Residence Director - Residence Life (S595)

Azusa, Los Angeles County / Irwindale, Los Angeles County
Mar 27, 2014
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment. Job Description

Responsible for the direction and coordination of the total residence program within his/her living area. Serves as the main facilitator in the planning and implementation of a meaningful residence life experience for students and student staff. General counseling, guidance and living area programming. Assists in the selection, training, and supervision of Resident Advisor staffs.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s preferred.

Required Experience

  • Significant relevant experience in the area of Student Affairs in Higher Education.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

Residential Learning

  • Oversee the Residence Advisors/Community Advisors in the planning, administration, and evaluation of programs within the living areas.
  • Challenges students to initiate and develop healthy interpersonal relationships with their peers.
  • Supports/initiates within the living area: efforts associated with academic support, spiritual formation, cultural diversity, emotional wellness, and life planning.

Administration & Supervision

  • Assists with room assignments and changes for his/her living area throughout the year and assists check-in and check-out in cooperation with Housing.
  • Monitors physical (health and safety) condition of living area, including assisting the housing services with the monitoring the usage and condition of furniture. Reports known physical damage, facility-related problems, or housekeeping concerns immediately. Conducts health andsafety inspections of individual student rooms at least once a semester.
  • Alternates with other Residence Directors on duty availability for all campus residents. Residenc Directors take turns covering major holidays
  • Assists in the selection of new Resident Advisors in the spring, including conducting individual and group interviews.
  • Other special duty assignments (e.g. assist in Residence Life Office, gender issues, etc.)

Mentoring, Coaching, & Role Modeling

  • Is available to any students in the residence for discussion of concerns and problems.
  • Appropriately refers students to other offices as needed.
  • Provide guidance, support, and direction to Resident Advisors during RA Training, Walkabout, and at any other times appointed by the Director of Residence Life (staff retreats, leadership conferences, etc.)
  • Maintains an attitude of discipleship and serves as a support and resource to students in their quest for spiritual growth.
  • Models behavior that reflects a commitment to uphold the university standards of conduct in one’s own life; on and off campus consistent with the lifestyle expectations of Azusa Pacific University students on campus.
  • Meets weekly with the Director of Residence Life, weekly with the professional Residence Life Staff, and your Living Area Staff, and individually to discuss policies, procedures, programs, concerns, resident problems, discipline situations, and personal development issues with students.

Intervention & Accountability

  • Understands and can communicate the rationale for University regulations.
  • Assists, confronts, and intercedes in disciplinary and emergency situations as they arise in theliving areas, provides the appropriate written and verbal behavioral data relevant to administering guidance, support, and/or discipline, and reports/refers to the Director of Residence Life and the Associate Director, as necessary.
  • Supports or does not openly disagree with University regulations.
  • Serves as a resource and referral support to faculty, staff, parents, and other University constituents.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher.
  • Ability to work independently, present self in a professional manner and reflect the goals and standardsof APU.
  • Initiative and good judgment
  • Ability to keep information confidential.

Mental Demands

  • Able to exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Willingness to be available evenings and weekends.
  • Able to confront and intercede in disciplinary or emergency situations.
  • A desire to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Able to learn procedures and retain information.
  • In agreement with the Christian mission of the university and exhibits a maturing Christian faith.

Physical Demands

  • Intermittent sitting and standing.
  • Ability to conduct business at other locations on campus.
  • Hearing and speaking demands.
  • Ability to lift, pull, grasp, bend, and reach. Able to lift up to 20 lbs occasionally.

Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor, reading, assess conditions of living areas.


  • Pleasant office setting, comfortable temperature.


  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.