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Assistant Director of Residence Life

Department: Residence Life
Position:   12 Month live-in position with room and board and complete benefit package
Salary Range: $36,000 per year
Union Affiliation: None
Posting Date: January 2020


The University of Montana Western invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of Residence Life. Reporting to the Director of Residence Life the Assistant Director of Residence Life serves as a member of the Residence Life senior leadership team, and is a 12 month live-in professional who has responsibility for developing and administering a comprehensive residence life program for approximately 350-400 residential students helping to create an environment conducive to the achievement of a student’s academic goals and strives to make a student’s stay on campus stress-free, safe, engaging and fun.

Position Duties

The position supports the department in the following areas:


The Assistant Director of Residence Life supervises 16-18 paraprofessionals (hall directors, resident assistants and summer operations staff) in the following ways:

  • Assist in the administrative responsibilities of a residence hall, including opening and closing at the beginning of each semester and summer;
  • Planning, developing, and implementing a recruiting, hiring, and training process for residence life staff;
  • Plan and implement the short and long-term development and growth plan of the student employees;
  • Maintaining on-going evaluation of resident assistants/ workers he/she directly supervises as well as conducting at a minimum one formal semester performance evaluation for each staff member;
  • Taking steps to enhance the personal and professional development of the resident assistant/workers;
  • Creating, implementing, and facilitating all training sessions, in-service meetings, and other developmental meetings for resident assistants/worker staff, in coordination with senior staff;
  • Conducting weekly individual staff meetings with all paraprofessional staff as well as one on one meetings with each paraprofessional in his/her area;
  • Coordinates all aspects of summer conference housing, including but not limited to the scheduling of maintenance, front desk operations, and staff hiring/training to ensure adequate services to summer guests.

Community Development

Facilitates student community building by:

  • Overseeing the development and assessment of co-curricular and extra-curricular programming in the residence halls that enhances the student experience and promotes academic success;
  • Work with Resident Assistants to follow up on programming requirements as well as program effectiveness. Manage the planning and execution of regular and annual programs. (Examples: fall and spring Residence Life campus-wide events and Halloween);
  • Serving as an advisor to committees and/or special project groups as requested (i.e. Student Affairs Team, Conduct Review Team, Student Consultation Team, University Safety Committee, etc.);
  • Working with students to promote positive, inclusive communities;
  • Fostering an atmosphere that promotes a safe and welcoming environment for all housing residents;
  • Meeting with hall staff and other student leaders to address community issues;
  • Meeting with students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct or Residence Hall Policies;
  • Collaborating with other professionals for campus recruitment and retention programs including but not limited to Orientation Program, Paw Prints for Student Success Program, Learning Center, etc.);
  • Attending floor and hall wide programs on a regular basis, as well as eating in the dining hall consistently;

Emergency & Crisis Response

Prepares for emergencies by:

  • Responding to emergency situations within all university housing;
  • Serving on call for a minimum of one week per month;
  • Participating in emergency planning for area supervised and communicating the plan to staff supervised;
  • Serving as a member of the Conduct Review Team;
  • Keeping accurate records and documentation regarding Student Code of Conduct cases through Maxient system and provides senior staff with appropriate student information;
  • Taking an active role in communicating with the Dillon Police Department regarding concerns and student safety issues.

Other Duties as Assigned:

Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor:

  • Meeting weekly with senior staff;
  • Helping with Orientation and other Campus activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

General Information

The Assistant Director of Residence Life must be able to react quickly and correctly in any crisis situation and often demands independent and immediate judgment calls. He/she must show appropriate judgment in utilizing other campus and community resources if necessary. The Assistant Director’s accountability is essential to the effectiveness of the total program. The position requires the ability to work flexible hours and duties during evenings and weekends, and to work holidays and transitional periods as needed, including the ability to work long hours and consecutive days. No physical limitations that restrict performance during emergency situations or limit mobility throughout the residence halls.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling or a related field;
  • Two or more years of progressively responsible experience in residence life or higher education required;
  • Demonstrated leadership, organization, and management competencies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies;
  • Demonstrated competence in public speaking, public relations, and written and oral communications;
  • Demonstrated skills in programming, student advising, conflict mediation, and response to crisis situations;
  • Demonstrated success in creating and managing a work climate of collaboration, collegiality and team work;
  • Ability to promote activities using supervision and leadership skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, education or a related field;
  • Experience working with learning communities and special interest housing;
  • Experience advising student groups and serving as a conduct hearing officer;
  • Thorough knowledge of student and human development theories.


To apply, submit a letter of application, current vita, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references. To be fully considered, the letter of application must address all of the job qualifications. Send application materials to:

Patti Lake, Payroll and Benefits Supervisor
The University of Montana Western
710 South Atlantic St.
Dillon, MT   59725

Questions regarding this position should be directed to Michael Piazzola by email at or by calling 406-683-7565. Review of applications will be ongoing, but will remain open until the position is filled.

The University & Dillon Area

The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 65 full-time faculty and 1,300 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Qualified candidates may request veterans‚ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. Finalists for any position will be subject to a criminal background investigation.

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