Associate Director for Residential Learning

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7100089 (Ref.No. BSU31071)
Posted: May 13, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Manage residence and apartment life activities in the Department of Housing and Residence Life; includes supervision of the Residence Life professional and graduate staff; serve on the central leadership team, collaborate with Senior Associate Director and Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment to implement a residential curriculum.

Join a talented team of Housing and Residence Life professionals committed to supporting student learning, growth, and development. Ball State University is currently building and preparing to launch its new Residential Curriculum. If you are looking to use your skills to cultivate a strong, vibrant learning organization then Ball State is the right fit for you. The Associate Director works with a team of Assistant Directors, Residential Learning Coordinators, Assistant Residential Learning Coordinators (Graduate Students), and student leaders to develop a comprehensive residential education program that houses more than 5000 students. The Associate Director will manage much of the day-to-day functions of our residential education program including the hiring and training of staff, crisis response and management, and supporting and implementing our residential curriculum. The Associate Director must be able to build strong partnerships and collaborations with our academic, community, and corporate partners in ways that cultivate a cutting edge residential education program that aligns with and contributes towards our educational priority and learning goals. This person will utilize a framework of equity and inclusion in all aspects of their day-to-day work and support the success of our residential students. We want your skills and talents to contribute towards a world class education program.

Job Function:

Manage residence and apartment life activities in the Department of Housing and Residence Life; includes supervision of the Residence Life professional and graduate staff; serve on the central leadership team, collaborate with Senior Associate Director and Assistant Director of Curriculum and Assessment to implement a residential curriculum.

Minimum Education:

Master's degree from and accredited institution in college student personnel, higher education, or related fields is required.

Preferred Education:

Doctorate from an accredited institution preferred.

Minimum Experience:

Six years in Housing and Residence Life or Student Affairs at the Assistant Director level or above; excellent supervision, leadership and communication skills are required.

Preferred Experience:

At least 4 years of experience at the Assistant Director level in HRL or Student Affairs. Experience working with a residential curriculum model preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate Director for Residential Learning to provide leadership for the residence education program including traditional residence halls and university apartments.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate Director and Assistant Director for Curriculum and Assessment to develop and implement a Residential Curriculum approach to support the development and success of all students residing in university-owned and operated housing.
  • Manage the recruitment of staff in the residence halls and University apartments including student staff, graduate student staff, and professional live-in staff.
  • Coordinate the training and evaluation of students, graduate students, and professional staff living in the residence halls and university apartments.
  • Coordinate the training and evaluation of professional staff in residence halls and University apartments.
  • Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of Assistant Directors for Residential Learning.
  • Support the development and interpretation of University, Division of Student Affairs and Department of Housing and Residence Life policies and procedures, including an annual review.
  • Establish positive relationships with other persons and departments within the Division of Student Affairs, Student Educational and Development Services and most importantly with other academic departments and support services. Represent the Department of HRL or the Senior Associate Director in University, Division, and Departmental Committees. Chair or advise at least one departmental committee.
  • | Represent the department on University Care Teams.
  • Utilize a framework of equity and justice in all aspects of their day-to-day work. In collaboration with the Assistant Director for Leadership and Inclusion, lead the department to promote equity through the (1) identification and removal of barriers, (2) cultivate an inclusive work environments, and (3) empowerment of people.
  • Participate in the central leadership team on-call duty rotation.
  • Work closely with Assistant Directors for Residential Learning on issues concerning student behavior in residence halls and university apartments; refer cases to appropriate offices.
  • Promote research activities on issues related to residence and apartment life; supervises HRL practica experiences of graduate students.
  • Develop, review, and implement policies and procedures that support students mental health and personal well-being including creating inclusive duty protocols, emergency response protocols, appropriate interventions to support student success and basic needs, and other wellness initiatives for on-campus students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.