Residential Life Assistant Director

University of Missouri
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Deans, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities & Services
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiring Department

Residential Life is a department within the Division of Student Affairs providing a world-class housing experience that engages students within an innovative and educational environment that supports best on-campus housing practices and promotes student success.

Job Description

The Assistant Director for Residential Life provides leadership to a residential neighborhood and supports the strategic vision of Residential Life at the University of Missouri which offers students the opportunity to live, learn, and thrive within a residential campus community. The foundation of our university and community is guided by our four, core values: Respect, Responsibility, Discovery, and Excellence. These common values bind us together and hold us to a higher standard. This position shares in promoting these values across our residential neighborhoods by demonstrating a commitment to student success, student involvement, and creating inclusive and safe learning environments for our students to develop a sense of belonging at Mizzou.

The position will report to the Associate Director for Residential Academic Programs.

Essential Responsibilities

Diversity and Inclusion
The Assistant Director for Residential Life is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse community where everyone is welcomed. We value all members who live and work in our residential communities regardless of ability, age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, cultural background, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, political ideology, race, religious affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, spiritual affinity, veteran status, or a multitude of other identities too numerous to list.

As staff, you will develop programs, services, and co-curricular experiences for our residential community that embraces a culture of care, enhances student success, engages student involvement, and provides an inclusive and safe learning environment for students to develop a sense of belonging at Mizzou.

As a member of Residential Life, you must be dedicated to recruiting, hiring, selecting, promoting, and retaining an inclusive and diverse team that reflects the cultural and personal diversity of the University of Missouri and greater Columbia community.


Serve on a leadership team within Residential Life providing insight into procedures, protocols, staffing, program development and other services impacting the student residential experience. Provide leadership and advisement to various key initiatives within Residential Life, including Move-In and Move-Out processes, Student Staff Selection and Training, Contracting and Assignments, Summer Housing, Camps and Conferences, Facilities Management, as well as Marketing and Communications.

Supervision and Staff Development

Supervise full-time professional staff (Residence Hall Coordinators) and student staff members (Resident Advisors) in assigned residential neighborhood, with oversight of 2000+ residents. Select, train, coach, supervise, and evaluate 4-6 Residence Hall Coordinators and 1 office support staff assistant. Promote and encourage staff professional development and involvement in relevant professional associations.

Administrative Responsibilities

As assigned, manage and direct functional areas and key departmental processes. The functional areas include Residential Education; Residential Operations; Staff Development and Leadership; as well as Student Care and Outreach. Represent the department on committees both campus wide and within Residential Life. Provide timely and clear verbal and electronic communication with all internal and external campus partners.

Crisis Response and Management

Provide on-call crisis response at the Assistant Director level for students in a residential campus community consisting of approximately 7,000 students. Develop and evaluate strategies for the management of critical incidents including student wellness, facility emergencies, and other incidents impacting student and community safety. Coordinate appropriate response to crises in collaboration with the Associate Director of Residential Academic Programs.

Commitment to Student Learning and Leadership

Work with fellow Assistant Directors for Residential Life to ensure residential education initiatives are being appropriately developed, implemented, and assessed for student success and development. Work with neighborhood Residence Hall Coordinators to engage student learning, foster community building, encourage development of student leaders, and promote diversity and inclusion.

Relationship Building

Foster a positive, supportive, and collaborative relationship with campus partners including but not limited to: Dean of Students, Care Team, Office of Student Accountability and Support, MU Police Department, Office of Institutional Equity, Student Affairs, Disability Center, Student Health and Wellbeing, and MizzouRec; as well as within Residential Life: Business Operations, Administrative Operations, Guest and Conference Services, and Facilities and Safety Planning.

Serve as a resource to support Residential Life and Mizzou recruitment activities including Mizzou Admissions events and tours, Meet Mizzou days, Summer Welcome, Welcome Week activities, and supporting the success of Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) and learning communities. Work closely with fellow Assistant Directors for Residential Life to ensure administrative excellence within residential neighborhoods and affiliated functional areas.

Additional Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with housing and campus partners to ensure the mission and vision of Residential Life is accomplished.

Serve as an active member of the department and other university committees/task forces as assigned.

Complete other duties consistent with the purpose of this position that may be assigned.


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Salary Range: $47,476 - 65,000/ year

Grade: GGS-010


Internal applicants can determine their university title by access the Talent Profile in myHR.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Supervision of various levels of staff (i.e. professional, graduate, paraprofessional).

Ability to collaborate and direct activities of multiple groups of faculty, staff and students.

Effective decision-making abilities.

Excellent organization and administrative skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's Degree in Student Affairs or related field with 3 years of experience in Housing/Residential Life.

Experience in promoting and managing student care and well-being.

Experience with conflict mediation, crisis response, and management.

Experience in program evaluation and educational research higher education assessment.

Experience in designing, conducting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting academic research and student outcomes assessment.

Understanding of issues of diversity; demonstrated leadership and effectiveness in promoting respect and appreciation for diversity and pluralism among students and staff required.

Knowledge of current and emerging trends and issues in university residential environments.

Ability to deliver effective and engaging presentations to large crowds.

Application Materials

Cover Letter and Resume

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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