Director of Housing and Residence Life
Deadline for Applications is 04/05/2020

Code: 16374 Posted: 03/04/2020

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Director of Housing and Residence Life.

Under the supervision of the Dean of Students, the Director of Housing & Residence Life is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Housing and Residence Life system at UW-Parkside. This position is responsible for the development and coordination of a high quality residence life program that supports the University’s hallmarks of student success, academic excellence, diversity & inclusiveness and community engagement. Additionally, the Director is responsible for the maintenance, planning, renovation and construction of housing facilities. The Director performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

A. Responsible for the day-to-day administration, coordination and supervision of all aspects of the on-campus Housing system including purchasing, budget, facilities, residence life programs.

  • Responsible for facilities planning, construction/renovation, and on-going maintenance.
  • Evaluates services, programs, policies and procedures of the Housing system annually.
  • Responsible for the Housing system’s budget in consultation with Student Life Budget Analyst. Budget responsibilities include: budget development, determining and managing financial projections, working with student governance groups, budget allocation and monitoring.
  • Responsible for the coordination of marketing and recruitment efforts with colleagues in Admissions, International Student Services / Study Abroad, and University Marketing.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

B. Supervises staff including but not limited to Assistant Director(s) of Residence Life, Residence Hall Managers, Program Assistant(s), Custodial and Facilities Maintenance staff, student and part-time staff including office/desk workers, custodial/facilities assistants, and Resident Advisors.

  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring, on-going training, and annual evaluation of professional staff for the department.

C.  Responsible for development and oversight of a high-quality residence life program which contributes positively to the educational development and personal growth of students residing in the residence halls.

  • Coordinates all aspects of the contract and room assignment process utilizing a housing software solution.          
  • Coordinates departmental assessment efforts related to student satisfaction and student learning outcomes.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Student Center to coordinate dining services, summer camps and conferences, and internship housing.
  • Responsible for the management of student conduct issues within Residence Life in consultation with the Dean of Students office who oversees the campus-wide student conduct process. Coordinates housing conduct procedures utilizing a campus-wide student conduct software solution (Maxient).

D. University wide responsibilities:

  • Serves as a Core Member of the Campus Care Team (behavioral intervention/threat assessment team).
  • Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with other university departments to create a vibrant Living Learning experience.
  • Participates in UW System meetings, attends regional and national conferences.
  • This position is identified as a CSA – Campus Security Authority.
  • Coordinates other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities 

  • Comprehensive knowledge of managing a successful Housing system  
  • Comprehensive knowledge of how to develop and implement dynamic residence life programs
  • Considerable knowledge of student development theory, issues and trends
  • Considerable knowledge of and skill in effective leadership development and teamwork
  • Considerable supervisory skills including effective delegation, training and development including student staff
  • Comprehensive knowledge of facility operations and management
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse student populations, administration and other constituencies
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships, utilize reasoned judgment in complex, sensitive and confidential situations
  • Ability to develop and administer policies and procedures regarding residence life programming
  • Ability to coordinate, supervise and evaluate the activities of staff
  • Ability to manage complex department budgets
  • Ability to participate in work groups; and coordinate, develop and implement projects
  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects



  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration or related field
  • More than five years of progressively responsible experience in University Housing and Residence Life or a closely related area
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience over professional staff members
  • Demonstrated experience with crisis management
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with student conduct issues
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

Benefit Details:

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: Submit application materials

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday April 5th, 2020 are ensured full consideration.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

Please be sure to complete all required fields and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


Becky Klohn
Available Until: 04/06/2020

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