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Director of Residence Life

Apply now Job no: 500024
Work type: Full-time
Location: Oshkosh Campus
Categories: Non-Instructional Academic Staff

Official Title: Residence Life Director
Business Title: Director of Residence Life
Employment Class: Limited appointment
FTE: 1.0
Compensation: $90,000-$95,000
FLSA Status: Exempt
Terms of Employment: 12 Month, Annual, Limited
Position Summary:

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Directs all administrative, educational, and supervisory tasks of all campus residence life functions. Demonstrates significant interaction and responsibility with all functional areas of the housing operation including staff supervision, administrative duties, student discipline, stimulating the development of educational, social and personal growth programs, group advising, promoting the safety and welfare of all residents, and individual counseling.


The Director of Residence Life is responsible for the administrative leadership of the on-campus residential life program and for fostering a student living environment that supports and complements the mission of the university. Residence Life has a revenue generating capacity of 3,100 in 10 residence halls with 570,125 square feet of living space (4,015,961 gross square footage across all residence halls) and an operating budget of $14.5 million. Furthermore, the Director supervises the Gruenhagen Conference Center, a full-service, year-round conference center that annually supports approximately 85 conferences and groups. The Director has responsibility for supervision of personnel, management of fiscal resources, facility operations and use, problem solving, administration of room assignments, and review, development and implementation of policies and programs impacting the on-campus living community. The Director must also ensure that students are involved in shared student governance by maintaining positive working relationships and active involvement with hall governance. The Director will supervise and participate in after-hours on-call emergency response and will be required to attend weekend and evening events.

40% Provide vision and leadership to the Department of Residence Life

  • Coordinate the availability of resources necessary for the effective delivery of services and programs.  Ensure all three function areas - conference services, residential education, and housing operations - work seamlessly to provide superior service
  • Develop and monitor activities, policies, and procedures supporting the mission and purpose of the department and university
  • Maintain 10-year facilities plan for residence halls (e.g. significant maintenance and renovations)
  • Coordinate with Facilities relating to planning and construction, custodial services and building and grounds
  • Direct the preparation of departmental annual report
  • Oversee room selection process and residential occupancy
  • Oversee the Service Level Agreement for Information Technology
  • Coordinate departmental assessment efforts
  • University liaison to residence halls on Fond du Lac and Fox Valley campuses
  • Position will involve some travel out-of-town for UW System Housing Director meetings and professional conferences
  • Directs and evaluates residence life programs for institutional student housing communities to ensure alignment with academic initiatives, unit objectives, and strategic plans
  • Serves as the primary liaison for the unit among internal and external stakeholder groups providing organizational information and representing the interests of the unit in the absence of a Director
  • Advises institutional leadership on housing activities
  • Cultivates and maintains effective working relationships with Facilities, Public Safety and Emergency Management, Counseling and Psychological Services, and other Student Affairs and Campus Life, and College offices


20% Supervision of staff

  • Directly supervise four Associate Directors and one Coordinator
  • Indirectly supervise 20 professional staff and 160 student staff
  • Communicate staff issues or challenges to supervisor
  • Coordinate staff development activities and retreats
  • Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked 


10% Review development, and implementation of residence hall policies and procedures

  • Annually update the residence hall contract
  • Annually update the Community Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
  • Oversee residence hall opening and closing
  • Review exceptions to the two-year residency requirement for undergraduate students. 
  • Oversee contract release process
  • Oversee coordination of systems and timelines dealing with assignment procedures, billing, payroll, and other procedures


10% Fiscal / Budget Management

  • Oversee $14.5 million budget for Residence Life
  • Exercise full signatory authority for all departmental budgets, purchase requisitions, capital expenditure and employee payroll
  • Monitor financial and occupancy reports
  • Ensure that fiscal and budget polices are appropriately developed, reviewed, and followed
  • Formulate annual and long-range budgets
  • Make recommendations regarding annual room rates, rate schedules, and long-range funding
  • Plan and forecast revenue and expenses


10% Student conduct, crisis response, student advocacy

  • Serve as appeals officer for residence hall student conduct process
  • Collaborate closely with the Dean of Students Office, Counseling Services, the Student health Center, and University Police
  • Assist in follow up for the Student Care Team
  • Assist in coordinated response to bias incidents
  • Assist in coordinated response to Title IX incidents/complaints
  • Seek proactive measures to advocate and care for on campus students


10% Student Affairs Leadership

  • Provide leadership to Social Justice Institute
  • Supervise and participate in after-hours on-call emergency response
  • Be visible and active participant in campus-wide engagements, such as Homecoming, Reeve Memorial Union events, athletics, and student or faculty sponsored activities including weekend and evening engagements
  • Serve on search and screen committees for positions outside the department
  • Provide service to the university through participation on standing and ad hoc committees
  • Track and report out annually the retention and academic success of on-campus students
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice
  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
  • Experience in supervising fulltime staff
  • Demonstrated experience in residence life
  • Demonstrated experience in occupancy assignment and management
  • Demonstrated experience in conference services
  • Demonstrated experience in student conduct
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis management
  • Demonstrated experience in assessment
To Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents using the online application:  Cover Letter, resume, and three professional references

For questions regarding your application and additional options to apply, contact Human Resources at or 920-424-1166.

Application Deadline:

TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Applications received by May 15, 2022 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Legal Notices:

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWO, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
Diversity drives innovation, creativity, and progress. At the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the culture, identities, life experiences, unique abilities, and talents of every individual contribute to the foundation of our success. Creating and maintaining an inclusive and equitable environment is of paramount importance to us. This pursuit prepares all of us to be global citizens who will contribute to the betterment of the world. We are committed to a university culture that provides everyone with the opportunity to thrive.

Reasonable Accommodations
UWO provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 920-424-1166. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWO is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWO will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of "final candidates" and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Work Authorization
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term.

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For the UWO Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWO Police Department, at (920) 424-1212 for a paper copy.


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All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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Reasonable Accommodations

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, UW Oshkosh will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity, Equity & Affirmative Action, (920) 424-1166 or