Senior Associate Director

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Business Operations / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Community Engagement, Housing and Residential Education

Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE) is the central student affairs division of the University of Denver. SAIE includes Housing and Residential Education, Student Engagement, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health and Counseling, Inclusion & Equity Education, Disability Services Program, Cultural Center, Access & Transitions, Learning Effectives Program, Veterans Services, Student Outreach and Support, Student Rights & Responsibilities, Budget, Operations and Division Resources, New Student and Family Programs, Community and Driscoll Commons.

We are committed to providing students with the support and skills needed to become empowered citizens that positively impact the communities they are a part of, now, and in the future. We do so by challenging student to:

  • Reflect on their values and identities
  • Recognize their strengths and acknowledge areas for further growth
  • Understand the importance of needing support and seeking it
  • Cultivate their passions
  • Foster the public good

The Housing and Residential Education (HRE) staff at the University of Denver provides housing and support services for 2900+ students living within University housing. Housing and Residential Education strives for a community that supports academic achievement and success, personal growth and development, a respectful and inclusive environment which promotes diversity, promotes community service, and fosters leadership development and an engaged staff and student.

Position Summary

The Senior Associate Director serves as a member of Housing and Residential Education senior leadership team and directly reports to the Executive Director. The Senior Associate Director is responsible for developing the strategic direction, implementation, and assessment of a comprehensive residential life educational program. This position performs a variety of important tasks including providing leadership and guidance for residential learning, student engagement, diversity and inclusion efforts, assessment, staff recruitment & development and student behavioral initiatives for the residential life program.

The Senior Associate Director is responsible for the direct supervision, training, and evaluation of one (1) Associate Director and the indirect supervision of two (2) Assistant Directors, six (6) Resident Directors, seven (7) Graduate Resident Directors, and over 100 student staff. In addition to the essential duties listed, the Senior Associate Director provides leadership in the development of a robust academic and social environment for residents, while creating and maintaining a high level of safety, security, and well-being for all residents.

Essential Functions

Residential Education

  • Directs, designs, manages and assesses the residential educational program and student engagement efforts for all residential populations that enhance the student experience and ensure infusion of the 4D dimensional experience throughout all aspects of HRE.
  • Directs all assessment efforts within the department, including the measurement of learning outcomes, retention, student success and satisfaction.
  • Provides direction and oversight to develop the partnership with the Living & Learning program and themed Housing.
  • Provides oversight of the departments marketing and branding efforts.
  • Serves as the liaison between Housing and Residential Education and appropriate University offices such as including but not limited to The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dean of Students Office, The 4D Experience, Health & Counseling Center, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Office of Student Engagement, Student Outreach & Support, and Living and Learning Communities.

Staff Development & Recruitment

  • Provides direction and oversight to the selection, hiring, onboarding, evaluation, and separation of HRE professional and student staff.
  • Provides leadership and oversight for staff training, professional development initiatives, performance management and recognition initiatives for all HRE professional and student staff.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  • Leads the direction, planning and implementation of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the student and staff educational programs.
  • Promotes a housing community that fosters diversity, equity, social justice and inclusive practices.

Student Behavior & Conduct

  • Leads, guides, and supervises the strategic direction, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of student behavioral initiatives for HRE, including the student conduct system, protocol development, crisis response, and behavioral intervention.
  • Serves as a member of the University's behavioral threat assessment and sexual misconduct teams.
  • Serve as a High-Level Case Resolution Officer and appellate for violations of the Guide to Residence Living and the Honor Code in accordance with Student Rights & Responsibilities (SRR).

Staff Training, Supervision, and Development

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate 1 Associate Director, and indirectly supervises 2 Assistant Directors, 6 Resident Directors, 7 Graduate Resident Directors and 102 Resident Assistants.
  • Create a supportive environment that promotes the professional and personal development of each staff member.

Duty Responsibilities

  • Participate in a 24/7 Senior Administrator on-call duty and emergency response system for the entire DU residential population.
  • The On-Duty Associate Director will respond to emergency and crisis calls, and keep the Executive Director for HRE and Student Affairs Executive Leadership Team informed of life-threatening emergencies or serious disruptions that may require campus intervention or follow-up.

Budgeting Functions

  • Provides financial oversight for the development, implementation, and management of assigned areas, while maintaining compliance with University procurement policies and procedures.
  • Track and approve all financial reconciliation and expenses by the staff in your area.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Advancing social justice through daily practices and policies as well as through programming initiatives and community building.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation for assessment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal competencies that demonstrate intelligence and integrity, and a commitment to exemplary customer service and sustainability.
  • Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws.
  • Knowledge of legal issues and risk management practices.
  • Strong leadership experience.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters Degree.
  • Demonstrated record of building teams and collaborative partnerships with colleagues and key stakeholder groups.
  • Experience designing learning outcomes based educational programs/models and assessment practices.
  • Experience designing programs and trainings for and with diverse student and employee
    populations, and a demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Availability to periodically occur on weekends and evenings as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Six to eight (6-8) years of work experience within residence life, supervisory experience, Community Programming development experiences, and has demonstrated leadership ability and ability to work effectively with staff and students.
  • Four to six (4-6) years of supervisory experience.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration please submit your application materials by 4pm (MST) on Thursday, November 25th, 2021.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 11.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $68,000 - $75,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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