Director of Housing and Residence Life

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Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Student Development, the Director of Housing and Residence Life is a full-time, 12-month position with benefits and is a live-in position with on-call responsibilities. The Director is responsible for providing vision and direction to the Office of Housing and Residence Life. This position plays a critical role in the planning and development of co-curricular learning and student support at the College.

The Director of Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the daily administration of the total residence life program, supervising professional Residence Life Area Directors, undergraduate student-staff Residence Hall Directors, and Resident Assistants. The Director of Housing and Residence Life is responsible for the development in a best-practices model for housing and residence life serving the campus residential population with innovation and creativity, including service learning. The Director assists in serving as an administrative resource to students, parents, family members, faculty, staff, campus administration, and alumni/alumnae.

Essential Functions

Administration, General

  • Serve as the representative for the Housing and Residence Life office on College committees, as requested and appointed.
  • Review, research, and evaluate, as necessary, all aspects of the Residence Life program to ensure optimum understanding of the student/staff needs, concerns, attitudes, etc., and develop, with appropriate staff assistance, policies, programs, and procedures designed to meet those needs.
  • Oversee all residential facilities’ openings and closings, room assignments, services, safety and security, and associated documentation.
  • Oversee and administer room assignments, room changes, and assist in maintaining accurate floor rosters.
  • Oversee the room, furniture, and key inventory system.
  • Oversee the coordination and administration of the housing room selection process.
  • Assume fiscal responsibility for the Office of Housing and Residence Life budgets, grants, and fundraising.
  • Utilize Jenzabar EX system to manage all residential student housing and applications and provide training to professional staff members on system.

Administration of Residence Life

  • Assume responsibility for the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of the professional Residence Life staff, the Administrative Assistant for Student Life, and the Administrative Assistant for Campus Safety.
  • Assume responsibility, with the assistance of the Area Directors, for the selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and assignment of the student Residence Hall Directors and Resident Assistant staff.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of student development theory, student personnel administration, and concepts of staff development, students’ rights and responsibilities.
  • Develop, plan, and implement student training programs related to personal safety, community life, fire safety, health and wellness, and other co-curricular programs.
  • Design, develop, and revise, as necessary, the Residence Life Manual.
  • Assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the Office of Housing and Residence Life annual strategic plan, goals, objectives, and learning outcomes consistent with College purpose and mission.

Residential Life/ Community Development

  • Assume responsibility for the development and implementation of a residential environment that instructs student rights and responsibilities, service learning, personal growth, development, and leadership with measurable operational and student learning outcomes.
  • Serve as the primary advisor for the Residence Hall Association and actively mentor the executive board and general membership.
  • Provide leadership for residential living/learning programs.
  • Develop, in coordination with the Office of the Assistant Dean for Student Development, policies and procedures for responding to student conduct and disciplinary requirements including but not limited to instruction on the student code of conduct, the student conduct process, training of the residential staff in the implementation of residence hall and College disciplinary action.
  • Assist in the adjudication of the student conduct cases, as required.
  • Have a working knowledge of College Regulatory requirements, including the College Regulatory Manual; campus Clery requirements; Title IX requirements; Federal, State, and local laws related to the housing and residential life operation, including but not limited to FERPA, Fire Safety, etc.
  • Actively participate and encourage the active participation of residence life staff in College functions, activities, and co-curricular programs.
  • Serve as an active liaison between the College administration, faculty, staff, and the student.

Crisis Response/On Call Responsibilities

  • The Director of Housing and Residence Life is expected to be on campus and available to residents on a daily basis and must sleep on campus Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • The Director of Housing and Residence Life is expected to make their employment with Barton College their primary responsibility.
  • Perform on-call duty as designated for approximately 7-8 weeks per academic year.

Barton OneCard Operations Management

  • Provide oversight and assume responsibility for the coordination, training, and use of the Barton OneCard.
  • Supervise the Administrative Support for Campus Safety role in his/her responsibility of managing the Barton OneCard operations.
  • Partner with essential departments and individuals including Information Technology, Administration and Finance, Athletics, Dining Services, and Physical Plant.

Other Responsibilities

  • Promote academic excellence in and outside the classroom and promote the college mission and Barton Experience.
  • Participate in professional development and associations.
  • Generally be available to staff and students at irregular hours and respond to crises and emergencies.
  • Assume responsibility for coordinating crisis response actions for residence life (i.e. campus emergencies, suicide, deaths, injuries, etc.).
  • Partner with all departments within the Division of Student Engagement and Success to advance departmental functions, programs, and events and to advance the College purpose and mission.
  • Assume responsibility to advance and develop additional programs and duties necessary for the implementation of Student Engagement and Success and institutional strategic priorities.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Dean for Student Development.

Desired Education, Skills, and Experience

  • Three years of experience as a professional in housing and student life administration.
  • A Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education Leadership, Counseling, or a related field is required.
  • Must be proficient in using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required with ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within the organization.
  • Ability to be discreet in handling confidential and proprietary information appropriately.
  • Proven track record of reliability, responsibility, and integrity.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Must be able to effectively operate in a fast-paced environment and have the ability to work independent of direct supervision.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and ability to be detail-oriented.

Application Process

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references electronically to Mr. Joseph Dlugos, Assistant Dean for Student Development, at employment@barton.edu. Submissions will be accepted until the position is filled.

Barton College is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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