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Residence Hall Director 

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Residence Hall Director Position Announcement

Department and University Overview: Fort Hays State University is a regionally accredited institution located in Hays, KS serving students from the Kansas and local states and a large number of international students. Residential Life is committed to partnering with other offices in the Division of Student Affairs on implementing initiatives focused on university priorities including the first year experience, academic support and success, and retention. The Hall Director will play an integral role in the design and application of these areas. The department is committed to hiring candidates who are innovative, change agents, and focused on professional growth and development.

Position Overview: This is a 12-month live-in position. The position is unclassified but not non-tenured. The Hall Director receives vacation, sick leave and other fringe benefits determined by the FHSU Personnel Office. The Hall Director reports to the Assistant Director of Residential Life. The Hall Director generally works normal office hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F), but the duties sometimes require work outside those normal hours.

Duties: The Hall Director’s primary responsibilities are for an assigned living community (hall, apartments) and to create and maintain a positive living and learning environment for a diverse student population through programming, staff development, and advising residents. They will develop and implement programming expectations that responds to unique populations, addresses diversity issues, and actively engages faculty and other members of the Fort Hays State University community. As the primary advisor to Hall Council, they will provide professional guidance to enhance leadership development opportunities and to ensure that the organization adheres to all appropriate governance procedures and financial policies.

The Hall Director will supervise Resident Assistants and a Graduate Assistant which will include: selection; training/professional development; evaluation; and termination. They manage all operational aspects of a designated community through fiscal management of budgets, maintenance, administrative record keeping, front desk operations, and carrying out departmental procedures such as opening and closing, room changes, and billing for damages. The Hall Director partners with custodial and maintenance staff to ensure a safe and secure living environment.

The Hall Director investigates and responds to concerns and complaints of students, parents and university staff members in a manner that provides accurate information and fosters positive public relations. They serve as referral agent to students, faculty and staff; takes part in Division of Student Affairs activities, including division staff meetings, assessment, programs and committees; provide appropriate training and development of procedures for crisis and risk management to ensure the security and safety of students; participate in an on call rotation; serve as a hearing officer in the student conduct process; participates in Residential Life programs, University visit days, senior recognition programs, and special weekends; and represents the Residential Life Office in a professional manner while establishing collaborative relationships with other University offices.

In addition, the Hall Director has a shared responsibility for other aspects of the Department of Residential Life. The Hall Director chairs a departmental committee, contributes professional insight and support through collateral assignments, and is committed to seeking and engaging in professional and personal development opportunities. Additional duties and professional opportunities can be assigned to the Hall Director.

Job Requirements:
Education: Master’s degree in College Student Personnel or related field preferred. Bachelor’s
degree required. Relevant student affairs experience preferred and considered helpful.

Experience: Relevant student affairs experience preferred and considered helpful. Prefer knowledge or experience living or working in a college or university residence hall environment. Position will require a working knowledge of university and departmental policy and procedures. A strong commitment to providing exceptional customer service, with an ability to organize and prioritize work; interpret rules, regulations, policies, a commitment to student development and procedures in an independent setting.

To Apply: Submit a letter of application, resume, and at least three professional references c/o Maryke Taute, Assistant Director for Residential Life or to 126 McMindes Hall, Fort Hays State University, 510 Agnew Lane, Hays, KS 67601-4099. Priority deadline is March 27, 2015. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.


Notice of Non-discrimination – Fort Hays State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, color, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or veteran status.

Background Check: Final candidate will have consented to and successfully completed a criminal background check.

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