This area of our website is dedicated to having detailed information about our Residence Hall Director position at UW-La Crosse.  If you have any questions, please email the Chair of our Hall Director Search and Screen Committee, Patrick Heise.

View the Hall Director Position Guide

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Position Description:

The Residence Hall Director is a member of the professional 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.

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Terms of Employment

The Residence Hall Director position in Residence Life at UW-La Crosse is intended to be an entry level position for professionals who have obtained a Master's Degree in Student Affairs, Counseling or a related field. Our desire is to provide a vast array of opportunities that improve competencies and increase confidence in the skills and abilities of our Residence Hall Directors. Our focus on professional development and advancement in career objectives is evident in our office culture. For these reasons a Hall Director's term of employment is renewable each year based on successful performance for up to 6 years of employment.

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 2018-2019 data and are not exact figures.

 

Salary

$34,000

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 utilities, cable television, and a land-line telephone

Parking

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

Meals

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

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.

Campus Cash

$200 to be used at the university book store, convenience store, vending or dining options

Laundry Allowance

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

Wondering how UWL salary compares with others? 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).

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

A statement from UWL Human Resources: 

"On Tuesday, November 22, a federal judge in Texas blocked the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new federal overtime rule, which would have raised the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA’s) salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay. Because of this action, the changes to the FLSA are on hold until further notice and the UW System will not implement changes to employees’ FLSA status on December 1, 2016. The preliminary injunction by this federal judge is not a final decision and there is a possibility that the new federal overtime rule may be implemented at a later date." 

Although our plan is on hold, in the interest of being transparent, we will leave our FLSA compliance intentions posted here.  If the new overtime rule were to be implemented, we will move forward with our original plan.

We have diligently worked toward evaluating all options for FLSA compliance. With collaboration from UWL Human Resources and after gathering input from all professionals in Residence Life impacted by this change occurring on December 1, 2016, we have determined that Hall Directors will become Non-Exempt. This means that most weeks, Hall Directors will work 40 hours. We feel confident that the critical parts of the Hall Director role can be completed within this time frame. We acknowledge that there are certain weeks of the year (example: Hall Opening) where Hall Directors will be asked to work more than 40 hours. When we can anticipate those weeks, we will pay Hall Directors overtime for their additional work.  In instances where emergencies or student crisis occur and a Hall Director must work over 40 hours to address the situation and support students, comp time will be earned.

We value the spirit of the Fair Labor Standards Act and agree that all professionals should be adequately compensated for the work they do.

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.

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Hall Director:

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. The position is listed under the category of Staff/Administrative > Residence Hall Director > Recruitment Number 772.

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

UW-La Crosse will be attending the Oshkosh Placement Exchange. We are OPE Mailbox #2017.  We will also be conducting phone/Skype interviews with top candidates not attending placement exchanges.  

Qualifications:

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or a related field.
  • Prior residence life experience is required.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate experience or interest in one or more of these areas:

  • Commitment to students, student voice, and student development
  • Clear, active, intentional, and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive
  • Student supervision or co-supervision of one or more people
  • Interest in serving the UW-La Crosse community and student body
Awards and events expanding section

UW-La Crosse Residence Life has been able to host the following events and award winning delegations/staff members:

  • Bidding to Host RELI in 2020
  • GLACURH Regional Conference 2017
  • UMR-ACUHO Regional Conference 2015
  • UWL Residence Life Reunion - June 2014*
  • WURHA 2014
  • French Dip 2011
  • UMR-ACUHO Regional Conference 2007
  • GLACURH Regional Conference 2005
  • WURHA 2001
  • NACURH 1999

Find out more fast facts about the UW-La Crosse campus and the La Crosse area.


* UWL Residence Life hosted a reunion weekend for all former employees. All student staff, professional staff, and support staff, past and present, were invited to stay on campus for the weekend.

Acronym Key:

RELI:  Regional Entry Level Institute for Housing and Residence Life Staff

NACURH: National Association of College and University Residence Halls

GLACURH: Great Lakes Association of College and University Residence Halls

WURHA: Wisconsin United Residence Hall Association

UMR-ACUHO: Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers

Why La Crosse? expanding section

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

La Crosse Area

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. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, 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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What sets us apart?!

We are proud of our students, staff, and campus partners. Take some time to read through the following testimonials about our Residence Life program:

Lisa Weston

Lisa Weston, Assistant 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!

 

Tawn Christians

Tawn Christians, Senior Staff Resident Assistant

Why UWL? Because I get to be exactly who I am and be fully supported by my staff team and my supervisor. I get to work on initiatives to help make this campus better everyday, alongside professionals in the area I want to go into. Their passion for students and student staff has inspired me to pursue Student Affairs for my career. Ultimately, my why UWL is because I get to have a home like I have never had before and help to create the same experience for others.

 

Megan Britt

Megan Pierce, Hall Director

I chose UWL's Residence Life program because I saw authentic student investment. The students that attend UWL have dreams and aspirations to influence a large sphere and make an impact. The individuals that work in Residence Life mirror the drive, passion, and excitement to serve the students that attend UWL. I have personally seen support and encouragement to step outside my professional comfort zone to learn and grow. I will be forever grateful of the opportunities UWL Residence Life has provided for my professional development.

