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Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and is located just 20 miles North of Columbus. The University’s Division of Student Affairs invites applications for a Director of Residential Life. The Director of Residential Life is responsible for planning, executing, and assessing a residential program that contributes to a vibrant and positive experience for students. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Success within the Division of Student Engagement and Success, the Director oversees a team of individuals that includes Resident Assistants (RAs), Residential Living Coordinators (RLCs), an Assistant Director, and an Administrative Assistant.  The Director is also responsible for establishing a strategic direction for the department that focuses on the student experience and ensures that the residential program contributes to institutional goals for retention, persistence, and student development.  This position must also work closely with numerous campus colleagues and departments to provide a positive living environment for residents, including Building & Grounds, Public Safety, First Year Experience, Student Involvement, Academic Affairs, and Admissions.  The Director must provide a visionary approach to residence life, have excellent supervisory and communication skills, foster effective relationships with others, and be a constant champion for a positive residential experience for students.  The Director must also develop and maintain effective partnerships with key offices and individuals, including Academic Affairs, Alumni Relations and Advancement, Admissions, International and Off-Campus Programs Office, the Academic Resource Center, the Disability Services Center, Building and Grounds, faculty, and all Student Engagement and Success colleagues.


  • Plan, conduct, and assess programs and services aimed at addressing the needs of residential students.
  • In partnership with campus colleagues, provide leadership for campus efforts to improve the residential experience.
  • Ensure that the residential experience is dynamic, energetic, and engages students in the breadth that a liberal arts college environment offers.
  • Establish a strategic direction for the department that includes short and long term goals/objectives and that supports the larger goals for the division and institution, including those related to retention and persistence.
  • Oversee the formation and delivery of a residential curriculum that addresses the varying needs of students in different housing settings.
  • Using available resources, establish and follow a budget that supports the goals and objectives of the office.
  • Supervise professional and para-professional staff assigned to the department; oversee the selection, training, evaluation, and any necessary corrective action of such staff.
  • Provide reports to campus constituents regarding the office’s goals/objectives and the needs and experiences of residents.
  • Establish standards and procedures for ensuring that facility needs impacting residents are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Fulfill on-call responsibilities as established by the division.
  • Ensure operational and emergency policies and procedures are effective and staff are properly trained on them.
  • Ensure the institution follows all applicable laws and requirements by federal, state, and local authorities as they pertain to the residence life program.
  • Maintain a social media presence that encourages engagement in the office’s programs and services. Ensure the office’s website pages remain current and effective at communicating the office’s mission and opportunities.
  • Participate in alumni relations and fundraising opportunities in collaboration with Advancement personnel.
  • Participate in admissions efforts in collaboration with Enrollment Management personnel.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or related field; a strong combination of Bachelor’s degree with directly-relevant professional experience will be considered.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related professional experience demonstrating progressive responsibilities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively with colleagues.

Completed application packets will include:

1)   Cover Letter with salary requirements,

2)   Resume or Curriculum Vitae

3)   The names, titles, & contact information for three professional references.

Please email application materials to:  

Priority review will be given to applications received by October 1st, and will continue until position is filled.

Ohio Wesleyan University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and encourages all interested applicants, including women and minorities, to apply (EEOE).