Assistant Director for Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life at McKendree University seeks a qualified individual to fill the Assistant Director for Residence Life position on its Lebanon, Illinois campus. Reporting to the Director of Residence Life, the Assistant Director is a full-time, professional staff member of a student affairs division committed to creating an atmosphere that encourages personal, social, and academic development by fostering personal responsibility, trust, inclusion, and respect for others in a comfortable and accepting environment.  This position is mission essential and is critical to the continuation of operations and services that directly relate to the health, safety, and welfare of the University. 

The compensation package for this full-time position includes a competitive annual salary, furnished office space, and an excellent benefits package, in addition to other advantages.


  • In conjunction with the Director, will oversee 5 full-time professional staff members.
  • Oversee departmental committee assignments in consultation with the Director.
  • Coordinate the housing assignments process for the Office of Residence Life, including, but not limited to:
  • Communicate with constituents regarding housing assignments.
  • Facilitate student billing through use of the Ellucian Colleague system/housing management software.
  • Manage new and transfer student housing placements.
  • Oversee returning student housing selection in the spring semester.
  • Coordinate early arrivals and extended stay residents.
  • Facilitate the room change process.
  • Update and maintain the Terms and Conditions for Housing with appropriate approvals.
  • Assist Director with annual furniture replacement process.
  • Attend to summer duties, such as summer housing needs, camps/conferences, and special projects.
  • Organize the Housing Waiver Committee and facilitate residency waiver documentation and process.
  • Respond to campus concerns via a rotating “on call” schedule and act as central campus contact with Director. As part of the mission essential staff, must be able to remain on campus during inclement weather and/or respond to on campus requirements within 30 minutes of notification.
  • Aid in strategic planning for the Residence Life Department.
  • Serve as a conduct hearing officer.
    • Adjudicate and enforce violations of the student handbook for higher level violations.
    • Develop and implement educational sanctioning.
    • Educate students and staff on the policies in the student handbook.
  • Assist with recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of professional and student staff.
  • Collaborate with student staff, professional staff, University Public Safety staff, and local police in intervening in situations involving violations of University policy and/or state or local law.
  • Advise, counsel, and seek to develop students in alignment with the department and University’s mission to create and sustain personal, social, and academic development.
  • Contribute to the establishment of goals for the University, within the Department of Student Affairs in general, and the Office of Residence Life and the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life specifically.
  • Coordinate and advise the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life with assistance from the Director and in parallel to the goals and policies of the Office of Student Engagement and the Student Government Association.
  • Support planning and implementation of social, educational, and cultural programming sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the Inter Greek Counsel, and Residence Life employees.
  • Engage with regular staff meetings.
  • Serve as a resource person and referral agent for students with personal, academic, judicial and other concerns, and works to develop proactive approaches to dealing with student issues.
  • Serve on committees or task forces convened by the University, as assigned.           


  • Successful applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Successful applicant must possess at least 4 years of professional post-baccalaureate experience in the residential setting.


  • Must possess managerial skills; administrative, multi-tasking, and organizational skills; and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to serve as a role model for residential students, student staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, initiative, and attitude.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to role model acceptance and advocacy of diverse student populations by creating an environment committed to valuing diversity and social justice.


  • Successful applicants will have a master's degree in Student Affairs or a related field.
  • Successful applicants will demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel.


Generally, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, but must be available to work some evenings and weekends.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds comfortably and walk across campus.  Work will primarily be done in an office setting however, some work in the elements may be required.  In the event of emergency, must be able to report to work within a 30-minute response time, as needed. 

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest referencing job #ADRL25 with a resume/CV and contact information for three professional references to the Director of Human Resources at and Calvin Wertman, Director of Residence Life, at

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.