Southern Methodist University — Residential Community Director

Annual salary – $40,000. This is a live-in position. Other benefits include a meal allowance of $2,300 per year (twelve months); relocation allowance up to $400; access to professional development funds; partially furnished one bedroom/one bathroom apartment, including laundry, utilities, expanded television service and internet; and comprehensive package of University health, tuition and retirement benefits.

Job Summary:
Southern Methodist University (SMU), a private university in Dallas, Texas, seeks a Residential Community Director. Our beautifully shaded campus of Georgian-Revival inspired architecture is situated in the heart of Dallas. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a culturally rich arts and global business center, is home to many universities, arts, organizations and Fortune 500 & 100 corporations. The Residential Community Director provides leadership in developing and sustaining positive academically focused residential communities and in successfully accomplishing administrative functions required in managing a university residence community. Position is live-in and reports to an Assistant Director for Residential Life. The position serves in an on-call rotation.

Flexible start date; anticipate early Jan. 2022.

Essential Functions:

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate the job performance of student staff; conduct regularly scheduled individual and group staff meetings. Coordinate with Faculty in Residence, Faculty Affiliates, & other community partners.
  • Assess needs of residents and provide programming as needed to promote a positive living and learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging; advise commons council and student leaders.
  • Develop a personal knowledge of individual residents to better provide assistance and related support as needed.
  • Assist with retention efforts.
  • Lead and/or serve on one or more RLSH (and potentially Student Affairs) committees. Meet regularly with supervisor and other RLSH staff.
  • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet RLSH and University goals.
  • Serve as Conduct Officer for student conduct cases occurring in residential areas.
  • Coordinate building operations – Assist with occupancy management as scheduled or requested, including but not limited to managing room and hall changes, check-in and check-out activity, roster verifications. Monitor physical condition of assigned areas and report work requests and desired facility improvements per established procedures.
  • Manage budget & financial paperwork including purchasing and expense reports.
  • Assist in major annual processes; e.g., staff selection, assessments, and serve on the on-call rotation to manage student and facilities emergencies, etc.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in related field is preferred.
  • Field of study in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling in Higher Education, or related field, is preferred.
  • Previous Residence Life experience (full time or graduate) is required.
  • Work experience in related areas of Student Affairs is preferred.
  • Experience working in a Residential College setting or experience working with academic and faculty partners, is preferred.
  • Experience supervising student staff is preferred.
  • Microsoft Office skills are required (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills. Must be able to establish rapport and build relationships with key constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent listening skills.
  • Must possess significant problem solving skills, with the ability to develop solutions with creativity, resourcefulness and diplomacy.
  • Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and project management skills. Must be attentive to details.
  • Candidate must have effective leadership and supervisory skills, as this position interviews and hires RAs, assigns tasks and directs work.
  • Must be fiscally responsible, as this position will purchase supplies, monitor expenditures against budget, and prepare necessary documents for review/approval.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Candidate must be able to work independently, yet work collaboratively with other university partners.
  • Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends, and serve in an on-call rotation.
  • Must be willing and able to live in and be a presence in the community.

Deadline to Apply:
October 08, 2021.

To Apply:
Please visit our website
to access the online application. See Working at SMU. Click on Staff Career Opportunities and apply to:
Residential Community Director (RES00000034)

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,