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Residence Director - Housing Programs

Mississippi University for Women
Job Location:
Columbus, Mississippi
Residence Life and Housing
Job Summary:
The Residence Director (RD) develops and administers a comprehensive programming experience that shapes the environment and experiences of the residential population. This includes the planning and implementation of events and initiatives across all residence halls, campus-wide events, learning community oversight, and student group advising. This position requires the Resident Director to reside in their assigned on-campus apartment throughout the term of their appointment.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university is required.

Experience: Requires more than 1 year of experience in housing and/or student affairs.

Essential Duties:
  • Facilitate student interaction and provide opportunities for growth and development through programming.
  • Actively foster an environment within the residence halls which reflect a positive community and which contribute to students’ personal and academic success, using community and student development principles.
  • Coordinate engagement living learning community (LLC) events and initiatives to include cultivating a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another; serve as liaison between LLC students, community stakeholders, and department.
  • Advise and train student groups such s the Residence Hall Association.
  • Direct the development of hall learning and social activities using the programming dimensions as established by the department.
  • Plan and implement departmental retreats, campus-wide educational and social programs (Blues Week events, Campus Safety Day, etc.) and hall-wide events to enhance the residential experience and meet student need.
  • Provide oversight to RA programming and educate staff about programming models.
  • Assess the needs of residential students as well as effectiveness of programming (satisfaction surveys, etc.); serve as a resource to residents for programs, potential issues and/or individual concerns.
  • Develop formal and informal relationships with students; communicate effectively with staff and students both verbally and in writing.
  • Provide opportunities, training experiences, and one-to-one contacts that identify and help resolve individual problems and conflicts; assist students in developing skills to address interpersonal conflicts through programming.
  • Set standards shared with other staff for maintaining visibility and availability within the hall, and for initiation of informal contacts with students; regularly visit floors and attend programs and student group meetings, develop strategies for daily interaction with students on a hall, living unit and individual basis.
  • Create and disseminate marketing materials related to programs and initiatives (electronic and print media, bulletin boards, etc.).
  • Serve on-call periods along with other Housing and Residence Life staff; Residence Director would also live in the residence halls.
  • Help students become involved in student organizations through involvement coaching; direct staff efforts in developing student leaders and in supporting student organizations.
  • Provide quality customer service to all residential students, guests, parents, and University employees.
  • Assist in judicial oversight and sanctioning.
  • Serve as departmental representative for summer camps and conferences including contract negotiation, communication with guests, assignments, and facilitating communication with other campus departments.
  • Work with appropriate departmental staff to process billing for summer camps/conferences.
  • Supervise the Summer Camp Assistants/RAs including marketing, recruitment, interviews, and training.
  • Oversee departmental committees as outlined by the Assistant Director and/or Director; serve on University committees as assigned by the Director.
  • Performs other reasonable duties as assigned by the Director.
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