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Requisition ID:  15601

Senior Associate Director, Residential Life

Job Summary

As the Senior Associate Director of Residential Life, you will promote the University Residences mission, leadership, and student-centered focus of residential support for University Residences. This position reports to and acts in the absence of the Director managing a large team of professionals, comprised of smaller units led by individual managers. In this role, you will serve on the leadership team within Residential Life and contribute to determining departmental procedures and protocols, and establishing operational plans for staffing, program development, and assessment. This position’s focus is on student support and growth through relationships. This role is responsible for staffing oversight through coordinating and managing day-to-days supervision of Residential Life while serving as the leader and resource for departmental training and development of staff and onboarding. The Senior Associate Director participates in long range planning and development of the focus of Residential Life, University Residences, and ultimately the strategic plan of Purdue University. Additionally, they will regularly review area of oversight/processes and utilizes data to improve practices. This role will also provide leadership and advisement to various key initiatives within Residential Life and University Residences. 

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Five years of professional experience working in residential life, housing, student affairs, or related field within a college or university setting. 
  • Ability to supervise, manage, and develop professional staff into a cohesive team to produce results.
  • Skills in project planning, program management, and fiscal analysis.
  • Ability to offer leadership, vision, and strategic planning that will contribute to comprehensive University Residences programs.
  • Ability to establish long and short-term goals consistent with the mission of the university and the division.
  • Self-motivated, attention to detail, and adept at solving problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals from different viewpoints and backgrounds utilizing University Residences Mission, Student Life Vision, and teamwork in daily work activity. As well as the ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents.
  • Strong communication (written/oral) as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence others to accept and practice developed practices.
  • Problem solving, including problems with varying difficulty, depth, and complexity.
  • Proficient at computer software word processing, spreadsheet, electronic communication, etc.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in higher education, education, social sciences, counseling, or related field. 
  • Master’s Degree in higher education.

Additional Information:

  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position.
  • FLSA:  Exempt (Not Eligible for Overtime).
  • Retirement Eligibility:  Defined Contributions Immediately.
  • Purdue University is an EEO/AA employer.  All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. 

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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