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Director of Residential Life

University of California Los Angeles
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 14, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Full Time
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Director of Residential Life

The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)—a nationally recognized, top public research institution located just five miles from the Pacific Coast—is seeking an experienced and dedicated professional with the skills and desire to lead a robust residential life program that fosters student growth, development, and success. The Director of Residential Life oversees and shapes the future direction of an enterprise that serves over 20,000 students, employs 80 - 90 professional and 450 student staff, and provides services that support academic and personal success. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development and Health and working closely with Housing Administration, the Director is responsible for all core residential life functions within undergraduate, graduate, and family housing as well as oversight of a unique portfolio including event management, learning centers, studio space, and a makerspace.

This is a dynamic opportunity for a highly collaborative, engaged, and hands-on student development leader to provide vision and leadership to a talented team, including 20 faculty in residence, as they support and enhance the student residential experience. The Director is responsible for long- and short-term strategic, fiscal, and organizational planning; leadership and administration of all residential life programs and services; and development of the department's goals and objectives. The Director plays a critical role in designing and implementing programs that will serve an increasingly diverse student population—as well as building an inclusive community in which students value different backgrounds and interact respectfully and positively as a part of an enriching educational experience.

About the University

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education, and athletic programs. Motivated and talented, UCLA students enjoy rigorous course selection amongst the University's undergraduate degrees in more than 125 majors and advanced degrees in 128 program areas throughout its 12 highly regarded professional schools.Since 2018-19,U.S. News & World Reportranks UCLA the #1 public university. Additionally, they've ranked UCLA Health hospitals among the best for 31 consecutive years, with current rankings of #1 in California and fourth nationally. With a picturesque campus, UCLA offers a great work environment for its diverse and vibrant community of students, faculty, and staff.To learn more about UCLA, visit

About Residential Life

UCLA Residential Life is a department within the Division of Student Development & Health within Student Affairs. Residential Life works closely with Housing Administration to provide students with comfortable, convenient, and affordable housing to enhance opportunities for academic success, personal growth, and leadership development.

Residential Life's critical functions are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year to over 15,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate/family student residents, as well as to visitors to on-campus housing. The number of students served by the department will continue to grow as planned new facilities are completed and opened. Residential Life currently operates 32 off-campus and 39 on-campus facilities, including fifteen residence halls, two theater/auditoriums, two makerspaces, and computer labs.

Position Overview

The Director, using sound educational and management principles, is responsible for: the policies, programs, initiatives, and services that ensures the quality of life, learning and personal development for students residing in all university-owned or affiliated housing units; the management of an operating budget of $20M; professional and paraprofessional staff recruitment and selection; staff orientation, supervision and evaluation, and training and development; social and academic programming; leadership and community development; counseling; student conduct and crisis management; equity, diversity and inclusion; and coordinating with other programs within the division of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

In addition to the core residential life functions, Residential Life also has a robust program and event management team, and operates learning centers, a music/video studio space and a makerspace. The Director will work closely with colleagues in Housing who oversee the facilities, front desks, access, room assignments and dining. The Director is responsible for program analysis and evaluation and represents the department with external organizations.

This position is expected to have an active presence beyond typical office hours and respond in person to crises. In order to meet this expectation, this is designed as a live-on position.


The successful candidate will be an accomplished, student-centered leader with a demonstrated ability to successfully navigate and manage complex systems. Strong supervision, management, problem-solving, crisis response, budgetary, and organizational skills are essential. This position requires in-depth knowledge of the complex issues and factors that influence a residential community—including legal, ethical, mental health, student development, education, safety and security, and equity, diversity, and inclusion, among other critical components.

This position requires a master's degree in a related area (or equivalent experience and training), a minimum of seven years of related experience, and four years of supervisory and managerial experience. Additional skills, knowledge, and abilities, as well as details on the responsibilities of the Director, are outlined in the position description available on the UCLA website posting linked below.

Application Process

UCLA has partnered with Keeling & Associates, LLC in this search process. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be addressed to Jeff Ewing, Senior Consultant for Executive Search, at Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website by visiting this URL: Applications received by January 31, 2022, will receive full consideration. The process will continue until the position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy –

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