This area of our website is dedicated to having detailed information about our Graduate Hall Director, Residence Hall Director and Complex Director positions.  If you have any questions, please email Patrick Heise.

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Position Description:

The Graduate Hall Director is an essential employee of the live-in staff within Residence Life which is in the Division of Student Affairs. The Graduate Hall Director is a graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education program at UW-La Crosse. The Graduate Hall Director’s primary responsibility is to an assigned residence hall. The Graduate Hall Director is supervised by a Complex Director who has oversight of multiple residence halls. Residence Life views this position as an apprenticeship for those seeking to enter the field of Residence Life/Student Affairs after graduation.

The position is a 10.5 months appointment (July 15-May 30), with reappointment of year two contingent upon an annual evaluation. The following job responsibilities will require Graduate Hall Directors to work evenings and some weekends to meet the needs of the department, and to maximize our effectiveness in working with students.

Graduate Hall Director Position Description

Qualifications

Required:

  • In order to be considered for this position you must be accepted or have an application in progress into the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate program
  • Must maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout graduate assistantship

Preferred:

  • Student Affairs Administration

Compensation

  • $13,750 for academic year (10.5 months, July 15-May 30), 29.5 hours/week.
  • Residence Life covers tuition $10,350/year (paid in 2 or 3 payments to match course enrollment plans). 
  • Furnished apartment (year round), meal plan/campus cash ($1,432), parking permit ($355), laptop computer.  
  • Financial support offered for professional development travel. 
  • Eligible for health insurance through UWL. 

Domestic Partner/Spouse (Graduate Hall Director)

The Department of Residence Life supports inclusive live-in requests for additional apartment occupants. Partners, spouses, and others often become part of the hall community. Parking spaces and meal plans are not provided for those living with the Graduate Hall Director. However, a residential parking space can be purchased for a fee. The University of Wisconsin System has more details about this benefit program.

How to apply

All applicants for the graduate positions must apply and be admitted to the Student Affairs Administration graduate program. Successful admission to the SAA graduate program will be required prior to a job offer. Here is the SAA program application.

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Position Description:

The Residence Hall Director is a member of the live-in staff within Residence Life which is in the Division of Student Affairs. The Residence Hall Director’s primary responsibility is to an assigned residence hall. In addition, the Residence Hall Director has shared responsibility for other significant aspects in Residence Life. The Residence Hall Director is supervised by an Assistant Director of Residence Life. The position is a twelve month appointment with reappointment contingent upon an annual evaluation.

The following job responsibilities will require Residence Hall Directors to work evenings and some weekends to meet the needs of the department, and to maximize our effectiveness in working with students.

HD Position Description

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
  • Prior Residence Life graduate assistantship experience or full-time Residence Life experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with managing administrative and operations functions of a residence hall 
  • Student supervision or co-supervision of one or more people 
  • Commitment to identity development, cultural humility and social justice 
  • Understanding of students, student development, and the value of student voice
  • Interest in serving the UW-La Crosse community and student body

Compensation

Benefits include salary, a partially furnished apartment, meal plan, comprehensive State of Wisconsin benefits package, departmental professional development travel funds, digital cable, internet, private in-hall storage, reserved parking, laptop computer, and a personal washer and dryer.

Please note that all totals are estimates based on 2020-2021 data and are not exact figures.

 

Salary

$35,568

Fringe Benefits

(Social Security, Health Insurance, Retirement)

22 days of sick leave and 24 days of vacation per year

For information regarding medical benefit options, please visit our Human Resources website.

For information regarding Social Security and Retirement, please visit our Human Resources department here or calling 608.785.8013.

Apartment

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Partially furnished apartment including couches, dressers, kitchen table/chairs and kitchen appliances (beds are not provided).  Also included is cable television, internet, and private in-hall storage. 

Parking

Reserved parking space paid for by the department (approximately $355)

Meals

100 per semester ($5.00/meal) = $1,700.00/year (approximate) available when dining halls are open

Campus Cash

$300 to be used at the university book store, convenience store, vending or dining options

Professional Development Travel

Once professional development goals are established Hall Directors work with their supervisor to budget for conferences that will enhance their skill set.

Laundry Allowance

Unlimited use of private laundry (located in apartment or basement of building)

Are you wondering how the UWL salary compares with other institutions? Be sure to take into consideration the cost of living in each area. This neat tool will help you compare (La Crosse is most similar to Eau Claire, Wisconsin).

Domestic Partner/Spouse

Residence Life supports inclusive live-in requests for additional apartment occupants. Partners, spouses, and others often become part of the hall community. Parking spaces and meal plans are not provided for those living with the Hall Director. However, a residential parking space can be purchased for a fee. More details are on the University of Wisconsin System Domestic Partner Benefits website.

