The Residence Director (RD) provides overall leadership for the operational, budgetary and personnel activities of the residence hall and assists with the leadership of the student life department. The RD promotes the spiritual development of students and supports the educational goals of the university by building personal relationships, modeling desired values, attitudes and behavior, and providing educational programs. This is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in position.
Administrate Student Life policies
- Assist with planning and evaluation of Student Life goals and objectives.
- Assist with housing assignments for new and returning students.
- Direct the opening and closing of the residence each semester and over breaks.
- Provide leadership in implementing the university’s discipline process in the residence hall.
- Assume direct supervision of residence hall finances.
- Participate in weekly Residence Life and Student Life meetings.
- Monitor furniture and equipment needs in the residence.
- Monitor residential physical plant concerns and communicate concerns to proper offices for resolution.
Supervise residence hall staff
- Participate in the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of the residence hall staff.
- Orient staff to expectations, policies, and procedures.
- Conduct weekly staff meetings.
- Conduct weekly one-on-one meetings with resident assistants.
- Assist with the planning of residence staff training events.
Foster community development
- Make personal contact with residence students and attempt to build community.
- Advise and counsel students.
- Refer students to appropriate offices for assistance.
- Assist in orienting new students to the residence hall and campus community.
- Facilitate interaction between faculty and students.
Implement residence-based educational programs
- Establish and advise the residence hall council.
- Plan and implement educational activities congruent with the programming model.
- Attend residence hall programs.
- Assist Resident Assistants (RA) in planning floor activities.
- Participate in professional development
- Attend RD training sessions as offered by the Student Life Office.
- Attend an annual regional or national student development conference.
- Maintain membership in a national professional organization.
- Cooperate with other campus offices in sharing non-confidential student information.
- Take initiative to effectively address student life issues/needs that arise daily.
- Attend chapel regularly.
- Represent needs and concerns of students to the Director of Residence Life.
- Serve on faculty/staff committees as assigned.
- Participate in new student orientation programs.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life or the Vice President for Student Life.
Summer Responsibilities (mid-May through mid-August)
- Supervise summer school students living in the residence.
- Perform Student Life tasks, as assigned.
- Assist Conference Services with summer groups and camps as directed.
- 4. Assist with departmental projects (20 hours per week).
- Assign housing to new and returning students.
- Revise the resident assistant training manual.
- Plan resident assistant training.
- Plan educational programs for residence halls.
- Develop grant proposals.
- Participate in the Student Life Office planning retreat.
- Bachelor’s degree required. A master’s degree in counseling, college student personnel, or related field preferred.
- Experience working in a higher education environment is strongly preferred.
- Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with the ability to relate and work effectively with people.
- Maturity, confidentiality, integrity and discretion are essential.
- The ability to work with minimal supervision or instruction, the willingness to work in a team environment, and a commitment to customer service are essential.
- SWU is committed to maximizing the use of technology in its daily operations and in achieving its strategic goals; the ideal candidate will have a high comfort level with web-based, mobile and PC applications including but not limited to the use of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
- Mission and Lifestyle Expectations. The university is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Wesleyan-Holiness theological tradition. In light of SWU’s unapologetically Christ-centered mission, all employees are expected to embrace the university’s Statement of Faith, commit to the mission of the University, respect the beliefs of the Wesleyan Church, adhere to its lifestyle expectations, and demonstrate a mature relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Physical/Environmental Requirements
- This position involves a variety of physical activity ranging from sedentary to light work. It may require the ability to sit for periods of time in an interior office environment along with some light activity outdoors.
- Infrequent lifting of objects up to 10 pounds may be required and, occasionally, items up to 20 pounds.
- Must have a clean driving record; may be required to driving university vehicles from time-to-time.
- Sporadic traveling associated with professional development conferences, training events, etc.
- Pre-employment Screening. Employment is contingent on the completion a background screening.
Interested applicants must send a completed staff application with a cover letter and résumé by e-mail to Keri Stewart, Human Resources Coordinator, by email to or by mail to: