Staff Roles

Staff Roles

ResLife is made up of a competent, caring, and educationally focused staff.  Find out more about what each position does below.

The Director of Residence Life is responsible for the total and overall operation of the auxiliary residence life program at Truman State University, comprised of six residence halls and two apartment complexes that can house approximately 3,000 residents. The Director of Residence Life reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Director directly supervises the Assistant Director, Coordinator for Residence Life, other Central Office staff, and is responsible for the overseeing of supervision for the Professional Hall Directors and student staff. This person serves as a co-advisor of the Residence Hall Association. They also are the direct liaison between Residence Life, other Student Affairs divisions, and other campus departments. In addition, the Director will demonstrate a commitment to the Mission of Truman State University, be a contributing part of the Student Affairs team, implement strategies and programs consistent with Student Affairs priorities, and demonstrate best practices in “customer service” for Residence Life in order to address the needs of various constituencies who utilize their programs and services.

The Assistant Director for Residence Life is a full-time, 12-month position. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of Residence Life and is a full-time member of the Central Staff Leadership Team. This position is responsible for the oversight and supervision of Residence Hall Directors, provides leadership to facility-related development, and coordinates the design of new and existing technological resources for the department. Additionally, the Assistant Director ensures that departmental processes are documented in order to provide guidance to the residence life team in fulfilling their responsibilities.

The Coordinator for Residence Life reports to the Director of Residence Life and is a full-time members of the Central Staff Leadership Team. The Coordinator is primarily responsible for the oversight and supervision of Residence Hall Directors in their operation of the residence hall communities. This includes providing leadership and professional development to all hall staff in their respective area, provide training and ongoing professional developmental to hall staff; serving as the liaison between Residence Life and Student Affairs divisions; working with hall desk processes; serving as the Residence Life Judicial Officer; oversight of the Hall Director serving as a Judicial Officer; overseeing the advising of RHA, NRHH, and Hall Councils; administrative tasks; general administrative tasks; and crisis intervention.

The Housing Placement Coordinator This position also has oversight of all housing placements and assignments and billing for the department of Residence Life.

The Office Manager and ID Coordinator is primarily responsible for the supervision, operation, and maintenance of the University ID Card and Perimeter card access system and support of general Residence Life operations. The Office Manager and ID Coordinator offers a best practices approach to “customer service” that is responsive to the needs of the various constituencies utilizing the programs and services of the Residence Life and the ID Office. Under the primary supervision of Director of Residence Life, the Office Manager and ID Coordinator is responsible for the overall administrative and customer service operations for the central residence life office.

The Hall Director is a full-time, 11-month position that requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree. Each Hall Director is responsible for the operation of a residential community ranging in size from 330 to 600 students. The Hall Director falls under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director and Coordinator for Residence Life. Hall Directors are responsible for the supervision, training and evaluation of all student staff members in their building. Hall Directors are also charged with advising and training their Hall Council. Hall Directors are required to manage their hall budget in accordance with the University’s and Department’s mission and Student Affairs priorities and for managing, monitoring, and reconciling those budgets.

The Community Coordinator is a part-time senior student leadership role within Residence Life. The Community Coordinator is under the direct supervision of the Hall Director. Specific responsibilities of the Community Coordinator are assisting with: collaterals, curriculum implementation, student and student staff advising and consultation, policy enforcement, administrative tasks, and crisis intervention. Community Coordinators will aid in the training of Student Advisors/Apartment Managers and have an oversight role in their curricular performance. Community Coordinators must be in good standing with the University, both academically and through the student conduct code.

Student Advisors are student staff members of ResLife that live and work directly within the residential communities. Their primary role is to serve as leaders of their assigned community, SAs also facilitate educational opportunities through programming, conflict resolution, and serve as first responders to any emergency situations.

Apartment Managers are student staff members of ResLife that live and work directly within the on-campus apartment communities. Their primary role is to serve as resources for their assigned community, much as a superintendent of an apartment complex. AMs also facilitate educational opportunities through programming, conflict resolution, and serve as first responders to any emergency situations.

Have any questions about Residence Life, Housing, or Dining?  Contact us at 660-785-4227 or reslife@truman.edu.