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Living Center Director - Housing & Residence Life

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: Student Services


The Living Center Director (LCD) position is a live on residential role primarily focused on the management of a campus housing unit consisting of 400-700 co-ed residents. This staff member will supervise a student staff of Resident Assistants (RA) for the community and create an inclusive community development plan focused on supporting all residents. The LCD will also be responsible for the daily administrative, operational, and facilities duties within the community assigned. Staff in this role will have direct contact with students through the restorative justice process, student CARE and outreach as well as through recruitment of RA Staff. Qualified individuals will demonstrate critical thinking skills, have an interest in engaging and educating students and are able to balance personal and work life.


  1. Supervision and management of residential area housing consisting of 400-700 co-ed residents with undergraduate and graduate staff teams of between five and fourteen.  
  2. Advising and academic support for residents through one-on-one interactions and community curriculum development.
  3. Development and facilitation of community development plans to enhance the residential student experience and student retention. This includes application of foundational student development theoretical models and guiding literature, development of community learning goals through the facilitation of the Housing and Residence Life (HRL) curriculum, participation in the larger community engagement series, and specific connections with campus resources to aid students in successful navigation of the college experience.
  4. Maintain assigned community budget to support programming and overall administration of the community. Prioritize student success and engagement through budgeting and planning with short- and long-term goals.
  5. Respond to and report incidents in alignment with HRL protocol and compliance regulations.
  6. Conduct and conflict resolution management utilizing Advocate, and restorative justice measures as part of the HRL and GVSU Conduct and Conflict Resolution protocol.
  7. Audit and maintain community facilities through room condition reports, public area inventory, art inventory, administer charges for damages, complete health & safety inspections to create and maintain a safe and secure living environment.  
  8. Lead summer tours of incoming students through summer orientation onboarding.
  9. Serve in an on-call duty and crisis response after hours response team. Respond to students in crisis, incidents, and emergency situations 24-7 while serving in this capacity.
  10. Collaboration with campus partners and department/division committee participation.
  11. Performs other duties as required/assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Experience working with students in a college setting 


  • Master's Degree in Student Affairs or related field
  • At least one year experience working in a university residential setting
  • Supervision experience
  • Budget oversight experience
  • Performance in restorative practices and/or student conduct management
  • Student program development and implementation experience
  • Experience supporting students academically
  • Leadership and facilities management of an assigned living area
  • Experience providing academic support to college students
  • Strong technology/computer skills


Normal office environment.  Some travel may be required.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individual currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

Salary: $40,000

Department/Division: Housing & Residence Life, Student Affairs

Campus: Allendale

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, please call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: Open until available positions filled. Application review begins two weeks after posting date. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State).

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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