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Eastern Illinois University

EIU Department of Housing


As a member of Eastern Illinois University Housing and Dining program, you’ll find that our staff philosophy is “work hard and play hard.” The welcoming work environment and our numerous professional development opportunities are some of the reasons we have attracted and continue to attract so many qualified people to EIU.  If you find our philosophy and reputation appealing, consider us and apply!

The Position

The ARD is responsible for the shared management, administration, services, and activities in a residential building/complex with the supervision of a full-time staff member. As a member of the professional staff, ARDs assist with the overall quality and efficiency of administrative activities as they relate to University Housing and Dining Services. ARDs are expected to use an approach that balances sound developmental concepts with a managerial philosophy in carrying out assigned duties. On specific occasions, you may be called upon to perform additional duties up to and including the coordination and supervision of specific projects, committees, and/or activities for the department.

This is a required live on-campus position that includes the expectation of eating in our University-operated dining centers to provide policy enforcement within the dining facilities and to promote community development for staff and students. Positions are based on a ten-month appointment with 12-month option. Applicants must be available during some break periods.

Job Description

About The Department

Our alumni can be found leading successful careers at universities across the nation as housing directors, admission directors, university vice presidents, and the former president of Eastern Illinois University (EIU). These individuals came to Eastern Illinois University seeking a degree. They left with life-long friendships, the knowledge and skill set that has assisted them in reaching their career objectives, and the ability to say now and forever "I am EIU."

We offer you this opportunity. The only question you need to answer is "are you ready to be EIU?" If so, apply today and we look forward to hearing more about your experiences. We stress the importance of personal involvement with committees and professional and student organizations. You can find our staff members actively participating in housing and student affairs-related professional organizations; advising student organizations like RHA, NRHH, IFCNPHC, PHC, and other student organizations while enjoying the benefits of their efforts.

Student Housing, Residence Life, Greek Court, Dining Services, and Camps & Conferences, normally considered separate departments at many institutions, fall underneath the umbrella of University Housing & Dining Services at Eastern Illinois University. The department has the unique distinction of being the university's sole provider of student housing, dining, and conference services.

While we are financially responsible for the operation of these areas, the primary responsibility of University Housing & Dining Services involves serving the people who live and dine in our buildings.

Staff members are charged with the role of providing and fostering an on-campus community designed to better allow residents to attain success in their academic and personal goals. This is achieved through listening to student and staff input, by providing residence life programming, furnishing residents with a number of convenient services, and through the teamwork afforded us by combining the aforementioned areas. Our mission statement, core values, and diversity statement guide is in this objective.

About Charleston

Charleston Tourism
Discover Charleston, "The Friendly City". Are you interested in obtaining more information about attending Eastern Illinois University or participating in a campus tour? Our admissions office is willing to help you, or just give them a call at 1-800-252-5711 or visit their website.

Tarble Arts Center
The Tarble Arts Center is a major cultural arts resource serving east-central Illinois. Its founding purpose is "to take the arts to the people." A division of the College of Arts & Humanities, Eastern Illinois University, the Tarble serves the people of the region by providing arts activities and related programs. The Tarble is the only facility on Eastern's campus built entirely through donated funds, with the primary gift of one million dollars donated by the late Newton E. Tarble. To find out more information about the Tarble Art Center, contact them by phone at (217) 581-ARTS(2787) or visit their website.

Fox Ridge State Park
Fox Ridge State Park offers another unique outing for anyone who enjoys nature. The 752-acre park is known for its thickly wooded ridges and miles of scenic hiking trails. Fox Ridge is situated on the forested hills along the Embarrass River. This site, in combination with Lake Charleston, offers perfect nooks for fishing, camping, canoeing, hunting or family picnicking. For more information about Fox Ridge State Park call (217) 345-6416 or visit their website.

Chamber of Commerce
Charleston enjoys a rich historical heritage, strong economy and agricultural base, diverse shopping, a variety of recreational activities, exceptional educational opportunities, an extensive health care system, theater, music, art and much more. Whether your interests are in relocating, starting a business, attending the university, or retiring in the area, Charleston has something to offer. For more information from the Chamber of Commerce call (217) 345-7041, or visit their website.

Lincoln Log State Cabin Historic Site
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historical Site is a special attraction for both residents and visitors. The site, located just south of Charleston, is the 1840's farm and home of Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln, parents of our 16th president. Volunteer pioneers keep history alive at this unique farm by continuing daily domestic and farming activities as they were done more than 100 years ago. For more information about the Lincoln Log State Cabin call (217) 345-6489, or visit their website.

Offering a sense of community, the ability to make a difference, and a place to develop skills.



  • A FULL tuition waiver (excluding fees) for graduate classes and prerequisite undergraduate classes required for the staff member's Masters degree. Tuition waivers are also granted during the summer sessions.
  • Monthly stipend of $1,305.
  • Fully furnished apartment and basic and extended utilities (e.g. water, local telephone, cable, movies on demand, internet, gas, electricity, and trash removal) included.
  • Complimentary meal plan consisting of 15 meals per week in the residential dining centers and $140 Dining Dollars per semester (good in all residential dining centers, the University Food Court, Java B&B, Marketplace Convenience Store, and Panther Pantry).
  • Office space that includes a private phone line, desktop computer, standard office furniture, and internet access.
  • Partners and pets welcome through a passing background check.
  • Individual professional development funds for conferences, research, etc. We encourage participation in campus committees, workshops, and participation in local, state, regional, and national professional associations such as GLACUHO, NASPA, ACUHO-I, and ACPA.
  • Professional skill-building opportunities through teaching academic classes, committee work in multiculturalism, employee relations, staff training, and recruitment, and advising student groups such as Panther L.E.A.D.S. (Hall Council), Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and other student organizations.

The application is open now and will remain open until mid-April each year or until the positions are filled.

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