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Residence Director - Office of Residence Life

Student Services

Azusa, CA
ID: S1246


Job Description

APU is seeking employees who desire to engage in our thriving culture by cultivating community through professional interactions, demonstrating a posture of lifelong learning, and modeling Christ-like character. Working together, employees at APU commit to establishing a university atmosphere that is edifying to God and to one another. 

Reporting to the Director of Residence Life, the Residence Director will provide leadership for and have administrative oversight of 1 to 2 living areas and supervision of 1 Graduate Resident Coordinator. The position is a full-time, live-in, professional who will live on campus and serve as part of the Residence Life team. The RD will be responsible for the education and daily management of 200-500 campus students and will play a crucial role in the development and administration of community initiatives; crisis management; student leadership, academic success, student mentorship; spiritual formation of students, and staff development. They will seek to develop a residential faith community rooted in the Wesleyan faith tradition while also welcoming persons of all beliefs. The Residence Director will also assist in planning, designing, and implementing department-wide initiatives and processes, such as; student programming, student leadership selection and training, living learning communities, diversity, and how to positively impact student learning, engagement and retention.



Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Student Development, Counseling, Higher Education, Administration, or related field preferred.



Required Experience

  • One to two years of significant relevant experience in the area of Student Affairs in Higher Education; preferably in-Residence Life.



Primary Duties/Essential Functions

Residential Learning

  • Supervise 1 Graduate Resident Coordinator (GRC) and provide direction over a designated population. 
  • Oversee their direct living area Resident Advisors in the planning, administration, and evaluation of programs within the living areas. 
  • Challenges students to initiate and develop healthy interpersonal relationships with their peers.
  • Is available to any students in the residence for discussion of concerns and problems. Appropriately refers students to other offices as needed. 
  • Assists with room assignments, changes, and check-in/check-out process for their living area throughout the year. 
  • Maintain a budget related to all expenditures and resources necessary for the living area(s) they oversee.
  • Monitors physical (health and safety) condition of living area, including assisting the Facilities Management with monitoring the usage and condition of furniture. Reports known physical damage, facility-related problems, or housekeeping concerns immediately. Conducts health and safety inspections of individual student rooms at least once a semester. 
  • Coordinates and supports the summer housing program in partnership with one other RD. 
  • Supports/initiates within the living area: efforts associated with academic support, spiritual formation, cultural diversity, emotional wellness, and life planning.
  • Maintains an attitude of discipleship and serves as a support and resource to students in their quest for spiritual growth. 
  • Be available for individual student pastoral help and guidance, responding to crisis, participating in and leading student programming, and building relationships between students and the spiritual life offices. 

Support Coordination/Implementation of Resident Advisor Program 

  • Serve on the committee responsible for the recruitment and selection of Resident Advisors. 
  • Assist with all necessary training required for Resident Advisors; including, but not limited to, August and January training, ongoing development and training modules, and milestone celebrations.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews for Resident Advisors in their span of care. 
  • Provide accountability for Resident Advisors in upholding expectations pertaining to their contract. 
  • Assist with planning, coordinating, and evaluating RA summer training program. 

Staff On-Call Responsibilities 

  • Alternates with other professional staff and Graduate Resident Coordinators regarding on-call availability for all campus residents, taking turns covering major holidays. 
  • Lives on campus in a living area to provide additional staffing presence in the living areas. 

Residence Life Programs and Initiatives 

  • Interface with students, staff, faculty, and other departments, regarding residential programming initiatives, issues, concerns, philosophy, and policies. 
  • Assist in coordinating evaluation and assessment interface with students, staff, faculty, and other departments, regarding residential programming initiatives, issues, concerns, philosophy, and policies. 
  • Serve on collaborative programming committees/efforts. 
  • Coordinate the development and distribution of programming brochures and marketing materials. 

Intervention & Accountability

  • Understands and can communicate the rationale for university regulations. 
  • Assists, confronts and intercedes in disciplinary and emergency situations as they arise in the living areas, provides the appropriate written and verbal behavioral data relevant to administering guidance, support, and/or discipline, and reports/refers to the Director of Residence Life as necessary. 
  • Supports or does not openly disagree with university regulations. 
  • Serves as a resource and referral support to faculty, staff, parents, and other University constituents. 

Office Operations/ Administration

  • Meets weekly with the Director of Residence Life, weekly with the professional Residence Life Staff, your Living Area Staff, and individually to discuss policies, procedures, programs, concerns, resident problems, discipline situations, and personal development issues with students. 
  • Maintain a presence in the Office of Residence Life. 
  • Performs other duties as required by the supervisor.




  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • The Residence Director must model behavior that reflects a commitment to uphold the university standards of conduct in one’s own life; on and off-campus consistent with the lifestyle expectations of Azusa Pacific University students on campus.
  • Ability to manage details and follow through.
  • A vision and commitment to an intentionally developmental residence life program within a Christian university framework.
  • Agreement with the mission, the purpose, and the positional statements of Azusa Pacific University.
  • Demonstration of a mature Christian faith.
  • Ability to relate effectively to and work cooperatively with undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents of students. 
  • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.
  • Ability to work independently, present self in a professional manner, and reflect the goals and standards of APU.
  • Initiative and good judgment with an ability to keep information confidential.
  • Ability to learn policies and procedures and retain information.



Mental Demands

  • In agreement with the purpose and goals of Azusa Pacific University in providing a Christian-based higher education for its students, while exhibiting a mature Christian faith.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Willingness to be available evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to confront and intercede in disciplinary or emergency situations.
  • A desire to grow both personally and professionally.



Physical Demands 

  • Requires repetitive motion and sitting at a computer keyboard.
  • Intermittent walking, standing and sitting.
  • Ability to conduct business at other locations on campus.
  • Hearing and speaking on the telephone and in person.
  • Ability to lift, pull, grasp, bend, and reach. 
  • Ability to lift up to 20 lbs. occasionally. 
  • Must be able to climb stairs multiple times in a workday.



Visual Demands

  • Computer monitor and reading.
  • Assessment of living area conditions.




  • Pleasant office, comfortable temperatures. 




  • Proficient in Google Apps., Microsoft Office, Word, and Excel.




  • Grade 11: $66,560 to $68,247 is the annual salary for this role and reflects what Azusa Pacific University reasonably expects to pay for this position. Actual compensation may vary based on the qualifications, experience, and internal equity. In addition to compensation, APU offers a competitive benefits package.


Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation. Please click the links to learn more about 'what we believe', our 'mission statement', and our 'statement of faith'.


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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.


Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


This position is located at 901 E. Alosta Ave.,, Azusa, CA. View the Google Map in full screen.