Director of Residential Education

University of California, Los Angeles in California

Deadline May 16, 2014
Date Posted April 16, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

UCLA is known worldwide for the breadth and quality of its academic, research, health care, cultural, continuing education, and athletic programs. The University offers undergraduate degrees in more than 127 majors and graduate degrees in 198 program areas and has 11 highly regarded professional schools, with eight ranked among the nation's top 15 in their field by U.S. News & World Report. UCLA is consistently among the most popular campuses in the nation for undergraduate applicants.


The Director of Residential Education reports to the Executive Director of Residential and Student Life, and serves as a member of the Council of Student Affairs Directors. The Director, along with four leadership peers, provides strategic leadership to the Office of Residential Life which has just embarked on an eight-year strategic plan. The Residential Education unit within the department provides programs and services that support over 17,000 diverse undergraduate and graduate students and families living in multiple on- and off-campus locations. The Residential Education staff provides a broad range of student development functions to create safe, supportive, and inclusive living-learning communities that foster students' academic success, personal growth, leadership development, and social responsibility. The Director coordinates the efforts of seven units within Residential Education: four Residential Courts, University Apartments, Student Conduct, and Leadership and Involvement. The Director is responsible for strategic planning, human resource and performance management, and programmatic oversight for efforts such as academic success, student leadership, community development, crisis intervention, critical incident response, student conduct, and establishing standards and best practice guidelines for the unit. A strong understanding of, and commitment to, diversity and creating a multicultural inclusive environment is essential. The Director interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders including faculty, students, administration, parents, a broad array of student affairs offices, and other UC campuses, and serves on numerous departmental and institutional committees. The Director oversees 45 professional staff with seven direct reports, approximately 300 student staff, and manages a budget of approximately $5.5 million.


Minimum qualifications include eight years of progressively responsible experience in college or university housing/residence life with the ability to manage organizationally in a complex institution, and five years experience supervising a diverse full-time and student staff. A master's degree in higher education administration or related field is a preferred qualification. The successful candidate will also demonstrate knowledge of strategic planning, project development, and organizational change; understanding of practical applications of student, community, and leadership development; excellent written communication skills and interpersonal skills to facilitate meetings, prepare and deliver presentations, explain complex ideas to diverse audiences, build consensus, and influence decision-making.


The new Director will possess a knowledge of, and experience with, employee hiring, training, and supervision; understanding of principles of diversity and social justice, with the ability to enhance equity and inclusive communities with students and staff of various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds; the ability to set priorities and manage resources within the context of a changing organization; excellent analytical skills with the ability to define objectives and innovatively identify alternatives and solutions; the ability to cultivate collaborative partnerships with stakeholders; a strong customer service orientation and the ability to maintain a high level of responsiveness in working with constituents and other University departments; and, experience with implementation of educational programming. For a full outline of responsibilities and qualifications, visit


Interested individuals may apply for this position using the UCLA Career Opportunities website at Requisition #20237. Review of applications begins May 16, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.


SJG - The Spelman & Johnson Group is assisting UCLA with this search. Confidential inquiries and nominations may be directed to Peter Rosenberg, Senior Associate at or by calling SJG at 413-529-2895.


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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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