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Company: Illinois Wesleyan University
Job Title: Director of Office of Residential Life
Job Category: Management
Job description:  
Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, Liberal Arts University with roughly 1,600 students. Nestled between three metropolitan areas (Chicago, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN), the Bloomington-Normal community is home to four institutions of higher education, and numerous eateries, fun activities, and civic engagement opportunities. IWU has a distinctive goal, to help its students BE Breakthrough! As an institution IWU accomplishes this goal by providing an exceptional educational experience, and through striving to build a campus environment that resembles the world that students will enter upon graduation. Through the promotion and affirmation of diversity in all its forms, IWU creates a campus environment where students throughout their education will engage people from different backgrounds and encounter a plurality of experiences that will help them be prepared to navigate and lead in a changing workforce.

The University’s Division of Student Affairs invites applications for the Director of the Office of Residential Life (ORL). ORL is a dynamic department whose broad goal is to provide an exceptional residential experience for students. ORL’s core values include diversity, warmth, learning, sustainability, and fun; these values are exhibited through the co-curricular programs and community building activities that take place within the residence halls and in the campus community. Professional staff members within ORL are expected to practice principals of social justice and inclusion in working in an office that serves students from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and who have various sexual orientations, genders, gender identities, and ability statuses. With the goal of growing the capacity of our residential program, IWU is seeking a student-centered professional committed to promoting and enhancing diversity in every aspect of the residential experience. In leading the Office of Residential Life, the Director’s broad position duties will include:

• Establishing a strategic direction for the department that focuses on the student learning and supports institutional goals for retention, persistence, diversity, and sustainability.
• Recruiting, selecting, training, supervising, 4 master’s degree and 2 support staff professionals.
• Overseeing the recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, and leadership development of over 90 residential life student staff including resident assistants and desk aides.
• Ensuring staff is properly trained on emergency policies and procedures (including on call procedures) while assuring the institution follows applicable laws and requirements by federal, state, and local authorities that pertain to the residence life program.
• Working strategically with diverse colleagues, students, and community members.

Basic Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or a related field.
• Minimum of 5 years of post-masters related professional experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities.

Other Required Qualifications:
• A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in previous and current positions.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred/Special Qualifications:
• Strong supervisory and mentoring skills
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Completed application packets will include:

1. Cover Letter
2. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
3. The names, titles, & contact information for three professional references.
4. A statement that explains how you have demonstrated your commitment to diversity in your current or previous positions.

Application Process:
Please send complete application packet to:

Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Email: hr@iwu.edu
Fax: 309-556-3411

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled. The successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy is accessible at www.iwu.edu/human-resources/SexualMisconductPolicy.html

Illinois Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence: details at www.iwu.edu/diversity

Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: Unspecified
Other Information
Degree: Masters
Experience (year): 5
Job Location: Bloomington - Illinois - USA
Zipcode: 61701
Post Date: 01/18/2018
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Contact Name: Illinois Wesleyan University
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