Director of Residence Life Job Description

RANK:                                          Administrator VI

DEPARTMENT:                        Office of Residence Life

SUPERVISOR:                           Vice President for Student Affairs

DATE POSTED:                         September 17th, 2013


The Director of Residence Life is responsible for the operation, administration and supervision of the educational, social and physical environments of the University's residence units, and the coordination of the off-campus housing program. Under the direct supervision of the Vice President for Student and University Affairs, the Director of Residence Life provides leadership for the creation of living-learning communities which support students in achieving academic success.


Recruits, selects, trains, supervises and evaluates the professional staff, the support staff, and the paraprofessional staff of the Office of Residence Life and Housing.

Conducts regular reviews of all policies and procedures of the Office of Residence Life and Housing to assure that these policies/procedures are current, comply with the University's mission and strategic plan, and reflect the best of contemporary best practices in higher education. Recommend policy changes, as appropriate.

Oversees and manages the delivery of educational programs/services/activities for students which directly support the mission of the University and the Division of Student and University Affairs, encourage student development, and promote the achievement of student success.

Develops educational, cultural, social and recreational programs for resident students in a manner which is collaborative and consultative with other units within the Division of Student and University Affairs (specifically, but not exclusively the areas of Student Life, Lyman Center, Student Center, Wellness Center and the Women's Center) and others throughout the entire University community.

Advocates for, plans and implements residential learning communities.

Assures student access to and administrative use of state-of-the-art technologies ( ResNet)

Prepares and administers, in consultation with Finance and Administration, an annual operating budget of approximately four million dollars.

Approves, coordinates, and establishes, in consultation with the Office of Facilities Operations, priorities for residence hall maintenance work including in-house jobs and work performed by outside contractors.

Oversees the management of the daily operations of the housing program. Develops and coordinates, as it relates to housing and in conjunction with other university offices, budget planning and management, purchasing, safety procedures, short and long –range facility evaluation and planning, housing personnel work schedules, housing assignments and billing related data, and such other activities as are necessary for the management of the university's residence program.

Oversees the management of the residence based judicial system in a way which supports the creation of learning communities, assuring its full coordination with the institutional judicial system and its compliance with university policy, CSU policy and relevant case law regarding students conduct.

Serves as the primary liaison with all other university offices (e.g. Bursar, Financial Aid, Institutional Research, Admissions, Registrar, etc)

Assists students who cannot and wish not to obtain university housing to develop an alternative plan for their housing arrangements. Develop and promote web-based housing listing services.

Counsels and advises the Inter-Residence Council and supervise its various budgets.

Assists in the management of the food service contract, by daily oversight and serving on the Food Service Advisory Committee.

Provides leadership and oversight in the administration of housing/residential services for institutes, camps and other outside users of the residential facilities.

Perform other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility of the position.


Master's degree required. Seven years of experience in the management/leadership in a university residential life/ housing program or in related student service areas. Demonstrated ability to formulate policy, to lead/supervise staff, to develop and manage budgets, to develop educational programs, and to utilize technology effectively.

These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience and/or credentials.


For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Nancy Chucta at Review of applications will begin on October 15 and the position will remain open until filled.