Anderson University’s Office of Student Development invites applications for a full-time position as Residence Director. Anderson University is an innovative, entrepreneurial, premier comprehensive, liberal arts university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The University seeks candidates with a strong Christian value system, lifestyle, and commitment to the integration of faith and learning.
The Residence Director serves a leadership role within a student living area at Anderson University and works with the Director of Residence Life, Dean of Students and other professional staff in the Student Life department to provide a co-curricular experience for students that supports the educational and Christ-centered mission of the University.
The Residence Director collaborates with the Dean of Students, Director of Residence Life, and the Residence Director staff to develop and implement a robust residence life program that supports and serves Anderson University students. This will include living area supervision, program development, housing management, student mentorship, crisis management, and student leadership training. This is a live-in position that requires the Residence Director to reside in University owned housing.
The Residence Director will oversee a staff of Resident Advisors (RA) and will be responsible for their training and development throughout the year. This will include facilitating a weekly team meeting as well as an individual one on one meeting with the RA staff. The Residence Director will also lead the RA team in the planning, administration, and evaluation of educational and social programs within the living area that are designed to meet the Residence Life learning outcomes. The Residence Director will assist with the annual hiring and selection process of the RA staff.
In cooperation with the Residence Life Office, the Residence Director will assist with student housing placements, coordinate room changes within the residence hall throughout the year, and supervise the check-in and check-out process in their living area. The Residence Director also monitors physical (health and safety) condition of the living area, including usage and condition of furniture and reports known physical damage, facility-related problems, or housekeeping concerns in a timely manner. This includes overseeing the regular Health and Safety inspections within the assigned living area.
The Residence Director is expected to be intentional about getting to know students in their living area and should be present and available for assistance and mentorship and knowledgeable of University resources in order to refer students who may be in need of additional support.
The Residence Director will maintain a presence on campus and participate in University wide events as appropriate. This includes attending activities (sporting events, concerts, and other student activities) in support of their residents.
The Residence Director meets weekly with the Director of Residence Life and the professional Residence Life staff, to discuss policies, procedures, programs, resident concerns, conduct issues, and professional development.
Working with the Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students and the Director of Residence Life, the Residence Director will oversee the student conduct process within the assigned living area. He or she will respond to student conduct violations as they arise and will provide the appropriate response and follow up needed. The Residence Director will serve in the emergency “on call” rotation and is expected to respond to individual student and campus crises when needed. The Residence Director will also serve on the CARE Team and will provide support to students of concern.
The Residence Director will assist with the general management of the Residence Life office, including regularly scheduled office hours, approximately 10 hours per week.
Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life and Dean of Students.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that gained through completion of a master’s degree in Student Development, Higher Education, or closely related field is preferred. A bachelor’s degree and one to two years working in a college environment is required. A strong commitment to quality relationships, warmth, excellence, and Christ-like service is essential. Must have a mature and contagious Christian faith. Commitment to the academic and Christ-centered mission of Anderson University is essential. Must be able to work with a diverse student populations and demonstrate a commitment to the holistic development of students. The ability to work in a professional and confidential manner with all staff, students, parents, and the general public is essential.
This is a full-time, non-exempt, 10 or 12-month position that requires residence in University owned housing. The position will require frequent evening and weekend hours. RDs who serve in 12 month positions will have summer assignments that include, oversight of the summer housing program, planning RA training, coordinating the student move in process, and creating the curriculum for RA staff development throughout the year.
Screening of applicants will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submit letter of application, completed staff application (found at https://www.andersonuniversity.edu/hr/apply), resume and names and telephone numbers of three professional references electronically to Jon Gropp at:
Anderson University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. In order to fulfill its purpose, the University may legally discriminate on the basis of religion in employment. The University has been granted exemption from certain regulations promulgated under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which conflict with the University's religious tenets.
Please direct inquiries about our commitment to diversity to Dr. L. Dianne King, Associate Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Student Success/ Title IX Coordinator, Thrift Library Office 203, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621, (864) 231-2026, [email protected]. or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at [email protected]
About Anderson University
In addition to being named as one of the best Southeastern Colleges by the Princeton Review, Anderson University was also recognized as a Top Tier Regional University by U.S. News & World Report, who also ranked AU the seventh “Most Innovative School” among Regional Universities in the South. AU is a two-time recipient of Apple's Distinguished School recognition, one of just a handful of universities in the world to achieve this. We are located in South Carolina’s Upstate region, a growing and thriving community with award-winning public schools with convenient access to major cities and year-round outdoor recreation.