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Director, Residence and Student Life

Student Affairs


Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, poised to celebrate 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.


Residence and Student Life work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders and partners across the University and community to enrich the student experience and support student success. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Provost, Student Affairs, the Director, Residence and Student Life is accountable for all aspects of leadership in Residence, Student Life, Orientation, Student Code, Student Development and Community Engagement.


Key Responsibilities:

       Oversee the development and implementation of both strategic and operational plans for applicable units and establish annual planning, monitoring, reporting and assessment framework

       Provide oversight of Residence Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct

       Work collaboratively and build strong working relationships with university partners in support of residence and student life mandate

       Hold responsibility for the full scope of financial and personnel management, leading a team of eight direct reports and several student staff

       Oversee the development and implementation of program plans including Residence Assistant and Community Assistant training, orientation, residence and off-campus programming and professional development


Qualifications: Master’s-level degree in a Student Affairs related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Minimum of 5-6 years of experience in a leadership role is required, preferably in a student-focused, post-secondary environment. Financial and human resource management experience are required in addition to cross-cultural competence and experience in supporting diverse populations. Demonstrated experience in program planning, assessment and evaluation is required. Project and change management experience and training is an asset. Experience in restorative justice practices is preferred.


Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.


Apply online at by October 26, 2017


Salary Range:  $75,283-101,853 per annum (ADM-08)

This is a provisional classification. Formal classification procedures will be initiated by the Compensation & Job Evaluation Unit in approximately six months.


This position is part of the Dalhousie Professional & Managerial Group (DPMG).

Applications from university employees and external candidates are given concurrent consideration.  Among short-listed candidates, university employees will be given special consideration.  We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The University encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.


Job Title Director, Residence and Student Life
Date Posted 2017-Oct-16
Expiry Date 2017-Oct-26
Ad ID:10951
Post Details
Posted By Dalhousie University
City or Province Halifax
Location Nova Scotia
Job Type Full-time
Classification Management