 

Beau Sandleback

Beau Sandleback, Resident Assistant

UWL is definitely a unique place to live, work, and play. There are opportunities for everyone right at your fingertips. I chose UWL because of the vast variety of outdoor activities and resources, along with the true community feel I immediately felt the first day I walked on campus. Residence Life has allowed me to express my own values and it has given me the resources to grow into the person I always knew I could become.

 

Pedro Zavala

Pedro Zavala, Resident Assistant

I chose UWL's Residence Life program because I saw an opportunity for development both academically and personally. This program is filled with individuals who want to see you grow and become a leader in your profession. The extensive training and support that I have received from the department itself, is indescribable, the Res Life Program aims to prepare you with the right tools to be the best you can be at your role. In addition, I have made some life lasting relationships both professional and personal. My only regret is that I did not apply earlier to be part of this outstanding program.

 

Lukas Visser

Lukas Visser, Hall Director

What sets UWL apart is our students and the focus we place on them. Students on my staff and in my building not only expect the most out of themselves, but their Hall Director. They continually motivate me to be better because they show me that they deserve it. So many of my students not only regularly attend programs, they seek out and often create additional ways to become involved. I am surrounded by incredible student leaders and I find myself fortunate to be part of a department that genuinely cares about their experience.

 

 

Becky Schwartz, Resident Assistant

As cheesy as it is, I chose UWL because of my first campus visit. I was walking through campus and it just 'felt right'- like I was at home. Wanting to deepen my involvement on campus, I became a Resident Assistant my sophomore year, and I fell even further in love with UWL. I felt like I had found 'my people' in Residence Life. I've been challenged to step outside my comfort zone, and my ResLife family has supported me both personally and professionally through it all. The skills and confidence I've learned through working for this department have given me a competitive advantage for my rapidly approaching job search. The sense of community, support, and knowledge I've received from ORL is beyond measure, and I am so grateful for my experiences in Residence Life!

 

Klare Armstrong, Hall Director

Two words. Student centered. As I made my way through my professional job search this past spring, those were the words that echoed in my mind as I thought of my time interviewing with UWL. I wanted to work for an institution that valued student thought, focused on student development, and kept the 'student experience' in the foreground of all decisions. I found that and so much more at UWL. As a new professional I am constantly blown away by the camaraderie, collaboration, and constant strive towards doing and being better. At UWL I have found an institution that supports my professional growth and development, while allowing me to be my authentic self.

 

Amolia Schumacher, Desk Coordinator

Since my first year at UWL, I have been fairly involved in the residence halls and on campus. I continued to meet and work with wonderful people in the Office of Residence Life, and I knew I wanted to become the kind of resource I had found within ORL. Applying to be a Student Staff member meant being able to work closely with all the people I was getting to know and forming the types of relationships that last well beyond graduation. In my time with the Office of Residence Life, I have found the freedom to think and act for myself, while having the constant support that has ensured my success. Working within this organization even helped me decide what I wanted to do after graduation as I will be pursuing a degree in Student Affairs. I owe all this and more to ORL and the people within it.

 

Hanah Diebold, Hall Director

Growing up in Arcadia, La Crosse and UWL were basically in my backyard. I grew up spending a lot of time in the area, and I was familiar with UWL’s positive reputation. After moving away and spending some time outside Wisconsin for grad school and work, I knew I wanted to move back to the area to be closer to family and to experience a sense of familiarity. When I interviewed for the position, I immediately felt at home; I felt respected as a professional and valued as a person! I’ve had so many wonderful interactions with students, staff, and the UWL/La Crosse community and I have felt at home here. The care shown by everyone at UWL has been encouraging and makes me proud to be here and privileged to work with a wonderful group of students, staff, and faculty!

 

 

Zachary Delgado, Residence Hall Coordinator

There are many reasons to choose UWL’s Residence Life Program, but I think what stands out for me the most is the level of care they have for each student. UWL really made me feel welcomed and a part of something the moment I stepped foot on campus. I was able to call La Crosse home the day I moved in. As a student staff member, I love that I am able to communicate with anyone on the professional staff and know that my opinions and ideas matter.

 

Bridget Fish, Resident Assistant

From the first day on campus I knew UW-La Crosse was the place for me. I chose UWL to call home for the next four years and yearned to give back to the campus that has helped me become the person I am today. My freshman year gave me great friendships, wonderful development opportunities, and fantastic memories. With that, I chose to get involved with ORL and joined the Residence Hall Association Council. With my two years in RHAC, I learned more about UWL. The university values and mission statement have allowed students to grow and succeed in numerous ways and helped fuel my passion for working with college students and aided me in choosing to work with ORL as a Resident Assistant. I have enjoyed every opportunity I have been allowed as a student and as an employee at UWL and will relish the memories that have come to me along the way. 

 

Joe Gow

Joe Gow, UWL Chancellor

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 3,500 students who reside on campus. I am continually amazed by the generosity and care of the residents in our eleven 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.