Director of Residence Life

Student Life
40 hours/12 months
May 15, 2018


The Director of Residence Life oversees and direct all aspects of residence life at CIU with the goal of “helping students to thrive in Kingdom community; and works with the Student Life team, along with the CIU faculty and staff, to provide for our students a comprehensive approach to spiritual formation and student development.


  • Counsel and advise students, particularly in matters related to residence life (including being available for the occasional emergencies that may arise in the evening and on weekends).
  • Supervise and coach Resident Assistants and Campus Life Coordinators and advise as necessary and appropriate.
  • Meet regularly with Residence Life team (Resident Assistants and Campus Life Coordinators) both corporately and individually to ensure team cohesion and a uniform approach to Residence Life.
  • Plan and execute residence life training and retreats each semester.
  • Oversee and lead campus activities related to Residence Life, including the House Collective program. Delegate programming tasks to residence life sub-teams, supporting, coaching and contributing, as necessary.
  • Confront and discipline students in areas where judgment, attitude or behavior causes concern. (Consult with Associate Dean for Student Life regarding more serious disciplinary matters.)
  • Oversee and monitor housing assignments (residence halls, roommate assignments, etc.)
  • Oversee housing for summer studies, conferences, camps and other activities held on campus.
  • Monitor overall condition of residence halls and furniture. Physical Plant informed of needed repairs and/or improvements. Submit proposals as needed for specific improvement projects, furniture replacement, etc.
  • Attend formal functions of university life.
  • Participate in CIU faculty meetings and serve on faculty committees as appointed.
  • Meet regularly with the Student Life team regarding ongoing policy and operation.
  • Must be able to reside on campus.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Ability to relate personally to students of differing ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Strong Christian character and ministry mind set.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Good skills in counseling and leadership coaching.
  • Skill in determining degree and extent of discipline needed on a case by case basis.
  • Ability to make quick, sound decisions.
  • Good team player.
  • Flexibility in days and hours required to work or be available.
  • Thorough knowledge of institutional (including residence hall) policies.
  • Ability to control large groups in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Strong skills in strategic leadership, department management, and campus activities programming.
  • Bachelors degree required, Masters degree preferred; applicants with significant student development experience preferre
  • Some formal Biblical/theological training required.

Spotlight: Member of the Class of 2018 Headed for Japan

David Thorsen is a member of the Class of 2018 graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies (ICS). Originally from Stavanger, Norway, David has been appointed by the Norwegian Lutheran Mission with whom he interned last summer in Japan, to serve in Japan long term. Thorsen has ministered to Japanese immigrants in Columbia during his time at CIU. He talks about his future in this Q&A:

Director of Physical Plant

Physical Plant
40 hours/12 months
May 01, 2018


The physical plant director manages and directs through subordinate supervisors, staff and contract services, the physical plant operations that include building, equipment and grounds maintenance, and housekeeping services.  The director prepares annual budgets and maintains expense control of materials and personnel within the budget limits. 


  • Reviews the purpose, personnel, position descriptions and objectives of the physical plant and reports the needs and requirements of the physical plant to the CFO.
  • Provides direction and oversight for maintenance activities for all campus facilities and related equipment, including deferred, preventative, routine and emergency repairs as well as major maintenance and repair projects for HVAC, landscape and other campus infrastructure
  • Proactively and routinely inspects buildings, grounds, equipment and physical plant projects and consults with campus administrative personnel to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of plant operations and that building and grounds measure up to high standards of safety, cleanliness, and attractiveness.
  • Administers computerized maintenance management system for scheduling projects, repairs, preventive maintenance, custodial and grounds projects and requests.
  • Ensures the professional quality, development and growth of subordinate supervisors and their staff.
  • Prepares departmental budgets and controls expenditures.
  • Oversees the purchasing and replacement of equipment and supplies.
  • In consultation with the CFO, assists with the planning and oversight of construction projects.
  • Stays current with best practices in physical plant management.
  • Proactively initiates and maintains open communication with physical plant personnel and with University faculty, staff, and administrators to ensure the effective delivery and development of physical plant services and to address problems as they arise.
  • Oversee OSHA training and compliance.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Proven Christian character and maturity.
  • Five to seven years of experience in and an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of plant operations for a large campus including construction, electrical, plumbing, mechanical diagnosis and repair techniques. School, college or university experience is desired.
  • Ability to lead and motivate 30 or more skilled and unskilled maintenance personnel to pursue excellence in their work.
  • Ability to plan ahead, set goals and coordinate activities of a multifaceted operation to provide effective support and services to a diverse constituency.
  • Awareness of OSHA and other safety regulations, familiarity with fire detection and protection, suppression and state fire codes, and knowledge of proper handling, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals.
  • Skillful in preparation and management of numerous budgets.  Ability to budget and control expenditures for short and long range operations.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with University faculty, staff and administrative personnel and to address problems and issues as they arise.
  • Proficient in the use of computers, Microsoft Office, and other software applications.
  • Must have training and extensive proven successful experience in physical plant operations and maintenance and/or construction supervision and planning.
  • Prefer a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or industrial management. 

