Executive Director Student Life Services

Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

Introduction (Description of School/College/Dept/Program

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. Designated an R1 research institution, UWM educates more than 26,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin.

Founded over 60 years ago in the belief that Milwaukee would need a great public university to become a great city, UWM has a dual research and access mission aimed at serving the diverse needs of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area by furthering opportunities at all levels for students who may be financially or educationally disadvantaged. More than one-third of its students are the first in their families to attend college, and 30 percent are students of color. In all, the university educates more than 27,000 students on its three campuses. It is the largest educator of veterans in Wisconsin, with more than 1,000 enrolled each year under the federal G.I. bill. The Princeton Review named UWM a 2018 Best Midwestern university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. The UWM is committed to the full inclusion of LGBT+ campus constituents. In 2018, Campus Pride Index named UWM as one of the Best of the Best Top 30 LGBTQ-friendly postsecondary institutions in the United States. UWM was the first university in the nation to implement an inclusive housing policy.

Join the UWM family and the Milwaukee community and grow professionally and personally in your career and life. We make learning accessible at every age, stage of life and location. At UWM, we all share the motivation to learn and to excel. We value unique perspectives and possess the talent and desire to nurture ideas that make global impact. The comforts and connections of a major metropolitan city meet the resources and expertise of a world-class research institution at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Chief Student Affairs Officer, the Executive Director of Student Life & Services is responsible for leading student-centered Divisional efforts that foster a culture of excellence and quality service orientation within all areas of responsibility, providing strategic direction and oversight for student life and services with a sharp focus on the needs of students today and in the future, and a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Executive Director of Student Life & Services provides direct leadership, management and oversight of the following Divisional departments: University Housing, Student Union, Retail Services, Children’s Learning Center, Human Resources, Finance, and Information Technology. As a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, this person is expected to lead and advocate for all campus and divisional priorities, identifying opportunities to integrate efforts cross-divisionally, helping to align divisional and departmental efforts in support of the divisional vision, values, and priorities in an integrated, cross-functional way.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree
  • Minimum of 7 years of related work experience.
  • Progressive experience in management and organizational leadership; with experience in strategic direction and oversight of student life, operations, and business service functions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience serving in a senior-level administration position. Demonstrated experience responding to student needs/interests within operational/administrative initiatives or projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in analyzing and resolving complex issues, both logical and interpersonal.
  • Evidence of strong communication (verbal & written), relationship-building, and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience working with high level executives in a collaborative setting.
  • Demonstrated experience in promoting and growing an inclusive environment for students and staff.
  • Experience at a multi-campus university.

     Application Instructions

For this position, applicants are required to apply online at http://jobs.uwm.edu/postings/29936

This is a continuous recruitment with the initial screening of candidates to begin on May 26, 2020. Applications received after May 25, 2020 may not receive consideration.

AA/EO Statement

UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.


Posted: 02/21/2020