Executive Director for Residential Services

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Executive Director for Residential Services

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University (Northwestern) seeks a strategic and visionary student affairs leader to serve as its next Executive Director for Residential Services. The Executive Director, reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, oversees residential services for the university and will have a tremendous impact on the future of the residential student experience at one of the premier private institutions of higher education. This is a pivotal moment for Northwestern as it is evolving its residential model to further advance its commitment to a diverse and engaged academic community.  With the commitment to providing an environment that fosters the academic and personal success for every student, the mission of Residential Services at Northwestern is to develop community engagement and promote student success. The next Executive Director will have the exciting opportunity to advance Northwestern’s campus and student life as exemplary and among the best in the nation.

Northwestern University’s tradition of innovation and culture of collaboration have solidified its place among the world’s leading private research universities. The university has a long history of commitment to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal wellness and intellectual growth of its students. With over 21,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty on three campuses, the university has been on an impressive growth trajectory for the last ten years. As the institution moves forward in its now $5 billion capital campaign, We Will, the renovation and construction of residential housing is a key strategic priority for the university. Led by Vice President Patricia Telles-Irvin and the Division of Student Affairs, the university has developed a housing master plan that will further meet student needs and improve the residential environment. The Executive Director oversees a thriving undergraduate and graduate community of over 5,000 students, and will join the institution as it continues its robust plan to transform the Northwestern student experience.

The Executive Director will provide vision, leadership and direction to continue the strategic direction of the residential services units, and will manage the administrative, budgetary, facilities, co-curricular, and programmatic aspirations of the department. The Executive Director must have a strong understanding of, and commitment to, diversity, social justice, and the creation of inclusive work and living environments. The Executive Director will sustain a high level of direct and visible involvement with staff and students, earning their trust and respect, and providing a model of engagement with students for other administrators and faculty. The next Executive Director will have significant experience in housing and residence life administration, and will bring a strong commitment and record of building teams and collaborative partnerships. A master’s degree in a related field is required, a PhD or other terminal degree is preferred. All applications and inquiries can be sent to Isaacson, Miller: www.imsearch.com/7078.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.