Administrative Careers - Academic Advising, Administrative Careers - Residence Life
4 Year Degree
The Residence Director (RD) position at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) is a highly relational role that provides overall leadership and vision for the operational, personnel and budgetary activities of the residence hall and assists with the overall leadership of the Student Life Department. The RD promotes the holistic and spiritual development of students and supports the educational goals of SWU through mentoring and discipleship of students, modeling desired values, attitudes and behavior, and providing educational programs. This is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in position. Compensation for this position includes an annual salary of $27,492, on-campus housing, and a full meal plan.
Interested candidates should be enthusiastically willing to embrace and serve within the context of a flexible schedule, understanding that students are our work, and therefore should be willing to incorporate evenings and weekends into their schedule at varying times. RD’s at Southern Wesleyan are also expected to be intentionally engaged across the Southern Wesleyan campus community, i.e. the cafeteria setting, various athletic and fine arts events, chapel, etc.
This particular RD position will be for the leadership of West Residence Hall which houses both male and female students in separate wings of the building ranging from freshmen through seniors. West Hall is a creative living-learning community that was constructed in 2017 and has a capacity of 243 students, including 12 Resident Assistants (RA’s) who are paid student staff. Additionally, there are two 11-month, graduate level Assistant Resident Directors (ARD’s), one male and one female, who live in West Hall full-time and serve as assistants to the full-time RD. The RD will be expected to develop and lead with specific discipleship and mentoring plans for their RA’s and lead within the context of the already established curriculum and plan of personal and professional development of the two ARD’s who serve at West Hall.
In Residence Life at Southern Wesleyan University, we exist to facilitate a safe, educational, community atmosphere that is conducive to creating fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ – loving God, loving people and teaching others to do the same.
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 hall each semester and over breaks.
Provide leadership in implementing SWU’s restorative discipline process in the residence hall when appropriate.
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 RA’s.
Conduct weekly one-on-one meeting with ARD’s.
Assist with the planning of residence staff training events.
Foster Community Development
Make personal contact with residential 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 Educational Programs
Attend various residence hall programs.
Assist RA’s in planning activities.
Plan and implement educational activities congruent with the programming model.
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.
Engage students regularly in the cafeteria setting.
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.
Assist Admissions and other campus departments as directed with visiting groups and opportunities to use the community spaces within West Hall.
Summer Responsibilities (mid-May through early-August)
Perform Student Life tasks, as assigned.
Assist Conference Services with summer groups and camps as directed.
Assist with departmental projects (20 hours per week).
Assign housing to new and returning students.
Revise the RA training manual.
Plan RA training.
Plan educational programs for the residence hall.
Develop grant proposals.
Participate in the Student Life Office planning retreat.
Bachelor’s degree required. A master’s degree in counseling, higher education 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. SWU 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.
Travel/Driving. May be required to drive 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.
Additional Salary Information: See General Description of job listing
About Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. SWU provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs in a distinctively Christian environment that fosters the integration of faith, learning, and living. Candidates for employment must support the Christian mission of the university and give evidence of successful professional experience, mature faith, and consistent Christian lifestyle.
University Core Values
Christ Centered: Purpose, Scholarship, Community, Transformation
•Purpose: A specific calling for a unique role in our world.
•Scholarship: Academic excellence in an innovative faith-centered environment.
•Community: Belonging to a connected and compassionate body of learners.
•Transformation: Christ’s redemptive work in individual and corporate life.
We believe that every individual has a God given purpose, brought to fruition by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit and the challenge of scholarship. As we participate in a consecrated community of learners we are continuously transformed into the image of Christ both individually and corporately.