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Eastern Illinois University

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Eastern Illinois University is a national leader in developing outstanding student affairs practitioners. Staff will tell you they build life-long friendships, the unique opportunity to mentor professionals and paraprofessionals, the knowledge and skill set that has allowed them to reach their career objectives, and the ability to say now and forever “I am EIU.” Our Housing and Dining Staff strives to produce a sense of belonging, the ability to make a difference, and a place to develop skills.

We offer you this outstanding opportunity. The only question you need to answer is “are you ready to be EIU?”

Complex Director  

Complex Directors (CD) are live-in, full-time professional staff members. A Complex Director's primary function is the management of a residence hall or group of residence halls that promote student success. A CD must have earned at least a master's degree and have experience in the field of Residence Life or Student Affairs. The Complex Director assists with the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation, 2-4 Associate Resident Directors (ARD), 16-22 Resident Assistants (RA), and other student staff members, depending on the area. Other duties include community development, student development, promoting personal wellness, housing assignments, staff development, student conduct, crisis intervention, programming, hall council advisement, and summer programs. This person is a member of the Residential Life Leadership Team which leads the vision of the department. 

Currently, there are no openings for this position.

Assistant Director of Living Learning Communities and Leadership Development  

The Assistant Director assists with the overall coordination of the residential life leadership development by serving as a member of the Residential Life Leadership Team and by actively participating in University and Departmental Committees. This includes being the primary advisor to the Residence Hall Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary.  They are also responsible for training the Residential Life staff in Hall Council Advisement. The Assistant Director for Living Learning Communities oversees the creation and support of our living-learning communities. This team member must be able to build strong partnerships and collaborations with our academic, community, and corporate partners in ways that cultivate cutting edge living-learning programs that align with and contribute towards our educational priority and learning goals. This 12-month, live-on, or live within the Charleston, Illinois city limits professional staff position. It includes a meal plan to promote community development and policy enforcement for staff and students in our dining and housing facilities. 

Currently, there are no openings for this position.


Learn a little more about us

About the Department

We offer our staff more than a paycheck. We provide a sense of community, the ability to make a difference, and a place to develop existing skills and encounter new opportunities.

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.


You won't find yourself pushing paper or having to rely on someone else to manage the community you are developing. EIU takes a holistic approach to residential life. You are responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of your learning community. Not only will you find yourself leading the charge for student development, but you will also oversee facilities management, staff supervision, leadership development, student conduct, housing assignments, crisis intervention, social justice education, staff recruitment, staff training, and academic support services. Simply put, our goal at EIU is for you to possess an amazing resume before you move on to other professional opportunities.

EIU's Residential Life program is also committed to your professional development. 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.

We ask each staff member to complete their own professional development plan at the beginning of each year and we use your plan so that we can assist in providing you with the opportunities and needs that are tailored to you!


Besides helping your residents grow and develop, EIU offers other unique opportunities for you to mentor students and staff.  

College Student Affairs Program

EIU has an amazing College Student Affairs (CSA) Program that is nationally known for producing outstanding student affairs practitioners to enter the field.  

There are 21 graduate students within residential life that are currently working on a CSA degree or working on entering the student affairs field

Student Affairs Preparatory Program (SAPP)

In addition, EIU has a Student Affairs Preparatory Program (SAPP) that is coordinated by our department that has seventeen current undergraduate students attending workshops, meetings, and conferences to begin their career in student affairs. The Residential Life Staff at EIU mentors and assists these students as they prepare to enter the field.

Student Leadership Development

Student Leadership Development at EIU is valued! Residential Life staff members at EIU must possess a passion for advising hall government, RHA, and NRHH.  All Residential Life staff members are expected to help our student leaders sharpen their leadership skills and to guide our students and programs to achieve local, regional, and national notoriety!

EIU at a glance
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Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

The University and Community: EIU's attractive 320-acre campus is big enough to offer quality programs, yet small enough to offer personal attention. Founded in 1895, Eastern Illinois University {EIU) has seven {7) colleges and schools offering more than 90 academic programs in the form of bachelor's, master’s, and specialist's degrees.

Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcome environment for all faculty, staff, and students. EIU boasts a rich, tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest-ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success.

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.

AA/EOE: Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer - Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran - committed to achieving a diverse community.



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