoring and implementation of Vanguard’s 4-year discipleship plan learning outcomes within Residence Life.
Oversee all operational elements of the Residence Life department including facility administration, educational programming, legacy programs, staff development, and recruitment of student leaders and program and personnel evaluation.
Create an inclusive environment that promotes the success and persistence of students from all diverse backgrounds.
Direct all departmental operations and formulate and recommend policies pertaining to residence life, housing, and student conduct to the VPSACO including annual revisions to Residence Life manuals and the Student Handbook to accurately describe current policy and procedures.
Evaluate, implement, and manage the housing and residence life budget including fiscal oversight.
Conduct qualitative and quantitative evaluations for Residence Life, Housing and Student Conduct programs and activities to ensure excellent service, educational effectiveness, and progress on student learning outcomes.
Oversee assessment efforts within Student Life for the 4-year discipleship plan.
Coordinate professional development and training for Residence Life staff and Resident Assistants in topics including crisis management, student care, student mentoring, program development and identifying the needs of various student groups.
Develop and implement emergency response protocol and program for the residence facilities in conjunction with the Director of Campus Public Safety.
Coordinate the daily duty and on-call schedule for Resident Directors.
Oversee the student conduct process in collaboration with designated university faculty and staff members.
The DRL or designee serves on the following university committees: Safety Committee, Risk Management Committee, Title IX Committee, Student Success and Retention Committee, and chairs the Student CARE Committee.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in higher education administration, student affairs, leadership, student development, counseling, or a related field. Five years of progressively responsible experience in a University setting. Supervisory experience required.
Demonstrated leadership experience in the areas of strategic planning and program development.
Knowledge of professional and ethical standards relating to student programming, including, and not limited to contracts and relevant legal considerations.
Proficiency in planning and assessment of programs and activities.
Experience with student conduct and leadership programming.
Knowledge of student development and student learning theories
At least two years serving in a residential life, conduct, or housing position, preferably as a Resident Director is preferred.
Demonstrated expertise in strategic planning and fiscal management.
Strong Christian faith with an ability to integrate student development theories into their work.
Knowledge of best practices in university housing and residential life programs and general knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational management.
Experience with assessing student learning outcomes.
Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills required with an ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
Ability to work closely with faculty, staff and students and collaborate on strategic and program objectives.
Ability to maintain a professional demeanor and uphold confidentiality, effectively manage emergencies, and respond diplomatically to complaints or issues.
Minimum of five years of experience in education of college-age adults, counseling, ministry, or related field. An openly committed Christian who agrees with the Christian mission of the University, including openness to its charismatic emphasis, with a strong record of cultivating Christ-centered growth and maturity.
Demonstrated competence in relational, interactive, helping, and confrontational skills; and ability to teach in both formal and informal settings.
Strong organizational skills with an ability to develop and utilize schedules, organize time, supervise staff, manage a residence facility, and provide leadership for a project from the beginning through completion.
Practical understanding of the varying developmental needs of college students in community settings and a strong commitment to developing diverse and redemptive communities.
Vanguard University is a private, Christian university of liberal arts studies equipping students for a Self-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and services. U.S. News & World Report for 2016 ranked Vanguard University #13 in Regional Colleges (West), #10 fro Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review also named Vanguard University a 2015 "Best in the West" College. Additionally, Vanguard is named in the Christian Colleges of Distinction and made the Forbes list of best universities. Vanguard University is Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).