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Resident Area Director

Apply now Job no: 498839
Work type: Academic Staff - 12 Month Renewable
Location: Platteville
Categories: Administration, Office and Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Services

Position Summary:

The Area Director in the Department of Residence Life is part of the administrative leadership of the residence life program that serves ~3000 students in ten residence halls.  The Area Director position is a 12-month, full-time, live-off position reporting to the Assistant/Associate Director of Residence Life. This position has responsibilities related to Residence Life supervision of student and shared supervision of professional staff, student conduct, camps and conferences, creation of marketing initiatives for the department, and serving on the occupancy team for Residence Life. The position will involve some night and weekend commitments.  With the responsibility of supervision of several residence halls, there is a requirement to live locally. 

This is a full-time position offering excellent benefits and paid leave. Salary begins at $48,000 per year.


  • Supervises the day-to-day activities of students and professional staff and assist with the personnel management allocation plan including hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation.
  • Serves as a main point of contact for resident support providing mediation and resolution of personal and facility issues.
  • Coordinates overall departmental marketing initiatives including publications, social media, and departmental give-aways.
  • Serves as department’s liaison with Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Welcome Center events, and day-to-day tour operations for the residence halls.
  • Directs the overall management and operation of assigned residence halls.
  • Serves as hearing officer for initial and second offense conduct issues from perspective halls.
  • Coordinate technology training for departmental staff at all levels,  in collaboration with appropriate network administrators (Canvas, Maxient, StarRez, etc.)
  • Directs the administrative aspects of the Summer Camps and Conferences program.
  • 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, and participates in residence hall on-call rotation.
  • Coordinates emergency response procedures (e.g. medical/personal concerns, fire alarms, threatening weather situations, and urgent maintenance needs).
  • Assists with departmental administrative policy and procedures development, interpretation, and implementation.

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

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, applications due by: May 31, 2024. 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

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

            Jennifer Artz,

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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