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Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life


FLSA Classification 


Salary Range/Pay Grade 

Salary Range: $45,000 - $50,000 

Reports to 

Director of Housing & Residence Life 


March 31, 2023 

Job Description 


The Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) position offers a unique and rewarding role within the division of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs. This is a 12-month, live-in position. The Assistant Director is responsible for the holistic student development within the Residential complex of approximately 450-700 students, 2 Graduate Residence Coordinators (GRCs), and 8-12 Resident Assistants (RAs). The Assistant Director position is a challenging and rewarding role for professionals interested in further pursuing careers in residence life, student development, housing operations, and beyond. The Assistant Director of Student Life is responsible for the total student development program within a residence hall area, including the supervision and development of the GRC and RA student staff, development of a healthy community environment, housing operations, crisis response and the coordination of a secondary assignment that supports the processes of the office. 


Essential functions 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. 

  1. Responsible for the total student development program within a residence hall area, including the supervision and development of the GRC and RA student staff, development of a healthy community environment, housing operations, crisis response and the coordination of a secondary assignment that supports the processes of the office. 
  2. Must work collaboratively with other departments within the university and be involved in campus-wide initiatives that foster knowledge to a number of different areas in student development and higher education. 
  3. Develop and implement strategies and initiatives to create a safe, healthy, educational and inclusive residential environment. 
  4. Oversee the completion of Room Condition Reports, Roommate Agreements, and periodic room inspections. 
  5. Oversee area opening and closing processes. 
  6. Meet with students as needed and provide referrals to University resources. 
  7. Communicate and respond to concerns from parents, guardians, and other constituents in a timely fashion. 
  8. Report student concerns through appropriate channels in a timely fashion. 
  9. Follow up with students as instructed by the Director or Divisional leadership. 
  10. Supervise professional staff members, serve as the primary point person for all administrative functions within the area, and work directly with the Director and Assistant Directors to ensure safe, clean, developed communities. 
  11. Serve as a catalyst for student engagement in the residence hall communities and role-models’ daily interactions with students for other professional staff. 
  12. Other duties as assigned. 


  • Ability to make sound decisions under pressure. 
  • Strong administrative and communication skills. 
  • Strong interpersonal, public speaking, and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks; and an ability to work within a collaborative environment and with diverse populations. 
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships and apply principles and practices to strategically align tasks and people with organizational goals. 


  • Strong administrative skills with an emphasis on student and young professional staff development. 
  • Crisis management and supervision experience with a focus on student development. 

Required education and experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree required. 
  • Three years of management experience required. 
  • 3 years of live-in residence hall experience. 
  • Valid, unexpired drivers’ license. 
  • Night, weekend, and on-call availability required. 
  • Ability to serve in the “on-call duty” rotation for campus-wide emergencies – 2 to 3 weeks per semester or as needed. 
  • Must possess a commitment to student development, student learning, and promoting an understanding of the value of diversity in the University community. 
  • Requires the kind of teamwork, supervision, and personal interaction, that cannot be had in a home office situation; therefore, regular and predictable on-site attendance is a job requirement. 

Preferred education and experience 

  • Master’s degree preferred. 
  • Knowledge of Student Development Theory and current trends/best practices for positively engaging students within a residential facility preferred. 

Additional eligibility requirements 

Understands that the campus housing is a part of the overall compensation package and has a direct correlation to his/her employment. Further understands the value of campus housing is considered taxable income and will be taxed in the employee’s regular pay as well as reported as earnings on the employee’s W2. Upon termination of employment, the employee’s housing is also terminated with the same effective date. 

Valid, unexpired license. 

Affirmative Action/EEO statement 

Southern University at New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Other duties 

 Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 



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