Primary Function: The Director of Residence Life serves as the senior housing officer at Hanover College--planning, coordinating, and directing all aspects of the College’s residence life program. A successful candidate will be efficient, detail-oriented, and student-centered. They will direct the daily operations of the residential campus, develop, and implement strategic plans, set residence life goals, and monitor progress through benchmarking and assessment.
Direct and oversee the day-to-day management of the College’s various student residences.
Direct and oversee all fiscal and administrative structures associated with residence hall oversight.
Advise and coordinate with Physical Plant on residential maintenance and furniture needs, both large and small.
Maintain the organizational structure of residence life to effectively accomplish College goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of professional and student staff.
Organize and implement campus move-in, breaks, and move-out operations.
Coordinate summer housing assignments for a small number of summer-housed residents.
Plan and develop strategies for generating revenue via the College, tiered room rates.
Establish and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, strategic initiatives, policies, and operating procedures.
Monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects change required for improvement.
Oversee residential program development to enhance the quality of residence life and monitor educational and social programs/services for residents.
Develop and direct departmental activities in crisis management, mediation/dispute resolution, and residence hall handbook violations.
Review student appeals related to the on-campus housing requirement and mandatory meal plan.
Develop and implement marketing and communication plans for residence life.
Oversee the Panther Pets program with the assistance of a student Pet Services Coordinator.
Summer camps/conferences liaison.
Room key administration.
Building access control.
ADA and Fair Housing Act compliance related to housing accommodations.
Supervise two professional staff members who oversee upper-class and first-year housing areas, with an indirect supervision line to the professional staff who manage Greek housing on campus.
Evaluate and effectively communicate with direct reports on individual performance, including but not limited to performance assessments, goal and objective results and achievements, and personal and professional development.
Provide leadership through coaching and one-on-one meetings with staff encouraging professional development and growth.
Directly or indirectly provide and advocate for employee learning and development in support of investing in employee growth, development, and engagement.
Oversee the Operating Budget, Social Fees, Fines/Fees related to Residence Life; develops revenue enhancing opportunities through the residence life room rate structure.
Is a member of the Student Life Office and will support the long-term and short-term goals of the office.
Will have a broad scope of knowledge of the operations of Student Life and the guiding principles of the department.
Serve in the Student Life administrator-on-call rotation.
Serve on campus-wide committees, including but not limited to the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, Parkhurst Dining Partners Committee, HES Housekeeping Partners Committee, and Early Alert Team.
Promote a positive image of Hanover College and represent the College in accordance with the College’s mission, principles, and strategic plan.
Support and advocate for the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, goals, and mission.
Perform / complete other projects and tasks assigned by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students.
Education, Certifications, Training, Experience
Master’s degree required.
Experience in liberal arts college’s housing/residence life preferred.
Skills, Competencies, Abilities
Possess a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Residence Life and Student Development, with professional experience in housing/residence life. Specifically, experience is desired in the following areas:
Student Information Systems (Jenzabar experience preferred)
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Excellent people skills
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced environment
Ability to meet deadlines
Physical Requirements/Work Environment:
Regular visits to all campus residential spaces are required.
May have some night and weekend obligations throughout the academic year.
May be eligible for occasional remote work.
Regular/daily climbing of stairs and walking to/from meetings on and off campus.
Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.
Hanover College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse college environment. We seek candidates of all backgrounds regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. No person, on the basis of protected status, shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under any College program or activity, including with respect to employment terms and conditions. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply.
Hanover College is a challenging and supportive community whose members take responsibility for lifelong inquiry, transformative learning and meaningful service. Hanover College is dedicated to creating a distinctive intellectual community within which students are challenged and nurtured to take responsibility for their learning and their lives and to develop their unique abilities to their highest levels. The achievement of these purposes requires personal commitment, a willingness to accept responsibility, and discipline in exercising it. Academically, Hanover College emphasizes the importance of oral and written expression, intellectual curiosity, and sound judgment.
Hanover College primarily serves full-time residential undergraduate students and full-time graduate professional students. In all its programs, the College is rigorous, inclusive and focused on student success. We create high-impact opportunities on our exceptionally beautiful, 650-acre campus and via hybrid learning models. A committed faculty and staff and sustainable financial resources make our mission possible, preparing Hanover alumni for their life’s work, advanced study and global citizenship.
The s...tudents, faculty, staff, and trustees of Hanover College are committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus so that all feel welcome to seek academic, personal, and moral growth within a community that is safe, challenging, and responsive. We embrace diversity in recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, marital status, political viewpoint, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We recognize that our definition of diversity must be inclusive, porous in its boundaries and ever evolving, changing as our campus, our society, and our vision of the world changes. It must also create a safe space for the discussion and debate of well-reasoned, thoughtful, and constructive ideas of all kinds. We strive to practice respect, compassion, and understanding for one another, so that all may participate in the open and free exchange of ideas necessary for a meaningful education and a successful democracy.