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Director of Residence Life

Posted: 03/24/2024

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Job no: 503059
Department: Residence Life
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Administration, Student Services, Other
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No


Job Summary:
The Director of Residence Life is a staff member in the Division of Student Life (SL) and provides visionary leadership and administrative oversight to ORL by providing guidance, strategic direction, and support for the overall mission and goals of the residential program at Miami University. The Director operates within the strategic framework of the division of Student Life and partners closely with other SL departments. They also facilitate collaboration with campus partners, including faculty, in order to provide students with a safe and vibrant learning environment that supports the academic mission of Miami University.

The Director provides leadership and supervision of a diverse staff including 11 central and administrative staff members, nearly 40 live-in residence life professional and graduate student staff, and more than 250 student staff members. This individual has responsibility for a budget totaling over 6 million dollars and reports to the Associate Vice President/ Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life.


Duties/Physical Demands:
  • Provide effective, collaborative and progressive leadership in the development and communication of organizational vision and goals for an extensive residence life office that operates within the strategic framework of the division of Student Life. Lead strategic planning. Be responsive to changes in campus needs. Stay current with national trends and promote innovation in programs and services..
  • Evaluate and manage staffing patterns for professional, graduate and student staff. Supervise, train and evaluate full-time professional staff members including direct supervision of Associate Directors and administrative support staff.
  • Manage crises and serious incidents in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, Campus Police, and others as needed.
  • Provide vision for living learning communities, create opportunities for partnership, and communicate regularly with faculty members, academic departments, schools, and colleges to support effective living learning and other affinity communities.
  • Manage departmental budgets and promote fiscal responsibility and accountability to ensure appropriate expenditures consistent with needs, goals, and priorities of the Office.
  • Foster and direct diversity initiatives and efforts within the Office of Residence Life through demonstrating cultural competence in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin and other areas of diversity.
  • Provide leadership for Residence Life initiatives including: Resident Assistant recruitment, student leadership development, Resident Assistant training and development, second year programs, student academic support, and professional staff training and Development or other divisional initiatives.
  • Teach departmental or divisional related courses, such as UNV 101 (as needed).
  • Provide leadership and direction regarding incidents of misconduct in the halls. Support the department’s role in the adjudication process. Review incident reports and support in-hall staff in response and resolution.
  • Serve as the liaison to other University offices; Work collaboratively with the division of Housing, Dining, Recreation, and Business Services, specifically, Campus Services and the Physical Facilities Department (PFD) to provide support to students and address occupancy, facilities, and planning initiatives; Interact regularly with the Office of Community Standards (OCS), the Dean of Students Office, Miami Police Department, and Student Counseling Services.
  • Develop and coordinate evaluation and assessment strategies in an effort to encourage continuous improvement in the Office of Residence Life.
  • Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Division of Student Life and/or Miami University.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree
  • 5 years of full-time post-master’s progressive leadership experience in residence life.
  • 2 years of experience supervising master level staff.


Desired Qualifications:
  • 7 years of post-master's progressive leadership experience in residence life.
  • Professional experience utilizing room assignment software, residential experience/engagement tracking software and student conduct management software.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Strong background in directing and supporting residential functions on a college campus.
  • Willingness to work some evening and weekend hours, as needed.
  • Experience managing crisis, emergency and urgent situations; understanding of risk management and emergency management planning and response.


Diversity Statement:
Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.


EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

Labor Law Posters for Applicants:
Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

Date to Begin Screening Applicants:
April 14, 2024


Benefits Eligible:




A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

Advertised: 25 Mar 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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