Positioned along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Director of Residence Life. The Director of Residence Life position at UWL is an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students. The student-centered culture at UWL is what makes our university special.
The Director of Residence Life has administrative responsibility for the Department of Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. The Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Directors Leadership Team to ensure that residence life services are effectively interfaced with the institution and division missions. The Director ensures a high-quality living and learning environment for over 3,300 students in the 10 residence halls, an effective planning and assessment program, staff training/development program, physical facilities and operations program, communication, hall governance, judicial process, and fiscal management.
UWL provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. The mission of UWL’s Residence Life program is to “develop living environments to enhance the academic mission of UWL through creating inclusive communities, supporting experiential learning, and building meaningful relationships.”
The Office of Residence Life’s Diversity Statement illustrates its commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Our Residence Life program is committed to creating living learning environments that help all students feel welcome and included. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment for students of all racial/ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ability/disability, and religious backgrounds. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to a global society, multiculturalism, diversity and inclusive excellence and an ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and families across communities from diverse populations, various cultural backgrounds, lifestyles and perspectives.
M.A. or M.S. in Student Affairs, Student Development, Counseling, or closely related field.
A minimum of five years of work in residence life or related areas.
A minimum of three years of post-master’s experience supervising professional staff.
Demonstrated understanding and experience with budgeting and financial management.
Demonstrated understanding and experience with facility management and planning.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that intersects a wide spectrum of identities.
Demonstrated commitment and understanding of higher education and the role of student affairs.
An exhibited commitment to student development and higher education required.
Strong communication and presentation skills.
Doctorate degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Leadership or related field.
Ten years post master’s experience in residence life or related areas.
Five years of supervisory experience and department leadership.
Demonstrated ability to engage in articulate verbal communication, to deliver messages that connect to topics, to respond spontaneously to a variety of constituents, and engage in meaningful discourse with students, faculty, staff, parents and families, and community members.
Demonstrated experience with student conduct and Title IX.
Significant involvement with a wide range of students, communities, and families of all racial/ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, ability/disability, and religious backgrounds.
Financial oversight of a departmental or significant budget of six figures or higher.
Demonstrated values in collaboration and creative partnerships.
Commitment to student learning and engagement.
Demonstrated support of planning and assessment.
This is a full-time, 12-month position, which includes a State of Wisconsin benefits package as well as an annual salary of $80,000-$90,000. A complete application must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for five references (name, address, telephone number, e-mail address). This position will remain open until filled with priority given to applications submitted on or before December 9, 2019. The preferred start date will be July 1, 2020. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Kathryn Oleson, Search and Screen Committee Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on this position, please go to https://www.uwlax.edu/search-screen/director-of-residence-life/
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.