RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR

Position Information

Position Information

Position Number 39420
Type of Recruitment External
Position Title RESIDENCE HALL DIRECTOR
Position Summary

The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is a full-time, live-in, professional staff member responsible for the daily operations of a 250-650 bed residence hall(s) or on-campus apartments. The RHD directly supervises 5-16 Resident Assistants, 1 – 2 Multicultural Advisors, and most RHDs supervise a front desk operation and advise hall council. The RHD is charged with developing a community that promotes engagement, learning, respect for diversity, and student success. The RHD plays an integral role in developing and implementing our residential curriculum. On-call responsibilities are shared for 1,200-2,000 residents.

Required Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree and prior residence life experience as a paraprofessional or higher.
Demonstrated positive interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and project a positive attitude.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Qualifications


Master’s degree in college student personnel or higher education administration.
Supervisory experience.
Experience in a professional residence life capacity.

Duties & Responsibilities

Administrative:
Manages the day to day operations of residence hall(s) or apartments.
Computer proficient, including: web-based programs, Microsoft Office, and e-mail as a significant mode of communication/documentation.
Develops and utilizes hall opening/closing procedures.
Maintains occupancy/roster and maintains key control/inventory.
Attends meetings, including but not limited to: department meetings, staff meetings, committee meetings, and one-on-one meetings.
Serves on Residence Life committees.
Maintains administrative and informational records.
Supervises a 24-hour desk operation where applicable; is responsible for safe monies, if applicable.
Completes student account charges for private and public area damages.
Fiscally responsible for hall operational and social accounts.

Staff Supervision:
Interviews, selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates Resident Assistants, Multicultural Advisor, Hall Council Advisor and desk staff, as needed.
Holds staff accountable for meeting performance expectations, including responsibilities outlined in the residential curriculum.
Utilizes departmental resources for staff development and training, including but not limited to the Paraprofessional Resource Center and Skyfactor Survey results.
Provides staff members guidance about university policies and procedures.

Community Development:
Establishes a strong, positive learning environment within residential areas and the university community.
Works with students in developing floor/building communities conducive for high academic achievement.
Provides leadership in creating a community that supports students of underrepresented and diverse populations.
Educates staff and students to self-enforce policies and respect the rights of others through community standards.
Actively advises Hall Council and Executive Board.
Provides training and resource information to staff and Hall Council leaders (Executive Board) in program development and implementation.
Attends all Hall Council and E-board meetings, providing direction and information on university policies and procedures.
Encourages maximum participation of residents in Hall Council and hall programs.

Student Development:
Contributes to the development and facilitation of the residential curriculum.
Serves as a partner in the student’s total development by working with: Academic Advising and Assistance, Career Services, Counseling Center, Counselors in Residence, Student Activities and Involvement, and other offices as warranted.
Facilitates leadership opportunities and supports all students in leadership development, specifically leadership events sponsored by Residence Life.
Facilitates the discipline process to serve as an educational tool.
Contributes to recruitment and retention programs and initiatives.

Counseling/Discipline:
Follows up on all discipline in an educational and timely manner with appropriate documentation.
Works collaboratively with the Office of Student Conduct and Office of Student Affairs.
Refers all mental health concerns to appropriate resources and maintains thorough documentation.
Utilizes the Counselor in Residence with staff members and as a resource and referral.
Completes Behavior and Safety Plans, emergency contact notifications, and Student Expectations Meetings as appropriate.
Engages family and/or other supports in creating success for students.

Health and Safety:
Provides crisis management support and intervention, which may be required on weekends, at night, etc.; serves on an on-call duty rotation; responds to additional emergency situations as necessary; supervises 24-hour coverage of area.
Develops a security program and coordinates emergency procedures, i.e., power outage, fire drills, medical emergencies, bomb threats, etc.; educates residents about emergency procedures.
Maintains appropriate communication with CMU Police.

Facilities Management:
Communicates with Building Maintenance Worker (BMW) and immediate supervisor on building needs and preventive maintenance projects.
Submits work orders for facility needs not covered by the BMW.
Monitors all public area facilities, utilizing a damage control board/improvement committee as necessary.
Maintains positive working relationship with custodians and other facilities personnel.
Coordinates and supervises proper usage of residential restaurants and public spaces when used for programs and activities.
Monitors fitness/computer equipment, if applicable.

Continuous Improvement:
Supports department, division and university strategic planning initiatives, mission, vision and educational priority.
Contributes to a comprehensive assessment plan that encompasses satisfaction, retention, and student learning goals.
Utilizes assessment and benchmarking survey data to lead evidence-based enhancements in the development of community, programming, facilities, wellness and support services for students, the department and self.

All other duties as assigned.

While performing staff supervision, community building and education, health and safety and facilities management duties of this position, the employee is required to access all floors and public areas of the building(s) on a weekly basis and periodically access floors and public areas of the other building(s) in the residential area as well as other buildings and locations on campus. Reasons for floor and building access may include but are not limited to facility and safety inspections, emergency response, student policy violations and safety concerns, staff member observation, and availability and outreach to residents. In instances of emergencies, the RHD must be able to respond in a timely manner appropriate to the situation. The employee must also be able to do exterior building inspections twice per semester or when buildings are closed for breaks. The employee is frequently required to utilize the computer and phone.

Individuals must perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervision Exercised
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.

Expected position start date is July 23. There are anticipated additional vacancies.

Employee Group Professional & Administrative -Salary
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Pay Range $1458.33-$1875.00/pay
Division Enrollment and Student Services
Department Residence Life
Position Status Regular
Position End Date
Employment Status Full-Time
FTE 0.80
Position Type 9 month (Academic Year)
Weekly Work Schedule M-F, including evening and weekend duty rotation
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.

Our Vision:​
To provide generations of college students a nationally recognized, cutting edge, living environment.

Our Educational Priority:
As a result of living on campus, students will become empowered citizens who responsibly impact their communities.

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 http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie.)

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Posting Begins 01/18/2018
Posting Ends 03/03/2018
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="https://www.cmich.edu/fas/hr/Documents/internal-candidate.pdf#search=definition%20of%20internal">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. * Do you have a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If not, will you by June 2018?
    • I already have my degree.
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Do you have prior residence life experience as a paraprofessional or higher?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Please describe your residence life experience:
    • General Resident
    • Desk Manager, Desk Receptionist, or similar
    • Paraprofessional - RA, MA or similar
    • Assistant Hall Director/GA in residence life
    • Graduate Hall Director or other part-time Resident Director
    • Residence Hall Director/Area Coordinator - full-time
    • Assistant Director of Residence Life, supervising RHDs, AHDs, etc.
    • Director of Residence Life
    • No Answer
  8. * Please describe your supervisory experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents