Job Summary/Basic Function: Summary: The Residence Director position is a 12-month live-in position, which reports to the Assistant Director for Residence Life. The position creates and develops a comprehensive residential experience to residents of a 500-bed residence hall on the campus of Lamar University. Responsibilities include selection, training, and supervision of student staff to include Resident Assistants and Desk Assistants; planning and executing quality, focused programming; promoting community interaction and student engagement; advising hall council and/or RHA; administering penalties for housing contract violations; adjudicating student conduct cases; responding to emergency and crisis situations; and overall day-to-day operation of one 500-bed residence hall.
Staff Supervision & Development:
Train, supervise, and motivate a staff of 6 to 8 Resident Assistants (RAs) and a staff of Desk Assistants (DAs)
Coordinate weekly staff meetings with RAs at which information is communicated, ongoing training is offered and team-building opportunities are provided
Conduct weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with RAs
Coordinate monthly all-staff in-services in conjunction with other professional staff
Monitor and maintain an in-hall duty rotation system
Oversee the management of a programming budget
Assist in the recruitment and selection of new student staff
Empower RA staff to resolve roommate conflicts, serving as a resource in the establishment of roommate contract agreements to mediate conflict
Responsible for all social media contact with students concerning Housing & Residence Life. Reports to the Director of Housing & Residence Life on social media outreach to students.
Monitor and provide support and guidance in the implementation of a programming model put forth by the Office of Residence Life
Support the mission of the Office of Residence Life through purposeful programming initiatives
Support the academic mission of Lamar University
Attend and support hall programs, maintaining visibility throughout the hall community
Create and maintain an environment conducive to respect for the environment and for one another
Adjudicate student conduct cases as designated by the Dean of Students and Director of Housing & Residence Life.
Advise the Residence Hall Association and Hall Council
Assist the Director of New Student & Leadership Programs with the administration of the new student orientation program (April - July) concurrently with RD responsibilities during the time period, or
Manage the summer camp operations in the residence halls.
Maintain an accurate roster of residents that is up-to-date at all times, coordinating occupancy verification's monthly
Serve on various committees as requested or approved by the Director of Residence Life
Attend Residence Life staff training at the beginning of each fall and spring semester
Process paperwork in a timely manner in accordance with all policies and procedures
Issue violation notices and fine letters for housing and handbook violations
Create and manage the work schedules of RAs and DAs to maintain office/desk coverage
Meet one-on-one weekly with Director of Residence Life
Coordinate hall openings and closings
Facilitate room changes
Coordinate monthly health and wellness checks
Facilities Management/Summer Responsibilities:
Conducting thorough room-to-room maintenance inspections throughout the summer
Inputting work orders into a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS)
Maintain open lines of communication with Facilities Management staff
Conduct fire drills in conjunction with Risk Management
Serve on an a professional and para-professional 24-hour on-call rotation for emergency situations that arise after-hours, weekends, including some holidays
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Housing & Residence Life
Health insurance and other benefits as an employee of the State of Texas
Furnished two-bedroom apartment with full kitchen, washer/dryer, and utilities/cable/internet included
Meal plan for fall, spring. and summer semesters
Opportunities for professional development, including conference travel
No state income tax in Texas
Minimum Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications: Master s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration or related field One year paraprofessional or professional experience in working in higher education Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and similar programs Committed to inclusion and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations Must meet the physical requirements of the position, which will include the ability to move between and within the residence hall community and possible lifting of up to 50 lbs.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications: Two years of paraprofessional and/or professional experience in residence life Supervisory, event planning, marketing/advertising, budgeting and crisis response experience Knowledge of student development theory and experience applying theory to practice Experience with creative problem solving and confidence when resolving complex issues
Security Sensitive Statement: This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code 51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.
Lamar University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of Lamar University not to discriminate on the basis of non-relevant criteria including, but not limited to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in its educational programs, activities, admissions or employment practices.
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Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana
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