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Resident Area Director

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Work type: Academic Staff - 12 Month Renewable
Location: Platteville
Categories: Student Services

Position Summary:

The Department of Residence Life at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is seeking applicants for a Resident Area Director. This position is part of the administrative leadership of the residence life program that serves ~3000 students in eleven residence halls. This position has responsibilities related to Residence Life supervision of student and shared supervision of professional staff, camps and conferences, issues education, student conduct, and serving as administrative liaison to the Residence Hall Association/NRHH. The position will involve some night and weekend commitments.

The Resident Area Director position is a live-off campus position reporting to the Associate Director of Residence Life. With the responsibility of supervision of several residence halls, there is a requirement to live locally. There is an option for a live-on campus apartment for a nominal monthly rental payment.  

This is a full-time position offering excellent benefits and paid leave. Salary is $50,000 per year.


  • Supervises the day-to-day activities of students and/or professional staff and assist with the personnel management allocation plan including hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates student programs and initiatives for residence life
  • Serves as a main point of contact for resident support providing mediation and resolution of personal and facility issues
  • Directs the overall management and operation of assigned residence halls.
  • Collaboratively manages facilities operations and opening and closing of residence halls.
  • Serves as hearing officer for initial and second offense conduct issues from perspective halls.
  • Receives and responds to crisis and student conduct situations according to established policies and procedures
  • Serves as administrative liaison to Residence Hall Association (RHA)/National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).
  • Directs the administrative aspects of the Summer Camps and Conferences program – staffing, scheduling, billing, guest procedures and requirements in collaboration with Campus Youth Compliance Coordinator. 
  • Co-Supervises SA (Senior Assistant) staff and program
  • Directs developmental strategies for addressing issues related to the residence hall population in collaboration with the Associate Director.
  • Serves as administrative liaison to Residence Hall Association (RHA)/National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). This involves attendance at some regular business meetings and executive board meetings.
  • Attends evening and weekend meetings, activities, departmental commitments where necessary or indicated such as residence hall staff meetings, RHA/NRHH meetings, staff training programs, new student recruitment activities, etc. Position will also involve some travel out-of-town (recruitment of staff, UW System meetings, and professional conferences).
  • Works closely with the Assistant Resident Directors and Senior Assistants in community development planning and implementation. 
  • Serves as a resource regarding hall issues and concerns, departmental policies, procedures, facilities, and referral regarding university departments and services.
  • Coordinates emergency response procedures (e.g. medical/personal concerns, fire alarms, threatening weather situations, and urgent maintenance needs).
  • Refers and reports student personal and academic concerns to appropriate response entities.
  • Assists with departmental administrative policy and procedures development, interpretation, and implementation.
  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) as it relates to Title IX and Cleary. Position is a sexual assault and Child Abuse mandatory reporter for Residence Life. 
  • Embraces and supports diversity as a part of the educational process. 
  • Performs administrative and managerial tasks associated with the hall

What You’ll Need to Succeed:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Three or more years of full-time, progressively responsible experience in areas related to residence life in a university residential setting or equivalent.
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work with various members of the institution, including faculty, senior leadership, and students
  • A demonstrated commitment of working with racially and socioeconomically diverse students
  • Attention to detail


  • A Master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration, Higher Education, Counseling or other related field

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal, and are due by: June 7, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

In compliance with the Clery Act of 1998, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Security & Annual Fire Safety Report is available for review. Call the UW-Platteville Campus Police Office at 608.342.1584 for a paper copy of the annual report.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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