Resident Director

Columbia International University
Residence Life
40 hours/10.5 months
July 01, 2021

The Resident Director supports the Director of Residence Life in the oversight and direction of all aspects of residence life at CIU with the goal of “helping students to thrive in Kingdom community.” The Resident Director resides in the residence hall and is “on call,” affording the Residence Life department a sustained relational presence on campus with the goal of excellent accessibility and accountability for our resident students. CIU is seeking one male resident director to oversee and reside in the men's residence hall.


  • Be available to direct resident students in matters related to residence life, maintaining a high level of visibility and accessibility on campus (especially in the residence halls).
  • Support Resident Assistants and Community Life Coordinators in effectively fulfilling their responsibilities by providing ongoing supervision and coaching.
  • Confront students when judgment, attitude or behavior is not in alignment with biblical or institutional standards, exercising discipline when necessary in accordance with departmental and institutional policies/procedures (consulting with the Director of Residence Life and/or the Associate Dean for Student Life regarding more serious disciplinary matters).
  • Serve as a primary point of contact for Residence Life in addressing student conduct issues and emergencies, working with Campus Security in the event of fire drills, weather emergencies and other incidents. The Resident Director is on call 24/7 (including evenings and weekends) during each semester and is required to remain on or near campus (within a 30-minute drive or so) anytime our residence halls are occupied. (Not all weekends will require on-call duty.)
  • Collaborate with the Director of Residence Life and the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Residence Life in the planning and execution of residence life training and retreats each semester.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Residence Life and the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Residence Life in the planning and execution of 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/helpful.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of Residence Life for review, support, guidance, accountability, and prayer in regards to professional responsibilities.
  • Meet regularly with the Residence Life team (Resident Assistants and Community Life Coordinators) both corporately and individually to ensure team cohesion and a uniform approach to Residence Life.
  • Meet regularly with the Student Life team regarding ongoing policy and operation.
  • Assist in the monitoring of the overall condition of residence halls and furniture, informing the Physical Plant of needed repairs and submitting proposals as needed for improvement projects, furniture replacement, etc.
  • Attend formal functions of university life.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Strong Christian character and ministry mind set.
  • Ability to relate effectively to students of differing ages and cultural backgrounds. The Resident Director’s general engagement with students has a significant impact on student life that is essential to Residence Life’s mission to “help students thrive in Kingdom community.”
  • Ability to collaborate well with a team of colleagues.
  • Capacity to make quick, biblically sound decisions.
  • Excellent understanding of and commitment to biblical truth and principles relating to Christian discipleship and discipline.
  • Willingness to appropriately and graciously confront students when necessary; skill in determining degree and extent of corrective action needed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in regards to sensitive information and student records.
  • Ability to respond with composure in a variety of challenging situations.
  • Strong skills in leadership coaching, counseling and event planning/programming.
  • Good oral and written communication skills; aware of current social media.
  • Thorough knowledge of institutional policies, including information outlined in CIU’s Student Life and Residence Life Handbooks. (Training will be provided upon hire.)
  • Ability to manage large groups in both indoor and outdoor settings. 
  • Bachelors degree required.
  • Some formal Biblical/theological training required.
  • Previous Residence Life experience preferred.
  • CPR/First-Aid certification required. (Training will be provided upon hire.)



CIU provides a benefits package that includes:

  • 100% of employee’s cost of membership in the Health Plan
  • 401(k) plan with match opportunity 
  • 100% of employee’s cost of group life insurance
  • Long term disability insurance
  • Vacation days, holidays, sick leave, family leave
  • Educational benefits are available


Interested and qualified candidates will complete the CIU Employment Application on this site.