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Director of Housing & Residence Life

Hanover College
Job Location:
Residence Life and Housing

Primary Function: The Director of Residence Life serves as the senior housing officer at Hanover College--planning, coordinating, and directing all aspects of the College’s residence life program. A successful candidate will be efficient, detail-oriented, and student-centered. They will direct the daily operations of the residential campus, develop, and implement strategic plans, set residence life goals, and monitor progress through benchmarking and assessment.

  • Direct and oversee the day-to-day management of the College’s various student residences.
  • Direct and oversee all fiscal and administrative structures associated with residence hall oversight.
  • Advise and coordinate with Physical Plant on residential maintenance and furniture needs, both large and small.
  • Maintain the organizational structure of residence life to effectively accomplish College goals and objectives; oversee recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of professional and student staff.
  • Organize and implement campus move-in, breaks, and move-out operations.
  • Coordinate summer housing assignments for a small number of summer-housed residents.
  • Plan and develop strategies for generating revenue via the College, tiered room rates.
  • Establish and implement short- and long-range goals, objectives, strategic initiatives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Monitor and evaluate programmatic and operational effectiveness, and effects change required for improvement.
  • Oversee residential program development to enhance the quality of residence life and monitor educational and social programs/services for residents.
  • Develop and direct departmental activities in crisis management, mediation/dispute resolution, and residence hall handbook violations.
  • Review student appeals related to the on-campus housing requirement and mandatory meal plan.
  • Develop and implement marketing and communication plans for residence life.
  • Oversee the Panther Pets program with the assistance of a student Pet Services Coordinator.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Occupancy/Capacity management.
  • Summer camps/conferences liaison.
  • Room key administration.
  • Building access control.
  • ADA and Fair Housing Act compliance related to housing accommodations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Supervise two professional staff members who oversee upper-class and first-year housing areas, with an indirect supervision line to the professional staff who manage Greek housing on campus.
  • Evaluate and effectively communicate with direct reports on individual performance, including but not limited to performance assessments, goal and objective results and achievements, and personal and professional development.
  • Provide leadership through coaching and one-on-one meetings with staff encouraging professional development and growth.
  • Directly or indirectly provide and advocate for employee learning and development in support of investing in employee growth, development, and engagement.

Financial Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the Operating Budget, Social Fees, Fines/Fees related to Residence Life; develops revenue enhancing opportunities through the residence life room rate structure.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Is a member of the Student Life Office and will support the long-term and short-term goals of the office. 
  • Will have a broad scope of knowledge of the operations of Student Life and the guiding principles of the department.
  • Serve in the Student Life administrator-on-call rotation. 
  • Serve on campus-wide committees, including but not limited to the Environmental Health and Safety Committee, Parkhurst Dining Partners Committee, HES Housekeeping Partners Committee, and Early Alert Team.
  • Promote a positive image of Hanover College and represent the College in accordance with the College’s mission, principles, and strategic plan.
  • Support and advocate for the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, goals, and mission.
  • Perform / complete other projects and tasks assigned by the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students.


I. Education, Certifications, Training, Experience

· Master’s degree required.

· Experience in liberal arts college’s housing/residence life preferred.

II. Skills, Competencies, Abilities

· Possess a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of Residence Life and Student Development, with professional experience in housing/residence life. Specifically, experience is desired in the following areas:

o Student Information Systems (Jenzabar experience preferred)

o Technology

o Program Development

o Conflict Management

o Crisis Management

o Risk management

o Advising

o Helping Skills

o Cultural Competence

o Leadership Development

o Policy Development/Enforcement

· Strong verbal and written communication skills

· Excellent people skills

· Demonstrated organizational and time management skills

· Demonstrated ability to work in fast-paced environment

· Ability to meet deadlines

Physical Requirements/Work Environment:

  • Regular visits to all campus residential spaces are required.
  • May have some night and weekend obligations throughout the academic year.
  • May be eligible for occasional remote work.
  • Regular/daily climbing of stairs and walking to/from meetings on and off campus.
  • Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.
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