Residence Hall Director, Housing and Residential Services - Division of Student Affairs (4232)

Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Primary Function

The Residence Hall Director provides primary leadership and overall management of a residence hall housing approximately 500 students.

Duties and Responsibilities (generally)

The Residence Hall Director is directly supervised by a Complex Coordinator. This is a live-in position which involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff. The Residence Hall Director is responsible for fostering a responsible, inclusive community; providing intentional, development-based supervision; utilizing sound fiscal management and business practices; as well as ensuring a safe, comfortable living environment for students. The Residence Hall Director also works closely with Faculty Advisors and House Coordinators who provide leadership and support for the Living Learning Communities in the building. All residential communities support and contribute to the academic mission of the institution.

Leadership and Community Development.
1. Supervise one-two Graduate Assistant(s) and co-supervise up to 20 Community Advisors.
2. Promotes the development and implementation of the Residential Curriculum.
3. Actively participate as a member of the area team, along with additional Residence Hall Directors, Graduate Residence Hall Directors, Complex Coordinators, Chief Clerk, Community Police Officers, Faculty Coordinators, Dining Staff, and Facilities Staff.
4. Coordinate the selection, training, development, and evaluation of student staff.
5. Promote and develop an inclusive and academically supportive community.
6. Collaborate directly with Faculty Advisors and Academic House Coordinators, who provide leadership for the Living Learning Communities housed in the residence halls.
7. Create intentional efforts to interact with students and provide opportunities for student growth and development.
8. Counsel, advise, and refer residents on personal and academic matters.
9. Respond to crisis and emergency situations and communicate necessary information appropriately.
10. Advise hall council.
I I. Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with departmental, divisional, and campus partners through committees, liaison relationships, and other interactions.
12. Actively participate in residential academic offerings. Such responsibilities could include an opportunity to teach a section of University 101, coordinating tutorial or group study programs, or overseeing a peer academic advisor program.
13. Support the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department and University.
14. Actively participate in staff meetings and professional development opportunities.
15. Act as a University representative at campus events Administration.
16. Adjudicate University and Housing and Residential Services policies.
I7. Support the Complex Coordinator in the overall administrative, developmental, and facilities management of the residential area.
18. Manage hall facilities and budget.
19. Work collaboratively with the Chief Clerk to manage building occupancy.
20. Participate in on-call duty rotation including weeknights, weekends, and break periods.
21. Establish and maintain regularly scheduled office hours.
22. Collaborate with other staff within the complex and across Housing and Residential Services to ensure consistency and sharing of best practices.
23. Assist with Departmental initiatives as needed.
24. Assist with summer conference operations or other summer projects as assigned.
25. Serve as Campus Security Authority and assist with the process of reporting crimes in
order to maintain accurate and timely crime statistics and increase the overall safety of the campus.

Minimum Required Qualifications for this position

1. Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field.

2. One (1) to two (2) years’ experience with supervision, selection, training, and development of residence hall staff.

Specialty Factors (Additional Required Qualifications)

Education and Experience Preferred

1. Ability to effectively respond to crisis, manage fiscal resources, and adjudicate University policy violations.

2. Understanding of and commitment to developing inclusive communities.

3. Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

4. Desire to work as part of a team and offer innovative approaches to problem solving.

List the knowledge, skills, and abilities critical to the performance of this position.

Working Hours
M-F 8-4:30
Minimum Pay Rate (Hourly or Monthly)
$2,964 per month
Hiring Rate Information

Actual hiring rate is commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package to eligible applicants.

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Required Applicant Documents

1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2. Cover Letter
3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
4. List of three professional references

Please submit application and documents through NIU online employment system at For full consideration, applications should be submitted by May 17, 2021. Applications submitted after this date will be considered only on an as needed basis.

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EEO Statement

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

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Visa Policy

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form . For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education ( AAEOE ) at .

Clery Act Information

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Transcripts (unofficial with official required at hire)
  4. List of at least 3 References
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