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Director of Residential Education

University of Minnesota, Crookston
Job Location:
Crookston, Minnesota
Residence Life and Housing

Position Overview:

This is a full-time, annually renewable position with an anticipated starting salary range of $50,000-$60,000 per year with an excellent comprehensive benefit program

Reporting to the Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness, the Director of Residential Education (DRE) contributes to creating a vibrant campus community characterized by a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and belonging for students with diverse identities with special focus to students in UMC’s residence hall facilities. The DRE provides leadership for the design, development, and implementation of residential living/learning programs for students. Primary attention shall be directed at the development of an equitable and inclusive campus community that fosters student success, a sense of belonging, and holistic wellness for all students. The DRE works closely with a variety of campus constituencies including Global Programs, Student Success Center, the Health Center, Counseling Services, Disability Resource Center, Campus Facilities and Operations, Public Safety, the Wellness and Recreation Center, and Dining Services. The position also serves on the campus CARE Team and the campus bias response team.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in student affairs, education, counseling, or a closely related area or BA/BS in student affairs, education, counseling, or a closely related area plus 5 years of relevant experience

Compensation and Term:

12-month renewable contract.

Compensation commensurate with experience, qualifications, and academic discipline.

Competitive benefits including health and retirement.

Appointment and Reporting:

Reports to the Dean of Student Engagement & Wellness

Functions and Duties:

Direction and Supervision

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a vision and comprehensive strategic plan for residential life and education that centers student equity and success and aligns with the university’s strategic plan.
  • Remain current and involved with comprehensive student affairs professional associations and emerging trends in the field.
  • Recruit, hire, train, evaluate, and continuously develop professional and student staff.
  • Oversee daily operations of the four residential life facilities with potential occupancy of over 600 students, which includes occupancy, schedules, and departmental budgets.
  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of online housing agreements, room assignments, conduct software, and other technology tools to improve the overall student experience.
  • Work in close alignment with facilities management, business affairs, and public safety in ensuring facilities and services are held to a high standard of delivery while providing safe and comfortable environments for the students to live and learn.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a sound budget strategy complimentary to the University’s strategic plan.
  • Design and implement assessment strategies for improvement initiatives in residential living.
  • Serves as the main point of contact for residential health and safety including, but not limited it, COVID-19 response and logistics.

Community Development

  • Develop and implement a living-learning curriculum focused on academic success, cultural competence, community engagement, and leadership to facilitate the development of community within the residence halls.
  • Collaborate across campus in the development of programs and initiatives that support the overall well-being and development of the student as a whole. Specific campus partners include Student Engagement, Student Success, Counseling Services, Educational Programs, International Programs, Wellness Center, and Student Health.
  • Co-manage student crisis response through active involvement with the behavioral intervention CARE Team and as the primary contact for after-hours emergencies.
  • Serve on the campus bias response team.
  • Provide friendly and flexible customer service when accommodating housing needs for students and for summer renters.

Oversight of Physical Plant

  • Oversee Residential Life facilities, operations, maintenance, and project management to provide well-maintained, high quality student living environments.
  • Develop a replacement schedule for furniture, technology, carpeting, etc.
  • Develop a strong collaborative working relationship with Facilities.
  • Responsible for developing and maintaining a sound budget strategy complimentary to the University’s strategic plan. 

Community Standards Enactment and Compliance

  • Teach, facilitate, and administer community standards to ensure safe environments for students to live and learn through policy enactment.
  • Enact duty night responsibilities, student staff scheduling, and routine observation.
  • Lead student conduct officer responsible for Residential Life pertaining to carrying out community standards as well as the development and implementation of a comprehensive restorative justice approach including appropriate educational interventions and disciplinary actions.

Camps and Conference Services

  • Communicate with camp/conference hosts regularly and in a timely manner.
  • Provide clear guidelines and help hosts with contracting residence hall space.
  • Provide a friendly and welcoming environment for camp participants.
  • Work with Facilities to maintain clean rooms and common areas for camps.
  • Complete check-in and check-out procedures with camp hosts to provide keys and linens and trouble-shoot any issues with rooms.
  • Provide timely invoicing and collect payment after each camp/conference.
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