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Director of Residence Life

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Job Location:
Aurora, Illinois
Residence Life and Housing

The faculty and staff of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invite you to join them in shaping and implementing the next generation of innovative and engaging learning experiences. IMSA is actively seeking applications for the full-time position of Director of Residence Life in the Office of Student Affairs. 

The Department of Residence Life is a part of the Office of Student Affairs and strives to provide students with an equitable, safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment for IMSA’s diverse student population. Students live on campus in residence hall communities, which foster their personal, social, intellectual and ethical leadership development. The Residence Life staff is composed of the Director of Residence Life, Area Coordinators, 28 Resident Counselors and Day Hall Monitors.

The Director of Residence Life is a 12 month, full-time, live-on, professional staff member, whose key responsibilities include providing leadership for the Residence Life department, facilitation of staff hiring and training, execution of emergency procedures and crisis response and supervision, mentoring and training of Resident Counselors. The Director works with the Area Coordinators to provide, structure, leadership, vision, and development to the Department of Residence Life. The Director of Residence Life’s work hours vary and include evening and weekend responsibilities as the Administrator on Call. The Director of Residence Life reports to the Chief Student Affairs Officer.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry (

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.

This position will support IMSA's Diversity Stance by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Train, directly supervise and evaluate 3 Area Coordinators and 7 Day Hall Monitors; oversight of 28 Resident Counselors (RCs)
  • Provide primary leadership, direction and oversight within and for the department of Residence Life to implement the mission and priorities of the Academy and the strategic work of the Division of Student Affairs
  • Oversee and coordinate housing operations, including facilitating the housing and roommate selection process, creating housing assignments for returning students in May and for incoming students over the summer, and managing changes, including communication with affected students
  • Responsible for the Residence Life curriculum, including content research, development and implementation aligned with current educational trends and student needs; provides training to Area Coordinators and Resident Counselors focused on Student Development Theory and industry trends, as well as facilitation and ways to measure impact
  • Recruit, hire and onboard Residence Life staff members, including designing the interview experience in collaboration with Human Resources, engaging key stakeholders in the process, and ensuring staff are prepared to serve students through effective training
  • Oversee building management and upkeep for seven residence halls, including working with the Facilities team
  • Plan and facilitate Area Coordinator training prior to the beginning of each school year, and plan and execute new and returning staff training each August with the input and assistance of the Area Coordinators
  • Supervise housing coordination and execution for residential summer program, including housing assignments, summer staff training as needed, and designing summer programming for campers
  • Participate in Administrator on Call rotation, supervising on-call Resident Counselors and providing crisis and emergency response in accordance with Academy policies
  • Work with IMSA’s Security team on training and enforcing safety, security and emergency protocols for students and Residence Life staff
  • Responsible for assessment initiatives including student and parent surveys and benchmarking, and producing memos and reports detailing the work of the Residence Life department
  • Assist with content development and maintenance for the Residence Life website
  • Supervise and assist with residence hall openings and closings at the beginning and end of each semester and during each extended weekend
  • Serve as Chief Hearing Officer designee and conduct student disciplinary hearings as assigned by the Associate Director of Student Affairs
  • Responsible for the Residence Life budgetMaintain up-to-date budget records and submit budget-related paperwork in a timely manner
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of best practices and emerging issues in higher education, gifted student learning, student housing and student affairs
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with offices on campus, including but not limited to security, maintenance, and faculty
  • Maintain regular communication with parents and address any questions and concerns
  • Represent the Department of Residence Life and/or Student Affairs on designated committees
  • Assist with divisional and campus-wide events including, but not limited to Summer Orientation, Preview Day Convocation and Graduation
  • Attend, plan and run weekly staff and department meetings
  • Assist in actively furthering the Academy’s Equity and Excellence Plan and supporting culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students
  • Represent Residence Life on the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team
  • Other duties as assigned


The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field required
  • Minimum two years of experience hiring, training and evaluating professional staff
  • Minimum of five years professional experience working in residential life and/or higher education
  • Demonstrated crisis management skills and ability to respond to emergency situations requiring the use of stairs, quick movement, and administration of first aid/CPR
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable using technology to communicate and increase efficiency including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite and Google Business Suite
  • Experience in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion to provide culturally competent training for Residence Life staff
  • Strong service orientation and ability to relate effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to be productive, deliver high quality work, take initiative, use good judgement, and problem solve
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours
  • Valid driver's license


  • Bi-lingual, Spanish


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.


Salary for this 12 month position is commensurate with required formal education and experience. Live-in accommodations include a furnished apartment (limited occupancy based on apartment size). IMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, vision, dental, and prescription) and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS).

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