Director of Residence Life & Housing

McMurry University
Abilene, Texas

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Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Director of Residence Life & Housing is responsible for overseeing the residential and community life at McMurry University and reports to the Dean of Students & Campus Life.  An integral part of the Student Affairs team, the Director plays an integral role and sets the tone for much of the student experience outside the classroom and the development of students.  With the Dean of Students & Campus Life and other Student Affairs staff, the Director provides leadership and direction in the formation of the general student body.  The Director directly supervises training and development of four Resident Director Staff, a Senior Resident Assistant, 17-20 Resident Assistants and oversees a residence life program which includes three residence halls and a university apartment complex housing (approximately 580 students).  This is a full time, 12-month, live-off position.  A meal plan is provided while the University is in session.

The Director of Residence Life & Housing sets the tone for the implementation of a residential environment that is positive and engaging and challenges students’ growth.  He or she maintains a safe, secure, healthy and positive living environment that enhances student development and learning.

McMurry is deeply committed to building a community that embraces diversity and fosters equity and inclusion on our campus. We seek applicants who recognize diversity and cultural mindfulness as integral components of university excellence. We are looking for candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and the advancement of distinctive perspectives at McMurry.

Specific Duties:

Staff Supervision, Development, Training and Evaluation

  • Provides direction, oversight and professional development for four live-in Residence Hall Directors.  Oversees supervision and training for the RAs throughout the year, leads RA and professional staff meetings as needed.


Housing Operations

  • Coordinates and facilitates the following events/initiatives along with professional staff:  Housing selection and assignments, RA staff selection, pre-campus communication with incoming students. Serves as the main point of contact for housing software partnership with eRezLife, training and onboarding new staff on software processes and communicating with campus technology services, as needed. Maintains a safe, secure, healthy, and positive living environment that enhances student development and learning. Assists in maintaining the residence hall facilities/campus apartments and works closely with University housekeeping and maintenance staff. Is responsible for crisis response and risk management.  Coordinates the “on call” rotation with other staff. Provides reports as needed to the Dean of Students & Campus Life and the Vice President for Student Affairs & Intercollegiate Athletics.  Coordinates reporting as needed with the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Students & Campus Life and the Director of Campus Security (e.g., Clery Act reporting).
  • Assists in evaluating and assessing University housing occupancy, retention, and projection trends.

Judicial Affairs


  • Works alongside the Dean of Students & Campus Life in implementing the Student Code of Conduct. Enforces University policies by administering the judicial affairs program.  Reviews incident reports, determines staff response and conducts judicial meetings as needed with students for violations of the Student Code of Conduct and/or Housing Regulations.  Refers follow-up to other residence life staff members as needed.

Program Development

  • Implements residential programming using the Wellness Model and the principles of Servant Leadership, the student leadership development model used by McMurry.  Ensure that residence life staff plan, coordinate, and implement regular educational, social, recreational, cultural, and community service programs and projects. Assist with the planning, organizing, promotion, and presentation of co-curricular activities for students that focus on cultural sensitivity and awareness. Establish, maintain and support a positive, healthy, inclusive living/learning environment in the University residence halls consistent with the goals of the Student Affairs Office and the mission of the University.


  • Provides oversight for and manages the Residence Life budget. Assist in maintaining the database related to student housing and student conduct. Participates and contributes in broader Student Life programs, events and initiatives, including new student orientation programs. Must be able to work with a diverse student population, faculty and staff. Serves on University committees, including the University Care & Concern team, and as a student organization advisor as requested. Occasional duties: Special duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in student affairs, counseling, or closely related area required. Ideal candidate will be computer literate in a Microsoft Office environment and understand assessment and research methods. Ability to work evenings and weekends is mandatory.

Preferred Qualifications: Two to four years’ experience in housing and residence life preferred. Background with Greek life and Title IX programs will be helpful. Prior supervision of paraprofessional staff at the university level and strong written & oral communication skills, group facilitation, and program presentation skills preferred. Experience with Jenzabar higher education software and eRezLife software will be helpful.

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