Are You “Ram Ready?”

Getting "Ram Ready"

Dozens of incoming CIU undergraduate students became “Ram Ready” the weekend of April 14.

“Ram Ready” is an opportunity to hear from a variety of campus representatives, meet professors and begin to navigate the campus. You’ll make friends with your incoming class and current students, learn about your academic program, get a jump on finalizing your course schedule and discover how you can get involved in campus life.

CIU Men’s Basketball Coach

CIU Athletics
40 hours/12 months
April 18, 2018


The Men’s Basketball Coach is responsible to supervise, coordinate, and manage all aspects of the intercollegiate men’s basketball program.  This includes but is not limited to planning and directing the recruitment, conditioning, training, and performance of student-athletes and managing the fiscal, academic, and spiritual aspects of the program. 


  • Directs all student-athletes and assistant coaches in the overall planning and execution of the intercollegiate men’s basketball program.
  • Embraces all aspects of developing, managing and running a basketball program, working independently and cooperatively with all CIU athletics and institutional staff.
  • Recruits quality prospective student-athletes that fit the mission and culture of CIU and ensures timely submission of their academic records for admissions.
  • Monitors academic progress and status of team members, implementing action plans through appropriate staff when needed.
  • Monitors and maintains the discipline and conduct of student-athletes to support the image and reputation of the athletics program and the university.
  • Plans all coaching and practice sessions in accordance with association regulations, including all preparation of facilities and equipment for practice.
  • Coaches team members individually and in groups, and demonstrates game techniques.
  • Develops and implements game strategy and position assignments.
  • Oversees the strength and conditioning programs for student-athletes.
  • Manages all operational, fiscal, and administrative activities for the men’s basketball program.  
  • Promotes and markets the athletic department and men’s basketball program in the community. 
  • Assists with fundraising efforts for the athletic department and men’s basketball program.
  • Ensures adherence to all Association, Conference, and University rules by student-athletes and supporting staff.
  • Manages all aspects team travel.
  • Will be supervised by the Athletics Director.


  • Ability to teach and coach the game of basketball.
  • Understanding of the role and challenges of the student athlete.
  • Ability to successfully motivate a team.
  • Ability to work independently in all aspects of recruiting and management of the program.
  • Demonstration of Christian leadership and professional demeanor at all times.
  • Ability to utilize current technology and social media as it relates to the communication and promotion of CIU, the athletic department, and the men’s basketball program.
  • Ability to work together with other coaches within the athletic department and with other departments on campus.
  • Ability to work within budget parameters set by the Athletics Director.
  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Successful basketball coaching experience required – college basketball coaching experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated Christian ministry experiences, directly or indirectly involving basketball.

CIU to Celebrate Two Commencements April 28

Two commencement programs will take place April 28 on the campus of Columbia International University (CIU) as 193 students are recognized for academic achievements from certificates to bachelor degrees to doctoral degrees. The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. for seminary and graduate students and at 11:30 a.m. for undergraduate students. Both ceremonies will be held in Shortess Chapel and both are ticketed events.   


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