Residence Hall Director

Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted
Sep 15, 2020
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time


Posting Details

Recruitment Number

908

Working Title

Residence Hall Director

Position Type

Staff/Administrative

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

Student Affairs Division

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The Division of Student Affairs’ role is to enhance and support students learning experience here at UWL . We work closely with faculty, staff, community members, alumni and most importantly, students to provide quality programs and services which promote learning, leadership, involvement, service and the celebration of diversity. The Division includes a number of departments: Campus Child Center, Counseling and Testing, Student Health Center, Intercollegiate Athletics, Recreational Sports, Residence Life, Student Life, University Centers, and the Vice Chancellor & Dean of Students office. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of the student.

Position Summary

Residence Hall Director
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is in pursuit of exceptional candidates for the position of Residence Hall Director. Positioned between Minneapolis and Madison, along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, lies La Crosse; a vibrant community with a historic downtown.

Our Residence Hall Director position at UW-La Crosse is an opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students. And our students, without a doubt, will have a greater impact on you. The culture of engagement at UW-La Crosse is phenomenal. The investment our students and staff have in developing strong communities and lasting relationships are what make our program special. We are student-centered, we care, and we have fun!

Residence Life is committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students and staff to feel a sense of belonging by valuing all races, ethnicities, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, abilities, and religious backgrounds, as well as other identities and experiences. Our Residence Life team works together to intentionally value the intersecting identities and unique lived experiences of our students and staff. We work collaboratively with various departments across the campus to enhance these values and to provide the best possible understanding of cultural humility and what truly inclusive communities can be. We invite applications from individuals who represent a wide variety of identities.

Residence Hall Directors are entry level Professional Staff in Residence Life and are an integral component in achieving our mission and guiding principles. We work in a collaborative yet autonomous environment. We desire to evolve and explore innovation and change to maximize our effectiveness, while finding balance in our career and personal lives. We also enjoy a strong sense of community among colleagues from across campus.

Residence Hall Director primary responsibilities include:
• Creating intentional, inclusive communities that value diverse, intersecting identities
• Providing vision and leadership in a residence hall with 225-425 students
• Supervising 9-13 student staff and a Graduate Assistant Hall Director (depending on residence hall placement)
• Adjudicating conduct and supporting student well-being through centering student’s individual stories
• Overseeing residence hall operations, including front desk services, and advising Core Team (student leadership)
• Addressing facilities needs and concerns, in collaboration with full time Housekeeper(s)

Beyond their residence hall, Residence Hall Directors contribute through special assignments, various committees and advising opportunities within Residence Life. In collaboration with their supervisor, Residence Hall Directors will work through a professional development plan. In addition, we support and encourage you to enhance your experience with our campus partners through involvement on university committees and other professional development opportunities at UW-La Crosse, in the La Crosse community, in the state, region, and nation.

This is a 12-month annual appointment beginning July 20th, 2020. Anticipated 2020-2021 annual salary is $35,568. Additional benefits include a partially furnished apartment, meal plan, comprehensive State of Wisconsin benefits package, department professional travel funds, digital cable, internet, private in-hall storage, reserved parking, laptop computer, and personal washer and dryer. Residence Life supports inclusive live-in requests for additional apartment occupants. We also offer a pet policy which includes cats or a dog. Additional information and specifics about benefits are available at www.uwlax.edu/reslife/employment-opportunities/professional-staff/ or by contacting Patrick Heise, Residence Hall Director Search Committee Chair, pheise@uwlax.edu or (608) 785-8973.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
• Prior residence life employment and/or leadership experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Graduate or full-time residence life experience
• Understanding of students, student development, and the value of student voice
• Commitment to identity development, cultural humility and social justice
• Student supervision or co-supervision of one or more people
• Interest in serving the UW-La Crosse community and student body

Physical Demands

• Desk/Computer work, carrying packages, snacks, supplies.

Working conditions and environment

• Evenings and weekend work is expected to meet the needs of the department and to maximize our effectiveness in working with students.
• Travel is necessary locally and well as occasionally to professional conferences.

Miscellaneous Information

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

Student staff supervision and development

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Share in the responsibility for recruitment, selection and training of residence hall staff.
• Directly supervise residence hall staff in assigned residence hall. Depending on residence hall placement this may include any or all of the following: Graduate Assistant Hall Director, Senior Staff, Resident Assistants, Desk Coordinator, Desk Assistants, & Administrative Assistant.
• Responsible for supervision and evaluation of residence hall staff according to their position descriptions and contract; including accountability for job performance that may lead to job action including termination.
• Develop and cultivate an understanding of the intersecting identities on your team. Promote opportunities to share and discuss the how cultural humility should be used to fulfill student staff expectations.
• Convene and facilitate weekly student staff meetings to coordinate initiatives and information exchange.
• Promote and coordinate student development and staff team development.

