The Position

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE POSITION

Reporting to the associate vice president for student development & dean of students (AVPDOS), the assistant vice president for student development and executive director of housing and residence life (AVPHRL) is a senior administrator in the division of student development who is responsible for the design, implementation, evaluation, and administration of a comprehensive residential program serving students living in residence halls, apartments, and university-owned houses in the student neighborhoods. The AVPHRL works collaboratively with the vice president for student development, the AVPDOS, and key campus partners and stakeholders to establish the strategic direction and vision for the department, set departmental goals and priorities, and identify and allocate financial and human resources. In concert with the university’s vision for integrated learning and living, the AVPHRL will manage and maintain a vibrant, developmental residential community for students that values, promotes, and fosters the development of leadership, civility, and faith in the Catholic and Marianist tradition.

Specific responsibilities as outlined in the university job description include:

  • Provide leadership, oversight, and supervision for two units, housing operations, and residence life, in a department comprising 22 exempt professional staff, 19 graduate staff, 362 undergraduate staff, and 11 non-exempt clerical/administrative staff. This responsibility includes determining staffing needs based on departmental goals and objectives, determining raises, promotions, and re-classifications for staff, and overseeing the development and implementation of the department’s staff evaluation process.
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff in the development and implementation of educational programs that enhance the residential and academic experience of students. This responsibility includes providing direction and oversight over the implementation of learning-living communities in the residential communities and special interest communities in the student neighborhoods. Oversee the development of the department’s curricula for out-of-the-classroom learning and its intersection and alignment with the department’s housing assignment through AVIATE. Manage co-curricular activities associated with residential students.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with campus partners and stakeholders within and outside the division of student development in order to promote the department’s goals, programs, and services. Respond to requests from senior administration for assistance as needed.
  • Oversee and direct the department’s response to crisis situations as they occur in the residential areas. Serve on the campus awareness response and evaluation team. Liaise as appropriate with parents, families, and stakeholders.
  • Oversee all assessment initiatives for the department. This responsibility includes establishing department goals, assessing performance against department goals, and making program changes or enhancements based on feedback and evaluations.
  • Direct the planning and implementation of all departmental training and development for undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clerical staff. Oversee the implementation of the division’s committee for graduate assistants.
  • Develop and administer a $6M housing and residence life budget in conjunction with the director of budgets and financial operations for the division of student development and the manager of facilities and capital budgets in the office of budgets and financial planning. Approve expenditures and budget adjustments to ensure alignment with the department and division’s strategic plan and goals.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

The position requires a master’s degree in leadership development, counseling, college student personnel, higher education, or a related field. The ideal candidate will possess at least ten years of relevant, progressive leadership and professional experience working in residence life and housing operations. Successful candidates will also exhibit demonstrated knowledge and understanding of student development theory and practice; ability to work with an increasingly diverse campus community; supervisory experience with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clerical/administrative staff; demonstrated experience with responding to and managing emergency situations as part of an on-call crisis/duty rotation; experience with adjudicating student conduct; ability to develop, coordinate, and administer departmental budgets; and the ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a university setting.

Additional preferred qualifications as outlined in the university job description include:

  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement staff development and training programs in residential life.
  • Experience with planning and assessing student learning outcomes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to analyze, synthesize, and summarize data and present information both in writing and in presentations to a variety of constituents.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines while maintaining a high level of performance.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in higher education.
  • Experience with conflict management and resolutions practices (e.g., mediation, restorative justice).
  • Familiarity with and value for Catholic higher education.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Additional capabilities and attributes identified as important by Dayton stakeholders include the following:

  • Relationship-driven and able to work with the administration and faculty, staff, students, and partners throughout the community.
  • Strong student advocacy.
  • A communication style that builds trust and collaboration with students and staff.
  • Strength in effective change management.
  • Understanding of trends in student mental health.
  • A passion for equity and social justice.
  • Ability to articulate a sophisticated understanding of current student affairs trends, best practices, and the key issues facing today’s college students.
  • Possess a high level of emotional intelligence, empathy, and concern for others, including navigating controversy with civility and respect.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

The ability to be flexible and pivot when needed to better serve students.

  • Advance forward-thinking and innovative ideas to keep the institution at the forefront of trends and best practices to serve students.
  • A visionary who can translate strategy into operational goals.
  • Possess a commitment to professional growth, support, and development for staff members.
  • Approachable, visible, and engaged in all facets of campus life.
  • Experience in housing operations and assignments.
  • A liaison to departments across campus for greater collaboration.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE

The assistant vice president for student development and executive director of housing and residence life (AVPHRL) must promote best practices while being a thought leader capable of innovative and creative solutions. They will be charged with building a cohesive team among their units and supporting all areas within student development. Additional opportunities and challenges for the AVPHRL are as follows:

Unique Housing Community and Culture. Housing is a recruitment and retention draw for undergraduate students. UD students identify their status and their engagement by where they live. It’s a unique indicator not seen by many other institutions. The new AVPHRL must understand this complexity and the history of the department.

