Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing
Company: SUNY Oswego
Posted on: November 26, 2022
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Description of Department:
The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Residence Life and Housing
provides visionary leadership to enhance the operations, programs,
and services for a residence hall system comprised of 13 residence
halls, housing approximately 3500 students, and generating an
annual revenue of approximately $35 million. Residence Life and
Housing (RLH) leads the development of the strong residential
character of the SUNY Oswego campus and provides a common core
experience for much of the undergraduate community. Situated within
the Division of Student Affairs, RLH plays a critical role in
furthering the mission and vision of the Division and in achieving
institutional enrollment goals through cutting edge business
services, direct interface with the holistic needs of students and
their families, and nationally recognized residential education
practices. RLH works to advance student attainment of General
Education learning outcomes with residence hall initiatives
organized through a curricular approach to residential
The Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing reports
directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and has
responsibility for strategic and day-to-day leadership of a large,
dynamic, complex, and student-centered organization. The AVP
collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and administration in
setting the vision, marketing the program, implementing
initiatives, planning construction, striving for the safest living
environment, and conducting outcomes assessment. This critical
member of the Vice President's Cabinet and Student Affairs
Leadership Team initiates strategic planning and assessment
activities to facilitate the development of the overall operation
including student recruitment and retention, engagement of students
in educational opportunities that exist to build community and
facilitate student learning; support student success; and
contribute to the achievement of SUNY Oswego's academic mission and
The Department of Residence Life and Housing at the State
University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a
full time Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and
Posting Date: October 17, 2022
Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately,
priority will be given to applications received by 11/15/22,
although applications will continue to be accepted until the
position is filled.
Compensation: Minimum Salary- $100,000 (salary commensurate with
experience) plus full New York State benefits package.
Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an
excellent benefit package. Click here for more information or click
here for a benefits summary.
Date of Appointment: As soon as possible
Description of Responsibilities:
* Develop and oversee an organization including 25 professional
staff members, 4 support staff members, and 300 student staff
members charged with the creation and cultivation of a living and
learning community focused on high quality student services and the
creation of campus community and programs that maximize student
engagement and complements SUNY Oswego general education goals.
* Lead a comprehensive housing system designed to attract potential
students to SUNY Oswego and oversee the design of systems to assign
close to 3500 students maximizing satisfaction, occupancy, and
living-learning opportunities. Oversee long-range occupancy
projections for sound fiscal investments for a wide variety of
units dependent on residence hall revenue. Lead the development of
housing options and strategies designed to retain the maximum
number of upper-division students in a competitive housing
* Work to appropriately align Residence Life and Housing goals,
priorities, and assessment activities to both guide and inform
operations, policy development, and educational opportunities in
the halls. Ensure coordination of efforts between Residence Life
and Housing and other academic and administrative units and have
regular contact with senior University officials, faculty, parents,
and student leaders. Cultivate a culture of assessment and advocate
for data driven decisions.
* Oversee the development and annual review of the academic year
and summer student housing contracts, (aka licenses), and
department policies, procedures, and protocols that have
significant impact on multiple revenue streams and significant
implications on institutional legal liabilities. Serve as final
decision authority for contract amendments or releases.
* Collaborate with Administration and Finance to evaluate the
distribution of room revenues to other University units such as
UPD, Facilities Services, Division of Student Affairs etc. and
develop short- and long-term occupancy projections to guide budget
development, based on enrollment planning.
* Serve as the champion for the student experience in the residence
halls. This entails advocating for students on issues related to
co-curricular education, leadership opportunities, diversity and
equity concerns, satisfaction, safety, facilities, opening and
closing, room assignments, custodial and pest control, renovations,
dining services, etc.
* Collaborate with the Student Affairs Leadership Team on strategic
planning and establishing division-wide goals.
* Collaborate with the Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion
and Transformative Practice to ensure equity approaches are
integrated into all programs, training, and services. Working
closely with university leadership, diversity point people, and the
university community to shape and implement plans and strategies
aligned with institutional goals and creating a welcoming
environment for all.
* Collaborate with university departments to develop strategic
hiring and retention efforts to attract and retain a highly
talented, diverse workforce. Drive diverse talent identification
and retention strategies for staff.
