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Residence Hall Director

Employer
University of Wisconsin La Crosse
Location
Wisconsin, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 6, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services, Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Level
Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Details

Recruitment Number

1079

Working Title

Residence Hall Director

Position Type

Staff/Administrative

Appointment Percentage

100

Division/College

Student Affairs Division

Position Summary

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.

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 Chancellors Office. The staff of the Division is truly student-centered and concerned about the holistic development of the student.

Required Qualifications

• Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
• Prior Residence Life graduate assistantship experience or full-time Residence Life experience

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with managing administrative and operations functions of a residence hall
• Student supervision or co-supervision of one or more people
• Commitment to identity development, cultural humility and social justice
• Understanding of students, student development, and the value of student voice
• 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

Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
• 22 days of vacation for 12-month positions (that are non-instructional)
• excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
• paid holidays and sick days.
• sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL .
• after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
• benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
Learn more at: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/download/fasl20.pdf
Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

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The University of Wisconsin System and the University of Wisconsin–Madison are engaged in a redesign of job title and compensation structures. The Title and Total Compensation Project will result in relevant and market-informed titles to help us keep and grow our outstanding workforce. If you are the successful candidate, your title is subject to change in November 2021. For more information, visit: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/title-and-total-compensation-study/

Duties/Responsibilities

These are the job duties required for the position.

Responsibility Statement

RESIDENCE HALL MANGEMENT

Duties to Support Responsibility

a) Responsible for the overall administration and facilities management of assigned residence hall.
b) Maintain occupancy and facilitate room change processes through StarRez and frequent communication with the Residence Life Operations Team.
c) Manage internal residence hall budgets, adhere to spending guidelines and conduct audits for purchase reconciliation with a member of the Residence Life Operations Team.
d) Work to establish and maintain a positive relationship with Housekeeper(s) and Facilities Team. Coordinate with them to create safe, clean, and visually appealing residence halls with timely response to repairs and facility improvements as a foundational component in meeting our students’ needs.
e) Respond to urgent mechanical, heating, electrical and plumbing issues; assessing the situation and communicating with the appropriate university personnel.
f) Responsible for all keys within the assigned residence hall and proper security of these keys.
g) In concert with Senior Staff, 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.
h) Coordinate payroll verification and approval of student employees in assigned residence hall.
i) Advocate for processes that meet student needs; centering and addressing barriers for underrepresented students.
j) Attend Residence Life team meetings, departmental meetings and professional developments as scheduled.
k) Assist with departmental initiatives which may include a special assignment, ad hoc committees, and advising student organizations/delegations.
l) Assist with Residence Life summer camps and conferences, a critical component of our annual operation as a revenue source to keep student housing rates low.

Percentage Of Time

30

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

COMMUNITY AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Duties to Support Responsibility

a) Establish effective relationships with students and encourage interaction to develop interpersonal relationships.
b) Implement a residence hall community development model with measurable outcomes.
c) Design a system for accountability to ensure student staff are achieving expectations of the community development model.
d) Collaborate with the Coordinator for Student Engagement and Campus Climate staff in supporting and providing direction to the SEED RA in their work.
e) Create an academically-focused residence hall environment that supports student success and learning.
f) Provide and promote educational opportunities that focus on awareness and appreciation of cultural differences, and building an inclusive and respectful community.
g) Provide opportunities for cooperative planning between core leaders, student staff and residents.
h) Collaborate with campus entities in developing residence hall initiatives.
i) Utilize department and UWL assessment data to develop and revise the residence hall student experience. Initiate additional internal assessment and feedback pathways as needed to determine student needs.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

STUDENT STAFF SUPERVISION AND DEVELOPMENT

Duties to Support Responsibility

a) Directly supervise residence hall staff in assigned residence hall. This includes the following: Senior Staff, SEED RA (Students Embracing and Educating Diversity), Resident Assistants, and Desk Assistants.
b) Responsible for supervision and evaluation of residence hall staff according to their position descriptions and expectations agreement; including accountability for job performance that may lead to job action including termination.
c) Develop and cultivate an understanding of the intersecting identities on your team. Promote opportunities to share and discuss how cultural humility should be used to fulfill student staff expectations.
d) Convene and facilitate weekly student staff meetings to coordinate initiatives and information exchange.
e) Promote and coordinate student development and staff team development.
f) Share in the responsibility of annual department recruitment, selection and training of residence hall staff.

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND ADVISING

Duties to Support Responsibility

a) In collaboration with Senior Staff, advise Core Team (in-hall student leadership group).
• Ensure that Senior Staff is meeting regularly with core leaders to assist and support them in their positions.
• Work with Senior Staff to 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.
b) Ensure a wide array of leadership development opportunities are available to residents in assigned residence hall.
c) Disseminate knowledge of campus resources, policies, and procedures to students to assist with their initiatives.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential

Yes

Responsibility Statement

STUDENT CONDUCT AND WELL-BEING

Duties to Support Responsibility

a) Provide direction and accountability to student staff for the enforcement and documentation of Residence Life policies.
b) Responsible for adjudicating policy violations involving students living in assigned residence hall and maintaining current records within Maxient.
c) 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.
d) Responsible for reporting mental health and student safety concerns to supervisor. Follow up may include collaborating with Counseling Center staff, the Campus Assessment Response and Evaluation ( CARE ) Team, and/or other appropriate campus partners, as well as following up with students regarding care and treatment.
e) Respond to incidents of hate/bias using the departmental protocol and with an ethic of care for all impacted students.
f) Work in conjunction with University Police through incidents that involve serious student behavioral or welfare issues.
g) Respond to emergencies and crisis situations providing support and resources to students including proper referrals to other university offices.
h) Serve in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation for Residence Life, that may involve responding in person to situations to assist Student Staff and University Police.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential

Yes

Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions

Posting Date

08/06/2021

Close Date

Continuous Recruitment

Yes

Continuous Recruitment First Review Date

08/09/2021

Position Contact Name

Patrick Heise

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 identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  2. Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. 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
  6. After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/life-events/empcha/ra/). Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. 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.
    • Yes
    • No
  8. Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, 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. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  10. Are you legally eligible to work in the United States?
    • Yes
    • No


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