Student Affairs

Community Director

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI United States

The Community Director provides leadership, management, supervision, and development for a residence hall or apartment community. A community is defined as one large residential facility or several smaller residential facilities (approximately 700 – 1100 students). The position provides high level customer service and creates a community that fosters academic excellence and personal growth for its residents. This position also promotes an inclusive living learning environment and partners with a diverse group of staff, students, and faculty to develop and implement the Residential Learning Model and programs that promote the mission of the University. This position includes responsibility for a variety of administrative, operational and conferences functions associated with the management of the residence hall/apartment community.  

Residence Education and Housing Services team members are committed to the following principles: 1) student learning, engagement, and development through the neighborhood model, 2) intercultural learning and inclusion; 3) restorative justice principles, and 4) sustainable practices. They understand and appreciate the fact that they are the primary custodians of the Residence Education and Housing Services brand and work in a culture of accountability to ensure that the brand is strengthened through daily actions.
The position reports directly to an Assistant Director of Residence Education.

Minimum Qualifications

The job requires:

  • knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a Masters' degree in a human services related field, such as in student personnel, counseling, or a related field;
  • one to three years of full time related and progressively more responsible or expansive professional experience as a director in a residence hall or apartment community;
  • or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications for housing officer positions can be gained through formal academic preparation, workshops, active research, self-study, work experience, participation in professional organizations, and in-service training. Well-rounded and effective housing officers gain knowledge through each of these methods.

Desired Qualifications

Demonstrated skills of leadership and communication, maturity, a well-developed sense of responsibility, sensitivity to individual differences, a positive self-concept, an understanding of how to promote student learning and academic success, and an obvious interest and enthusiasm for working with students are desirable characteristics for professional, pre-professional, and paraprofessional team members.


  • Start Date: No Start Date
  • Education: Varied (See Description)
  • Work Experience: 1 - 3 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

How to Apply:
Please submit an application, cover letter and resume on the MSU Human Resources website:
Search for posting number 634211