Pet Policy

Professional staff in Residence Life love pets and we are pleased to have a pet policy that allows full-time, live-in professionals to have a furry friend. Up to two pets are permitted in the apartment, depending on the type of animal(s) you have. One dog, two cats, or small caged animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits are allowed. We have a specific approval process and standards that need to be adhered to for our pet policy including, but not limited to, current vaccinations and licensure with the city of La Crosse. Please note that Hall Directors in their first year of employment are permitted to obtain a new pet anytime after October 1. More information on the other stipulations of the pet policy can be discussed when pet ownership becomes a reality.

How to apply

If Residence Life at UW-La Crosse is a place where you can envision incorporating your experiences and putting your Master’s degree into practice, apply online.

In your cover letter, please include what interests you about being a Residence Hall Director at UW-La Crosse.

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Position Description:

The Complex Director is an essential employee of the Professional Staff within Residence Life which is in the Division of Student Affairs. The Complex Director’s primary responsibility is to the overall management of multiple (2-3) residence halls. In addition, the Complex Director has shared responsibility for other significant aspects in Residence Life. The Complex Director is supervised by an Assistant Director of Residence Life for Staffing, Training and Development. The position is a twelve-month appointment with reappointment contingent upon an annual evaluation.

The following job responsibilities will require Complex Directors to work evenings and some weekends to meet the needs of the department, and to maximize our effectiveness in working with students.

Complex Director Position Description

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field
  • Full-time Residence Life experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • 3 years full-time experience as a live-in/on Hall Director (managing administrative and operations functions of a residence hall)
  • Supervision experience of multiple position types
  • Commitment to identity development, cultural humility and social justice
  • Understanding of students, student development, and the value of student voice
  • Interest in serving the UW-La Crosse community and student body

Compensation

Benefits include salary, a partially furnished apartment, comprehensive State of Wisconsin benefits package, departmental professional development travel funds, digital cable, internet, private in-hall storage, reserved parking, laptop computer, and a personal washer and dryer.

Please note that all totals are estimates based on 2020-2021 data and are not exact figures.

 

Salary

$42,000

Fringe Benefits

(Social Security, Health Insurance, Retirement)

22 days of sick leave and 24 days of vacation per year

For information regarding medical benefit options, please visit our Human Resources website.

For information regarding Social Security and Retirement, please visit our Human Resources department here or calling 608.785.8013.

Apartment

Hall Pages

Partially furnished apartment including couches, dressers, kitchen table/chairs and kitchen appliances (beds are not provided).  Also included is cable television, internet, and private in-hall storage. 

Parking

Reserved parking space paid for by the department (approximately $355)

Professional Development Travel

Once professional development goals are established Complex Directors work with their supervisor to budget for conferences that will enhance their skill set.

Laundry Allowance

Unlimited use of private laundry (located in apartment or basement of building)

Are you wondering how the UWL salary compares with other institutions? Be sure to take into consideration the cost of living in each area. This neat tool will help you compare (La Crosse is most similar to Eau Claire, Wisconsin).

Domestic Partner/Spouse

Residence Life supports inclusive live-in requests for additional apartment occupants. Partners, spouses, and others often become part of the hall community. Parking spaces and meal plans are not provided for those living with the Hall Director. However, a residential parking space can be purchased for a fee. More details are on the University of Wisconsin System Domestic Partner Benefits website.

Pet Policy

Professional staff in Residence Life love pets and we are pleased to have a pet policy that allows full-time, live-in professionals to have a furry friend. Up to two pets are permitted in the apartment, depending on the type of animal(s) you have. One dog, two cats, or small caged animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits are allowed. We have a specific approval process and standards that need to be adhered to for our pet policy including, but not limited to, current vaccinations and licensure with the city of La Crosse. Please note that Hall Directors in their first year of employment are permitted to obtain a new pet anytime after October 1. More information on the other stipulations of the pet policy can be discussed when pet ownership becomes a reality.

How to apply

If Residence Life at UW-La Crosse is a place where you can envision incorporating your experiences and putting your Master’s degree into practice, apply online.

In your cover letter, please include what interests you about being a Complex Director at UW-La Crosse.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Downtown La Crosse, view of the Mississippi River

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin within close proximity to both Minneapolis and Madison.  The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Previously ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live”, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.  

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Staff Testimonials

Lisa Weston, Associate Director

I chose UWL because of the incredible ability to say "yes" more than "no." When students have a new idea or a problem solving plan, I am given the support to say "yes" to them and help them make great things happen. This leads to our students searching for grandiose ideas to impact their living communities. It also challenges our students to become problem solvers instead of problem identifiers. They sincerely take ownership in their living environments because we are able to support them!

Chancellor Gow and Residence Life Staff
 
UWL Chancellor Joe Gow

Living, learning, and working within the Office of Residence Life is something special and is an integral part of the student experience here at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The work of our dedicated students and professionals within Residence Life complements and enhances the academic experience for the 3,200 students who reside on campus. I am continually amazed by the generosity and care of the residents in our ten halls. Through their programming and community development they bring awareness to a variety of philanthropic efforts, support academic efforts, and provide opportunities for positive social connections. The Residence Life program here at UWL continues to be viewed as a point of pride for this institution and is an instrumental piece for our students' journey to success.