Lenora M. Willis

609-271-8053 (Mobile) ▪lwillis0586@gmail.com

Strategic. Activator. Arranger. Individualization. Significance

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

Masters of Higher Education in Student Affairs, May 2014

Salem State University, Salem, MA

Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics, May 2011

Drew University, Madison, NJ

 

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE:

 

Assistant Director of Residence Life April 2016-present

Housing and Residence Life, Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA

§  Supervise, train, and develop two (2) Area Coordinators, nine (9) Graduate Residence Hall Directors, Graduate Assistant for Programming and Resource Management, and all student staff (Resident Assistants, Resource Room assistants, and Front Desk Workers).

§  Instructor on Record for RA Class (PSYCH 4708) including, but not limited to, reservation of classroom spaces, annual evaluation of course materials and training for supplemental instructors.

§  Coordinate the student conduct process, assign cases to appropriate individuals, act as a Conduct hearing officer, and adjudicate conduct hearings

§  Creator, supervisor, and trainer for 24/7/365 primary student on call response named the Housing Engagement and Action Response Team (HEART)

§  Coordinate Fall, in-service, and Spring trainings for graduate and student staff employment positions

§  Coordinate Professional and Student Staff Selection and Recruitment including but not limited to Southern Placement Exchange, Oshkosh Placement Exchange, ACUHO-I Interns, The Placement Exchange, Resident Assistant selection, Front Desk Worker Selection, and various professional position search committees.

§  Co-develop Residential Curriculum for 4 distinct residential experiences for students according to class standing Focused on topics surrounding Diversity and Inclusion, Personal Growth, Academic Success, and Leadership Development.

§  Coordinator Living Learning Community development and support efforts for residence halls

§  Advise Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), and Resident Assistant Council (RAC).

§  Maintain functional area budget of $1.4 million and allocate budgets to Departmental Committees, staff salaries, RHA, RAC, and Area Councils.

§  Serves in a regular 24 hour on call rotation for the entire Housing System population of 2,800 residents.

 

Area Coordinator July 2015-April 2016

Housing and Residence Life, Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA
§  Supervise, train, and develop 2-3 Graduate Residence Hall Directors and indirectly supervise student staff (Resident Assistants and Front Desk Workers).

§  Responsible for the maintenance, development, and upkeep of a 1000+ Upper-class, apartment style residential living community.

§  Oversee Community Building committees through the Residential Curriculum. Focused on topics surrounding Diversity and Inclusion, Personal Growth, Academic Success, and Leadership Development.

§  Coordinate the student conduct process, act as a Conduct hearing officer, and adjudicate conduct hearings

§  Maintain area budget of $230,000 and allocate budgets to Graduate Hall Directors and Hall councils.

§  Assisted with establishing/maintaining collaborative relationships between various departments such as the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Admissions, Chartwells food service, Information Technology (IT), Facilities Management, University Police and other university offices.

§  Advise 2 Hall councils within the complex area

§  Communicate maintenance concerns to facilities & housekeeping.

§  Teach PSYC 4870 (RA Class)

§  Serves in a regular 24 hour on call rotation for the entire Housing System population of 2,700 residents.

Residence Life Coordinator July 2014- July 2015

University Housing, University of Oregon Eugene, OR
Supervised a full time professional staff member responsible for the creation and implementation of an academic environment for the residents residing within the complex. Responsible for the overall administration of a residence hall complex consisting of approximately 700 residents. Supervised, developed, and evaluated 20 residence life student staff Facilitated the learning outcomes of student staff development and a community that enhances the academic experience of each student and provides for personal growth. Coordinated the student conduct process and adjudicated conduct hearings. Promoted appreciation for diversity and contribute to multicultural organizational development. Participated in an on-call rotation and respond to emergency situations. Facilitated programming and community development. Advised Complex student government.  Assisted in the daily supervision of 5 Freshman Interest Group Academic Assistants.

