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Montana State University Community Director in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21180

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Search Support at or 406-994-6093.

Classification Title Student Support Specialist

Working Title Community Director

Brief Position Overview

Hiring Community Director positions for Academic Year 2021-2022! This live-in position is responsible for providing educational and administrative leadership in developing diverse and inclusive communities enhancing student learning and development. The CD is student-centered, customer-service oriented, and has the ability and desire to work in an organization fostering academic success and personal growth.

Position Number 4Cxxxx

Department Residence Life Administration

Division Auxiliary Services

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary $2,964 monthly, plus room and board. Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Campus

General Statement

Housing ( manages 11 on-campus communities that are the home of up to 5300 students and residents while they attend MSU. Each community has professional staff, including a Community Director (CD), that is vital to the management of that community. Under the supervision of an Area Coordinator, the CD is responsible for the overall management of the community they are assigned to and the students and their family members residing in said community.

Duties and Responsibilities

CDs can expect to interact with students, University staff/faculty, parents and perspective students on a daily basis while performing the duties of the position:

  • Developing a sense of community

  • Promoting student development

  • Managing security and safety procedures

  • Overseeing student conduct within the community

  • Conducting regular meetings with residents to share information and to provide a forum to discuss resident concerns

  • Supervision of staff to include: centralized staff selection, training, and evaluations

  • Over-seeing the service center operations of the community office

  • Advising students both individually and in groups concerning academic, social and personal problems

  • Advising student committees

  • Serving as a liaison with Housekeeping Staff, Maintenance Supervisor, Service Shop workers, University Police and Counseling Services to maintain sound working relationships for their services

  • And actively participating as part of the team while performing other duties in support of the department’s mission.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

  • At least two terms of working experience in on-campus housing.

  • Experience developing and maintaining a highly functioning team.

  • Demonstrated success implementing programs that promote student retention.

  • Experience working effectively with a diverse community.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree.

  • At least one term of advanced experience beyond the Resident Advisor/Community Assistant role in housing with an emphasis on creating community and an environment conducive to academic success.

  • Leadership/Supervisory experience coordinating, directing, and evaluating the work of others.

  • Campus-wide on-call experience.

  • Demonstrated competence adjudicating student conduct cases.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Engage in meaningful interactions with a diverse resident population

  • Use independent judgment in all situations, especially in crisis or emergency situations with support of Director on-call

  • Possess excellent communication and effective interpersonal skills

  • Capable of working individually and in collaborative and dynamic team settings

  • Effectively manage multiple priorities and make sound decisions in a dynamic higher education environment.

  • Exhibit self-motivation and high initiative

  • Effectively work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment

  • Meet timelines and maintain accurate administrative documentation

  • And represent the department in a courteous and professional manner

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

  • Full-time, contracted, live-in position with a furnished apartment and a board plan (when the food service is open for residential service).

  • Department wide there are 11 communities managed by CDs, including University Apartments. Community placement will be taken into consideration on a yearly basis during the creation of teams for each of these facilities.

  • Position is eligible for full employee benefit package and a tuition waiver up to 6 credits per semester.

  • Occasional travel for professional development.

  • Will participate in the Housing’s campus wide emergency response rotation and react to emergency situations as needed across Housing areas.

  • Will work flexible hours during evening, weekend, and transitional periods (opening/closing) and occasional holidays.

    Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • Navigate campus and the areas in and around the residence halls and apartment communities.

  • Occasionally move irregular shaped packages and boxes of up to 30lbs.

    This position has supervisory duties? Yes

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

    Position End Date (if temporary)

    Open Date

    Close Date

    Applications will be:

Accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; . In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .