Hall Director

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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


Department Summary

Residence Education's mission is to create and facilitate diverse, inclusive, learning-centered communities that further the goals of the University. Our core values of social justice, restorative justice, inclusive community building, integrative learning, and shared leadership truly guide our everyday work. These philosophies are an important foundation that make a difference - The Michigan Difference.

Potentially, more than one Hall Director position will be filled with this posting.  Position offers may occur prior to the end date of this posting.  Please use your cover letter to outline your interest and experience, including specific populations: all women, first year, upper division, graduate and professional, etc. Applications to this posting will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Job Summary

The Hall Director position is essential to the core mission of Michigan Housing. Hall Directors provide leadership to the residential operations in a way that maintains positive, multicultural, and learning-centered communities. The Hall Director may supervise a full time Community Center Manager and several paraprofessional student staff in day-to-day operations with residents, collaborates with other building staff in the opening and closing of the building, conducts crisis intervention and response, which includes communication and promotion of University policies and procedures, amongst other responsibilities. There is a possibility that the Hall Director will work directly with a co-Hall Director.


40% Supervision

 Select, train, supervise, and evaluate up to 45 students in a collaborative team. Resident Advisors and student desk workers in a residence hall or apartment community housing 200 – 1,300 residents. Coordinate weekly staff meetings that update and reinforce training objectives, and intentionally focus on individual and staff development. Foster an environment that supports student safety and security. . Serve as member of the Residence Education Full-Time Professional Staff Leadership Team in providing consistent supervision of resident student staff, and a full-time Community Center Manager. 

25% Administration:

Co-manage student residences housing 200 – 1,300 residents, collaborating with facilities services, dining services, living learning communities, building security, contracts and assignments, information technology, and other campus partners. Collaborate with Leadership Team members to open and close the halls. Make recommendations for facility upgrades and room designations. Responsible for Programming & Training and Community Center operational budgets averaging $10,500. Participate in departmental and division-wide committees. Participate and/or lead weekly meetings, including building, resident staff, leadership team, and one-on-one meetings with supervisor.  Prepare periodic and annual reports. Serve as a point-person to make referrals and  provide resources and referrals for students and support network persons as appropriate.

20% Student Development Educator:

Promote, encourage, and reward student learning, academic success, and co-curricular participation. Hold meaningful one-on-one and small group resident interactions to engage & develop community, educate about restorative practices, and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community. Advise and support Housing student groups, including Hall and Multicultural councils. Communicate and promote University policy and procedures including the Community Living at Michigan (CLAM), the Statement, and the Housing Student Conflict Resolution process. Demonstrate and promote restorative practices throughout the residential communities. Support student learning through the conduct and conflict resolution process. Serve as a facilitator for ALA 421 class for all newly hired student staff.

15% Crisis Response:

Participate in a rotating duty schedule, providing on-call/on-duty emergency and crisis response for students and family members for an area that houses approximately 3,000 students. Provide facilitation for conflict resolution issues, assist students and refer students to appropriate University and community resources. Provide in-person response to critical incidents and maintain on-going student follow-up until reasonable care is provided.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or related field.
  • Minimum of 1-Year graduate or professional experience in Student Life.
  • At least 6 months of supervisory experience.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills are necessary.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously, as well as collaboratively as part of a larger team is necessary.
  • Successful experience facilitating community building in a diverse, multicultural, student learner-centered environment is expected.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice is expected.

Desired Qualifications*

  • 1 year live-in residence hall experience.
  • The ability to multi-task in the face of competing demands is preferred.
  •  Administrative, budget reconciliation and supervisory experience is preferred.
  • The ability to be a consensus builder and make decisions in a timely manner.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both written and oral, in working with diverse populations of students and staff.
  • The ability to maintain open dialogue with students and staff as well as the ability to nurture an atmosphere of collegiality, inclusiveness, shared responsibility and collective accomplishment.

Additional Information

Financial/Budgetary Responsibility

  The Hall Director is responsible for Programming & Training and Community Center operational budgets averaging $10,500.

Working conditions

Some evenings and weekends are required.

Salary:  12 months/$47,476 and 2 bedroom furnished apartment

Direct reports

The Hall Director may supervise a full-time Community Center Manager and up to 45 Resident Advisors and student desk workers

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations, including one booster when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working remotely and temporary workers.   More information on this new policy is available on the U-M Health Response website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.