Founded in 1855, Penn State is a major, public, Research I university serving Pennsylvania and the global community. As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s only land-grant institution, Penn State takes pride in its mission of teaching, research, and public service—and its focus on the future. Penn State is a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, one of 62 universities recognized for their especially strong research and academic programs. Penn State is home to over 100,000 students on its University Park campus and its 23 other Penn State campuses scattered throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania all engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.
The Assistant Vice President for Housing and Food Services (AVP) provides leadership for the on-campus living-learning and dining experience for students at University Park and eleven other Penn State campuses. The residence and dining program at Penn State is the largest program of its kind in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country. The program includes 94 undergraduate and graduate facilities accommodating 17,000 students and five apartment complexes. These facilities represent over six million square feet of living, dining, and programming space. The budget is approximately $275 million and the staff is comprised of 305 management and staff support employees, 625 technical service (union) employees, 200 part-time wage employees, and over 3,400 student employees. Units within the Housing and Food Services portfolio include Ancillary Services, Housing Operations, Residential Dining, and Retail Dining at University Park, Housing, Foods and Ancillary Services at the Commonwealth Campuses, Facilities Planning and Maintenance Shop, Bakery and Foods Warehouse and Distribution Services, Foods Purchasing, Access and Security Systems, and Nutrition and Executive Chef Services. Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Auxiliary and Business Services (A&BS), the AVP serves on the senior leadership team for A&BS.
The AVP is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and strategic direction; cultivating a common purpose, communication, and teamwork between and among the various units and staff; instilling a sense of community that is welcoming and inclusive; recruiting, training, developing, and leading staff. The new AVP will enhance the living-learning environment through innovative approaches to facility design and space allocation; engage employees and students in endeavors promoting a student-centered environment which is caring, civil, respectful, and appreciative of diversity; develop and oversee various budgets with attention to cost control, deferred maintenance, and income generation; create and implement a long-range facilities plan focused on new construction, renovation, and preventative maintenance; champion excellent customer service; plan for and respond to emergency and crisis situations while serving as an alternative member of the university’s emergency management group; use assessment, research, and relevant data to enhance the on-campus living and dining experience; develop collegial, effective, professional relationships with students, faculty, and staff of Penn State.
A master’s degree in student affairs, higher education, hotel and restaurant management, business or a related field; a minimum of 12 years in progressively responsible positions in housing and/or food services with at least five years of experience as a director of an operational unit; experience in maximizing fiscal and human resources, effective problem solving, and innovative program development; a record of accomplishment as a student advocate and a champion for student success; excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills encouraging collaboration and cooperation are all preferred. Preferably, the successful candidate will have experience as a director of a housing and/or food services operation; have experience working in a large, public university; have experienced working in a multi-campus system; and have involvement experience in professional organizations at the regional or national level.
Application and Nomination
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The Pennsylvania State University – Assistant Vice President for Housing and Food Services
Jennifer N. Hiatt, Search Associate
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