Community Director

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 520194 - Student Housing - Residence Life
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Community Director (CD) provides leadership, management, supervision, and development for residence hall or apartment complex communities. This position creates a community that fosters student success inside and out of the classroom, and promotes personal and professional growth for residents. The CD ensures a balance of high level student development and customer service. This position also promotes an inclusive living-learning environment and partners with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty to develop and implement programs that promote the mission of the University, the Division of Student Affairs and University Housing. This is a 12 month live-in position where the CD resides in their assigned on-campus apartment throughout their employment. The length of appointment will be no more than (4) years. Annual reappointment is based on performance and funding availability.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Housing and Residence Life strives to create a "home away from home" where students are individually and collectively challenged and supported in the journey to become mature, contributing citizens in a global community.

In support of the mission of Mississippi State University and the Division of Student Affairs, the Department of Housing and Residence Life cultivates an on-campus environment that promotes student success, engages students through intentional interactions, and challenges them to learn and grow beyond the classroom.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another.
2. Supervises and develops graduate and undergraduate students of a residence hall or apartment community.
3. Work to implement the goals and educational priorities of the department including the organizational goals and the Residential Curriculum.
4. Know residents and provide personal, social, academic, and professional support or referral.
5. Familiarize residents and staff as well as enforce university and departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines.
6. Serves as the primary in hall administrator responsible for management of room changes, annual move-in and out processes, reporting facilities concerns, student and family follow-up, budget management for staff development and programming,
and procedure compliance.
7. Coordinate living-learning/theme housing community development initiatives and collaborate with campus partners to implement programmatic opportunities within your community.
8. Primary advisor for the Council of Residential Experiences (CORE) (a.k.a. hall council).
9. Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the community including but not limited to injuries, fire alarms, natural disasters, facility emergencies, student personal crisis, etc. Serve in the live-in staff on-call duty rotation.
10. Serve as a facility manager to conducting building checks, as well as reporting and following up on facilities issues.
11. Responsible to coordinate and/or assess the residential community.
12. Maintain effective working relationships with campus partners such as Dean of Students, University Police Department, Counseling Center, Student Support Services and Holmes Cultural Diversity Center.
13. Assist Administrative Operations staff in planning and implementation of summer programs such as summer school, camps and conferences.
14. Maintain safety and security within the community by managing policies appropriately.
15. Serve on departmental and university committees.
16. Other duties as assigned by supervisory positions.

Supervisory Responsibility:
1. Directly supervises 1-2 graduate Residence Directors and indirectly supervises 12-22 undergraduate Resident Advisors.
2. Supervise, train, develop, and evaluate graduate Residence Directors, undergraduate Resident Advisors, and Information Assistants who work at the front desks within supervised area.
3. Ensure that duty policies and procedures are being followed.
4. Create development plan and curriculum for supervised area with live-in supervised staff.
5. Management of the 24-hour Community desk.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Education, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, or related field.

1-3 years of progressive related experience

Preferred Qualifications:

Live-in experience in Housing and Residence Life/Education. Demonstrated skills of leadership, communication, maturity, a well-developed sense of responsibility, and an understanding of how to promote student learning and academic success in a residential

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

1. Ability to build, develop, train and evaluate a strong community team and participate as a positive team member in a large organization.
2. Ability to multi-task, prioritize work assignments, and achieve quality outcomes.
3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
4. Possess a robust knowledge about college students development and skills to work effectively with young adults.

 Working Conditions/Physical Effort:

I. Community Directors may be called upon to stand, walk, bend, squat, climb stairs, and lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.
2. Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present; involves occasional exposure to demands and pressures from persons other than immediate supervisor.
3. Job frequently requires sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, and handling objects with hands.
4. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources Management Website at https\\:// by completing the online application and submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and at least 3 professional references.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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