Human Resources

Director of Residence Life


Student Affairs


The Director of Residence Life is a full-time position that reports to the Dean of Students. The Director of Residence Life is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the residence life and student housing program. The Director is a senior member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team, crisis response team, and serves in the senior on-call rotation.


  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and supports the development of three Assistant Directors and a senior student leadership team
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and supports the development of over 60 student staff members, including Resident Advisors, Special Interest Housing (SPINT) Program Coordinators, Key Room Manager & Assistants, and Room Inventory Crew
  • Supports a resident student population of approximately 1600 students through the use of a curricular approach to tie Ursinus Quest to the residential experience
  • Serves as a member of the academic core implementation committee
  • Serves as a senior member of the Student Affairs leadership team
  • Creates and enforces policies and procedures for student housing selection and occupancy, room change, move in/move out, and residence hall safety
  • Leads department initiatives such as RA selection and training, housing selection, opening and closing, and summer programs
  • Maintains student housing data for all residence halls, including 5 traditional halls and the residential village (40 houses)
  • Collaborates with the Common Intellectual Experience (CIE) Coordinators on co-curricular events and initiatives
  • Encourages the development of self-governance in the residential community through Special Interest Housing (SPINT), and affinity housing
  • Directs crisis response in the senior staff duty rotation; serves on team that determines case management; coordinates crisis response coverage at the Assistant Director and Resident Advisor level
  • Serves as a senior conduct officer in administrative, investigative, and panel hearing processes
  • Acts as a case manager for students of concern; provides support and resources to students with emotional and behavioral concerns
  • Provides significant campus visibility during evenings and weekends and supports special events such as Orientation, Family Day, Homecoming, and Commencement
  • Assists in developing and implementing student affairs policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate field and at least 7-10 years of relevant professional experience and increasing responsibility within student affairs
  • Commitment to and demonstrated experience promoting inclusivity across difference
  • Previous experience implementing a residential curriculum
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build partnerships and collaborate with students, staff, faculty, families, and administration
  • Experience responding to and managing student incidents and crises
  • Substantial staff supervision and administrative experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • Innovative and creative approach to student development
  • Previous experience at a residential liberal arts institution preferred

Anticipated Start Date

January 2020


Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.

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