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Director of Residential Life and Housing

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University
Collegeville, Minnesota

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Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Four-Year Institution
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The Department of Residential Life and Housing at Saint John's University invites applicants for the full-time, benefit-eligible position of Director of Residential Life and Housing.

The Director of Residential Life and Housing is responsible for the overall management and supervision of the housing and residential life program for the Saint John’s University (SJU) campus. The Director is responsible for managing the housing inventory, creating budget projections, and meeting occupancy, capacity, and retention goals. The Director ensures the alignment of the department with the University’s mission as a Benedictine and Catholic, residential, liberal arts institution. The Director appreciates and promotes Benedictine values and acts in accord with them. The Director is responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of the Assistant Director of Housing and the Faculty Residents (FRs). The Director is responsible for the annual recruitment, hiring, training, and ongoing support of the Resident Assistants (RAs). The Director collaborates with the Faculty Residents to promote the University mission and Benedictine and Catholic character of the Saint John’s University Residential Life program, assuring that this program remains a central and unique Benedictine element of the Saint John’s University educational experience.

Saint John's University (SJU) is a liberal arts college for men and a graduate School of Theology for both men and women and is also the home of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library and the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. The campuses are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campus is minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.

SJU is a Catholic college in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice.  The university is dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at SJU. Learn more in our Institutional Statement on Diversity and in our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.
With a total enrollment of approximately 1,600 students, SJU has a unique coordinate partnership with the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women. SJU and CSB are committed to the holistic transformational development of men and women within the context of a unified, coeducational experience. All students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to experience and engage with the two institutions. For further information, see
SJU offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program 



  1. Promote the mission of Saint John’s University and, as a member of the Student Development Directors group, advance the Benedictine and Catholic character of the Residential Life and Housing programs. 
  2. Articulate the purpose of the Faculty Resident position as a primarily ministerial service to our students as well as mentoring and discipline. 
  3. Ensure that on-campus living enhances student growth by developing and overseeing structured learning opportunities and community development programming within the residence hall and apartment communities.
  4. Provide supervision for and oversee the professional development of the Assistant Director of Housing.  Work with the Assistant Director annually to project housing occupancy. Work with campus partners (such as, but not limited to: Admissions, Athletics, Custodial Services, Life Safety Services, Physical Plant) to maintain a high level of occupancy and student satisfaction. 
  5. Develop and maintain a working relationship with the Abbot of Saint John’s Abbey and once a year provide an evaluation of each monastic Faculty Resident and work to explore future monastic appointments.
  6. Recruit, hire, train, supervise and support Faculty Residents, and oversee their professional development and performance appraisals.
  7. Serve as an advocate for the Faculty Residents in promoting and supporting the Benedictine mission of service and ministry throughout the University community and with the Residential Life staff of the College of Saint Benedict (CSB). Serve as a liaison with other administrators and faculty to support academic issues within the Residential Life and Housing programs.
  8. Develop and implement strategies to assess and improve the residential student experience.  Monitor student satisfaction with housing facilities through focus groups and connections with the Student Senate. 
  9. In coordination with the Faculty Residents, develop and implement a selection and training program for the Resident Assistants in the residence halls and apartments. Communicate standards of responsibility and accountability for the Residential Life staff and foster coordination of Faculty Resident and Resident Assistant programs.
  10. Oversee and manage all aspects of the Residential Life and Housing program including the marketing of the residence halls for housing selection, budget management and housing projections, room selection and placement, housing appeals, updates of Residential Life information as needed for the J-Book, website, and other publications. 
  11. In order to foster appreciation of community values, expectations, and responsibilities, work closely with the Dean of Students, fellow Campus Life administrators, and Faculty Residents to assess, define, and implement residential policies and housing procedures.
  12. Assist in the development and promotion of the student orientation programs with the Residential Life staff.  
  13. Serve on a variety of institutional committees such as: Student Support Team, Health and Wellness Committee, Intercultural LEAD, SJU FirstGen Program.
  14. Lead the capital improvements and planning of University housing: work closely with the Vice President for Student Development, Dean of Students, Faculty Residents, and Director of Physical Plant to articulate, assess, and implement renovation or construction plans for student residences and related facilities.
  15. Serve in the Dean On-Call duty rotation to provide after-hours crisis management.




  1. Bachelor’s degree with five years of professional experience and/or graduate work experience in a residential life setting. 
  2. Exceptional organization and program management skills.
  3. Effective verbal/written communication and interpersonal relations skills, public speaking, and preparing and executing staff training. 
  4. Effective computer and technological skills (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint or a similar platform, and housing software). 
  5. Knowledge of or experience with men’s development, men’s issues, and men’s leadership and involvement.
  6. Demonstrated engagement and leadership promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education and knowledge of effective, equity-minded, evidence-based practices within student development. 
  7. Ability to work a varied schedule including evenings and weekends, including on-call rotation.
  8. Ability to support the Benedictine and Catholic character and mission of SJU and CSB.   
  9. A willingness to interact with the communities of SJU and CSB as an integral part of the learning environment.
  10. A commitment to discretion and confidentiality.
  11. A commitment to provide both single-gender and co-educational learning environments of SJU and CSB.
  12. Ability to create and maintain a department budget.



  1. Master’s degree.
  2. Willingness to live within close proximity of campus. 


 To Apply:

Applications are accepted online by clicking on "Apply".  Candidates are asked to complete the application form and submit a letter of application and resume.
If you require an accommodation to participate in the Saint John's University hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (320) 363-2508 or [email protected].
It is the policy of SJU to conduct a pre-employment background check.  An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check. Saint John’s also utilizes E-Verify as part of its onboarding process to confirm work authorization.
Saint John's University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.



CSB, for women, and SJU, for men, are nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts colleges and ranked as two of the top three Catholic colleges in the nation. They share one academic program, and students attend classes together on both campuses. This integrated learning experience combines a challenging academic program with extensive opportunities for international study, leadership, service learning, spiritual growth and cultural and athletic involvement. The combined enrollment of more than 3,800 students makes CSB and SJU the largest of the nation's liberal arts colleges.

college_of_saint_benedict_saint_john_s_university1.jpgYet, CSB and SJU are two colleges. Each college retains its own campus, residence halls, athletic programs and traditions. CSB/SJU are committed to the development of the whole person, meeting the unique needs of both women and men in single-gender and co-educational experiences.

The Catholic character of CSB and SJU is shaped by the Benedictine communities which founded the colleges in the 19th century and continues to foster Benedictine Catholic values in the academic, spiritual and social life of the colleges. Today, Benedictine women and men remain actively involved in teaching and administration, and their prayerful presence in community life provides the stable sense of home for which both CSB and SJU are so well known.


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