Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct
Location: River Forest, Illinois
Type: Full Time
Housing & Residence Life
JOB TITLE: Executive Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct
FLSA STATUS: Salaried, exempt
DEPARTMENT: Residence Life
REPORTS TO: Assistant Vice President for Student Success
JOB STATUS: Full-time (at least 37.5 hours/week)
PRIMARY PURPOSE/ POSITION SUMMARY:
With an equity lens the executive director is tasked with creating a Dominican mission-based experience for students through co-curricular engagement within the residence halls. This position is also responsible for the development of residence staff, and collective responsiveness to Dominican’s student body development needs. This role will also serve as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator, and will assist the Title IX Coordinator in supporting the institution’s compliance with Title IX. The Executive Director will also play a central role in emergency management and student support responsiveness. The Executive Director is central in the creation and maintenance of policies and procedures which ensure the safety of all students while ensuring operational efficiency.
In collaboration with the Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, the Executive Director will participate in institution-wide strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the student residential experience. The Executive Director will play a key role in institution wide student policy development, implementation, and equity audit review. Additionally, the Executive Director, providing oversight for residence life staff, will oversee the full resident student life cycle from student application and room selection, to move in, and coordination of a streamlines operational experience for students through the entirety of an academic year. With the support of a cross departmental team, this role will support the implementation of strategy to attract new and returning students into the resident student experience ensuring a seamless transition into the residence halls.
The Executive Director will play a key role in the design and implementation of Dominican university housing strategy on the River Forest campus and the Chicago Campus.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES: To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.
JOB COMPONENTS/PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Residence Life Strategic Operations
Works collaboratively with Enrollment Management on the marketing of the residential experience to prospective students.
Implement a strategy to fill the residence halls to maximize occupancy
Support the design of three-year occupancy forecasts for the residence halls
Provide detailed reports on student residential housing capacity, fill rates, application completion, and housing deposits
Ensures with the support of the Residence Life staff, the implementation of programs for students that promote student involvement, contribute to a vibrant, active campus life and encourage student development, leadership development, organizational development, and interpersonal skills within the residence halls.
Collaborates with the Residence Life staff and Physical Plant regularly to facilitate the timely completion of maintenance requests/projects within the residence halls.
Co-designs with Physical Plant a schedule for summer and winter break maintenance
Ensures with the support of Residence Life staff, oversight for summer and break housing for students and serve as liaison in planning for summer housing rentals
Coordinates Residence Life staff to operationalize all department practices looking for efficiencies
Creates and updates the Residence Life operational manuals
Manages housing emergency response workflows including updating and publishing of workflows
Serves on the Incident Management and Assessment Team (IMAT) helping to coordinate student related crisis management, and collaboration with Campus Safety and Security as needed.
Participates in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation.
Responds to emergency situations and assist in resolving resident concerns and/or facility issues.
Serves as a liaison to Campus Safety to manage the safety and experience of residential students.
Ensures student support cases assigned to the Residence Life team are coordinated and the team is waking alongside students during the process.
Ensures the coordination and implementation of preventative health and wellness support plan for Residence Life with partnership between the university Wellness Center.
Student Conduct/Policy Management
Collaborates with other SSE staff to develop efficient and effective policy’s, programs and services that support the university mission.
Leads the equity analysis, review, creation and interpretation of student policies and procedures.?
Provides oversight for Residence Life team in serving as the campus wide lead for student conduct
Collaborates with university partners to facilitate resolutions of student issues and grievances.
Title IX Deputy Coordinator
University Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Partnership with athletics in support of Title IX compliance
Supports the review of student conduct cases for the presence of Title IX violations
Support the Title IX coordinator with implementing new regulations and a process for training students
Supports the Title IX Coordinator by managing cases as assigned.
Assesses student learning in dedicated living learning communities, impact on student retention, and overall effectiveness of Dominican’s resident student experience.
Oversees the hiring, training and retention of Residence Life staff.
Fosters and stewards an environment of collaboration and innovation within the department.
Develops and implements a staff growth plan centered in the individual needs for staff (graduate and professional staff) to respond to the diversity of student presenting needs
A background screening is required.
Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. If you need assistance and accommodations due to a disability, you may contact us at email@example.com or (708) 524-6655.
Perform other duties as requested, delegated or assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Commitment to innovation in the pursuit of equity, inclusion, and justice work
Commitment to Dominican University’s HSI mission
Excellent oral and written communication skills; team-building and cross-cultural interpersonal skills
Strong time management and organization skills
Proficiency in MS Office programs and student database systems
Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to work effectively with university students, faculty and administrators
Ability to work some nights and weekends
Ability to calmly address a crisis situation
Master’s degree required; preferably in higher education, counseling, social work or related field
Supervisory experience of professional and student staff
Specific experience assisting students with meeting academic, professional, and personal goals
Must be committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment
Bi-lingual Spanish communication skills are preferred
Five to seven years of experience in the area of residence life preferred
Desire to be present and support a student first environment
Ability to work independently and as a team member
Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of th...e U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.