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Director of Residential Education

Lawrence University
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Director of Residential Education reports to the Dean of Students. The Director partners with Student Life departments on cross-divisional initiatives to ensure a safe, supportive and inclusive residential community for approximately 1500 undergraduate student who live and learn in campus housing. The director provides leadership, vision and strategic direction, for the department’s mission, budgets, operations; housing and operations; student conduct processes; learning goals and assessment; and the overall residential experience.
This position will work closely with the Dean of Students to ensure departmental objectives and initiatives align well with divisional and institutional goals and objectives.
  • Oversee the department’s communication strategy, including web presence, social media, departmental administrative tools, student housing portals, essential housing software and other components of the housing system that are web based.
  • Serve as the primary liaison to critical campus partners e.g. Facilities, Campus Safety, Information Technology, Business office, Admissions. Serve on institutional and division-wide committees as appropriate.
  • Develop departmental learning goals and objectives. Conduct appropriate and timely assessment to ensure goals and objectives are appropriate and on track.
  • Develop and manage departmental budget and residential occupancy plan.
  • Directly supervise one Assistant Director, one Housing Coordinator, and five Residence Hall Directors (RHDs). Have indirect supervision of student staff, including Community Advisors (CAs), and Residence Life Managers (RLMs).
  • Provide management and oversight of all housing processes, including: First Year and Transfer Housing placements; returning student Housing Lottery; Winter Break Housing; summer housing; and room change process.
  • Develop and manage Residential Life budgets and resources and act responsively with well-documented accountability for these matters.
  • Work closely with Facilities Management to ensure proper maintenance of housing facilities, including capital improvements, preventative maintenance and daily operational needs.
  • Manage the University’s Housing Allowance/Accommodation process, including meal plan exemptions and special housing requests.
  • Provide input in the planning of annual capital expenditures for improvement and maintenance and large capital investments, such as new construction of residence halls, hall renovations, and major infrastructure upgrades.
  • Work closely with Campus Safety to ensure effective, appropriate and equitable responses to emergencies and violations of campus policies, as well as state and federal law.
  • Works with the Director of Orientation and Student Engagement in providing Welcome Week and programming support for new students.
  • Develop and maintain RHD on-call rotation. Serve on the Dean on-call rotation.
  • Oversee the training process for ResEd professional and paraprofessional staff.
  • Oversee Greek-letter organizations including residential placements, event approval, member intake and endowments. Some of these responsibilities are share with the Office of Student Engagement, Activities and Leadership (SEAL).
  • Provide guidance and support for Living/Learning communities. (Sankofa, Alliance)
  • Perform other duties as may be required to support the overall mission of the University.

  • Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, or related field preferred.
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion, strong multicultural competencies, and an understanding of the experiences of underrepresented and marginalized student populations in higher education.
  • Evidence of at least four or more year’s progressive experience in Residential Life. 
  • Must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Work extensively with institutional software such as Banner, StarRez, Simplicity, EAB. Web development/maintenance experience is desirable. 
  • Strong interpersonal, networking, and collaboration skills are required.
  • Experience supervising both student and professional staff.
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