Saturday, December 25, 2010

Assistant Director of Residential Life

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Assistant Director of Residential Life
Focus: Academic Programs
Undergraduate Residence Halls, Department of Residential Life, University Housing

Our staff makes our halls a home.
We, the staff of the Department of Residential Life, have a vision for our work, "Learning, Growing, Mattering: for every person, on every floor, in every community."

The Assistant Director for Academic Programs directly supervises the staff of our eight (8) Living Learning Communities as well as our Residence Hall Library System. The Living Learning Communities include: Women In Math Science and Engineering (WIMSE), Health Professions, Global Crossroads, Intersections (A community examining race in America), LEADS (Leadership Development), Weston Exploration (Career Exploration), Unit One (Liberal Arts Education), and Innovation (Entrepreneurial).

Our eight Residence Hall Libraries were established to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of our students. The Residence Hall Library collection consists of 28,000 book titles, a large collection of DVDs, compact discs, and popular magazines including an extensive diversity and social identity collection. This Assistant Director position supervises the administration of all libraries and library staff in the University Housing Library system. The Library staff includes two full time secretaries, 2 graduate assistants, 2 graduate supervisors, and 55 students.

We are seeking an individual who can further our current Living-Learning programs as well as think strategically to create future programs that strive toward our vision. We believe student learning in the residence halls directly supports the academic mission of the university by linking classroom learning to out-of-class experience, encouraging relationship building across cultures, and by preparing our students to engage intellectually in their community.

It is an exciting time to work with living/learning communities at the University of Illinois. Campus leaders at the highest levels actively support these efforts. This position will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to sustain and possibly grow this strong and nationally recognized program. We seek a professional who understands the student learning movement and who will bring a passion for the work. A successful candidate may come from student affairs, faculty, or an administrative position in academic affairs.

Requirements for Candidacy
A master's degree and a minimum of five years' full-time experience (graduate assistantships not included), including three years of significant experience working with living/learning environments, or a doctoral degree and a minimum of two years' experience with living/learning communities are required. Living/learning community work at a Research I institution is strongly preferred.

Position Specifications

The position is a full-time, 12-month academic professional appointment. University benefits include cumulative sick leave; group health, including options for same-sex domestic partners, vision, dental and life insurance with options for dependents; full tuition and partial fee waiver for two units per semester (approximately 2 courses) with approval of supervisor after the first semester of employment; state retirement, twenty-four vacation days and regular university holidays and other benefits for academic professionals. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Security Requirements
Additionally, this position is a security sensitive position. All finalists for our vacancies will require a background check and final offers will be contingent upon the results of the background checks. The University ensures that all background checks are held in compliance with all federal and state statutes, and campus policy. Information attained from the background check will be kept strictly confidential. Finalists will have the right to request a copy of the report the University will receive.

Extended Application Timeline
To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 17, 2011. Screening interviews may be conducted before this date, but finalists will not be selected and interviewed on campus until after January 17, 2011. Anticipated start date will be late January 2011 (negotiable).

For full consideration, create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application, a resume, and the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by close date of January 17, 2011. This position is a security sensitive position. Academic credentials will be required at a later date. Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact a Housing Human Resources Representative at 217-244-2977 or .

Candidate Website / Additional Information
We encourage all applicants to learn more about the Department, Housing, the University of Illinois and the Urbana-Champaign community by visiting our candidate website:

Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

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