Change Management. The AVPHRL will be courageous in advancing new ideas, thinking outside the box, and pushing the department to address challenges with creativity, systems, and futuristic thinking.

Strong Housing Operations Background. Successful candidates will have experience in evaluating and enhancing housing operations, including assignments, response time, structure, and business plans.

Enhancing Revenue Streams. Strong business acumen and problem-solving skills will be critical for the new AVPHRL. They will be charged with identifying new revenue streams in housing as some decline or leveling of residential students is forecasted.

Forward-thinking. The successful candidate must be forward-thinking in a similar college environment. Having a background in practices for faith-based institutions and a network with colleagues serving similar populations will be helpful as they look to update practices and policies.

Strong Relationships Building. Collaborating with key colleagues across the department and the campus to support and develop a long-range plan to fully serve and accommodate all residents. Candidates must be politically astute and understand the value of collaborations and partnerships to the operation’s success.

Strategic Planning. The new AVPHRL will develop an updated strategic plan for the department that aligns with university goals, including managing short- and long-term strategic planning, program development, and utilizing resources effectively.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. They must incorporate the perspectives of diverse communities in consideration of the impacts and outcomes of policies and practices.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

At an appropriate interval after joining the University of Dayton, the following will initially define success for the assistant vice president for student development and executive director of housing and residence life:

  • The current environment has been assessed, and a vision for the department’s short- and long-term goals has been developed along with a strategic budgetary plan embraced by stakeholders across the university and rooted in a respect for HRL history.
  • The AVPHRL is an essential team leader and collaborator with students, faculty, and staff working toward achieving division and institutional goals.
  • The AVPHRL has a keen understanding of and ability to articulate the department’s vision, mission, and values, student development, and the university.
  • The AVPHRL is a visible and engaged leader throughout campus, building bridges between students and programs that serve them.
  • The AVPHRL has enhanced the professional development, training, and mentoring of staff within the unit.
  • The AVPHRL has established collaborative relationships with campus stakeholders.

Institution & Location

OVERVIEW OF HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

The department of housing and residence life provides an intentional learning and living environment that is integral to the personal and social development of the University of Dayton students. Housing and residence life is committed to providing services, programs, and facilities that foster the development of leadership, community, civility, and faith in the Catholic and Marianist traditions.

This mission is fulfilled by:

  • Providing a developmental housing experience that promotes increased autonomy and community responsibility.
  • Collaborating with student development staff and campus constituents in creating educational opportunities that encourage students to engage in authentic and purposeful reflection and dialogue.
  • Providing opportunities for the professional growth and development of student leaders.
  • Supporting students’ success by delivering quality services and acting as responsible stewards of resources.
  • Creating inclusive communities where differences are acknowledged, appreciated, and affirmed.

Housing and residence life at the University of Dayton

Housing and residence life diversity and inclusion

AVIATE: Flight Plan 2022-2023

Vision for residential learning

OVERVIEW OF STUDENT DEVELOPMENT

As a Catholic, Marianist institution, the University of Dayton’s educational philosophy addresses the needs of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. The division of student development ensures that everyone has opportunities and support to thrive in each of these areas.

Campus life offers a multitude of experiences that can enhance and enrich academic studies and life. Living in a community, joining a campus organization, or taking steps to ensure health and well-being are just some of the ways that the division can help shape the undergraduate journey to reflect the needs and aspirations of all.

With services like health care, career and personal counseling, wellness opportunities, housing and residence life, leadership programs, and student life, the division of student development takes care of the details so that anyone can explore the world with confidence — and achieve intellectual, personal, and professional goals.

Vision, mission, and values

DIVISIONAL LEADERSHIP

William Fischer – Vice President for Student Development

William Fischer currently serves as vice president for student development at the University of Dayton, where he provides leadership and oversight for departments and units providing various student life programs and services. He joined the university in November 2008 as associate vice president for student development. Fischer has approximately 25 years of experience in higher education, specializing in student conduct and conflict resolution systems, crisis and risk management, and law/policy issues in student affairs, including Title IX and sexual harassment. He has held previous leadership positions in student affairs at Johnson & Wales University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, and Illinois State University. He has previously held adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Dayton, Northeastern University, and Suffolk University, teaching on the topic of law and higher education. Fischer also has extensive background and experience as an educator, trainer, and coach in conflict resolution. He received his formal training in mediation at Seton Hall University School of Law. Fischer has served as a volunteer mediator at the Dayton Mediation Center, in Dayton, Ohio, for approximately ten years. In 2018, he received the Carl R. Patrick Volunteer Award for his service at the center.  He currently serves as chair of the center’s advisory board.

