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Senior Associate Dean for Residential and Community Life

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Posted Date
Apr 21, 2023

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Senior Associate Dean, Residential & Community Life
Division of Student Life
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Residential Education is committed to the development of a welcoming, safe, and inclusive living and learning community that fosters intellectual, physical, spiritual, and personal development through diverse and enriching experiential learning opportunities in the unique and exciting culture that is MIT.


The MIT Division of Student Life (DSL) seeks a dynamic and collaborative leader to serve as its next Senior Associate Dean for Residential & Community Life (SADRCL). Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor/Dean of Student Life, the Senior Associate Dean serves as a senior member of the division’s leadership team. Overseeing both Undergraduate Residential Life (URL) and Graduate Residential Life (GRL), as well as Fraternities, Sororities, Independent Living Groups (FSILGs), Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (OSCCS), and the Dean-on-Call response team (DOC), this role provides vital leadership to MIT’s various living communities.

The MIT community living model benefits from a distinctive model of shared governance that brings together faculty, students, and staff. This system has led to residences with unique histories, cultures, traditions, and personalities that are treasured by current students and alumni alike. Working in close partnership with Heads of House and house teams, the successful candidate will embrace this storied history, seeking to understand all that makes each community unique to determine how different programs, policies, and initiatives might need to be tailored to each residence and MIT student needs. The Senior Associate Dean will not only oversee the residences, FSILGS, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards but also develop meaningful relationships with key constituents across the Division of Student Life and throughout MIT to enhance the living-learning environment at MIT.

As part of the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Student Life’s leadership team, the Senior Associate Dean participates in setting the mission, strategy, and objectives for the Division of Student Life. The Senior Associate Dean will also interact with campus stakeholders such as faculty, parents, Campus Police, Human Resources, and General Counsel.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

One of the world’s preeminent research institutions, MIT is independent and co-educational, serving approximately 4,650 undergraduate students and 7,200 graduate students. MIT focuses on scientific and technological research and is divided into five schools—comprising more than 30 academic departments as well as interdepartmental programs, laboratories, and centers—and one college.

MIT’s current and former faculty are distinguished for their groundbreaking research and have received some of the highest honors bestowed upon individuals for contributions to science, engineering, the humanities, and social sciences, including the National Medal of Science, National Medal of Technology and Innovation, John Bates Clark Medal, Pulitzer Prize, A.M. Turing Award, Millennium Technology Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship, and MacArthur Fellowship. Most notably, 32 present and former members of the MIT faculty have received the Nobel Prize, including nine current faculty members (recognized individually or as part of a team). Close to 350 current MIT faculty hold membership in some of the most distinguished scientific and academic associations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine.

Ranked #1 by Forbes as America’s best large employer, MIT is located on the north shore of the Charles River Basin in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on 168 acres that extend more than a mile along the Charles River. The central group of interconnecting buildings, dedicated in 1916, was designed by architect W. Welles Bosworth (Class of 1889) to permit easy communication among schools and departments.


Keight Tucker Kennedy is leading this search with Debbie Scheibler, supported by Elizabeth Arvanitis and Alexis Scott. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent in strict confidence to:

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT values diversity and inclusion and seeks to build and maintain a community and culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives

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