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Resident Director

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Work type: Administrative (Full Time)
Location: Marion, IN
Categories: Student Development/Residence Life

Job Title: Resident Director

Reporting Relationship: Assistant Director and the Dean of Residence Life

Unit: IWU-Marion

Department: Director of Residence Life-IWU Marion

Campus Location: Barnes Student Center

Summary of Position:    Resident Directors are integral members of the Residence Life team and the Student Development division of Indiana Wesleyan University, providing leadership, oversight, and vision for students within an assigned residential area. The Resident Director position is a full-time, 10 month, live-in professional position.
Resident Directors are responsible for creating and fostering a residential community in which all students can experience belonging, support, and challenge. Resident Directors partner in the holistic educational mission of the university by strategically planning for students' personal, spiritual, social, and academic development through a wide range of formational and community activities and programming. Resident Directors provide a high level of student care, mentoring, and intervention that few others on campus can match.
This is a special position that has a significant influence on the culture of our campus and on individual students' lived experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Mission Values
    • Resident Directors must be committed to the Lordship of Christ, continually seeking personal growth through the regular practice of spiritual disciplines, and creating spiritually rich environments for others to do the same
    • Resident Directors will support the Student Development mission to partner in the holistic learning and disciple-making mission of the university by cultivating a community of belonging, support, and engagement through formative and diverse experiences
    • Resident Directors must embody and promote the Wildcat Way values of Kindness, Humility, Belonging, Integrity, and Courage in their life, work, and interaction with others
    • Model spiritual maturity, demonstrating a personal and vibrant Christian faith grounded in a belief in and commitment to Jesus Christ Model high standards of personal conduct that reflect integrity, responsibility, and good judgement at all times 
  • Student Responsibilities
    • Foster a positive residential community by being involved and visible in the residence hall/area and investing in the lives of the resident students
    • Respond to the individual needs of students within the residence hall/area, providing high levels of care, mentoring, and intervention
    • Collaborate with all appropriate student care and service offices to promote student thriving 
  • Student Staff Responsibilities
    • Supervise the Assistant Director (ARD) and Resident Assistants (RAs)
    • Participate in selection, training, mentoring, and evaluation of primary student staff
    • Conduct weekly team meetings
    • Hold student staff accountable to their job descriptions and responsibilities
  • Administrative Responsibilities
    • Manage hall budgets
    • Maintain appropriate housing, student conduct, and hall programming records and documentation 
  • Professional Expectations
    • Operate a professional office
    • Meet on a regular basis with supervisor and other members of the Residence Life team
    • Attend regular team meetings
    • Actively participate in RD retreats, training, and planning activities
    • Actively serve on one of several Residence Life committees
    • Submit weekly reports and other assigned materials 
  • Co-Curricular / Educational Expectations
    • Ensure that the residence hall/area mission and vision align with the Residence Life and Student Development mission
    • Develop a residence hall/area program plan that fulfills Residence Life and Residence Hall learning outcomes
    • Work collaboratively with university faculty and staff in the implementation of program plans 
  • Facility Management
    • Regularly evaluate facility safety, condition, and cleanliness
    • Submit work orders for building repairs and upgrades
    • Oversee the assessment and payment of damages
    • Oversee scheduling of hall/area facilities 
  • Fulfill other duties as assigned by supervisor 

Qualifications: According to Indiana Wesleyan University employment policy all employees must possess a strong Christian commitment and adhere to the standards outlined in the IWU Community Lifestyle Statement.


  • Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree in Student Affairs or related field strong preferred


  • Prior leadership in a residential community preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and disciple students

Required Skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as a willing and effective member of a larger team
  • Strong administrative abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Diversity Statement

IWU commits to create a community that reflects kingdom diversity. We will foster an intentional environment that exhibits honor, respect, and dignity. Acknowledging visible or invisible differences, our community authentically values each member’s earthly and eternal worth. We refute ignorance and isolation and embrace deliberate and courageous engagement.


As a religious educational institution operating under the auspices of The Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (42 U.S.C., Sections 2000e-1 and 2000e-2).

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws.


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