The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is in pursuit of exceptional candidates for the position of Residence Hall Director. Positioned between Minneapolis and Madison, along the majestic Mississippi River in the midst of grand bluffs and breathtaking outdoor scenery, lies La Crosse; a vibrant community with a historic downtown.
Our Residence Hall Director position at UW-La Crosse is an opportunity for you to have a tremendous impact on the lives of college students. And our students, without a doubt, will have a greater impact on you. The culture of engagement at UW-La Crosse is phenomenal. The investment our students and staff have in developing strong communities and lasting relationships are what make our program special. We are student-centered, we care, and we have fun!
The Office of Residence Life is committed to creating an inclusive environment for our students and staff to feel welcome and at home by valuing all racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, and religious backgrounds, as well as other identities and experiences. Our residence life team works together to intentionally value the intersecting identities and unique lived experiences of our students and staff. We work collaboratively with various departments across the campus to enhance these values and to provide the best possible understanding of cultural humility and what truly inclusive communities can be. We invite applications from individuals who represent a wide variety of identities.
Residence Hall Directors are entry level Professional Staff in the Office of Residence Life and are an integral component in achieving our mission. Our Residence Hall Directors enjoy working in a collaborative yet autonomous environment. Primary responsibilities:
Create intentional, inclusive communities that value diverse, intersecting identities
Provide vision and leadership in a residence hall with 225-425 students
Supervise 9-13 student staff and a Graduate Assistant Hall Director (depending on residence hall placement)
Ensure a wide array of leadership opportunities, including advising a creative model for residence hall leadership.
Adjudicate conduct and center student well-being
Oversee residence hall operations and front desk services
Address facilities needs and concerns
Beyond their residence hall, Residence Hall Directors contribute through special assignments, various committees and advising opportunities within Residence Life. In collaboration with their supervisor, Residence Hall Directors will work through a professional development plan. In addition, we support and encourage you to enhance your experience with our campus partners through involvement on university committees and other professional development opportunities at UW-La Crosse, in the La Crosse community, in the state, region, and nation.
This is a 12-month annual appointment beginning July 16, 2018. Anticipated 2018-2019 annual salary is $32,424. Additional benefits include a furnished apartment, meal plan, comprehensive State of Wisconsin benefits package including professional development funds, digital cable, internet, private in-hall storage, reserved parking, laptop computer, and personal washer and dryer. The Office of Residence Life supports inclusive live-in requests for additional apartment occupants. We also offer a pet policy which includes cats or a dog.
Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field.
Prior residence life experience is required.
Commitment to students, student voice, and student development.
Clear, active, intentional, and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.
Student supervision or co-supervision of one or more people.
Interest in serving the UW-La Crosse community and student body.
If the Office of Residence Life at UW-La Crosse is a place where you can envision incorporating your experiences and putting your Master’s degree into practice, apply online at https://employment.uwlax.edu/. When applying, use position number 599. The position is listed as Staff/Administrative. In your cover letter please include what interests you about being a Residence Hall Director at UW-La Crosse. Also indicate if you will be attending the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE).
Priority consideration will be given to all applications completed by Thursday, February 15, 2018.
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 is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 25 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 86 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.
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. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. 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.
As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Clery-report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. 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 con...tributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.