Residence Hall Director for University Housing/ Residential Life Undergraduate Residence Halls - Un

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Residence Hall Director - Undergraduate Residence Halls

Residential Life, University Housing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications are now being accepted for the Residence Hall Director position within University Housing at the University of Illinois.

We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds who can help create and foster communities that strive toward our vision. This includes supporting the academic mission of the university by developing environments conducive to student learning and academic success, respecting, appreciating, and advocating for the diversity of our student population, and encouraging engaged citizenship in the residence halls and beyond the campus boundaries, and the holistic development of all of our students. The diversity of our campus student population currently includes 44,880 total students: 33,467 undergraduate and 11,413 graduate and professional students, 54% men, 46% women, 5% African-American, 9% Latinx, 15% Asian, .08% Native American, 3% Multiracial and 24% International.

Summary of the Position

The Residence Hall Director (RD) is responsible for providing leadership, management, and coordination of a residential community in the undergraduate residence halls, shaping the experiences, environment and student success of residential students through the framework of Residential Curriculum (Illinois Residential Experience). 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.

This position is a full-time, salaried non-exempt, live-in, twelve-month regular Academic Professional appointment.


Residential Education and Leadership:

  • Assume responsibility for the leadership and implementation of strategies to achieve the goals and learning outcomes of the Illinois Residential Experience (IRE). Goals and learning outcomes of IRE are in the areas of Academic Success, Social Justice Exploration, Interpersonal Competence and Engaged Citizenship.
  • Provide direct leadership to staff for community assessment, community building and the implementation and assessment of the Illinois Residential Curriculum.
  • Assume a leadership role in promoting action and advocacy for social justice and inclusivity.
  • 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 responsibility.
  • 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 resources.
  • Coordinate collaboration and work between RAs and other paraprofessional positions, such as Multicultural Advocates and Program Advisors, to implement the goals and outcomes of the Illinois Residential Curriculum.
  • 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 and formally through the educationally driven student conduct process.
  • Maintain appropriate community standards within the undergraduate residence halls.
  • Act as a University hearing officer for all hall-level violations and some campus-level student code violations utilizing an educational and developmental approach.
  • Develop intentional collaborative relationships with internal and external department and campus partners from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs

Staff Supervision, Recruitment, Training, and Development:
  • Supervise and lead paraprofessional staff of 8-13 in the implementation of the Illinois Residential Curriculum.
  • Set expectations and guide paraprofessional staff in development of interpersonal skills, administrative tasks, professionalism, and working collaboratively within a team.
  • Participate in departmental recruitment and selection processes.
  • Assist with departmental training, plan and implement paraprofessional training and develop and implement weekly staff development for paraprofessionals.
  • Participate in professional staff training and development programs.
  • Conduct informal and formal performance appraisals for paraprofessional staff.

Crisis Response & Management:
  • 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 holidays.
  • Respond to in-hall emergencies including but not limited to weather, fire, outside emergency responders enter building
  • Effectively address and respond to crisis or emergency situations which includes providing guidance to paraprofessional staff and students. Provide appropriate post-crisis referrals and follow-up with students and staff.
  • This position is considered an essential employee. In the event of severe weather or emergency situations, the university may suspend classes or close the university. This position would be expected to remain at or report to their facilities as soon as conditions reasonably permit.

  • Establish and maintain a minimum of 5 weekday drop-in office hours for residents as part of a flexible, work schedule during the academic year.
  • Maintain a traditional 40-hour work week schedule during the summer and breaks to work on assigned projects and prepare for staff training.
  • On a flex schedule, be available for evening and weekend educational initiatives, contact with students.
  • Coordinate various administrative tasks, such as the room change process, fire inspections, and maintaining student employment records.
  • Participate on a wide variety of departmental and/or university committees, project teams, and work groups.
  • Maintain accurate documentation for the judicial process.
  • Coordinate hall openings and closing procedures at various break periods.
  • Process requests for funding and administer student group and staff administrative budgets including maintaining detailed financial records.
  • Participate in weekly area professional staff meetings, monthly departmental and quarterly all housing meetings as well as regular project oriented departmental committee meetings.
  • Become familiar with Residential Life current policies and procedures outlined in the Residential Life online manual.
  • Participate in University Housing's overall Conference & Special Events operation.
  • Respond to day-to-day needs of conference groups and staff during the conference season.
  • 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.
  • Maintain an effective working relationship with supervisor, co-workers and other University Housing staff.
  • Be open and receptive to constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate quality decision making and evaluative skills, including taking responsibility for actions and decisions.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward the position, the Department of Residential Life and University Housing.
  • Fulfill expectations for assigned committees and projects.



Required: Master's degree.

Preferred: Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field. Candidates with a Master's degree in progress at the time of application may be considered. A successful candidate will have completed the Master's degree at the time of beginning employment.


Required: Part-time work experience in residential life, conference services, any campus housing environment, student affairs or related field (higher education, counseling, diversity education, social work, etc.). Must be able to effectively communicate in both oral and written English. Graduate assistantships are considered part-time work.

Preferred: Current full-time work in residential life, university housing or conferences service, supervisory skills, successful community building strategies, conflict mediation skills, interpersonal skills, Residential Curriculum, sound decision-making and evaluative skills. 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.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: N/A

Preferred: N/A

Knowledge Requirements:

Preferred: A working knowledge of student learning and student development, social justice education, and/or Residential Curriculum.

Contract and salary for this regular Academic Professional appointment begin July 2, 2018 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Starting salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

For full consideration create your candidate profile at and upload pdf versions of a cover letter of application, a resume, and the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by our for full consideration date, January 31, 2018. Interviews and hires may occur before the full consideration date; however, all applications received by the full consideration date will receive full consideration.

The search will remain open and applications will continue to be reviewed for 2018-2019 anticipated vacancies through July 2, 2018. We intend to make multiple hires for this search. Please contact a Housing Human Resources Representative at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

Please contact a Housing Human Resources Representative at [email protected] with any questions you may have. We encourage all applicants to learn more about the Department, Housing, the University of Illinois and the Urbana-Champaign community by visiting our candidate website:

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: University Housing
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Residence Hall Director for University Housing/ Residential Life Undergraduate Residence Halls - University Housing (A1700806)
Open Date: 12/22/2017
Organization Name: Hsg-Res Life Admin





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Posted: 4/29/2018
Application Due: 6/28/2018
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