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Community Director

Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 22, 2024

Job Details

Position Function:

The Community Director (CD) provides leadership, management, supervision, and development for residence hall or apartment complex communities. This position creates a community that fosters student success inside and out of the classroom, and promotes personal and professional growth for residents. The CD ensures a balance of high level student development and customer service. This position also promotes an inclusive living-learning environment and partners with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty to develop and implement programs that promote the mission of the University, the Division of Student Affairs and University Housing. This is a 12 month live-in position where the CD resides in their assigned on-campus apartment throughout their employment. The length of appointment will be no more than (4) years. Annual reappointment is based on performance and funding availability.

Salary Grade : 14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.

Department Profile:

The Department of Housing and Residence Life strives to create a "home away from home" where students are individually and collectively challenged and supported in the journey to become mature, contributing citizens in a global community.

In support of the mission of Mississippi State University and the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Housing and Residence Life cultivates an on-campus environment that promotes student success, engages students through intentional interactions, and challenges them to learn and grow beyond the classroom.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

June 16, 2024

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of
belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another
2. Supervises and develops graduate and undergraduate students of a residence hall or
apartment community
3. Work to implement the goals and educational priorities of the department including
the organizational goals and the Residential Curriculum
4. Know residents and provide personal, social, academic, and professional support or
5. Familiarize residents and staff as well as enforce university and departmental
policies, procedures, and guidelines.
6. Serves as the primary in hall administrator responsible for management of room
changes, annual move-in and out processes, reporting facilities concerns, student
and family follow-up, budget management for staff development and programming,
and procedure compliance
7. Coordinate living-learning/theme housing community development initiatives and
collaborate with campus partners to implement programmatic opportunities within
your community
8. Primary advisor for the Council of Residential Experiences (CORE) (a.k.a. hall
9. Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the community including
but not limited to injuries, fire alarms, natural disasters, facility emergencies, student
personal crisis, etc. Serve in the live-in staff on-call duty rotation
10. Serve as a facility manager to conducting building checks, as well as reporting and
following up on facilities issues
11. Responsible to coordinate and/or assess the residential community
12. Maintain effective working relationships with campus partners such as Dean of
Students, University Police Department, Counseling Center, Student Support
Services and Holmes Cultural Diversity Center
13. Assist Administrative Operations staff in planning and implementation of summer
programs such as summer school, camps and conferences
14. Maintain safety and security within the community by managing policies
15. Serve on departmental and university committees
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisory positions

Supervisory Responsibility:
1. Directly supervises 1-2 graduate Residence Directors and indirectly supervises 12-22
undergraduate Resident Advisors.
2. Supervise, train, develop, and evaluate graduate Residence Directors, undergraduate
Resident Advisors, and Information Assistants who work at the front desks within
supervised area.
3. Ensure that duty policies and procedures are being followed.
4. Create development plan and curriculum for supervised area with live-in supervised
5. Management of the 24-hour Community desk.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Education, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field.

1-3 years of progressive related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Live-in experience in Housing· and Residence Life/Education. Demonstrated skills of
leadership, communication, maturity, a well-developed sense of responsibility, and an
understanding of how to promote student learning and academic success in a residential

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Ability to build, develop, train and evaluate a strong community team and participate
as a positive team member in a large organization
2. Ability to multi-task, prioritize work assignments, and achieve quality outcomes
3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
4. Possess a robust knowledge about college students development and skills to work
effectively with young adults

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

I. Community Directors may be called upon to stand, walk, bend, squat, climb stairs, and
lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.
2. Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and
predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves
occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate
3. Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with
4. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources Management Website at by completing the online application and submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least 3 professional references.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

What do I do if I need an accommodation?

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at tel: (662) 325-3713 or .

If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact the Department of Human Resources Management at (662) 325-3713 or . Upon request, sections of this job listing are available in large print, and readers are available to assist the visually impaired.


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