* In partnership with the Office of Communications and Marketing,
develop and utilize a comprehensive communication plan to
communicate crucial housing application process information to
students and families; and to ensure students and families are
aware of the engagement and educational opportunities available in
* Provide leadership in the division on matters related to the
integrated, holistic educational experience of the student,
including New Student Orientation (NSO) and the First Year
Experience (FYE). Develop approaches to integrate faculty into
programming efforts and partner with other units on campus to
enhance student learning outside the classroom. Direct the creation
of effective partnerships with academic departments to create
living and learning communities that enhance curricular and
co-curricular learning. Direct efforts to develop and implement
residence hall educational opportunities using a curricular
* Anticipate, evaluate, and address changes in student needs, to
design and implement appropriate Residence Life and Housing
programs and services and make timely adjustments in staffing,
programs, or services, to improve the student experience in the
halls. Develop annual reports as required.
* Facilitate the resolution of situations that are unique,
controversial, or not fully resolved by subordinates by acting
decisively and diplomatically to advance and protect departmental
and University relations; direct response to high-level student
crises that occur both on and off campus, including those that are
life threatening, by assuming 24-hour "on-call" responsibilities as
required; direct staff's efforts to manage student behavior both
informally and through the student conduct system; serve on the
BIT/Care Team; and serve as a member of any emergency operations
during periods of major campus crisis.
* Support and provide divisional leadership for strategic
institutional enrollment and retention goals by being an active
participant in the implementation of Open House Days, Campus Tours
and other Admissions initiatives; as well as for first and second
year student retention strategies.
* Consult with, negotiate with, and engage in complex
problem-solving with Facilities to coordinate projects that affect
residence hall students and ensure effective operations of the
halls and to establish policies and procedures pertaining to
residence halls including decisions pertaining to hall renovation
* Develop and administer annual budget, totaling approximately
$3.12 million. Develop new initiatives related to the halls; plan,
develop, and implement strategies for generating resources and/or
revenues for the unit.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.
SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment
which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging,
civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals
outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts
and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to
engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of
students and colleagues.
* Master's degree
* At least 7 years of successful and progressively responsible
professional experience, including work with university students in
the residence life and housing arena.
* Doctorate preferred.
* Comprehensive knowledge of residence life and student personnel
administration; organizational and group dynamics, student
development issues and theory; cultural competency and diversity
issues; and customer service standards and procedures.
* Experience working with and implementing a curricular approach to
learning outside of the classroom. Ability to convert learning
theory to practice in a residential environment.
* Ability to create and sustain an organizational culture focused
on residence hall student success.
* Supervisory experience. Effective employee development, training
design and facilitation, and performance management skills.
* Ability to achieve goals; establish unit priorities; develop,
plan, and implement short and long-range unit goals; formulate
policy; organize resources.
* Ability to direct crisis management activities and facilitate
procedures for distressed students; direct and uphold policies and
regulations that pertain to residence life and to student
development; and resolve student and parent complaints and
* Advanced knowledge of Title IX, Clery Act, and ADA directives and
* Working understanding of state and federal laws and guidelines
and areas of civil liability pertinent to residential campuses.
* Ability to analyze problems and strategically develop and
communicate creative solutions to complex issues.
* Ability to interpret and design qualitative and quantitative
studies related to university student learning and residence hall
* Ability to understand University sustainability goals and
incorporate them into work tasks.
At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our
campus community and strive to create a community where that
diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of
diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects,
embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and
active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community
of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and
responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY
Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan .
As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a
separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to
diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career
experience and professional activity, and/or community service
(volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please
see Application Instructions)
If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Search Chair Sandra Montalvo, Search Chair at
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Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
SUNY Oswego requires all Management/Confidential (MC) employees to
be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Background checks will be
conducted for finalists.
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* Cover letter addressing qualifications
* A separate statement describing your commitment to diversity,
equity, and inclusion in your professional experience or personal
life or community engagement
* Resume or CV
* Copy of unofficial (or copy of official) transcript for required
degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
* Contact information for three professional references
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