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Assistant Vice President for Residence Life and Housing

Company: SUNY Oswego
Location: Oswego
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:

About SUNY Oswego:

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive university located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. One of 13 comprehensive colleges in the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system, SUNY Oswego is recognized nationally for its academic quality, focus on student success outcomes, and the growing diversity of its student body. Ranked in the Top Ten among public master's-level universities in the 2021 "Top Regional Universities in the North" by U.S. News and World Report, SUNY Oswego is also recognized among Princeton Review's Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast - an honor bestowed on the college every year since 2003.

Inspired by a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher education boundaries, SUNY Oswego provides a transformative experience to about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The college offers preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education, and its success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities.

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please click here to see our full non-discrimination policy.

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing

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Job Description:

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 education.

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 strategic priorities.

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 Housing.

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 market.

* 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 the halls.

* 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 approach.

* 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 and construction.

* 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.


Required Qualifications:

* 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

* 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 concerns.

* Advanced knowledge of Title IX, Clery Act, and ADA directives and guidance.

* 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 satisfaction.

* 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)

Additional Information:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Search Chair Sandra Montalvo, Search Chair at

Official transcripts are required at time of appointment.

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.

Application Instructions:

To Apply Submit:

* 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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