Founded in 1866, Towson University is recognized among the nation's best regional public universities. Located in Towson, Maryland, eight miles north of Baltimore City, Towson University is part of the University System of Maryland and is the second largest public university in the state with more than 22,000 students. Over the past ten years, enrollment growth has led to a notable investment in facilities including over 2,000 new beds. The 2015 University Master Plan calls for an additional 2,000 beds.
The Assistant Vice President for Housing & Residence Life develops, directs and administers the total program for the operation of 18 buildings housing approximately 5,700 students. Develop and maintain residential life programs and environments (including a growing residential learning community program) that will influence positive development for each resident in the successful pursuit of their academic success. Strategically plan the University’s on-campus housing assets to meet the University’s enrollment plans and long-range facility needs. The Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Housing & Residence Life, reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and is a member of the VP’s senior leadership team.
Lead the department staff in the effective delivery of all services to meet student needs. Overall supervision of 30 professional, five graduate, 151 Resident Assistants and approximately 200 other student employees. Provide oversight on the recruitment, selection, training and the performance of all staff supervised by others in the department. Develop and administer the budget of $34 million for the operations of the residence halls, including long-range planning and budget justifications for on-going building and renewal and renovation of current facilities. Actively participate in the planning, constructing and furnishing of new housing facilities and major residence hall renovations in collaboration with the University’s Facilities Department and third-party vendors. Serves as the primary liaison working with Capstone. Over 1,000 of the beds are public private partnerships (owned, maintained and leased by Capstone) with HRL staff providing the residence life functions.
Develop and administer strategic plans for the department’s programs, facilities, technology needs that align with the institution and Division’s planning. Coordinate collaborative efforts for student development working with faculty, staff and community resources. Assure that all furnishings are maintained at a level necessary to create a living environment conducive to studying and learning. Oversee the department’s purchases. Develop and administer policies and procedures to insure the goals of Housing & Residence Life Program and the mission of the University. Insure the quality of students’ residence life experience including the development of special purpose housing and residential learning communities. Establish housing deadlines, occupancy targets and policies in collaboration with enrollment management. Oversee the issuing of housing contracts and the housing assignments process. This includes establishing priorities for space and room assignments. Provide leadership related to crises management and problem solving. Assure all department communications are effective including correspondences, publications and the website.
Programming and Advising
Solicit student perspective (University Residence Government, Building Councils, etc.) to incorporate with policies and processes. Assure the development of a comprehensive residential engagement (programming) model to offer activities that support students in their personal development, foster pluralistic community development and enhance student learning. This includes coordination with campus and Divisional entities to ensure that weekend programming is vibrant, particularly during the first six weeks of each semester. Oversee the selection, comprehensive training and development of professional, graduate and undergraduate staff. Administer programs to insure the safety, security, well-being and protection of individual and community rights for the on-campus student population. Provide students opportunities for and leadership development through University Residence Government (URG), building councils, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and student employment opportunities.
Committee and Other Assignments
Represent the Department of Housing & Residence Life on University and Divisional committees and task forces. Administer Division and University-wide projects and administrative responsibilities or other duties as assigned. Represent the Division and University at events and on projects as assigned.
Master’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of related experience. Highly developed verbal and written skills. Experience with strategic and financial planning and policy development. Broad knowledge of student development and ways to create purposeful diversity living and learning environments. Strong leadership and supervision skills including training and development of professional, para professional and student staff. Experience working collaboratively to enhance student success in an inclusive and welcoming campus community. Experience with housing assignments, enrollment and occupancy management and IT needs for a complex housing operation.
Preferred: • Doctorate Degree.
• Experience with housing assignments, enrollment and occupancy management and IT needs for a complex housing operation.
• Demonstrated knowledge of planning for and launching new living environments.
A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full university benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, please click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
Internal Number: 19000039
About Towson University
The largest comprehensive university in the Baltimore area, Towson University is nationally recognized for its excellent programs in the arts and sciences, communications, business, health professions, education, fine arts and computer information systems. Located in suburban Towson, eight miles north of Baltimore, our beautifully landscaped, 328-acre setting offers a pleasant environment for study and a diverse campus life, as well as easy access to a wealth of university and community resources. Towson University's educational experience branches out to off-campus locations throughout Maryland, including a number of online options. Our many interdisciplinary partnerships with public and private organizations throughout Maryland provide opportunities for research, internships and jobs. Towson University is a founding member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).