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Director of Residence Life

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, Wisconsin
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Director of Residence Life manages all administrative, educational, and supervisory tasks of all campus residence life functions. This position demonstrates significant interaction and responsibility with all functional areas of the housing operation including staff supervision, administrative duties, student discipline, stimulating the development of educational, social and personal growth programs, group advising, promoting the safety and welfare of all residents, and individual counseling.

This is a full time, benefits and paid leave eligible position, salary $90,000 - 95,000 commensurate with experience. 


  • Directs and evaluates residence life programs for institutional student housing communities to ensure alignment with academic initiatives, unit objectives, and strategic plans
  • Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked 
  • Serves as the primary liaison for the unit among internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit. 
  • Advises institutional leadership on housing activities
  • Develops and oversees the unit budget
  • Cultivates and maintains effective working relationships with Facilities, Public Safety and Emergency Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other Student Affairs and Campus Life, and College offices

    What You’ll Need to Succeed:
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or related field preferred
  • 3-5 years of responsible supervisory or management experience in residence/student life
  • Professional knowledge and expertise to guide and counsel
  • Strong knowledge of federal and state student related laws and regulations.
  • Experience working autonomously and the ability to exercise excellent judgement
  • Demonstrated workplace professionalism, high level of conflict resolution/mediation skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to promote and manage diverse students to create a positive and enriching environment.
  • Strong organizational and leadership capabilities, and experience with improvement of processes and systems that develop students in the areas of residence life

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, applications due by: February 20, 2024.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.


Since 1866, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has been a regional leader among 4-year colleges with challenging academics; renowned faculty; and notable alumni.

On all three campuses—UW-Platteville, UW-Platteville Richland, and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County—we are leaders in science, technology, agriculture, and engineering fields, with unique initiatives in microsystems and nanotechnology, forensic investigation, and renewable energy. While the challenges facing us now may seem daunting, we are applying this expertise to be here for you, now and in the future.

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