Associate Director of Residential Life
Job Details
Illinois College - Jacksonville, IL
Full Time

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 70 miles northeast of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capitol. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population, currently comprised of 26 percent underrepresented students. The College develops in its students, qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.



The Associate Director of Residential Life supports an effective residential life experience that promotes belonging for all students, provides learning and leadership opportunities, and ensures that the residential experience contributes meaningfully to student development. The Associate Director assists the Executive Director in the overall operation of the department and provides training, coaching, and advising to student staff members.


Essential Functions
The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position. The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.

  • Select, train, supervise, and support student residential life staff. 
  • Regularly provide training and professional development based on best practices in residential life and student development. 
  • Counsel and advise students with roommate conflicts, academic, and personal issues.
  • Manage housing assignments and ensure accuracy of data in multiple software programs pertinent to residential life, the meal plan, and student activity participation.  
  • In collaboration with other Student Life personnel, address housing policy violations using a comprehensive menu of educational and developmental resources for sanctioning.
  • Oversee housing needs for the summer camp and conference program in collaboration with facilities management, director of campus events, and other staff as appropriate.
  • Participate in on-call responsibilities on a rotating basis with the other professionals in the Student Life division
  • Respond to emergencies and be available by phone as a resource for staff members
  • Participate in ongoing professional development pertaining to crucial components of the work, including: diversity, equity, and inclusion; support for students emotional needs; investigation and hearing processes regarding dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Serve as a member of the Early Intervention Group, follow up with and provide support to students, and refer students to campus resources as needed. 
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, liaise with the facilities management department in responding to building work orders and maintenance concerns


  • Master’s degree in higher education, or related field strongly preferred; experience may substitute in extraordinary cases
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in residential life
  • Supervisory experience (may include student worker supervision)
  • Strong and broad knowledge of student development theory  
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
  • Excellent leadership, organizational, management, and data management skills
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with multiple constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and staff 
  • Intercultural competence and the ability to interact effectively with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
  • Personal integrity and professionalism
  • Ability to respond quickly and effectively to emergency or unforeseen situations
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to effectively address confidential and sensitive personal and academic issues
  • Understanding of and respect for the environment of a residential liberal arts college
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record