Lake Superior State University
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FLSA Designation
EXEMPT
Date Issued: 2007-02-01
Department:
Campus Life
Title: Director of Housing and Residential Life
 
Function and Responsibility
This is a live-in residential life position that includes the following general and collaborative responsibilities of student staff supervision, student interaction, policy development, office hours, on-call crisis intervention, liaison to other LSSU departments (public safety, food service, health center, physical plant), opening and closing of residences halls, team planning, assessment and research and student organization advising. Work collaboratively with the Campus Life staff, LSSU faculty, and students to design and implement strategies that better integrate academic programming to enhance the campus culture and educational outcomes of students.

The Director of Housing and Residential Life is a full time, eleven-month position under the supervision of the Vice-President of Student Affairs.
 
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate and manage break and summer housing, process early arrivals, opening and closing of residence halls.

Provide leadership in developing effective strategies for preventing, responding and managing crisis situations, as well as being on call for emergency and urgent situations.

Track, investigate and work to resolve issues with housing facilities, administration, website, procedures, etc.

Prepare, analyze, and propose budgets for all aspects of the residential life and housing operations.

Perform regular walk-a-rounds and inspections of housing facilities. Work with the Physical Plant staff to coordinate and direct maintenance and custodial requirements.

Assure compliance with State and Federal codes and regulations in cooperation with Physical Plant and Office of Public Safety.

Maintain, inventory and oversee development of refurbishment plan for all residential facilities.
Initiate and provide vision of future housing facilities through research, site visits and preparation.

Produce timely requisitions for procurement of furnishings and equipment. Coordinate on campus services (IT, laundry equipment, etc.), and off-campus vendors (cable TV, linen).
Collaborate with residence life staff to coordinate student moves, update and maintain floor plans, prepare and maintain occupancy data for residential facilities.
Serve on following committees: StART (Student Assistance Response Team) and Safety.
Assist in preparation and coordination of all housing-related informational mailings.
Assist in the coordination of damage assessment and process billing.
Coordinate special need housing assignments in collaboration with Director of Disability Services.

Oversee the development and maintenance of department manuals; provide oversight to select department publications and design marketing materials that promote a positive image of residential communities.
Assist in the coordination and planning of summer conferences and camps. Assist in Resident and Community Advisor recruitment, selection and training. Assist in judiciary and disciplinary matters and track policy violations including filing appropriate paperwork.
Participate in the training and development of all department staff.
Other duties as assigned.
 
Qualifications
Masters Degree in appropriate field required. A strong understanding of the business and facility management underpinnings needed for success in a small campus setting is required. The ability to create and maintain a successful student-centered environment is a must. A positive, can-do attitude is necessary. Ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule including weekends and evenings is required.

Excellent communication skills; ability to exercise a high level of independent judgment; demonstrated history of administrative experience; ability to manage multiple tasks and projects; and have intermediate computer skills with MS Word/Excel/Publisher Products; knowledge of crisis/response training and management, mediation and conflict management.

 
Physical and Mental Demands
Adequate physical fitness to be able to participate in and assist with set-up, takedown, and facilitation of residential halls, student activities and events. Ability to use gross motor skills to perform supervisory and organizational duties. Use of fine motor skills to operate computer; problem solving ability; ability to understand and work with numbers; ability to see, hear, and speak with or without the use of aids to represent the University in public and promotional appearances, and mental capacity to assist with numerous administrative responsibilities.

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