Before his tenure in higher education, Fischer was engaged in the full-time practice of law for approximately ten years. He was a principal in the law firm of Matthews, White & Fischer in New Jersey. Fischer is a member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served on its board of directors in various capacities for approximately seven years. He is a past president of the association. In 2015, Fischer was recognized for his contributions to ASCA by receiving the Distinguished Service Award. His other professional association affiliations include Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education (NASPA), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU), where he served on the board of directors for six years. Fischer earned his BA degree from Villanova University and his JD degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Christine Schramm – Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Schramm currently serves as the associate vice president of student development and dean of students. She received her Bachelor of Arts in communication and a Master of Arts in college and university administration from Michigan State University.

She is responsible for multiple departments in the division of student development, including the department of housing and residence life, office of community standards and civility, multi-ethnic education and engagement center, and crisis care and case management, which involves the campus response and evaluation (CARE) team.

Throughout her tenure at the University of Dayton, Schramm has participated in initiatives that have enhanced student learning and contributed to the Marianist identity of the university. Some of her accomplishments include collaborating with campus ministry and student development to formulate and assist in the writing of the Commitment to Community document that has become foundational to the university.

In 2017, she received the Miryam Award through her support for the advancement of women on the UD campus. The highlight of her career was in February 2011 when she was awarded one of the university’s highest recognitions, the Lackner Award, for her contributions to the Catholic and Marianist character of the University of Dayton.

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW

The University of Dayton (UD), founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top-ten Catholic research university located on a beautiful 388-acre campus in Dayton, Ohio. The university seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research, and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community. With more than 11,770 undergraduate, graduate, and law students, UD is Ohio’s second-largest private institution of higher education. More than 90 percent of the university’s first-year undergraduate students and 85 percent of all undergraduates live in residence halls, apartments, and approximately 400 University-owned porch-clad houses in the student neighborhood, making UD one of the most residential campuses in the country.

Mission and Identity

Vision

Strategic Plan

Commitment to Community: Catholic and Marianist Learning and Living  

INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Eric F. Spina – President

Eric F. Spina has served as president of the University of Dayton, a top-tier national Catholic research university, since July 1, 2016.

He quickly earned a reputation on campus and beyond for his open and collaborative leadership style that led to the development of an imaginative 20-year aspirational strategic vision rooted in the University’s Marianist heritage. Under his leadership, the university is navigating through the greatest public health crisis of the times as it charts a path toward becoming known as “The University for the Common Good”.

An engaged, energetic leader, Dr. Spina has made investments in initiatives targeted toward increasing diversity and accessibility, key strategic focal areas of his presidency. During his tenure, UD’s student body has established new records for size, academic quality, and racial and socioeconomic diversity. Nearly one in five entering first-year students in fall 2022 is from historically underrepresented racial/ ethnic groups. Approximately 17 percent also are eligible for federal Pell Grants, a marker of socioeconomic diversity, and 9 percent of the incoming class are the first in their families to attend college.

THE STUDENT BODY

Undergraduate: 8,300

Graduate: 3,367

Total enrollment: 11,667

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The University of Dayton affirms that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence; aggressively pursuing these core values, which align with the mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people.

Diversity at all levels of the university — from the board of trustees to the student body — enriches the learning environment and expands institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity.

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. Dayton commits themselves to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

The University of Dayton is deeply committed to advancing the common good in partnership with the local and global community.

BENEFITS OVERVIEW

  • Healthcare programs
  • Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Retirement benefits
  • Life insurance

For more information on the benefits offered at the University of Dayton, see here.

Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position and questions about the status of the search may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

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The University of Dayton affirms that diversity, equity, and inclusion are inextricably linked with excellence. We aggressively pursue these core values, which align with our mission of building community in the world and working for justice for all people.

Diversity at all levels of the University — from the board of trustees to the student body — enriches our learning environment and expands our institutional ability, intelligence, and creativity. 

As a Catholic and Marianist institution, the University of Dayton embraces diversity as a gift of God’s creation and is committed to honoring the intrinsic value and dignity of all people, no matter their race, religion, socio-economic status, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, (dis)ability, ideology, and other expressions of human difference. We commit ourselves to eliminating discriminatory or hateful words and actions, pursuing equity, and becoming known as a fully inclusive and welcoming environment for learning, discovery, and community engagement.

We are deeply committed to advancing the common good in partnership with the local and global community. We invite you to learn more about the University of Dayton’s commitment to excellence as shaped by diversity, equity, and inclusion.