The Department of Housing and Residence Life as part of the Division of Student Development helps students develop as leaders who are holistically formed, critically reï¬‚ective, and socially and personally responsible. Our communities cultivate student growth and enhance learning by fostering collaborative and enduring connections among students, faculty, and staï¬.
Living on campus is not required for this role.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life provides a transformative residential experience. Through living in community, students:
exhibit a commitment to individual and community responsibility,
develop an understanding of personal and social identities, and
cultivate academic and intellectual growth.
The Associate Director provides direction for student learning and academic success while coordinating the overall supervisory and programmatic facets for a residential program of approximately 4,000 students. The Associate Director is responsible for the direct and indirect recruitment, training and supervision of the Residence Life staï¬; coordination of leadership programs, learning communities, residential curriculum, academic initiatives, assessment; and assisting individuals with their personal concerns including crisis management. This position is part of the department Leadership Team that assists in goal setting for the department.
The Department of Housing and Residence Life is committed to the total development of the residents within an inclusive community through student government, the residential curriculum, residence hall standards, and supportive learning environments. The program is built on a student learning philosophy that values social justice, community, spiritual and personal growth, and academic success.
The Associate Director is a vital member of the Department of Housing and Residence Life team. Supervised by the Director, the Associate Director is expected to form strong, collaborative relationships within the department and with various campus partners to create innovative practices for the successful implementation of department and division goals. The Associate Director will be expected to work some evenings and weekends determined in conjunction with the Director.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics
Supervisory and leadership skills
Knowledge of residence life operational policies and procedures
Understanding of a curricular residential education approach
Excellent interpersonal/human relations skills
Verbal and written communication skills
Attention to details
Ability to empower students to make decisions
Ability to manage multiple tasks
Ability to maintain conï¬dentiality
Ability to work a ï¬‚exible schedule
Progressive experience supervising professional staï¬
A Master's Degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related ï¬eld is required, and candidates must have previous residence hall staï¬ experience. At least 5 years of full-time residence hall experience is required post master's degree.
Ensures staï¬ understands departmental and university mission and vision
Works toward the continued development of supportive living and learning communities.
Supervises 2-3 Assistant Directors.
Facilitates and coordinates regular meetings for professional staï¬.
Hires and trains staï¬ to perform needed job duties.
Performs regular evaluations and meets regularly with staï¬.
Assists with staï¬ corrective counseling procedures in order to maintain high expectations.
Indirect oversight of Residence Hall Coordinators, Learning Community Coordinators, graduate assistants and interns.
Oversee recruitment processes for professional and paraprofessional staï¬ positions.
Oversee training and development of hall staï¬
Provides a key leadership role in the creation and implementation of a comprehensive residential experience.
Provides direction for a curricular approach to residential education.
Provides direction for a comprehensive restorative justice-focused community standards process in collaboration with campus partners.
Ensures faculty recognition and involvement eï¬orts within residence halls and apartments.
Participates in the Learning Community Advisory Council.
Works with campus partners to identify and implement opportunities for service learning activities.
Works with campus partners to ensure integrated learning experiences for all residential students.
Supports student groups within the department.
Collaborates with others regarding student leadership development.
Develops and maintains a relationship with Residence Hall Association to discuss student concerns and new initiatives.
Reviews, approves and updates the curriculum for the Resident Assistant course.
Develops and implements innovative ways to assess and share residence life eï¬orts.
Establishes and maintains operational procedures within the residence halls including but not limited to opening & closing procedures, front desk operations and reporting mechanisms.
Ensures all payroll and purchasing processes are followed in all functional areas of residence life.
Establishes and continuously evaluates goals and objectives for departmental programs.
Participates in departmental and divisional committees, task forces and research projects.
Fiscal management of assigned accounts.
Responds to parent and faculty concerns.
Attends regular staï¬ meetings and professional developments.
Provides weekly feedback on campus dining.
Tracks department programming for reporting purposes.
Works with the Department of Public Safety, Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Student Responsibility and Community Standards, Dean of Students, Title IX etc. in response to issues and incidents in the halls and apartments.
Serves as a key member of the Incident Debrief Committee and Behavioral Concerns Committee.
Seeks to maintain judicial consistency within the department.
Coordinates and participates in the residence life leadership on-call schedule.
Maintains conï¬dentiality at the highest level.
Assists the Admissions Oï¬ƒce, Visitor Relations, as well as Residence Life in recruitment initiatives.
Supports and collaborates with other Student Development and student support services oï¬ƒces/departments (i.e. campus Ministry, Student Recreation Center, Educational Services, etc.)
Collaborates with Student Development professionals in the development and advancement of collaborative programs and retention eï¬orts (i.e. ï¬rst year experience).
A formal Saint Louis University Application must be completed prior to any interview to be considered as a candidate. https://jobs.slu.edu.
The Associate Director position is considered a security sensitive position. Finalists will be subjected to a background check and will be required to submit ï¬ngerprints as a part of the process. All candidates will be required to submit academic transcripts to verify education.
The Saint Louis University Campus
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 14,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit University in the United States. Through teaching, research, health care and community service, Saint Louis University has provided one-of-a-kind education, leadership and service for nearly two centuries. The University is located in a vibrant urban setting in the heart of St. Louis, a metropolitan area with a population of nearly 3 million. More information about Saint Louis University can be found at
Saint Louis University(SLU) is a private, co-educational Jesuit university located in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Founded in 1818 by the Most Reverend Louis Guillaume Valentin Dubourg SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. The University has campuses in St. Louis, Mo. and Madrid, Spain. SLU values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. For nearly 200 years, the University has gone beyond teaching facts and figures, encouraging students to form ideas and identities. Today, SLU students are nearly 14,000 strong. The University has invested vast resources to advance academic programs and enhance the student experience. SLU also is a major research institution where premier researchers tackle local and global challenges. And the University's commitment to community service has earned it national acclaim and bolstered its status as a character-building college.