Housing Operations Coordinator August 2013-July 2014

Office of Residence Life, Salem State University Salem, MA
Responsible for assisting the Assistant Director of Housing Operations with daily operations. Assisted with moving departmental operations and paper processes online. Administrator access, training, and utilization of Adirondack Solutions-The Housing Director (THD) Portal. Served as main contact for Conference booking and summer housing. Coordinated and organized all aspects of Fall Move in. Provided assistance with professional development for the department. Assisted in the analysis and presentation of policies and procedures, as well as become knowledgeable of safety and security issues and liabilities. Assisted with hearing Housing Intervention and Student Conduct cases as needed. Assisted with establishing/maintaining collaborative relationships between various departments such as the Office of the Registrar, the Business Office, the Office of Admissions, Chartwells food service, Information Technology Services (ITS), Facilities Management, Marketing and Communications, University Police and other university offices.

 

Acting Resident Director June 2012-August 2013

Office of Residence Life, Salem State University Salem, MA
Facilitated student/community development, supervised management of discipline and facilities management, served as a student conduct officer, and participated in departmental projects such as selection and training and other duties assigned by Director of Residence Life. Supervised, developed, and evaluated eight (8) Resident Assistants, Mail Assistant, and Office Assistants. Assisted in the development and implementation of programming to address the needs of students in a diverse living- learning environment. Created a complex wide 21+ Alcohol Policy for apartment style housing area. Advised students with personal concerns, or referred them to o t h e r appropriate campus resources and/or community conflicts. Served as advisor to the Community Council. Supported, implemented, enforced, and interpreted University policies and procedures.

Career Development Coordinator February 2012- June 2012

Center for Career Development, Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ
Communicated information about the Center’s programs, services, and resources. Researched opportunities and resources, which provided information about career options, employment trends, and related topics. Provided initial assistance with career planning and job search skills techniques such as resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, n e t w o r k i n g and interviewing skills. Conducted introductory workshops as assigned regarding career planning and job search processes. Established and cultivated strong relationships with employers to expand opportunities, including part- t i m e jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships. Updated and maintained information and statistics on Datatel and BC Career Connections. Supervised the Career Research Lab and the Center’s student employees.

 

Resident Director – University Centre August 2011- June 2012

Office of Residence Education and Housing, Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ
Provided professional advising and supervision for four paraprofessional staff members. Assisted in the recruitment and selection and training of student staff members. Confronted and resolved issues on diversity, racism, alcohol and drug abuse, academic performance, relationship conflicts, and social acceptance. Liaison for the Office of REH and the University Centre Staff. Organized and facilitated floor programs and community builders. Managed staff budget and oversaw room reservation in leased space. Served on residential advisor selection committee. Worked with group dynamics on a staff of five people, on a daily basis.

STRENGTHS:

 

§    Leadership and teamwork skills oriented.

§    Friendly, enthusiastic and fair in situations regarding student management and service.

§    Excellent communication skills and a professional demeanor gained through extensive interaction with college staff, students, and leadership roles in various college activities.

§    Adirondack The Housing Director, Conduct Coordinator, Oracle PeopleSoft, Banner, StarRez Housing

Manager, TMA facilities management Schlage SMS Card System, Persona Lock system, and Minuteman Key Card System.

§    Training skills and Volunteer Experience

§    Public Speaking – Presentations on Professional development at conferences, curriculum creation and teaching experience.

§    Can read, speak and write in French

CONFERENCES/ AFFILIATIONS:

 

Adirondack Solutions User Group- member

Rho Alpha Sigma National Honor Society Member

Former Rho Alpha Sigma National Honorary Director of Education

National Residence Hall Honorary

NASPA member

ACPA member

ACUHO-I member

NACURH- CAACURH , SACURH, and NEACURH Affiliate

 

References Available upon request

Education

2012-2014

Masters in Higher Education at Salem State University

2007-2011

Mathematics at Drew University

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