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Associate Director of Student Housing for Residential Experience


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Student Housing (10001023)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Definition of Class

This position serves as a senior member of the Student Housing Leadership Team and provides overall strategic direction, leadership, and oversight of the Residential Experience area within the Department of Student Housing. The incumbent supervises and develops professional and paraprofessional staff, implements, and evaluates university policies and procedures, oversees conduct and behavioral processes, develops assessment methods to evaluate student learning and the Residential Curriculum, coordinates and manages crises, collaborates with faculty, develops academic initiatives, and frequently makes decisions by exercising discretion and independent judgment.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Provides overall leadership, direction, and vision of the Residential Experience component of the Department of Student Housing. Develops goals and objectives for area with team members.
  • Evaluates and implements related aspects of the Student Housing Strategic Plan.
  • Cultivates strong relationships with faculty and collaborates frequently with the Luckyday Scholars program, and the Luckyday and RC South Faculty-in-Residence.
  • Coordinates and sets direction and a vision for living learning communities and special interest communities. Communicates frequently with faculty and Academic Affairs partners regarding student learning, assessment, and cocurricular involvement.
  • Develops, coordinates, and evaluates assessment plans and efforts for Residential Experience. Develops assessment plan and evidence to evaluate impacts of living learning communities. Nurtures a deep alignment of Living and Learning Communities with partnering units' vision and strategic goals.
  • Uses relevant student development theory and evidence-based best practices to develop and institutionalize academic initiatives that support student needs and meet strategic goals. Identifies, develops, and implements academic initiatives such as study groups, tutoring, faculty involvement and support, and other academic support activities to support student learning and retention.
  • Develops DEI initiatives that infuse area programming, recruitment, professional development, student leadership, and other areas.
  • Responds to and investigates concerns of students, parents, and other university personnel regarding any/all aspects of campus living; serves as a liaison to other university offices; advises professional staff on crisis response and intervention, contractual reviews and communicates with the University Police Department and families of students in crisis. Coordinates referrals to relevant campus departments including UPD, Counseling Services, SDS, etc.
  • Leads and supervises the Residential Experience leadership team.
  • Develops plan and vision for and leads student and professional staff training. Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates Assistant Directors, Community Coordinators, Graduate Hall Directors, Community Assistants, Coordinator of Student Conduct, and student employees; provides in-service and professional development opportunities.
  • Provides feedback and recommendations for Residential Experience and Department publications.
  • Coordinates health and safety education efforts and training in all residence halls and apartments. Develops and distributes information to on-campus students and serves as the department reporting agent for federal crime statistical summary. Collaborates with Facilities on timelines and initiatives.
  • Plans and schedules area projects, initiatives, and committees for staff, distributes work assignments, and ensures availability of adequate and proper resources to perform assignments.
  • Oversees the residential conduct process, evaluates polices/procedures, and manages a judicial database. Serves as a judicial hearing officer and administrative hearing officer.
  • Identifies sustainability initiatives for all on-campus living communities.

Additional Examples of Work Performed

  • Advises and works closely with student groups including Community Councils, NRHH, and Residence Hall Association.
  • Serves as a member of the Student Housing Leadership Team and other departmental, division or institutional committees as assigned.
  • Assists with the preparation and management of the Residential Experience budget.
  • Collaborates frequently with Operations, Facilities, IT, Budget and other areas of the department.
  • Familiarity with Title IX, Clery, and other federal laws as related to students living on campus.
  • Coordinates on-call schedule for student and professional staff. Serve in on-call capacity for Residential Experience. May involve responding to emergencies or crises after regular business hours.
  • Represents Student Housing within the Division of Student Affairs and University through appointed opportunities, recruitment efforts, and volunteer activities.
  • Develops, interprets, and enforces policies and procedures.
  • Participates in planning programs and activities for the area and department.
  • Develop annual and other reports as needed.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.
1. Responsible for the development and implementation of cocurricular programs and activities.
2. Implements and evaluates policies and procedures. Develops assessment initiatives.
3. Supervises and coordinates activities of professional and paraprofessional staff to include recruitment, training, development, and evaluation.
4. Serves as advisor to students, faculty, and parents; acts as a liaison between the University and on-campus residents.
5. Coordinates the student conduct process for on-campus students to include training of judicial officers and student boards, reviews caseloads, hears cases, and manages student files and database.
6. Coordinates living learning programs, special interest groups and communications and collaborates with faculty.

Minimum Education/Experience

Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Counseling, Higher Education, Management, or a related field.


Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.


Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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