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Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 69220
Type of Recruitment External
Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Residence Life ensures the effective daily operations of a residential community housing 1,100-2,200 students. The Assistant Director is responsible for training, supervision, and evaluation of assigned professional and student staff; safety and security; and supervising the implementation of a residential curriculum. The Assistant Director works collaboratively with the Counselor in Residence, Building Maintenance Worker, Academic Advisor, Community Police Officer, and Success Coach to ensure the development of a community that fosters intellectual growth, development, and emotional wellbeing. This is a live out position but serves on an on-call duty rotation. The Assistant Director of Residence Life reports to the Associate Director who reports to the Director of Residence Life.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree.
At least three years of experience in university housing or residence life work at a college or university.
Experience supervising, training, and leading others.
Possess a working knowledge of student development theory and student learning theory; demonstrated commitment to student learning and development.
Demonstrated organizational, administrative, and problem-solving skills. 
Demonstrated cultural competency skills.
Demonstrated effective public relations and communications skills, both oral and written.
Working knowledge of computer applications and word processing software. 
Able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Must be able to respond to emergencies within 60 minutes when on call.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in higher education, educational administration, student affairs or related field.
Experience with supervising graduate-level or full-time residence life staff.
Experience with advising, crisis intervention, and facilitating living learning communities at a private or public college or university.
Experience with assessing student learning and satisfaction.
Continued engagement in higher education professional associations and professional development opportunities.

Duties & Responsibilities

Supervises 4-5 residence hall directors, which includes holding regular staff meetings and one-on-one meetings; indirectly supervises 30-56 paraprofessional staff and 48-75 desk receptionists.
Actively contributes to the creation of a learning organization.
Facilitates staff response to crisis and emergency situations. 
Provides direction in the coordination, planning, development, and implementation of programs and initiatives to enhance student growth and learning.
Coordinates Student Expectation Meetings.
Regularly reviews, implements, and enhances housing program procedures/operations. 
Works closely with assigned residential college administrators and hall staff to facilitate multiple learning communities.
Ensures residential operations and facilities task accountability in coordination with the Assistant Director for Facilities Operation.
Ensures proper administrative occupancy management (room changes, hall changes, cancels etc.) in coordination with the Assistant Director for Housing Assignments.
Monitors incident reports including reviewing incidents, ensuring accuracy, consistency, and appropriate follow up.
In coordination with the Assistant Director of Residential Education, implements, and supports a curricular approach to residential education.
Contributes to a comprehensive assessment plan that encompasses satisfaction, retention, and student learning outcomes.
Oversees the administration and student staffing of a Student Success Center Office and/or Assistant Director Office.
Assists with department-wide projects and processes such as recruitment and marketing events.
Serves on the Residence Life senior leadership team on-call year-round duty rotation including breaks and summer (approximately 10 weekends, including opening and closings, during the academic year and two weeks in the summer).
Chairs department-wide committee(s) and/or leads department initiatives. Examples of such are: Paraprofessional Staff Recruitment, Student Leadership focused on Desk and Hall Council, Multicultural Advisor Program, advise RHA, advise NRHH, Sustainability Initiatives, Professional Staff Recruitment etc. Scope and charge will be determined yearly.
Executes summer responsibilities, which may include, but are not limited to: overseeing summer housing, Leadership Camp, and/or special projects.
Other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised

Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. The Leadership Standards define how we lead and treat others in our teams. As leaders, it is our responsibility to seek input from our teams to continuously improve leadership abilities and demonstration of the standards. Additionally, it is our responsibility to encourage and support the growth and development of those whom we lead. At CMU, we encourage employees to grow both personally and professionally, and thus advance CMU’s culture of excellence.

Message to Applicants

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level<br><br><a href=
Pay Range $55,000-$72,000
Division Enrollment and Student Services
Department Residence Life
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 1.0
Position Type 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule M-F, 8a-5p; some nights and weekends
At Will? No
Location Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department

Our Mission: The Office of Residence Life is committed to providing residents a comfortable, educational, diverse, and caring community where academic success, personal growth, and social responsibility are valued.

About CMU

Founded 125 years ago, Central Michigan University is a major, national university with 26,000 students, more than 30 remote locations in the U.S. and Canada, and 225,000 alumni worldwide.

CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Academic excellence is found in programs considered among the best in the nation, such as engineering, information systems, neuroscience, physician assistant, physical therapy, sales, logistics, fashion merchandising and design, advertising, marketing, public relations, and broadcasting. Central has been a pioneer in extended learning for nearly 50 years, and its online programs for undergraduates and the military, as well as its online MBA and online graduate education for teachers and school leaders, are nationally ranked.

Central Michigan University expands its academics with immersive, hands-on opportunities such as research, volunteering, study abroad, internships and leadership experiences.

The fourth-largest university in Michigan began with the mission of addressing a demand for teachers prepared and qualified to lead classrooms and educate future generations. That commitment to fulfilling unmet needs continues today through many newer programs, including our College of Medicine, which in May 2017 graduated its first class of doctors dedicated to serving medically underserved communities.

Employees have access to fitness facilities and a nationally recognized wellness program as well as health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

With student-athletes who are expected to perform equally well in the classroom and on the field, CMU is a member of the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. CMU Athletics regularly earns accolades for student excellence in the classroom (almost 30 percent of our students were honored in spring 2017 for GPAs of 3.5 or higher) and on the field, with frequent men’s and women’s championship seasons in sports such as football, basketball, gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, baseball and softball, and wrestling.

Central is located in a quaint, tight-knit community in the heart of central lower Michigan. Our community offers a robust mix of outdoor opportunities, family attractions. and restaurants and brew pubs. Mount Pleasant’s small-town life is complemented by cultural activities on campus, including concerts, plays and guest speakers. Mount Pleasant is an hour or two from most Michigan destination spots, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Ann Arbor, as well as the state’s sunset beaches, golf and ski resorts, and our famous “Up North” communities, state parks and lakes.

EEO Statement

CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate in employment against persons based on age, color, disability, gender, gender identity/gender expression, genetic information, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight (see

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Posting Begins 10/29/2017
Posting Ends 12/01/2017
Open Until Filled No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this vacancy? Please indicate specific source (i.e., CMU website, Lansing State Journal, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you currently an internal employee of CMU according to the <a href="">university's definition</a>?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * If yes, to which employee group do you belong? (If not applicable, select "Not Applicable").
    • Not Applicable
    • Office Professional
    • P&A, SO or Faculty
    • Public Broadcasting
    • Police
    • Service Maintenance
    • Supervisory/Technical
  4. * Supervisors are expected to support the Leadership Standards of Central Michigan University and foster a culture that inspires excellence. Please review the <a href="">Leadership Standards</a> before applying for this position and click “Yes” if you understand and support the culture that is important to CMU.
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have at least three years of experience in university housing or residence life work at a college or university?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience supervising, training, and leading others?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Please describe your supervisory experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents