University of St. Thomas

Area Director - South

St. Paul
Mar 04, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a South Area Director position within Residence Life.  This position requires the employee to live on campus.

The South Area Director provides leadership and direction for an on-campus residential area housing approximately 400 students. This position serves as the primary administrator for Cretin and Grace Residence Halls, and various apartment buildings and specialty housing in the middle of campus.  The position also supervises two graduate hall directors and undergraduate staff. The Area Director creates a community conducive to academic achievement and personal growth.  Responsibilities include staff supervision and training, planning and implementation of student programming, overseeing hall association advising, providing individual attention to students, managing student conduct processes, providing emergency response to on campus situations, and general administration.  The Area Director will also be expected to participate in and chair Residence Life and/or Divisional committees and initiatives.

Essential Functions  

Hiring, Training and Supervision of Residence Life staff:

    • Hire graduate and undergraduate staff for specified residence hall areas
    • Orientate, train and supervise graduate hall directors, resident advisors, student operations managers, apartment coordinators and night access and desk employees.
    • Assign, schedule and evaluate work of staff

Responding to Student Behavioral Issues:

    • Act as the hearing officer for student conduct matters regarding Cretin and Grace Residence Halls and residential spaces in the middle of campus.
    • Oversee conduct issues, ensuring proper adjudication by residence life staff.
    • Serve as a member of the Residence Life on Duty staff providing coverage for residence halls and apartments on the St. Paul campus on select weeks, including evenings and weekends.

Providing Direction for Student Programming and through Hall Association Advising:

    • Create a learning environment within the residence environment that supports student growth in all areas of personal and community development.      
    • Responsible for advising Cretin-Grace Hall Association
    • Oversees the advising of all student groups in the assigned residence hall area
    • Ensure that all programs planned and implemented in the residence hall area conform to university policy and guidelines.
    • Advise other recognized student organizations as needed

Managing and Overseeing General Administration of a Residence Hall Area:

    • Coordinate the completion of all administrative tasks associated with the effective and efficient operation of a residence hall area (e.g., night access desks, Room Condition Report management, billing for damages, internal room changes, Room Management System utilization, and other operational tasks as needed).
    • Provide accurate and timely data for system reporting of occupancy, work orders, incident reports, and other procedural documentation.

Provide meaningful individual attention to students:

    • Provide guidance and support to students seeking assistance in resolving personal and or community-related conflicts
    • Refer students to campus and community resources
    • Respond to crisis situations involving either individual students or groups of students.
    • Build relationships with student family members as appropriate

Participation and leadership in residence life and/or student affairs committees and initiatives:

    • Participate on and/or lead one or more leadership teams as a working member
    • Provide On-Call Support to the Anderson Student Center (ASC)

The salary for this positoin is $47,476 a year.

This position requires the employee to live on campus.

This is a full-time, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum qualifications: Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling, Education, or a closely related field and two (2) years of experience in residence hall life.

This position requires the employee to live on campus.

Preferred qualifications: Master’s degree in Leadership in Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education or related field.

Knowledge of: Codes and regulations related to the work; standard office practices and procedures, including filing and the operation of standard office equipment; record keeping principles and practices; correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation; techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; basic principles of behavior management; crisis intervention, counseling and mediation principles and techniques; computer applications related to the work; principles and techniques of making effective oral presentations; social media platforms, design and marketing practices in supporting University brand identity, design systems and software such as (but not limited to) InDesign, Adobe Elements, Photoshop and Illustrator; printing processes and assessment of marketing and communication initiatives.

Skill in: Building supportive relationships with students and crisis intervention skills; interpreting, applying and explaining applicable laws, codes and regulations; maintaining accurate records of work performed; understanding and following oral and written directions; using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work; preparing clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials; dealing successfully with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained; making effective oral presentations to large and small groups.

Excellent oral and written communication skills; word processing; balance multiple projects simultaneously; and develop and foster positive and collaborative working relationships with university departments and external vendors.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website.  If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at St. Thomas”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information. 

The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates:

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

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