Percentage Of Time

30

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Community and educational development

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Establish effective relationships with students and encourage student interaction to develop interpersonal relationships.
• Implement a residence hall community development model with measurable outcomes.
• Collaboratively advise a student SEED (Students Embracing and Educating Diversity) with the Campus Climate Office and the Residence Life Coordinator for Student Engagement.
• Design a system for accountability to ensure student staff are achieving expectations of the community development model.
• Create an academically-focused residence hall environment that supports student success and learning.
• Provide and promote educational opportunities that focus on awareness and appreciation of cultural differences, self-assessment of personal bias, and building an inclusive and respectful community.
• Provide opportunities for cooperative planning between residents, core leaders, and student staff.
• Collaborate with campus entities in developing residence hall initiatives.
• Utilize assessment data to develop and revise the residence hall community development model. Initiate and implement additional internal assessment projects as needed to determine student needs.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Student conduct and well-being

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Provide direction and accountability to student staff for the enforcement and proper documentation of Residence Life policies.
• Responsible for adjudicating policy violations involving students living in assigned residence hall and maintaining current conduct records within database.
• Work to establish a positive working relationship with the Student Life Office maintaining a high level of communication and consultation involving behavior of students in assigned residence hall.
• Responsible for reporting mental health and student safety concerns to supervisor, the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation ( CARE ) Team, the Counseling Center, and other appropriate campus partners, as well as following up with students regarding care and treatment.
• Respond to incidents of hate/bias using the departmental protocol and with an ethic of care for all impacted students.
• Work in conjunction with University Police through incidents that involve student welfare and safety.
• Respond to emergencies and crisis situations providing support and resources to students including proper referrals to other university offices.
• Maintain proper health and safety standards within residence hall.
• Participate in Professional Staff on-call duty rotation within Residence Life.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Leadership development and advising

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Advise core team, an in-hall student leadership group. Meet regularly with core leaders to assist and support them in their positions.
• Implement orientation and training of core leaders ensuring students of all identities are able to find success in this leadership role.
• Assist core leaders in organizing and implementing events for students.
• Ensure a wide array of leadership development opportunities are available to residents including student interest groups (Links) and the initiatives coordinated by Residence Life.
• Disseminate knowledge of campus resources, policies and procedures to students to assist with their initiatives.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Administration/Management

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Responsible for the overall administration and management of a residence hall.
• Provide oversight of desk operations within the residence hall ensuring quality customer service as well as efficient and effective systems in the delivery of services.
• Manage internal residence hall budgets; conducting audits with the Assistant Director of Operations.
• Coordinate payroll of student employees in assigned building.
• Maintain occupancy and room change processes within assigned residence hall through StarRez.
• Attend residence life Team Meetings, Departmental Meetings and professional developments as scheduled.
• Assist with departmental initiatives which may include a special assignment, ad hoc committees, and advising student organizations/delegations.
• Advocate for processes that meet student needs; centering and addressing barriers for underrepresented students.
• Assist with Residence Life Summer Camps and Conferences Program.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Facilities management

Duties to Support Responsibility

• Responsible for overall facilities management in assigned residence hall including cleanliness, general maintenance, and building enhancements.
• Work to establish and maintain a positive relationship with the Housekeeper(s), Housekeeper Supervisor, Lead Custodians, and maintenance personnel.
• Report work order repairs through TMA and engage in planning for facility improvements with the Assistant Director of Facilities.
• Respond to urgent mechanical, electrical and plumbing issues; assessing the situation and communicating with the appropriate university personnel.
• Responsible for all keys within the residence hall and proper security of these keys.
• Conduct fire alarms tests in accordance with university and state regulations.

Percentage Of Time

10

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Duties to Support Responsibility

Percentage Of Time

Essential

No

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

In your cover letter please include what interests you about being a Hall Director at UW-La Crosse.

For your Reference Contact Information document, please include your relationship to each reference along with their name, title, email address, and phone number. A minimum of 3 professional references is required.

Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven (7) years. https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/download/2018-12-10- UPS -OP-TC-1-Recruitment_FNL.pdf

UW-La Crosse does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 608-785-8013.

Posting Date

01/15/2020

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Yes

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

02/20/2020

Position Contact Name

Patrick Heise, Search and Screen Chair

Position Contact Email

pheise@uwlax.edu
Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I prefer my identity remain confidential and have read and understand that if I am the successful candidate for this position, my name may be released.
    • I do not request that my identity remain confidential.
  2. * Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Per UPS Operational Policy: TC 1, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • HigherEdJobs.com Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral


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