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Company: Illinois Wesleyan University
Job Title: Area Director
Job Category: Education/Library  [ View All Education/Library Jobs ]
Job description:
Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) is an independent, residential, Liberal Arts University with roughly 1,600 students. Nestled between three metropolitan areas (Chicago, St. Louis, MO, Indianapolis, IN), the Bloomington-Normal community is home to four institutions of higher education, numerous eateries, fun activities, and civic engagement opportunities. IWU has a distinctive goal, to help its students BE Breakthrough! As an institution IWU accomplishes this goal by providing an exceptional educational experience, and through striving to build a campus environment that resembles the world that students will enter upon graduation. Through the promotion and affirmation of diversity in all its forms, IWU creates a campus environment where students throughout their education will engage people from different backgrounds and encounter a plurality of experiences that will help them be prepared to navigate and lead in a changing workforce.

The University’s Office of Residential Life (ORL) invites applications for Area Director. ORL is a dynamic department whose broad goal is to provide an exceptional residential experience for students. ORL’s core values include diversity, warmth, learning, sustainability, and fun; these values are exhibited through the co-curricular programs and community building activities that take place within the residence halls and in the campus community. Professional staff members within ORL are expected to practice principals of social justice and inclusion in working in an office that serves students from different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and who have various sexual orientations, gender identities, and ability statuses. With the goal of growing the capacity of our residential program, IWU is seeking a student-centered professional committed to promoting and enhancing educational opportunities, learning, and diversity in every aspect of the residential experience. In working in the Office of Residential Life, the Area Director’s broad position duties will include:

•        Developing, implementing, and promoting community development for the residence halls in order to provide a comfortable, safe and inclusive atmosphere that is conducive to the holistic growth and development of first-year and/or upper-division students.
•        Counseling residents concerning personal and/or academic concerns.
•        Supervising hall staff including resident assistants, resident community advisors, and desk aides.
•        Providing social and co-curricular programming and activities within the residence halls.
•        Participating in on-duty requirements with other professional and para-professional staff members to assure the safety of residents.

•        A master's degree is required usually in such areas as education, the behavioral or social sciences, counseling, or student development
•        Preferred experience includes supervision, facility management, advising, and program development
•        Has the ability to sustain communication with diverse groups, anticipate problems, reconcile conflicts, and maintains a strong philosophical base for residence life
•        Possesses an understanding of and the ability to apply student development and learning outcome theories.

Base cash salary for 12 months is $28,000, subject to federal income tax and Illinois state income tax withholdings. Compensation includes:
•        A furnished apartment equipped with free local phone, high-speed internet and cable including HBO (and HBO Go) and Cinemax Go.
•        A meal plan.
•        Benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance
•        Free campus parking passes for all vehicles
•        Campus Recreational Center access for oneself and a partner.
•        Staff members accrue 20 vacation days, 2 personal days per year, paid sick leave and paid holidays
•        Professional development funds to attend local and national conferences.
Completed application packets will include:
1.        Cover Letter
2.        Resume
3.        The names, titles, & contact information for three professional references.

Application Information and Deadlines:
Please send a letter of interest, resume and the names and telephone numbers of three references to Human Resources. Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 1st. For additional information about the Office of Residential Life and this position please go to:

Illinois Wesleyan University
Human Resources, Holmes 209
1312 N. Park Street
Bloomington, IL 61701
Fax: 309-556-3411

The final candidate will pass a pre-employment background investigation.

Illinois Wesleyan University’s sexual misconduct policy may be accessed at

Illinois Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusive excellence; details at
Language requirements: English
Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: Unspecified
Other Information
Degree: Masters
Experience (year): Unspecified
Job Location: Bloomington - Illinois - USA   View a map of this job
Address: 1312 Park Street
Holmes Hall, Room 209
Bloomington, IL 61701
Zip/Postal Code: 61701
Post Date: 06/29/2018
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