Residence Hall Director - Undergraduate Residence Halls - Residential Life
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Champaign, Illinois
Residence Life and Housing
Appointment Information: This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 6/23/2023. The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $45,000 and salary is commensurate with experience.
3 openings available.
Primary Position Function / Summary
The Residence Hall Director – Undergraduate Residence Halls (RHD-URH) is responsible for providing leadership, management, and coordination of a residential community in the undergraduate residence halls. RDs shape the experiences, environment and student success of residential students through the framework of a Residential Curriculum. Additionally, the position works collaboratively with colleagues on campus to support University Housing’s mission and vision, build safe, inclusive communities, through leadership, supervision, and crisis management.
All University Housing staff will engage and contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within University Housing.
Assume responsibility for the leadership and implementation of strategies to achieve the goals and learning outcomes of a residential Goals and learning outcomes of the curriculum are currently in the areas of Academic Success, Social Justice Exploration, Personal Growth and Community Engagement.
Provide direct leadership to staff for community assessment, community building and the implementation and assessment of the Assume a leadership role in promoting action and advocacy for inclusivity, equity and belonging across all cultures.
Provide leadership, guidance and support to staff, students, and student groups in the development of communities with an increased sense of social awareness and sense of
Support the academic mission of the university as educators, guiding staff, residents, and student groups in the development of communities that support residents’ goals for making academic progress and expand their knowledge of academic and campus
Coordinate collaboration and work between RAs and other paraprofessional and student hourly positions to implement the goals and outcomes of the Provide leadership development opportunities for members of student groups through structured advising, mentoring, and community event planning.
Educate residents and staff regarding the University and Housing policies and developmentally address behaviors, informally through conflict resolution strategies, restorative practice, and formally through the educationally driven student conduct
Maintain appropriate community standards within the undergraduate residence
Act as a University hearing officer for all hall-level violations and some campus-level student code violations utilizing an educational and developmental Develop intentional collaborative relationships with internal and external department and campus partners from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
Supervise and lead paraprofessional staff of 8-15 in the implementation of the residential
Set expectations and guide paraprofessional staff in development of interpersonal skills, administrative tasks, professionalism, and working collaboratively within a Participate in departmental recruitment and selection processes.
Assist with departmental training, plan and implement paraprofessional training, and develop and implement weekly staff development for Participate in professional staff training and development programs.
Conduct informal and formal performance appraisals for paraprofessional
Supervisors will engage in and implement University Housing’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Crisis Response & Management (25%)
Assume on-call responsibilities within a multi-residence hall area on a regularly scheduled rotation during the year including all University break periods, which may include
Respond to in-hall emergencies including but not limited to weather, fire, outside emergency responders enter
Effectively address and respond to crisis or emergency situations, which includes providing guidance to paraprofessional staff and Provide appropriate post-crisis referrals and follow-up with students and staff.
Remains at or reports to their facilities as soon as conditions reasonably permit in the event of severe weather or emergency situations when the university may suspend classes or close the (This position is considered an essential employee.)
Establish and maintain a minimum of 10 weekday drop-in office hours for residents as part of a flexible, work schedule during the academic Maintain a traditional 40-hour work week schedule during the summer and breaks to work on assigned projects and prepare for staff training.
Maintain availability for evening and weekend educational initiatives and contact with students on a flexible
Coordinate various administrative tasks, such as the room change process, fire inspections, and maintaining student employment Participate on a wide variety of departmental and/or university committees, project teams, and work groups.
Maintain accurate documentation for the judicial
Coordinate hall openings and closing procedures at various break
Process requests for funding and administer student group and staff administrative budgets including maintaining detailed financial
Participate in weekly area professional staff meetings, monthly departmental and quarterly all housing meetings as well as regular project oriented departmental committee
Become familiar with Residential Life current policies and procedures outlined in the Residential Life Participate in University Housing’s overall Conference & Special Events operation.
Respond to day-to-day needs of conference groups and staff during the conference Collaborate regularly with other Housing units on various programs and operations.
Collaborate effectively with Living Learning Community staffs to plan and implement fall orientation, specialized educational initiatives and services that complement the academic theme of the Living Learning Community (applicable in halls with LLCs).
Function in a unique department-centered and area-centered environment where in-depth collaboration and teamwork are extremely important and highly valued. Demonstrate self-awareness of own social identities, privilege, and biases while actively engaged in learning about other cultures, viewpoints, and traditions in order to serve a diverse
Demonstrate a wide range of interpersonal skills to build and sustain an inclusive
Maintain an effective working relationship with supervisor, co-workers and other University Housing Remain open and receptive to constructive feedback.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication
Demonstrate quality decision making and evaluative skills, including taking responsibility for actions and Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the position, the Department of Residential Life and University Housing.
Demonstrate leadership and support of inclusive and equitable Fulfill expectations for assigned committees and projects.
Other duties as assigned.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
This position requires the staff member to live within the same residence hall in which they work. It requires travel around campus throughout the day for meetings. It requires the individual to be able to respond to duty related crisis calls within and around residence hall environments where there are lots of students and sometimes high demand situations. It requires the ability to multi-task and move around campus effectively in a busy and unpredictable environment. It requires some lifting. Work will take place in office and residence hall environments including but not limited to student common and meeting spaces and various administrative offices/spaces on campus. This position also includes night and weekend responsibilities.
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis. We have both current and anticipated vacancies. The expected start date is as soon as possible after 6/23/2023. The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $45,000 and salary is commensurate with experience.
Application Procedures & Deadline Information
For full consideration, applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on March 6, 2023. The search will remain open and applications will continue to be reviewed for 2023-2024 current and anticipated vacancies until October 2, 2023. Apply for this position on the University of Illinois jobs site: https://go.illinois.edu/RD using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through this site will not be considered. When submitting your applications, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to include phone number(s) and emails. For further information about this specific position, please contact email@example.com
For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.
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Minimum Qualifications Education - Required: Bachelor’s degree. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in progress at the time of application may be considered. A successful candidate will have completed the Bachelor’s degree at the time of beginning of employment.
Experience - Required: Experience in residential life, conference services, any campus housing environment, student affairs or related field (higher education, counseling, diversity education, social work, etc.)
Preferred Qualifications Education - Preferred: Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.
Experience - Preferred: Work in residential life or campus housing. Candidates with supervision experience, successful community building strategies, conflict mediation skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge of residential curriculum and sound decision-making and evaluative skills are strongly desired. Preference is also given to those who demonstrate openness to constructive feedback and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and students while working successfully with diverse college student populations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred: A working knowledge of student learning and student development, social justice education, and/or residential curricular models.
Diverse, dedicated, dynamic and innovative — these are just a few words to describe the staff of University Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. More than 800 skilled professionals create a safe and welcoming home for our residents and guests every day through their work across seven units: Residential Life, Facilities, Dining Services, Family and Graduate Housing, Business Services, Housing Information and Marketing, and Inclusion and Talent Development
Residential Life staffs and manages university residence halls with a focus on student success both in and out of the classroom. As educators we utilize a curricular model focused on academic success, social justice exploration, personal growth and community engagement. We develop intentional strategies to help our students explore the dynamic world around them and how they not only fit into it but can learn how to lead from within it.
Staff work with our residents to make the halls feel like home. We provide engagement and leadership opportunities, offer living-learning community experiences, host special events and conferences and ensure student safety. Whether a resident is from far away or just down... the road, our staff want the residence hall experience here to feel comfortable, safe, celebratory and welcoming for all.