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Director of Residential Education

Louisiana State University
Louisiana, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 4, 2022

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

The Director of Residential Education is the senior professional responsible for coordinating all day to day activities, programs, staffing and services within 21 residence halls, 9 residential colleges, and 4 apartment complexes that comprise almost 9000 student beds. This Director serves on the departmental leadership team devising, executing and evaluating departmental goals, policies, organization, and programs. The Director functions independently with minimal direction from the Executive Director, accepting challenging circumstances and taking initiative to solve problems where solutions are not readily apparent, interpreting established departmental, divisional and university guidelines and policies, and prioritizing tasks while meeting ever-changing student needs.



30% Leadership & Administration: Ensures alignment between Residential Life's and the Division of Student Affairs' strategic vision. Provides leadership and support to 22 professional and +370 student staff in Residential Education. Demonstrates divisional attitudes and priorities in all aspects of work. Provides internal leadership for a large multifaceted organization through operational oversight and strategic management of day-to-day operations, staff training and development, student programs, living/learning and residential college communities, emergency response procedures, Res Life student leadership organizations, faculty-in-residence program, and move-in/closing experiences.

30% Strategic Resource Management: Sets parameters and expectations of delegated decision making for staff. Is accountable for delegating tasks and assigning objectives for the unit including University CARE and academic intervention team representation. Responsible for measuring and reporting key results relating to student impact metrics and learning objectives. Stewards resources (human, financial, physical, etc.) to ensure quality, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, relevance, and alignment with institutional and divisional objectives. Directs budget planning, forecasting, and resource allocation for the unit to ensure that optimal and timely use of funds is consistent with departmental goals and campus regulations.

20% Quality Control: Is accountable for ensuring every aspect of the Residence Education program outputs including human resource decisions, administrative tasks, programs/services/events/experiences, print exudes a high degree of quality. Sets and evaluates quality expectations. Embraces and executes the marginal gains approach and seeks to improve the level of all services, events, programs, and interactions in the unit by at least 3% every academic year. Strives to ensure quality in every aspect of the position including administrative functions, human resources, search and hiring processes, and building compliance and maintenance.

10% External Relations: Serves as a primary representative/liaison of the residential education unit to internal and external stakeholders to develop future programming focused on academic success, persistence and retention. Responsible for leveraging external relations in order to advance the goals of Residential Life and the Division of Student Affairs. Provides leadership for the residential college program working with residential college faculty to ensure the integration of curricular and co-curricular elements of the colleges. Serves on committees and is assigned special projects as a member of the senior leadership team of Residential Life Department.

10% Other Duties As Assigned: Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Residential Life. This includes but is not limited to: efforts that support broad division/institution efforts including at least 40 hours per year spent helping divisional initiatives such as Move-In Day, Welcome Week, Family Weekend, Career Expo, Disability Services Finals Testing, other special projects etc. Coordinate projects and activities as requested, including proposals, reports and analyses.



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

Minimum of 8 academic years of full time experience within college student housing.

Direct experience with full-time staff supervision, training and development, residence hall activities, assessment and educational programs.


Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D - in Education, College Student Personnel, or a directly relation field of study.

Special/Physical Qualifications:

Directors have an obligation to assist students in the acquisition of necessary services.  Should a student appear in need of or seek assistance with issues of an emotional, behavioral , or mental health related matter they should be referred to the proper service within the Student Health Center. In situations where the student creates an impression that they are a danger to themselves or others, the advisor should immediately contact the Care Team, the Dean of Students or the appropriate law enforcement agency. The employee, outside of those rights contained within FERPA, should create no impression of client or patient confidentiality.

  • In accordance with University Policy Statement 18, this position is considered essential and may be required to report or stay on campus in the event of emergency or closure.
  • LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination by October 15, 2021 or within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.
Additional Position Information:

Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.

Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

  LSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich the educational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and are necessary to prepare all people to thrive personally and professionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We actively seek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSU is committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’s Diversity Statement and Roadmap. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact the Office of Human Resource Management (

COVID-19 Vaccine Protocol:

LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise they will be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

HCM Contact Information:

Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed

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