University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Residence Life
Residence Hall Manager (working title Residence Hall Director)
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This position is an exempt, 12-month, full-time academic staff appointment, reporting to the Assistant Director of Residence Life- Residence Education.
The Residence Hall Director is responsible for the overall leadership and management of one or two residence halls serving 350-500 students. The Residence Hall Director plays an integral role in the development of educationally-focused and inclusive residence hall communities that support the personal and educational success of all residents. This position also supports the Department of Residence Life through participation in Department-wide functions, strategic initiatives, and services. This is a live in position with weekly evening work and some weekend work required.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Community Development and Residence Education (40%)
Working with staff and student leaders, facilitate the development of residence hall communities that foster students’ sense of belongingness and connectedness to each other and UWRF
Maintain visibility in the halls and personal contact with residents through daily social interaction, office hours, and attendance at hall meetings and functions and focusing on student satisfaction, wellbeing, adjustment to college, and personal and academic success
Develop and implement a residential curriculum, focused on Departmental learning outcome goals and, as assigned, the goals of residential learning communities and/or special living communities
Advise assigned hall council(s) by providing training and leadership development, attending weekly meetings, mentoring executive board members, monitoring budgets and expenditures, and supporting events and activities
Serve as a Residence Life student conduct hearing officer by investigating policy violations and adjudicating student conduct cases
Educate staff, students, and guests on University policies and procedures
Train and supervise paraprofessional staff on proper confrontation and follow-up of alleged policy violations, management of student conflicts, and working with student personal and academic concerns
Support students of concern with intentional follow-up, collaboration with University colleagues, and referrals
Advocate for and support the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary
Residence Hall Operations and Management (30%)
Coordinate with Central Office staff to manage residence hall occupancy, including check-in/check-out processes, room changes, hall closings and openings, and break housing
Maintain hall office supply budget
Oversee front desk operations and procedures, including distribution of student mail and deliveries
Establish and maintain relationships with custodial staff and supervisors through regular interaction and weekly meetings to discuss facility related concerns, work orders, and safety-related issues
Maintain and monitor key control for residence hall keys
Respond to student and facility-related emergencies, providing support and resources to students and others, including proper referrals to other University offices
Educate residents on community safety and security efforts as well as emergency and severe weather procedures
Conduct fire drills and ensure resident compliance with established safety procedures
Maintain proper building security, including monitoring of staff security rounds and response to security-related concerns
Under the direction of the Residence Life Coordinator, manage and support summer camps and conference operations by working with sponsors and guests, educating on and enforcing Residence Life and University policies, facilitating check-ins and check-outs, completing occupancy and billing reports, and providing service for groups and participants
Share in on-call responsibilities on a rotating basis with other Residence Hall Director staff
Contribute to the effective stewardship of Residence Life resources, including the development of the Residence Life budget
Staff Supervision (20%)
Supervise and evaluate assigned staff (Resident Assistants, Desk Workers, and Graduate Intern/Assistant Hall Director)
Conduct weekly staff meetings
Meet and interact regularly with staff in person and via other forms of communication
Provide staff development by facilitating goal setting and coordinating ongoing staff training
Participate in the recruitment, hiring, and training of undergraduate and graduate staff
Participate and contribute to Departmental and University meetings and trainings, including Residence Education and All Staff meetings
Contribute to the assessment, planning, decision making, and implementation of Residence Life goals and initiatives
Utilize assessment and other data in decision making and improvement of services and programs
Represent the Department at recruitment, registration, and Week of Welcome events, as assigned
Support the University’s educational mission and value for diversity by creating an inclusive environment for all Residence Life students, staff, guests, and partners
Build collaborative relationships by interacting with parents, students, and University personnel as well as participating in University functions and committees, as assigned
Perform other duties as assigned
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or a related field
At least two years residence life or student affairs leadership experience
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of residence life functions and operations
Leadership and management experience with demonstration of strong skills in these areas
Experience developing learning-focused experiences for students
Ability to work with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and other community members
Effective decision making, problem-solving, and judgement skills
Demonstrated interest in continual learning and improvement
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Ability to multi-task and execute tasks to completion
Competitive Salary with parking pass and meal plan
Partially furnished on campus apartment
Comprehensive fringe benefit package including retirement plan & full coverage for family health insurance
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. The Department of Residence Life will be attending the Oshkosh Placement Exchange and the NASPA Placement Exchange. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non- discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see http:www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.