Director of Housing and Residence Life

Posted on June 3rd, 2019 by Travis Dix

The Director of Housing and Residence Life position is a full time, 12 month, exempt position under administrative direction from the Dean of Students. This educator and administrator provides visionary leadership and direction for the department of Housing and Residence Life; directs departmental strategic planning; ensures safety and value of residential facilities. Directs student conduct operations; facilitation of Appellate Conduct Board; oversight of mailroom operations.

Essential Duties:

  • Manages the University’s housing and residence life operations in the division of student life; provides fiscal management for department budget; supervises professional and support staff, ensuring efficient operations and programming, and ensures compliance with all relevant policies, procedures, standards, and laws.
  • Evaluates and assesses University housing occupancy, retention, and projection trends; oversees the residential facilities to maintain a safe, secure, and healthy living environment; confirms that all room assignments and billings are completed and communicated to students.
  • Develops and oversees residential communities that utilize best practices in student development and research to create engaging, learning environments.
  • Actively support residential learning communities and associated first year interest groups in partnership with the Office of Student Engagement and Academic Affairs.
  • Ensures the security and safety of students; responsible for crisis and risk management.
  • Handles communications with students and families regarding facilities requests and intervention strategies.
  • Establishes long range planning mechanisms; represents the department and establishes a collaborative relationship with the University departments.
  • Serve as a judicial officer for residence life, conduct hearings and investigation.
  • Negotiates financial agreements with outside vendors and related commercial enterprises.
  • Is responsible for ensuring employees are adequately trained with proper oversight to ensure that University policies and procedures, laws and regulations are followed, laws and regulations are adhered to, and that duties are properly segregated for all financial and personnel processes.
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of college student development (theory and practice)
  • Knowledge of residence life operations
  • Proven commitment to providing leadership in enhancing an atmosphere of diversity and inclusion
  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Supervisory skills and abilities
  • Organizational/Strategic Planning/Budget Management skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work flexible schedule
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and various software programs
  • Resiliency under pressure, de-escalation intervention skills


A Master’s degree in higher education administration, student personnel, counseling, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Three years of supervisory experience along with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in residence life also required for the position. Conduct experience and training highly recommended. Exceptional supervisory and communication skills required. The ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators is needed to do the job successfully.

Travel and ADA-related Requirements

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring clear communication (speaking and listening) in person and telephonically
  • Must be able to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Visual and hearing acuity required to perform assigned work, including meetings and interactions with students and other employees
  • Work is performed while sitting, standing and walking.
  • Ability to lift, carry or move items of up to 25 pounds, occasionally up to 40 pounds, such as supplies, binders, or food trays, and items connected to events
  • Work may require pushing/pulling, reaching, bending, twisting, climbing (step ladder or stairs), crouching or use of foot pedals (driving)
  • Some work uses fine manual dexterity to use equipment involving levers, buttons, keyboards, and switches as well as frequent handling of small items and paperwork
  • Must be able to change tasks frequently, work an irregular work schedule (including some evenings and weekends), perform multiple tasks simultaneously, work under time pressure, and work in a noisy or distracting environment
  • On occasion will need to perform tedious and exacting tasks
  • Will need to use office equipment such as telephones, printer, copier, scanner, camera, scissors, stapler, and computer.  Will use software including Microsoft Office, Foxit or Adobe PDF software, and other university software
  • Occasionally may work in situations with fire hazards or communicable diseases (virus, flu, etc.); on rare occasions may be exposed to mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, or electrical hazards
  • Work environment at events includes noise/vibration and wetness/humidity; may be exposed to extreme temperatures seasonally
  • Work locations include an office environment, outdoors and campus buildings

Submit letter of interest and current resume, and three professional references to:

Lesley Villarose, Dean of Students
Averett University
420 West Main Street,
Danville, Virginia 24541