Director of Housing and Residence Life

Student and External Affairs
Director of Housing and Residence Life

POSITION:  Director of Housing and Residence Life

DESCRIPTION:  The Director of Housing and Residence Life reports to the Vice President for Student and External Affairs. The mission of the Department of Housing and Residence Life is to provide a safe and secure living environment that challenges and supports the academic, social, and personal development of each residential community member through accountability and purposeful educational programming. The department is committed to facilitating experiences and providing services to HSU residential students that enhance, enrich, and support their own development.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Director will provide leadership and direction for the Department of Housing and Residence Life including strategic planning consistent with the mission of the University, implementation of the housing master calendar, departmental crisis and risk management, and occupancy management and forecasting. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for departmental budget development and management, and negotiation of financial agreements with outside vendors for services directly related to housing. The Director will be the primary liaison to facilities management, responsible for overseeing the condition of residence halls and apartments, and develop a furnishings repair/replacement plan. The Director will also collaborate with other campus departments in the delivery of summer conferences, campus-wide celebrations and events, recruitment and orientation activities.

QUALIFICATIONS:  A master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Counseling or related field is required. A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible residence life, and/or related experience is also required. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as technological proficiency.

EXPERIENCE:  Desired experience includes staff supervision, fiscal and budgetary management, demonstrated problem-solving, conflict resolution, and crisis management. Evidence of implementation, assessment, and evaluation of resident student services and programs is desired. Leadership and/or participation in a related professional organization such as ACUHO-I, SWACUHO, ACPA, or NASPA a plus.

SALARY:  Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include university supplemental health insurance and TIAA-CREF retirement option.

UNIVERSITY:  Henderson State University is located in Arkadelphia, a charming, family-centered community of 11,000 residents situated one hour south of Little Rock on Interstate 30. Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the community is home to two Universities, a strong public school system, a thriving medical community, two recreational rivers and the iconic DeGray Lake, and is approximately 30 miles from historic Hot Springs National Park, one of the great American treasures. Please visit,, or for more information about Henderson and our community.

APPLICATION:  Applicants should submit a letter of application addressing position qualifications and resume to:

Beverly Quillin, Search Committee Chair
Henderson State University
P O Box 7594
Arkadelphia, AR 71999

Finalists will be required to provide three professional references, transcripts, and submit to a background screening including a criminal background check pursuant to university policy. Review of applications will begin March 01, 2017. Start date is negotiable.