Code: 113 Posted: 05/11/2015

Director of Housing & Residence Life

Position Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is inviting applications for the Director of Housing and Residence Life. Under the supervision of the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Housing & Residence Life is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Housing system (known as the Office of Residence Life) 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 Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Coordinates all aspects of the contract and room assignment process utilizing a housing software solution.
  • Coordinates housing conduct procedures utilizing a campus-wide student conduct software solution (Maxient).
  • Supervises staff including an Assistant Director of Residence Life, 3 Residence Hall Managers, an Assignments Clerk, 6-8 custodial and facilities maintenance staff, student and part-time staff including office/desk workers, custodial and facilities assistants, and 20-25 Resident Advisors.
  • 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.
  • Evaluates services, programs, policies and procedures of the Housing system annually.
  • Coordinates departmental assessment efforts related to student satisfaction and student learning outcomes.
  • 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 management of student conduct issues within Residence Life in consultation with the Associate Dean of Students who oversees the campus-wide student conduct process.
  • Serves as a Core Member of the Campus Care Team (behavioral intervention/threat assessment team).
  • Develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with other university departments.
  • Coordinates other duties as assigned by the Associate Dean of Students and/or Dean of Students.
  • Works closely with colleagues in the Student Center to coordinate dining services, summer camps and conferences, and internship housing.
  • Responsible for the coordination of marketing and recruitment efforts with colleagues in Admissions, International Student Services / Study Abroad, and University Relations.

Knowledge, Skills 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

Software Presently Utilized by UWP Housing:

  • Adirondack Housing Director (assignments)
  • EMAS – Enrollment Management Action System (customer relations management)
  • EMS - Dean Evans Event Management System (campus event/room reservations)
  • Persona (campus access system)
  • Blackboard (campus ID card system)
  • PeopleSoft (student information system)
  • Common Spot (campus web management system)




  • 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


  • Significant experience working with a diverse student population and a commitment to maintaining an inclusive living/learning environment.
  • Experience with facilities management and capital planning
  • Experience with marketing and website design

Institution Description:

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is a comprehensive campus of the University of Wisconsin System with approximately 4800 students, 120 faculty, and 70 instructional academic staff offering 33 undergraduate majors and 3 master's degrees in 22 academic departments. The campus is located between the cities of Kenosha and Racine in southeastern Wisconsin, within the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

The university is situated on 700 acres of prairie and woodland approximately two miles west of Lake Michigan. Consisting of 15 buildings, the coherence and unity of the original campus design within its natural landscape has been sustained over four decades of development. Recent additions include a renovated and expanded student center, a 250 bed suite-style residence hall, and a greatly expanded and renovated center for the arts and humanities. 

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

To Apply:

All applications are to be submitted electronically through our employment portal: the "Apply Now" button.You must create an account and login before you can submit your application.If you have not registered, click on the "Click Here to Register" link to begin the registration process.If you are already a registered user, input you User Name and Password and select "Login."If you have questions about how to apply from the Candidate Gateway, go to

In addition to the online application, interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover Letter outlining qualifications for the position
  • Resume
  • Names and Contact information for 3 professional references

Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed.

A criminal background check and official university transcripts will be required at the time of hire.Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:

Applications submitted by Sunday, June 7th, 2015 will have full consideration; position is open until filled.

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer.It is the policy of UW-Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations toqualified applicants with disabilities.If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 262-595-2204.Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

Contact Name: Office of Human Resources

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2204

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