Residence Director

Gonzaga University  |  Spokane, WA

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Job Overview

Posted December 19, 2018 Full-Time

Job Details

Position Title:

Residence Director

Onsite Event Position ID: 1835
Job Type: Housing/Residence Life
Location: Spokane, WA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 5,000 Students
Employer ID: 13043
Application Deadline: 02/03/2019

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Salary Range:
$48,500 - $48,500
Additional Compensation:
Housing for Position:
Domestic Partners Allowed:
Housing Pets:
Cats, Dogs
Salary Range:
$48,500 - $48,500
Additional Compensation:
Housing for Position:
Domestic Partners Allowed:
Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs
0-1 Year

Masters Preferred, Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Educational Administration, Higher Education, Student Affairs
0-1 Year

Position Description

Job Purpose:

Gonzaga University is currently recruiting for the position of Residence Director. Candidates must be enthusiastic, highly motivated, and able to balance administrative duties with a strong student development focus. The Residence Director (RD) is responsible for creating safe, inclusive, and dynamic communities that empower students’ wholistic development. Supervised directly by an Assistant Director, this entry level professional opportunity is a live-in, 12-month position that creates and directs positive communities and effective administration of a “block” of on-campus residence halls as a part of the 3,000 on-campus residents.

The Residence Director supports the Jesuit mission including cura personalis, social justice, and service by facilitating student and community development while integrating the residents’ academic and co-curricular experiences. This position supports the Housing and Residence Life mission, as well as the five foci of the Gonzaga Residential Experience (Jesuit engagement, academic success, belonging, interculturality, and personal growth) through creating environments where students make meaning of their on-campus experiences.

A key element for a successful Residence Director means they will be stewards of the residences’ fiscal and physical resources with attention to current and future student needs. Special projects and collaborative opportunities within the department, the university, and in professional organizations are available and encouraged. The Office of Housing and Residence Life is part of the Division of Student Development and Residence Directors are members of an active professional Residence Life team.

Essential Functions:

  • Create and maintain vibrant communities that contribute to the development of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit.
  • Supervise and mentor residence life student staff.
    • Recruit, select and train new and returning staff members.
    • Supervise Assistant Residence Directors, Resident Assistants, and Graduate Residence Directors (where applicable).
    • Meet regularly with staff individually and conduct weekly staff meetings.
    • Direct, monitor, assess and evaluate staff work assignments and work flow.
    • Disseminate information, provide training experiences, direct professional growth and develop a sense of team cohesiveness.
    • Provide challenge and support in the areas of academic workload, job responsibilities, leadership skills, and personal growth.
  • Direct opportunities for student growth and community development that reflect the university’s Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic mission.
    • Develop interpersonal skills.
    • Create inclusive, socially just living environments.
    • Promote academic achievement and vocational discernment.
    • Foster healthy personal lifestyle choices.
    • Cultivate an understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • Act as a primary agent for the University with students renting Gonzaga-owned houses and off campus properties (when applicable).
    • Educate students about lease terms.
  • Act as a University agent and coordinate university response to student conflicts, residence hall procedures, damages, and off-campus properties.
  • Serve as a conduct officer for the Office of Community Standards, taking primary responsibility for coordinating the conduct interventions.
    • Facilitates student development by using proactive intervention techniques, reporting incidents, leading conduct review processes, promoting student accountability for actions, and maintaining administrative records.
    • Instruct Office of Community Standards educational coursework.
  • Respond and monitor student behavioral concerns in partnership with the Center for Cura Personalis.
  • Maintain a visible presence in the residence halls through participation in residence functions, attendance at resident meetings (including Block Council), involvement in student events, and frequent walk-throughs of the block.
  • Participate in system wide Residence Life management duties.
    • Advise small and large student groups.
    • Manage program review.
    • Attend to creation and production of department professional literature.
  • Serve in the on-call and crisis response rotation for all residential (off campus as required) students exercising discretion and judgement in resolving critical incidents.
    • Position deemed as essential personnel as an emergency responder to natural and human caused disasters.
  • Establish and direct department, division and institutional initiatives through collaborative work efforts.
    • Facilitate learning for all student leaders within the division.
    • Serve on institutional and divisional committees, as required.
    • Program assistance with admission and orientation.
  • Direct day to day housing operations for block including hall openings and closings, room changes, and damage assessments.
  • Create a block budget and maintain block and block council account tracking.
  • Assess and monitor the maintenance and custodial upkeep of the physical facility.
    • Responsible for oversite of multimillion dollar facilities.
  • Chair committees on major departmental processes and procedures.
  • Develop and direct one or more living and learning communities (where applicable).
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff in learning community operation.
  • Review and revise departmental operational procedure.
  • Design, facilitate, and assess specific educational environments that promote student learning and development. For example first year experience curriculum, second year experience curriculum.


Functional Area Percentage of Weekly Work:

  • Staff Supervision: 30%
  • Community Development: 15%    
  • Administration: 15%
  • Departmental Planning/Support: 20%
  • Institutional Support: 5%
  • Crisis Management: 15%


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to college student development
  • Ability to relate well and be a mentor to a diverse population of college students
  • Experience in facilitating and supervising the planning and coordinating of creative events and approaches to community development
  • Demonstrated skill in individual and team development
  • Ability to utilize sound judgement and critical thinking in a wide variety of scenarios
  • Understanding and support of the Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic mission in the context of a liberal arts university
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and inclusion
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient execution of competing administrative responsibilities


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel or a related field
  • Experience with university conduct processes and practices
  • Graduate Residence Director experience (or equivalent position)
  • Supervision experience
  • Student crisis management experience

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

Application Information

Please visit our recruitment landing page and use the "apply here" tab to be directed to the application instructions. Please apply by Feb 3!

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