The Assistant Director – Leadership & Involvement position in University Housing is directly responsible for the development and implementation of student leadership and involvement programs in University Housing, including overseeing the advisement of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) by acting as a direct support to the Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs) who are the RHA advisors. The Assistant Director provides direction to the Hall Events Committee (HECs) structure, works directly with the advisors to the HECs and ensures that the student leadership program in the residence halls contributes to student engagement and success. This position directly supervises 2 – 3 master’s level Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs) and serves as a member of the central staff team in University Housing. This position also serves as the supervisor of the Housing Design staff and is responsible for oversight of all University Housing social media. There is occasional evening and weekend work required with this position.
Minimum of four years, post-masters, full-time experience in student affairs.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Solid supervisory abilities with demonstrated ability to challenge and support staff members.
Demonstrated leadership capacity including well-developed organizational and administrative skills.
Ability to successfully navigate social media and to utilize social media in effectively promoting services and programs.
Energy and enthusiasm with a commitment to excellence in job performance are desired.
Ability to implement successful leadership programs for residence hall students.
Solid understanding of student involvement in residence hall governance and event planning.
Demonstrated investment in professional growth and development for self and others.
Understanding of the role of marketing programs and services to enhance effectiveness.
Intercultural competence and understanding so as to effectively engage students and staff in creating inclusive environments.
Supervising 2 – 3 Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs) including selecting, training and evaluating the master’s level professionals.
Providing day to day programmatic and strategic direction for geographical residence hall area.
Serving as the first-line conduct appeal person for conduct cases that occur within the residence halls supervised by the Assistant Director – Leadership & Involvement.
In the absence of a RLC, supervise and manage an assigned geographical area until the position is refilled.
Understanding the Intercultural Development Framework so as to adequately provide direction and support to RLC’s to insure effective management of hate/bias incidents, individual and community conflicts.
Ensuring that programs, services and initiatives in supervised geographical area are supportive of university efforts toward inclusive excellence.
Communicating effectively with University Housing custodial supervisors and Physical Plant staff to ensure that facilities and maintenance needs are being adequately addressed in geographical residence hall area.
Serving as the housing central office point of contact for crisis and emergency situations that occur in geographical residence hall area. Communicate with parents and housing leadership as needed.
Supervising student Housing Design staff including selection, training and evaluation of Housing Design staff.
Providing central office support to the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and effectively advising RLC’s who are responsible for direct advisement of the RHA.In the absence of RLC’s serve as an advisor to RHA.
Serving as the departmental expert on student leadership development.Develop solid understanding of leadership theories and best practices and work to incorporate leadership opportunities and resources into community development models in the residence halls.
Developing and implementing a residence hall student leadership program that ensures that the program supports student engagement and student success.
Overseeing the structure, implementation and advisement of the Hall Events Committee (HECS) throughout the residence halls and working with the HECS to create programming opportunities for residence hall students.
Creating developmental opportunities for HEC advisors to ensure exemplary advising to the HEC student organizations.
Training student staff in leadership and working effectively and cooperatively with their student leadership teams.
Serving as the primary liaison with the Memorial Student Center (MSC) staff who are directly engaged with campus student organizations and leadership initiatives.
Serve as the primary liaison with University Recreation to coordinate efforts that support residence hall students’ involvement in UREC’s programs and events.
Monitoring and auditing University Housing student organizations agency accounts and ensuring compliance with all regulations.
Co-manage the residential education budget (approximately $1.5 million) and contribute to the overall housing budget development process. Work with supervisee’s to ensure expenditures are tracked and reconciled according to university procedures.
Overseeing an operating budget for student leadership and involvement.
Providing vision, feedback and input into the University Housing strategic plan, the Administrative & Student Life Services (ASLS) Focused Initiatives, and specific University Housing goals and initiatives.
Serving as a member of the University Housing Leadership Team.
Demonstrating a continued commitment to professional development that enhances knowledge and understanding of best practices, strategic initiatives, and enhanced services for residential students.
Serving on university, divisional and departmental committees as requested or appointed.
Actively supporting university initiatives designed to increase enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
University Housing is comprised of 17 permanent staff and approximately 225 student staff who, together, oversee all aspects of residential living. The department operates 16 campus residence halls and house approximately 3,000 undergraduate students (traditional style rooms and suite-style living).
University Housing implements living models for first year residents and upper-class residents that promote student success and engagement. Halls are open continuously from September to the middle of May with one building open all summer.
The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.
UW-Stout offers 48 undergraduate and 26 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Student enrollment is just over 9,500.
UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.
All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university's online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.
Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, employment will be contingent upon a criminal background check.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.
Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.
Required application materials
Cover letter SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications
Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
Unofficial copies of transcripts; official transcripts required at time of hire
Screening of complete applications will begin Thursday, April 20, 2017. To ensure consideration submit a complete application online by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Applications may be reviewed until position is filled.
It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.
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“Stout places high value on providing our students with experiential learning where they can apply what they learn in the classroom to the real-world through labs, internships, co-ops, study abroad, and student teaching.”Scott Griesbach - Executive Director of Student Life Services
“As a teacher, the “student centered” culture is what attracts me to Stout. We use applied, hands-on learning to prepare our students for their future careers. I keep myself updated with current industry and I share this knowledge with my students. It is always nice to hear from a former student, “I am using what you’ve taught me in my daily job…” this makes me so proud."Xuedong (David) Ding, Associate Professor, Department of Operations and Management
“I was initially drawn to Stout by the professional environment and its reputation. I stay because of the challenges and problem solving. I also get to enjoy my weekends and holidays and thank UW-Stout for that.”Dean Eide - Facilities Maintenance Specialist