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Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison

Residence Life

Grand Rapids, MI
ID: 542-625

The Resident Director fosters faith formation and personal development by providing leadership to student residents in one campus residence hall, supervising resident assistants and promoting multiculturally inclusive communities among a diverse student body.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Provide overall leadership, development and supervision for residence hall student leaders by recruiting, selecting, training and supervising; mentor RA staff by conducting individual and group meetings; and provide ongoing training and leadership development opportunities to support spiritual and personal growth and ensure community development of the residence halls.

  2. Multicultural liaison component: Build collaborative relationships with Calvin’s Multicultural Student Development Office staff, advise Residence Life staff members about opportunities to support students of color. (Other liaison role options  include: international student development, sustainability, gender equity, student conduct, chapel, academic advising, first-year programs, or counseling)

  3. In collaboration with other colleagues, train resident assistants to promote inclusive multicultural communities in the Residence Halls. Support underrepresented students, facilitate inclusive multicultural communities, and promote Residence Hall and campus-wide inclusion efforts.

  4. Promote faith formation in University students, by creating opportunities for Christian community and discipleship. Demonstrate an active and integrated Christian commitment, support for the Reformed mission and vision of the institution, a commitment to professional development, and a collaborative spirit with colleagues from within the Student Life Division and beyond.

  5. Facilitate student development through conversations with students, and occasional educational programming.

  6. Oversee student conduct by using intervention techniques, reporting incidents, conducting conduct meetings, promoting student accountability for actions, and maintaining administrative records to facilitate student development and maintain an orderly life on campus.

  7. Establish and maintain effective student relations by cooperating with student retention projects with the registrar, maintaining contact with parents, monitoring medical and mental health concerns, facilitating roommate negotiations, responding to crisis, and offering support to students to contribute to students’ success and growth.


Responsible for supervising 6 Resident Assistants (RAs). This job may require non-standard work hours, including 2-3 weeks per semester of on-call hours, most Monday evenings, occasional overnight retreats, and occasional evenings. Hours are somewhat flexible.



This position requires a Bachelors degree (B.A) from a four-year University or university; one to three years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. A master’s degree in student affairs or counseling is strongly preferred. Candidates should possess an understanding of underrepresented students at predominantly White institutions and how to assist those students in achieving student success.


Diversity Commitment
Applicants should also have a demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communication across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, physical limitations, class, or religious perspectives.



Resident Directors receive a highly competitive salary and benefits including a meal plan, two bedroom apartment, utilities, retirement plan, and health insurance.  In addition to an apartment, each Resident Director has a separate, private office in the hall.


Term of employment

The position is a full-time, live-in position beginning July 23 and concluding May 27 of the following year (summers off). A total term of employment of three years (ANNUAL CONTRACTS) is the general expectation of the University for this position.  During that period, one-year renewals beyond each contract will be based on the University’s needs and on satisfactory performance of the Resident Director job responsibilities as determined by the University. One additional year (fourth year) of employment may be negotiated, based on the University’s needs and on satisfactory performance of the Resident Director job responsibilities as determined by the University. An RD term may not exceed four years, regardless of performance.