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Assistant Director for Residence Life

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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

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Position Title:

Assistant Director for Residence Life



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Cardinal Village Operations

Job Summary/Basic Function:

About This Role:

The Assistant Director for Residence Life is an essential member of the central staff for Housing and Residence Life (HRL) and is responsible for the daily administration ofmultiple residential areas at a large public university. The Assistant Director provides overall responsibility for the supervision and evaluation of live-in staff members (Complex Directors (CDs), Desk Assistants (DAs), and Resident Advisors RAs)). The Assistant Director is responsible for the well-being of students in their area through the implementation and accountability of departmental protocol including the student conduct program, community development, staff selection, training, academic initiatives, student crisis response, and follow-up.
What You’ll Do – Position Responsibilities
Staff Supervision:

  • Select, train, supervise, and evaluate full-time CDs.
  • Oversee a comprehensive staffing plan for designated residential area which includes selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating RAs, and DAs.
  • Coordinate weekly staff meetings with CDs at which information is communicated, ongoing training is offered, and team-building opportunities are provided.
  • Conduct weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with CDs.
  • Assistant Directors provide direction for the coordination of all student staff recruitment, hiring, administration, payroll, onboarding, and training.
  • Conduct bi-monthly one-on-one meetings with RAs and DAs.

Staff Selection & Development:
  • Chair department-wide committee(s). Scope and charge will be provided by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or designee. Committee assignments have included: Student Staff Selection; Student Staff Training; Diversity/Equity/Inclusion; Residence Education.
  • Participate in the Staff Selection, which is charged with recruiting and selecting motivated student leaders to fill Resident Assistant and Desk Assistant positions.
  • Participate in the Staff Training & Development, which is charged with finding creative and engaging ways to make residence hall staff members competent to carry out the duties.

Community Development:
  • Support and assist in the design and implementation of HRL student learning outcomes and HRL academic initiatives including supervision of academic resource centers, academic college partnerships, and summer academic programs.
  • Oversight for Living Learning Theme Communities (LLTCs) in assigned area including communication with and guidance to LLTC advisors and coordinators. Sponsor regular LLTC advisor events.
  • Monitor and provide support and guidance in the implementation of a programming model put forth by HRL.
  • In coordination with the Assistant Directors, develop, implement, and evaluate academic, social, and developmental programming support, insuring participation and coordination with academic and student services support when appropriate.
  • Direct the follow-up and referrals on all students facing crises, such as health problems, suicide attempts, poor academic progress, etc.
  • Create a culture of care by conducting ongoing risk assessments of residential students of concern, reporting issues and information to the CARE team
  • Provide direction and support to Residence Housing Association (RHA), including supervision of RHA advisor and compensated executive council, oversight for RHA programs including risk management, budget guidance and reconciliation.
  • Support the academic mission of Lamar University by developing a comprehensive academic model to foster student success.
  • Create and maintain an environment conducive to diversity, inclusivity, and respect.
  • Attend programs and events, maintaining visibility throughout the hall community.

Administration/Hall Operations:
  • Monitor and support the implementation of the student conduct program by their staff including review of cases, review of police reports, and follow up on students of concern reports, ensuring accuracy, consistency, and alignment with Office of Student Conduct
  • Ensure proper administrative management in their area via training and implementation of room change protocol, accurate use of occupancy management software, and other tracking systems (in coordination with Assistant Director).
  • Serve as a judicial hearing officer as needed.
  • Facilitate the move-in, move-out, and room change processes.
  • Process paperwork in a timely manner in accordance with all policies and procedures.
  • Oversee compliance standards as charged by the Director of Housing & Residence Life.
  • Issue violation notices and fine letters for housing and handbook violations.
  • Oversee office/desk schedules to ensure appropriate coverage.

Facilities Management/Summer Responsibilities:
  • Ensure residential operations and facilities task accountability in their area via training and implementation of security procedures, front desk protocol, and opening and closing procedures (in coordination with Assistant Directors).
  • Act as a primary liaison to HRL in matters related to building operations within designated area.
  • Conducting thorough room-to-room summer maintenance inspections, maintaining an accurate, working knowledge of room statuses throughout the summer
  • Maintain open lines of communication with Facilities Management staff.
  • Conduct fire drills in conjunction with Risk Management
  • Execute summer responsibilities, which may include, but is not limited to providing area oversight to summer conference and camp management, summer school occupancy: assist with summer turnover processes: oversight of summer bridge or orientation programs: summer student staff training and developing best practices for summer conference management.

Other Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provide planning and budgetary direction and expenditure control for all specified accounts including training and implementing protocol for budget management
  • Serve in on-call duty rotation with senior level staff. Respond to crisis or emergency situations. Provide guidance to HRL staff members and students, in coordination with senior level staff, disseminate critical messages relating to the health/safety and service delivery to customers specifically when on duty.
  • Assist with department-wide responsibilities such as orientation programs, Homecoming, recruitment, and marketing events.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures in collaboration with the Director of Residence Life
  • Serve on various committees as requested or approved by the Director of Residence Life
  • Represent the University and department at various conferences and meetings as required.
  • Provide functional guidance and leadership of the department in individually specified areas, (e.g., admissions, conferences, orientation.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life

Principle Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist with the evacuation process of residence students to an off-site location for tropical storm or hurricane. This position is classified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and a responsible employee under Title IX. Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to needs of the university. This is a live-out professional position.

Who We Are:

Lamar University is an accessible global university for life-long learners with a passion for broad-based community engagement. As a vital contributor to the socioeconomic wellbeing and resilience of the Gulf Coast region, our expertise is recognized locally and beyond. Lamar University is home to more than 17,000 students and is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 100-degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.

Lamar University is committed to fostering a culture of diversity where students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds can learn, work, and serve.

  • Health, dental & vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • State of Texas Retirement plans
  • Tuition covered at 100% for employees, spouses and/or eligible dependent.
  • Paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.
To see more information about the available benefits, please visit: Insurance – Lamar University

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education or a related field is required is required.
  • Two years full-time professional experience in working in a Housing and/or Residence Life program in higher education.
  • Previous experience as a live-in housing professional staff member is required.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills are necessary.
  • Familiarity with word processing, database, and spreadsheet programs is required

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with Maxient, Banner and StaRez preferred.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.



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Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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