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Residence Hall Director

Classification: Full-time

Department: Residence Life

Reports to: Associate Vice President of Student Development / Director of Residence Life

Mission and Commitment

Taylor’s mission is to develop servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love, grace, and truth to a world in need.

As a community, Taylor faculty, staff, and students commit to living out Christ’s love and truth in the here and now. We worship together, serve one another, and grow in faith as we learn in the classroom, on the field, at chapel, and anywhere else we’re doing Life Together.

Position Summary

The Residence Hall Director serves as the primary live-in administrator of a residence hall and is responsible to facilitate an environment that encourages growth and development in the lives of students through whole-person discipleship. The Hall Director is responsible for all management functions necessary to provide students with a community in which they can live and learn comfortably, safely, and effectively, reflecting the mission of the institution.

Duties & Responsibilities

This position is primarily responsible to:

  • Testify to personal experience of salvation in Jesus Christ, affirm belief in the University’s Statement of Faith, abide by and practice our Life Together Covenant, and both personally agree with and support the Foundational Documents of Taylor University.
  • Coordinate whole-student educational, spiritual, and social programming for the residence hall.
  • Direct all administrative functions within the residence hall including hall activities, budgets, maintenance, discipline, on-duty responsibility, and emergency operations.
  • Remain available and visible to students on a regular basis, serving as a liaison between students and other administrators. This includes working to be acquainted with all residents, developing rapport with students, participating at hall and campus events.
  • Counsel residents in the area of personal adjustment and conflict, intervene in crisis situations.
  • Submit weekly, semester, and annual reports to line management, and ensure that problems, trends, and issues observed are escalated and addressed as appropriate.
  • Maintain files of counsel, disciplines, and informal advising sessions.
  • Assist in the selection, training, and ongoing supervision of Graduate Assistants, Discipleship Coordinators, Personnel Assistants, and Discipleship Assistants.
  • Participate in the development of Graduate Assistants working with Residence Life, assisting in training on planning and operation of the Residence Hall experience.
  • As a faculty member, participate in and contribute to faculty governance responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in student development, counseling, higher education, or related field, required.
  • Previous experience mentoring and discipling college-age students.
  • Previous experience in Residence Life, preferred.

Skills & Competencies

  • Excellent and engaging professional and interpersonal verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with others from varying cultures and backgrounds.
  • Commitment to relational ministry that is supportive and challenging.
  • Collaborative team player who can also work independently.
  • Effective conflict management skills.
  • Able to exercise initiative and sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise student employees and counsel individuals on a one-on-one basis regarding a variety of issues.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving ability including evaluation of crisis and emergency situations.
  • Ability to design and implement social programs for residence life audience.
  • Must be available to respond and provide basic support; required to carry a cellphone.
  • Must possess a valid drivers license and clean driving record; must obtain university van certification within one month of employment.
  • Competent in utilizing various computer software, including Microsoft Office suite.

Special Requirements

  • Physical Demands
    • Moderate physical activity; requires handling of average-weight objects up to 20 pounds, may require use of stairs.
    • Must be able to respond promptly to emergencies when on-call.
  • Work Environment
    • The Residence Hall Director is a live-in position where the individual maintains an on-campus apartment as their primary residence. Housing and a meal plan are provided for the employee (and family members, if applicable) to allow the Hall Director to be present and carry out responsibilities.
    • The Hall Director will remain on duty from August 1 – May 31st, except during vacations when the residence halls are closed; Hall Director must close residence hall before each vacation period and return 18 hours before the halls official open after vacation periods.
    • On-campus presence is required during Homecoming, Parents’ Weekend, the first and last weekend of each semester, and other weekends as assigned on the weekend call on-call schedule.
  • Environmental Conditions
    • Limited exposure to cleaning chemicals, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
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