Position Purpose: The Residence Hall Director supports learning by building community, developing leaders in our residence halls and focusing on student retention efforts. This is a full-time, live-in position and Residence Hall Directors (RHD's) are expected to be active and visible members of our residence communities. The RHD's are expected to enhance the living environment of the residence hall through staff and student development, resident outreach, community building, attention to facilities, and administrative organization. Individuals who are able to work in a continuously changing organization and are highly motivated are best suited for this position.
Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Supervises 4-10 Resident Assistants assigned to the residence hall/area. Provides regular individual and group supervision, and completes written evaluations each semester.
Establishes and maintains community with students living in the residence hall/area through individual contacts and group interactions.
Enforces policies and procedures which establish a safe and secure living situation. Responds to emergency and crisis situations and effectively communicates concerning situations to supervisor(s).
Serves as a conduct officer for the Office of Residence Life in addressing alleged policy violations. Addresses inappropriate behavior of students and, in following due process, determines fair and appropriate sanctions with educational outcomes. Makes conduct and counseling referrals as appropriate.
Provides administrative leadership in the assigned residence hall/area, including knowledge of occupancy, overseeing a key inventory, tracking area community development/programming initiatives, etc.
Maintains a high level of awareness regarding the facilities of the assigned residence hall/area, including submitting and following up on work orders, communicating building updates to students and overseeing the damage process for the residence hall/area and maintaining accurate records.
Assists to coordinate various hall openings and closings.
Performs collateral assignment(s), as directed by the Assistant Dean of Student Life, Dean of Student Life, and Senior Vice President for Student Life including but not limited to responsibilities in housing room selection, title IX responsibilities, office student worker management, summer camp oversight, and various departmental administrative responsibilities such as social media management, departmental email management, contract management and occupancy management.
Participates in rotating 24 hour on-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus.
Establishes positive working relationships with campus colleagues, such as Campus Public Safety, Counseling Center, Student Activities, Wellness Center, etc.
Participates in the recruitment, selection, and training of Resident Assistants.
Utilizes departmental assessment data to set action plans for their residence area, and assists in departmental planning.
Essential Job Requirements:
Bachelor's degree with one year of directly related experience required; Master's degree preferred.
Knowledge of higher education and student development principles, practices, and procedures. Prior Residence Life experience preferred.
Effective oral/written communication, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and excellent time management skills.
24 hour rotation of on-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus.
Ability to move about campus. Active engagement through-out campus with the ability to move around to assess facilities.
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.