Reporting to the Assistant Director of Residence Life and/or the Associate Director of Residence Life, the Hall Director is a 12 month live-on position responsible for coordinating all aspects of student development in the residential facilities at Northern Kentucky University. The Residence Hall Director supervises 8-18 Resident Assistants and up to 2 Graduate Residence Hall Directors (varies by residential community). The Residence Hall Director is responsible for staffing, training, supervising, and evaluating paraprofessional and graduate staff. The Residence Hall Director is responsible for the development and implementation of learning strategies and programming to residential students. This position is intended as an entry-level position for new professionals joining the Housing and Residence Life profession. This is an annual 12-month live-on position typically funded for up to four years. Appointments will be made on an annual basis based on continued satisfactory performance.
Primary Responsibilities :
1. Coordinate all aspects of the residence life program for the residential communities assigned. This responsibility includes supervising up to 2 Assistant Residence Hall Directors (varies by area) and Resident Assistants for their residential area, addressing performance management issues that could result in termination of staff, facilitating staff meetings to address issues that impact the residential area, conducting annual performance appraisals, recruiting undergraduate paraprofessional staff as a part of the department’s annual recruitment processes, and providing training and professional development for staff. Advise the residential hall council for the area, ensuring representation of students and collaboration to advertise and promote hall council events.
2. Serve as a hearing officer responsible for adjudication of student conduct and manage assigned conduct cases, in concert with the Office of Student Conduct, Rights, and Advocacy. Support the paraprofessional staff in the implementation of the University’s conduct process and in the education of students regarding University policies, both through proactive outreach and through reactive conversations and initiatives, such as monthly Health & Safety Checks.
3. Oversee the development and implementation of a programming plan or residential curriculum for assigned community in line with departmental, divisional, and institutional mission, vision, and priorities. Ensure adherence of programming and educational plan to departmental standards including the educational or curricular standards. Coordinate assessment and evaluation of engagement opportunities that occur in the residential communities and for initiatives in the educational plan for their designated population of students.
4. Design, implement, and manage the on-call duty response for the assigned residential area. Respond to and resolve crisis situations in the residential areas. In collaboration with campus partners, develop strategies to address high-risk behavior in the residential areas related to safety, security, alcohol and other drugs, health, and visitation policies. Serve as the Residence Life Coordinator on-call for the department (as required), providing support and supervision for Resident Assistants and Peer Mentors serving on call for University Housing. Liaise as appropriate with parents and families of students who are involved in disciplinary and/or crisis situations, as directed by the Assistant Director of Residence Life, the Associate Director of Residence Life, and/or the Director of University Housing.
5. Serve as the chair and/or member of departmental committees for the purpose of supporting annual initiatives and processes; serve in assigned collateral or project roles during Summer months, as assigned.
6. Coordinate with the Associate Director of Housing Operations, the Housing Assignments Coordinator, the Facilities Specialist, and other Housing Operations staff to open, operate, and close the residential areas.
7. Manage residence life budgets up to $5,000. Oversee the purchasing process for the assigned residential area, approving expenditures for staff to ensure alignment with the department’s strategic priorities and University Procurement rules and regulations. Reconcile and turn in spending reports monthly, as required.
8. Assist in department, division, and institution intiatives in the recruitment and retention of students. Assist with other University Housing marketing and promotional activities as instructed and required.
9. Assist with other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years of professional work experience required. Master's degree strongly preferred by start date. Master’s degree preferred fields to include Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Administration, Student Affairs, Counseling, Counselor Education, Organizational Behavior, Business Administration, Management, or Psychology. Live-in higher education housing experience is preferred.
All applicants must fill-out an online staff application and electronically attach their resume, cover letter and provide contact information for 3 professional references (to be attached in Reference section of this application).
Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.
Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree
Minimum Experience: Acceptable Equivalency
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About Northern Kentucky University
NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.
Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost.
While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names.