Resident Director
Seattle University 19 reviews - Seattle, WA

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Resident Director to join our community.

The Resident Director (RD) provides leadership and direction for a residential community that fosters student learning and development, contributes to a vital and engaged student experience, and promotes Seattle University’s mission. The RD is responsible for the management and coordination of operational functions associated with a highly effective residence hall environment. In addition, the RD serves in a collaborative role with other Housing and Residence Life ( HRL ) staff in the overall development of departmental programs, services and operations. In collaboration with the Faculty Director, the RD is responsible for the leadership of the Learning Communities within their building. This position is also actively involved with Student Development divisional programs and initiatives.

The RD is a full-time, twelve month, live-in professional position and reports directly to one of the Associate Directors of Housing and Residence Life. Below is an abbreviated version of the RD’s essential functions and responsibilities. A more comprehensive job description is available upon request.

This position will start July 2013.

Essential Job Functions

Staff Development and Supervision

Supervise and develop Resident Assistant (RA) and Desk Assistant staff with the assistance of the Assistant Resident Director(s). Supervise an Assistant Resident Director/Graduate Assistant(s) in respective hall(s).

Foster a culture of student satisfaction and motivate staff to provide quality service.

Facilitate staff development and set goals with residence hall staff.

Work closely with the Assistant Director Residential Leadership to coordinate recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of paraprofessional staff.

Student Leadership and Development

Promote an inclusive community that encourages personal growth, civic responsibility, compassion, respect for others, and academic excellence.

Be visible, available, accessible and approachable to students.

Serve as a resource to students and arrange student referrals as appropriate.

Educate students about Seattle University code of conduct, residence hall policies and procedures, and facilitate community standards.

Facilitate the Integrity Formation process for students by serving as a student conduct administrator.

Encourage student participation in the HC, Residence Hall Association ( RHA ), National Residence Hall Honorary ( NRHH ) and other campus student leadership and involvement opportunities.

Residential Education and Living-Learning Community Development

Provide leadership and direction to a residential community that is socially, intellectually, and spiritually stimulating.

Train and supervise the RAs to implement the Residential Education Model.

Work closely with the Associate Director Residential Education, and faculty/staff partners to development and implement living learning communities;

Utilize student needs assessment and program evaluation strategies to create vital and engaged living learning communities.

Partner with the LLC Faculty Director to co-facilitate and plan regular LLC Leadership Team Meetings with faculty, staff partners, Resident Assistants and LLC Academic Mentors to plan LLC Signature Events.

Partner with Campus Ministry (Resident Ministers and Jesuits in Residence) to provide spiritual support and pastoral care in the halls.


Utilize the housing database (StarRez) to administer response to student needs.

Assists in development of building and departmental procedures and policy recommendations.

Coordinate and supervise roommate agreement, mediation and room change processes.

HRL and the Division of Student Development.

Crisis Management

Serve as HRL liaison to other student development functional areas and other academic support units for students of concern.

Serve as part of a 11 person on-call duty rotation and provide emergency response during evenings, weekends and holidays.

Coordinate emergency response and procedures to maintain safety equipment in the residence halls.

Marginal Job Functions

Facility Management

Maintain the physical structure of the residence hall in conjunction with the Director, Associate Directors, and Facilities Operations staff. Coordinate use of facilities with campus partners.

Work closely with Associate Director Housing Operations to coordinate building safety inspections and facility assessment procedures.

Fiscal Management

Responsible for fiscal management for all building accounts that include but are not limited to: programming, Living-Learning Community budgets, and staff development

Monitor and track building expenditures and maintain accurate fiscal records.

Perform other duties of a similar nature or level.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, psychology, education or related and two years previous experience as a resident assistant in an educational setting demonstrating responsibility for assisting with the full range of responsibilities associated with being a residence director or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

A demonstrated commitment to diversity issues and social justice is essential.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision and values.

This position requires a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Masters degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or related field is strongly preferred and two year’s previous experience in residence life or other student development and educational settings demonstrating responsibility for assisting with the full range of responsibilities associated with being a residence director.

The ideal applicant will possess the ability to use student learning and development theory, a commitment to the concepts of student-centeredness, community, service and social justice, diversity, integration of academic and campus life, and holistic development. Excellent interpersonal, crisis management, managerial, and community development skills are necessary as well as an understanding and/or openness to the values of Jesuit/Catholic Higher Education.

Salary will be discussed during the interview process and is commensurate with qualifications.

Excellent Benefits Package

Our excellent benefits package currently includes: Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, significantly subsidized for employee and dependents; generous retirement plan: 10% of salary contributed by University (after 1 year); vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays plus Christmas week off, community service leave; Transportation pass 75% paid; Automatic payroll deposit; Library privileges for employees; University fitness facilities free for employees; S.U. tuition for employees and dependents administered in accordance with University policies.

Application Instructions

Please apply online at: Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying.

Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.

Close Date

Non-Discrimination Policy

Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the University’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators:

Office of Human Resources

RINA 214

(206) 296-5870

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Founded in 1891, Seattle University is an independent university located on 48 acres on Seattle's Capitol Hill. More than 6,800 students are...