Dean of Residence Life

Posted 11/10/2020

Position summary

Management of all aspects of the traditional undergraduate campus residence life including the supervision of residence hall staff (student and professional staff).  The Dean of Residence Life has responsibility for supervision of hall programming, facilities management, housing processes, and communication of community expectations along with management of the campus conduct process.  Additional opportunities for supervisory responsibilities may include student activities and orientation. 

Role Qualifications 

  • Strong ability to create good will with staff, faculty, parents, and students; servant attitude.
  • Strong manager of people; goal oriented; ability to confidently make decisions, even unpopular ones.
  • Commitment to the Articles of Faith, Mission, and Objectives of the University and of the Student Development Department; and desires to be a role model for the students by demonstrating an active Christian faith in personal example and in work related responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Confers closely with Vice President for Student Development.
  • Sets goals, objectives and manages available resources to achieve objectives, without need for frequent follow up.
  • Partners with faculty and staff to develop departmental vision and accomplish goals.
  • Develops, maintains and executes short- and long-term strategic plans for overall residence life program, in personnel, program and facilities.
  • Recruits, selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates residence life staff, and the potential for additional supervisory departments that may include orientation and activities.
  • Regularly conducts effective meetings and training sessions.
  • Works with Administrative Assistant for Student Development in housing management.
  • Provides organizational leadership for residence hall programming.
  • Develops strategies for and implement ways to encourage personnel and professional development of staff.
  • Manages overall housing process, including setting policies, housing sign-ups and assignments, check-in and check-out process, key distribution and collection, room changes, room condition reports, key replacements and fines for lost keys, needed maintenance and improvements reports, informational meetings with staff, and supervision of the Residence Life budget. Manages housing process for university owned apartments.
  • Monitors residence hall staffs’ enforcement of Student Handbook regulations.
  • Manages student conduct.
  • Communicates with JBU community, including faculty and staff, concerning mission and objectives of Residence Life program. Assists with production of communication materials for department, including student handbook.
  • Takes an active role in routine meetings, goals, and tasks for Student Development Department.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Three or more years experience in Residence Life leadership.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written. Strong interpersonal/relational skills. 
  • Counseling skills. Teaching/Presenting skills.  Confrontation skills. 
  • Excellent management and organizational skills. Computer word processing and data management skills.


  • Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or equivalent.

Reporting to this position

  • Admin. Asst. for Student Development; Resident Directors; potential for supervision of Coordinator of Student Activities and or Director of Orientation.


JBU desires to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students to honor how all humans are created in the image of God, to reflect better the diversity of the Kingdom of God, to further our Christian commitment to justice, and to increase the quality of our educational experience. JBU is pursuing the goal of teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from ethnic minorities and women. For more information, visit our diversity webpage

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment:  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.

About JBU

Information describing the university is available on-line.


Please complete the application and then upload it along with your CV and letter of interest to the "Upload Your Documents" page. Only complete materials will be reviewed. Applicants should submit their materials before January 25, 2021 for full evaluation. The position start date is July 1st, 2021. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the university.‚Äč 

Contact Information:
Office of Human Resources
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: 479.524.7197

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