Director of Residential Living and Assistant Dean of Students

Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Position Title

Director of Residential Living and Assistant Dean of Students

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Position Summary

The Director of Residential Living and Assistant Dean of Students is responsible for a comprehensive living-learning environment for all campus housing and is also responsible for the administrative functions such as contracting, budgeting, and billing. The Director of Residential Living and Assistant Dean of Students is a student conduct administrator, member of the University Behavior Assessment Team ( UBAT ), and works collaboratively across campus to benefit Washburn students.

Essential Job Functions of Position

Direct responsibilities include unit operations management, annual budget development, administration, professional and paraprofessional staff training, supervision and management, student educational and social development, learning community development, program development, student judicial education, and crisis management.

The Director of Residential Living and Assistant Dean of Students facilitates collaboration with other university units, such as Washburn University Police, Counseling Services, Facility Services, Business Services, and other campus resources to develop, support, and implement safety and security policies procedures and provide emergency response for the residential community.

Engages in strategic planning for the unit in collaboration with the Vice President of Student Life and the Associate Vice President for Student Life ( AVPSL )/Dean of Students Affairs, promotes the Washburn University Core Values, and directs the department toward meeting the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan. Responsible for recommending improvements to the program to appropriate staff.

This position requires high levels of independent thinking, decision-making, diplomacy, policy development and implementation, problem analysis, and strategic planning.

The Director supervises and develops full-time and part-time residential and support staff, recruits, hires, trains, schedules, and evaluates the performance and effectiveness of assigned staff and students, provides feedback, and professional development opportunities. Independently oversees day-to-day operations and determines the goals and performance expectations of subordinates. Effectively manages the team to maximize employee performance and facilitate professional growth.

As the team leader and motivator, maintains a healthy, fair, and inclusive work environment by promoting diversity, exercising teamwork, and collaboration. Actively promotes a professional workplace culture of mutual respect and collegiality for all members of the institution. Works to build positive and cooperative professional relationships, encouraging staff to work toward individual and departmental goals.

Performs additional job-related duties as needed or as appropriate.

Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Serves on various University and Student Life committees to represent the unit’s interests and support University and Departmental activities.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Education, Higher Education or related field. Five years’ of experience in Residential Life, Housing, or related areas, including experience in campus judicial affairs.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

• A demonstrated intercultural competence and demonstrated knowledge of organizational development, group dynamics, strategies for change, and community principles.

• Proven ability to comprehend, explain and enforce university and departmental policies, regulations, processes, and procedures.

• Effective interpersonal, group, and cross-cultural communication and leadership skills. Experience interacting in sensitive situations with individuals from a wide range of academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds.

• Proven ability to effectively communicate clear and concise policy statements, reports, and memoranda on subjects of a sensitive nature with sound arguments. Demonstrated knowledge and skills in making sound independent judgments while maintaining a calm and professional demeanor to promote civil and professional communication.

• Proven supervisory, leadership, or personnel management skills. Knowledge of organizational development and evaluation. Skilled in leading and promoting leadership within diverse populations, particularly students. Proven leadership skills with the ability to act independently and exercise sound judgment identifying measures of system performance and the actions to improve performance with the acumen and sensitivity to identify those decisions and activities which require higher-level consultation and/or group collaboration.

• Demonstrated knowledge of principles and procedures involved in risk assessment for housing units/communities.

• Demonstrated successful project and program management and ability to implement and evaluate comprehensive projects and programs.

• Theoretical and experiential knowledge in budget development, planning, financial management, or an equivalent combination of education and strong demonstrated management experience.

• Knowledge of standard University-specific computer application programs and a commitment to regularly update technology skills as required.

Preferred: Knowledge and understanding of national practices and trends in residential life and on-campus housing which affect higher education and student development.
Familiarity with and understanding of student needs and concerns. Ability to research, evaluate, assess and find solutions for changing student needs.

Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

May require some evening and weekend hours.

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Special Instructions to Applicant

Advertised Pay

Mid 70's

Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours


Full Time

Average Hours per Week

Months per Year





EEO Statement

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE . Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master's degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Education, Higher Education or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have at least five years of experience in Residential Life, housing, or related areas including experience in campus judicial affairs? (Note: Campus judicial affairs experience is a requirement for the position.)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Yes, but I do not have campus judicial affairs experience.
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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