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Residence Hall Director

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The Residence Hall Director provides primary leadership and overall management of a residence hall housing approximately 500 students. The Residence Hall Director is directly supervised by a Complex Coordinator. This is a live in position which involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff. The Residence Hall Director is responsible for fostering a responsible, inclusive community; providing intentional, development based supervision; utilizing sound fiscal management and business practices; as well as ensuring a safe, comfortable living environment for students. The Residence Hall Director also works closely with Faculty Advisors and House Coordinators who provide leadership and support for the Living Learning Communities in the building. All residential communities support and contribute to the academic mission of the institution.

Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Community Development

  • Supervise one – two Graduate Assistant(s) and 10-18 Community Advisors
  • Promotes the development and implementation of the Residential Curriculum
  • Actively participate as a member of the area team, along with additional Residence Hall Directors, Graduate Residence Hall Directors, Complex Coordinators, Chief Clerk, Community Police Officers, Faculty Coordinators, Dining Staff, and Facilities Staff
  • Coordinate the selection, training, development, and evaluation of student staff
  • Promote and develop an inclusive and academically supportive community
  • Collaborate directly with Faculty Advisors and Academic House Coordinators, who provide leadership for the Living Learning Communities housed in the residence halls
  • Create intentional efforts to interact with students and provide opportunities for student growth and development
  • Counsel, advise, and refer residents on personal and academic matters
  • Respond to crisis and emergency situations and communicate necessary information appropriately
  • Advise hall council
  • Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with departmental, divisional, and campus partners through committees, liaison relationships, and other interactions
  • Actively participate in residential academic offerings. Such responsibilities could include an opportunity to teach a section of University 101, coordinating tutorial or group study programs, or overseeing a peer academic advisor program
  • Support the mission, policies, and procedures of the Department and University
  • Actively participate in staff meetings and professional development opportunities
  • Act as a University representative at campus events

Administration

  • Adjudicate University and Housing and Residential Services policies
  • Advise and coordinate the Student Judicial Board for assigned complex
  • Support the Complex Coordinator in the overall administrative, developmental, and facilities management of the residential area
  • Manage hall facilities and budget
  • Works collaboratively with the Chief Clerk to manage building occupancy.
  • Participate in on-call duty rotation including weeknights, weekends, and break periods
  • Establish and maintain regularly scheduled office hours
  • Collaborate with other staff within the complex and across Housing and Residential Services to ensure consistency and sharing of best practices
  • Assist with Departmental initiatives as needed
  • Assist with summer conference operations or other summer projects as assigned
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority and assist with the process of reporting crimes in order to maintain accurate and timely crime statistics and increase the overall safety of the campus.

Position Requirements

  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, Counseling or related field
  • Experience with supervision, selection, training, and development of residence hall staff
  • Ability to effectively respond to crisis, manage fiscal resources, and adjudicate University policy violations
  • Understanding of and commitment to developing inclusive communities
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Understanding of and strong commitment to student development theory
  • Desire to work as part of a team and offer innovative approaches to problem solving

Benefits and Position Details

12-month live-in position; furnished apartment; meal plan available when dining services is in operation. Competitive annual salary and benefit package, reserved parking at a reduced rate, and professional development.

Organizational Structure

Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Executive Director for Housing and Residential Services
Director for Residential Communities
Associate/Assistant Directors for Residential Communities
Complex Coordinators
Residence Hall Directors
Graduate Residence Hall Directors
Community Advisors
Graduate Residence Hall Directors
Community Advisors

Housing and Residential Services
housing@niu.edu
815-753-1525

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