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Job ID: 139198

Director of Campus Life
Stephens College

Date Posted Feb. 24, 2020
Title Director of Campus Life
University Stephens College
Columbia, MO, United States
Department Student Development
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Student Services
    Residential Life

Department: Student Development
Type: Full-time, Staff
Reports to: Vice President for Student Development

The Director of Campus Life is an essential member of the student development team. The Director is responsible for providing visionary leadership for all aspects of campus life as well as developing key strategic partnerships across the campus for the purpose of creating an environment where all students feel welcomed. The Director will cultivate relationships and collaborations with key partners across campus within Enrollment, Academic Affairs, Alumnae Services, Career and Professional Development and other constituencies to spur institution-wide support for the importance of student success.

The Director of Campus Life provides overall leadership and administration for the office including staff supervision, budget management, the development of co-curricular programs, and the residential living and learning environments designed to foster student success. This position is responsible for supervising the associate director campus life-student involvement, the associate director campus life-residential life and the graduate assistants. The Director of Campus Life is an effective leader with a strong vision for facilitating support services for a diverse student population. The director is an excellent communicator, a creative problem solver, a collaborative team player who can quickly bring together a team of professionals to address crisis situations, an empathetic listener, and a flexible administrator who works closely with the vice president to create a vibrant campus experience.


Strategic Planning & Leadership Development
1. Collaborate with the Co-Curricular committee to create and manage a comprehensive programming calendar that supports the social and educational needs of Stephens students.
2. Strategically create initiatives that reflect the changing landscape of student populations that will foster student development and retention.
3. Create and implement a vision for the growth and development of the student residential community, providing direction and oversight of housing, educational programming and services.
4. Evaluate student activities and operations; compile and analyze data related to student participation and program effectiveness.
5. Oversee all aspects of college orientations and family & friends weekend.
6. Serve on the commencement committee to help oversee the arrangements.
7. Actively participate in professional development activities and serve on Colleges committees that support the goals and objectives of the college and the office.
8. Plan, create and implement best practices regarding all campus life policies and procedures.
9. Participate in campus planning for improvements in residential facilities.

1. Responsible for hiring, supervising and conducting performance evaluations of the campus life staff, including student workers, resident assistants, community directors and graduate assistants.
2. Responsible for all residential life training initiatives.
3. Direct the development and execution of programs, services, and initiatives that foster academic achievement; relationship building; personal development; student involvement; diversity and inclusion; volunteerism, civic engagement; civility and respect; service learning, and leadership opportunities.
4. Collaborate with various stakeholders throughout the college to ensure that programs are diverse and meets the needs of all students.
5. Prepare annual program budgets to support activities sponsored through the Office of Campus Life.

Conflict Resolution and Crisis Management
1. Provide leadership in responding appropriately and effectively in the prevention and/or resolution of student crisis.
2. Respond consistently and knowledgeably to rapidly evolving issues and/or conflicts involving students, community members, and/or staff;
3. Efficiently resolve student issues or disputes as they relate to the Office of Campus Life.
4. Serve as the Conduct & Community Standards officer, adjudicating student issues through the processes outlined in the student handbook and advising the student Judicial Board.
5. Serve as a member of the Stephens Behavioral Intervention Team (SBIT).
6. On-call responsibilities as needed.


  • Knowledge: Master’s degree in student personnel administration, higher education, management or related field required, 3-5 years experience in a similar educational environment.
  • Skills: Strong student services background, academic policies, interpersonal, communication and collaboration skills are required. Superior written and verbal communication, active listening skills and excellent interpersonal skills needed to work with a broad range of students, faculty and staff.
  • Abilities: Demonstrated ability to lead, develop and execute strong student centered services with adherence to comprehensive policies. Proven ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams and diverse communities. Implement effective change and maintain results. Prioritize and multitask in a fast paced environment. Proficient at time management and organization skills and extremely attentive to detail with flawless execution. Must be available on-site for meetings or special events during occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Stephens College offers excellent benefits including vacation/holiday/sick pay, health/dental/life insurance, tuition waiver and college paid pension plan.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants must complete an on-line Stephens College application with the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three References

The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

About Stephens College:
Stephens College, one of the oldest women’s colleges in the country, is a private, four-year liberal arts institution and is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Midwest Conference (AMC). The campus is located in Columbia, Missouri, also home to the University of Missouri and Columbia College.

  • EOE A diverse community on campus is valued

    Smoke Free Campus

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Contact Information

  • Student Development
    Stephens College
    1200 East Broadway
    Columbia, MO 65215
  • 5738767172


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