Residence Director Position 2 Positions

Full-Time Position - Posted 2/15/2023

The Department of Residence Life is currently seeking applicants for two positions: Residence Director for Upper Division AND Residence Director for Hutcheson Hall. These positions are similar except for the population of students they serve. Hutcheson Hall houses mostly first year students and Sophomores. Upper Division houses mostly Junior and Senior students. All living areas included are co-ed.

Applicants can express preference for one position or the other in their cover letter.

Mission of Residence Life at John Brown University

Residence Life at JBU exists to foster relationships that disciple, challenge and support, create learning experiences and develop a positive living environment.

Position Summary

Both positions are responsible for leading, planning, and supervising community development activities of on-campus residence halls. Upper Division includes Walker Residence Hall and Sheridan Townhouses and houses male and female Junior and Senior students. Hutcheson Hall houses male and female first year students and Sophomore students. Resident Directors cultivate living environments that are safe, conducive to learning, inclusive and which foster community among students based on Christian principles. Both of these positions require the Resident Directors to live on campus during their appointment, and requires irregular work hours, including week nights and weekends.

Position Responsibilities

  • Direct supervision of the student leaders of the Student Residence Life Staff in on campus residential living areas
  • Recruits, selects, trains, supervises, and evaluates Student Residence Life staff in assigned areas
  • Provides resources for RA’s so they can support their residents’ different needs. Being able to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds is essential.
  • Invests in the lives of residents on an individual and group basis encouraging holistic growth and shares everyday life with students as appropriate
  • Assists and advises students; becomes familiar with names and needs of students; and helps provide general health and safety support for residents when an illness or injury occurs
  • Promotes Student Life Program in assigned residence hall, including developing a positive Christ-like atmosphere conducive to spiritual and educational development of residents; facilitating development of programs that meet intellectual, spiritual, emotional, occupational, physical, and social needs of students.
  • Facilitates programming in residence halls, coordinating with ResidenceHall Association (RHA) and Assistant Resident Directors (ARD) and resourcing and equipping students to facilitate programming
  • Coordinates with the Faculty-in-Residence for supplemental support for students
  • Confronts violations of University policies and regulations and, in conjunction with the Dean of Residence Life, takes appropriate disciplinary action based on students’ development areas.
  • Set goals, objectives, makes decisions confidently, even unpopular ones, and manages available resources to achieve objectives without need for frequent follow-up
  • Manages allotted residence hall budget in conjunction with Dean of Residence Life
  • Coordinates and collaborates in activities with other university departments and offices (Admissions, Orientation, Student Care, Student Success, etc) in a professional manner
  • Teaches with a team in the Student Leadership Class in the spring semester
  • Other duties as assigned

Required skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Experience in Student Development, housing, Residence Life or working with college age groups or related fields.
  • Background of involvement in recruiting and development of college age youth.
  • Demonstrated management and organizational skills and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Strong ability to create good will with staff, faculty, students, and parents; servant attitude
  • Demonstrated strong relational abilities, including conflict management.
  • Committed to JBU’s ideal of diversity on campus.
  • Committed to following Jesus Christ in personal and professional life and desire to walk with students in their journey of faith.
  • Affirm JBU’s Articles of Faith and Employee Expectations wholeheartedly.

Preferred skills and experience

  • Master’s degree in higher education, student development, counseling, or a related field
  • 4 years of experience in Student Development related fields.
  • Demonstrated intercultural experiences such as working with minority groups, international students, or national diverse people’s groups.
  • Knowledge of a second language: such as Spanish, Korean, Arabic, etc.

Reporting to this position

Student leadership staff, including Assistant Resident Directors and generally 10 Resident Assistants

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 sometimes significant.

The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.


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 experienceJBU 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.

About JBU

Information describing the university is available online.


Please complete the application and then upload it along with your resume and cover letter to the "Upload Your Documents" page. Only complete materials will be reviewed. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the university.​ 

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