Director of Residential Life

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 18, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Director of Residential Life oversees housing and residence life operations, serving as a leadership team member for the Division of Student Affairs. The Director of Residential Life also provides services relating to other aspects of residential life, including student conduct, Title IX compliance, on call response, and student success.



  • Function as the Carthage College chief housing officer. Oversee all housing procedures, including room assignments and changes, roommate pairing and enforcement of the residency requirement. (40%)
  • Track relevant data regarding housing occupancy and provide predictive forecasting regarding housing occupancy levels. (20%)
  • Supervise Assistant Director and Administrative staff, providing guidance, support and accountability to their role and advice relating to their professional development. (10%)
  • Function as a conduct officer for campus wide incidents, providing guidance to students and appropriate sanctioning. (5%)
  • Provide overall residence life oversight and direction, including the creation of a residential curriculum and accompanying programming models. (5%)
  • Function as a member of the Student Affairs leadership team providing overall mission and direction to the entire division. (5%)
  • Assist students both one on one and in groups to provide resources and problem solve issues related to student success, creating healthy communities, and solving conflict. (5%)
  • Function as a Title IX investigator and hearing advisor. (5%)
  • Participate in an on call duty rotation, providing support to Professional staff during critical incidents, responding to campus as necessary, and serving as a contact for families and other stakeholders (3%)
  • Maintain hiring processes and employment files for all student paraprofessional staff members. (1%)
  • Maintain the residential life fiscal budget (1%)
  • Other duties as assigned.


Participate in campus-wide and divisional committee work.

Provide student development through presentations, training, and workshops.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Directly supervises the Assistant Director of Residential Life and administrative professional staff. Carries out supervisory duties in accordance with college policies and applicable employment laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.)

  • Requires education generally equivalent to a Master's Degree in Educational Administration or another relevant discipline.
  • Requires 3-5 years of experience in residence life managerial procedures.
  • Requires the ability to provide leadership to Hall Director/Student Affairs Generalists to accomplish residential life goals.
  • Requires excellent oral and written communication skills to effectively communicate with alumni, employees, students, parents, and faculty members.
  • Requires the ability to use a personal computer and word processing and spread applications, Jenzabar CX, Adirondack THD, Maxient, and Workday.
  • Requires knowledge of and the ability to use a variety of standard office equipment such as a telephone and computer keyboard.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The phrases "occasionally," "regularly," and "frequently" correspond to the following definitions: "occasionally" means up to 1/3 of working time, "regularly" means between 1/3 and 2/3 of working time, and "frequently" means 2/3 and more of working time.)

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, talk or hear, and/or use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand and/or walk. The employee must regularly lift and/or move between 1 and 5 pounds while moving files, folders, or books. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: (The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) Work is performed in an office environment. The employee must occasionally travel on college business. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.

Institutional Information

Founded in 1847, Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation, so that our students uncover and ignite their true potential. As a four-year private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, we place a strong emphasis on both moral and intellectual values. Our prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, midway between Chicago and Milwaukee, allows students the opportunity to learn in a professional context. Our beautiful campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students. Our rich academic experience equips students with foundational knowledge and skills, preparing graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead meaningful, productive lives.

Carthage College is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse community. We welcome applications from a broad spectrum of people, including members of ethnic minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, protected veteran status or status as an individual with a disability.






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