Director of KU Student Housing

## Position Overview
The Director serves as the Chief Housing Officer for the University of Kansas, Lawrence. KU Student Housing plays an important role through positive and engaging campus partnerships in achieving the university?s recruitment, retention, and educational goals. The University of Kansas is the flagship institution for the state of Kansas, celebrated for world-class academics, research, and rich traditions. A four-star Fiske Guide institution, KU is one of just 34 public university members of the Association of American Universities (AAU).
KU takes pride in its traditions including our unique Jayhawk mascot and the famous ?Rock Chalk? chant. Founded in 1854 by Free Staters, Lawrence is an exciting community of 90,000 with a multicultural, friendly atmosphere and many advantages of a much larger city. Lawrence is known for its arts scene, specialty shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and its beautiful historic downtown just 35 miles west of Kansas City with fine dining, the best in jazz and blues, and professional sports.
The Director represents Student Housing to senior university administration while leading a highly respected auxiliary unit whose mission is building learning centered communities through individual support and respect. The Director focuses on the values of engaging communities, vibrant physical spaces, and effective administration while providing strategic vision for the Operations, Administration, and Residence Life staff. The Director oversees a $30 million operating budget which will grow with the addition of 1,200 beds in newly constructed residence halls and apartments by 2018.
KU Student Housing employs 42 full-time professional staff, 21 graduate assistants from the Higher Education Administration program in the School of Education, and more than 250 student employees at all levels. Serving 5,100 students in 40 campus buildings, KU Student Housing is home to nearly 80 percent of each first-year class.
The Director reports to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and serves on the Student Affairs Leadership Team. The successful candidate will be a creative Student Affairs professional who is passionate about the profession, and possesses the talent to incorporate best practices into the organizational culture. The next director will also be fully prepared to navigate the complex challenges and issues of rapidly changing student needs, increased expectations and accountability, and shifting financial resources. The director will have a record of involvement in professional associations and be engaged in innovative best practice for meeting the developmental needs of students.
## Job Description
25% Leadership
Provides overall leadership and direction for KU Student Housing by establishing goals and policies consistent with the priorities of the university and Student Affairs.
Establishes and communicates an aspirational vision in a manner which encourages and motivates a strong and cohesive leadership team.
Serves as the principal Student Housing spokesperson, responsible for building and maintaining a positive public image for Student Housing to the university, alumni, students, and the wider community.
Determines short- and long-range plans and objectives.
Ensures effective organizational structure and communication practices within Student Housing.
Leverages technology solutions to support services for students and to maximize efficiency.
Participates and engages the Student Housing team in professional development.
Commits to visibility and availability with staff and students at all levels.
Partners closely with colleagues in KU Dining and Facilities Services to ensure the highest quality of daily service and experience for residential students.
Establishes effective relationships with other units throughout the University, including Budget and Finance, Design and Construction Management, Enrollment Management, General Counsel, Human Resources, Information Technology, Kansas Athletics, Parking and Transit, Public Safety and Undergraduate Studies.
Serves as a member of the campus Student of Concern Review Team based in Student Affairs and the Critical Incident Planning Group as a part of KU?s Emergency Management Plan.
25% Facilities Planning and Construction
Authors and directs the implementation of the master plan for KU Student Housing.
Determines priorities for facilities improvements with Student Housing staff and campus partners.
Oversees the Service Level Agreement with Facilities Services and a third-party maintenance provider, advocating effectively for Student Housing priorities.
Maintains effective cooperative relationships with Design and Construction Management for project management.
20% Supervision
Directs the activities of and evaluates staff performance, for professional staff, support staff and student employees.
Provides oversight and direction to professional development, management and personnel related issues, and the recruitment and hiring of staff members.
Ensures appropriate orientation, training, and support for all staff to meet Student Housing goals.
Directly supervises Associate Directors for Operations, Administration, Residence Life, and an Assistant to the Director.
10% Program Development and Assessment
Promotes a healthy and inclusive educational environment for on-campus students.
Plans assessment and evaluates outcomes to ensure services and programs meet student needs, and effectively contribute to Student Housing, Student Affairs, and university goals.
Monitors and ensures safety training and regulatory compliance.
Promotes learning communities, curricular approach to residential education, and other academic initiatives which support student success and progression.
Convenes an advisory board comprised of staff, faculty, and students for decision-making related to Student Housing rates and policies.
Engages with student governance and other student voices toward the goal of inclusion and effective student involvement in policy and program decisions.
Supports active involvement and leadership opportunities for students and staff in regional and national student housing associations.
10% Budget and Fiscal Management
Oversees administration of fiscal operations, including the $30 million operating budget, reserves, Endowment funds, and student organization accounts.
Establishes fiscal guidelines to sustain a sound financial operation.
Maintains projected expenditure records for capital improvements.
Guides summer conference housing planning and rate setting.
Oversees strategic management of occupancy for effective revenue and enrollment management.
10% Other related duties
Serves as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
Provides leadership on various Student Affairs and University committees.
Assumes other responsibilities as designated by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs.
## Required Qualifications
1. Master?s degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, or closely related field.
2. Minimum of ten years of progressive leadership, management, and supervisory experience in student housing at the college or university level.
3. Exceptional written communication and organization skills as evidenced by application materials.
4. Work experience that shows creating partnerships and working collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and other members of the community.
5. Demonstrated experience in budget and fiscal management.
6. Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations.
## Preferred Qualifications
1. Terminal degree in higher education, student affairs administration, counseling, law, or closely related field.
2. Supervisory and leadership experience in college student housing in a large, public university setting.
3. Knowledge of ethical, legal, safety, and university standards/regulations regarding student housing operations.
4. Experience leading organizational change and renewal, developing and mentoring staff and cross-functional teams while advancing a culture of collaboration across the campus community.
5. Experience working with a variety of project financing plans including off-campus leases and public-private partnerships.
6. Experience in policy and procedure development and evaluation.
7. Demonstrated strong commitment to social justice, a focus on the success of all students, an open mind, and a willingness to learn.
8. Demonstrated commitment to and involvement in professional associations.
9. Demonstrated sound analytical and decision-making abilities.
10. Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
## Additional Candidate Instruction
In addition to the online application, the following documents are required to be considered for this position:
1. A cover letter addressing how required and preferred qualifications are met.
2. Resume or curriculum vitae.
3. Contact information for three professional references.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Priority review of applications begins December 2nd.
## Contact Information to Applicants
Jennifer Wamelink
wamelink@ku.edu
## Disclaimer
The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University's programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at http://www.humanresources.ku.edu/policies_procedures/category_details/index.aspx?category=8 or you may contact 785-864-4946 or employ@ku.edu for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.
Auto req ID: 7411BR
Posting Title: Director of KU Student Housing
Position Number: 00063972
Department: Housing Office Administration
No. of Positions: 1
Location/Division: Lawrence
FTE: 1.0
Reg/Temp: Regular
FLSA Status: Executive
Employee Class: U-Unclassified Professional Staff
Work Schedule: M-F; 8 hours
Advertised Salary Range: Minimum 100,013
Application Review Begins: 02-Dec-2016 9d988d63bc2c40f49dc60ee23dcce1a6

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