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Residence Director

The University of Mary is inviting candidates for a full time, exempt Residence Director. Living in a residence hall, the Residence Director (RD) leads, develops and implements a residence life program designed to uphold the University of Mary’s Education for Life student experience. As a servant, teacher, and mentor, the RD engages residents in building a community that is marked with the good zeal that Saint Benedict tells us will spring from a community where members are committed to show respect to the other first. The RD collaborates with university departments and programs to maintain a welcoming culture within a first-year residence hall and provides encouragement and support for residents to form friendships, learn in and outside the classroom, grow in faith, avoid negative influences, become involved in campus life, and serve others.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Implements a residence life program designed to meet the formative needs of students and to foster a resident hall culture consistent with the university’s mission, values, and Education for Life student experience
  • Cares for student needs and serves residents as a visible and accessible teacher and mentor, is present in common areas, and frequently shares meals with residents. Provides residents with opportunities and encouragement to ask questions, express concerns, and assume leadership roles in addressing student needs
  • Develops a positive living and learning environment based on Benedictine values that supports residents’ intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth and development
  • Monitors the adjustment and progress of residents, identifies at-risk students, and connects them appropriately with Student Success Center and other university services, maintains professional standards for privacy and confidentiality of student records and student information
  • Leads weekly residence hall staff meetings and provides leadership and supervision for student leaders as they implement programming to facilitate the formation of a strong sense of community based on Benedictine values, learning and leadership development opportunities outside the classroom, and the spiritual and personal growth of residents
  • Develops and implements a program to educate residents about the university’s community standards and policies and provides for the effective enforcement of community standards and policies to ensure that student conduct matters are documented and addressed appropriately
  • Provides on-call coverage to respond to crisis situations, emergencies, and other needs as they arise, maintains office hours – as scheduled by supervisors
  • Provides management to ensure that administrative processes in the residence hall are effectively implemented and completed according to prescribed procedures, including responses to roommate conflicts, requests for changes in room and roommate assignments, resident check-ins and check-outs, and all maintenance and safety and security issues and concerns
  • Attends residence life staff meetings and meetings with supervisors and flexibly implements policies and procedures as requested, documents and reports all safety and security incidents and concerns to supervisors
  • Assists the Director of Residence Life with the recruitment and training of student leaders to serve as resident assistants (RAs) and provides supervision and mentorship of an RA team. In consultation with supervisor, establishes program goals, provides documentation of work activities, prepares progress reports, implements a plan to evaluate program effectiveness, and completes administrative reports as required

Qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or the ability to complete a bachelor’s degree within one year of hire is required
  • Master’s degree and/or degrees from programs providing substantial background to understanding the developmental and formative needs of university students (e.g. theology, student affairs/services, higher education leadership, education, behavioral sciences) is preferred
  • A minimum of 1-2 years of residence life or other student life experience closely related to residence life (this may include experience as an undergraduate student) is required
  • An understanding of the developmental and formative needs of university students especially as it relates to a residence life program at a university that is Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine is preferred
  • Upholds and promotes the Christian, Catholic, Benedictine mission of the University of Mary
  • Supports the ongoing implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic colleges and universities
  • Builds a culture of ready and earnest hospitality in the office of Student Development and throughout the university in accord with Saint Benedict’s admonition that all be received as Christ

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Ability to serve as an effective leader, role model, and mentor
  • Ability to communicate effectively and prepare professional reports, documentation, budget records, and presentations using computers, projectors, and other electronic tools
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications
  • Ability to recruit, train, direct, and supervise student employees
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage and relate effectively with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators as a part of the university community
  • Ability to demonstrate and understanding and knowledge of the developmental and formative needs of male university students

The RD position is a live-in position where the appointee resides within a residence hall. Accommodations include free high speed Wi-Fi internet access, cable TV, parking, and laundry facilities. An office within the residential community is provided to meet with students. The position requires substantial evening and weekend hours as well as overnight on-call duty according to a rotating schedule with other residence directors. A meal plan is provided for the appointee and dependents for those periods when dining services are in operation with the expectation that the appointee will eat meals with residents in the dining centers on a frequent basis.

The University of Mary is a private, Christian, Catholic, Benedictine university that welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds. Infusing Benedictine values throughout the educational experience, Mary offers distinguished, professionally-focused academic programs enlivened by the liberal arts, global and civic service, robust internships, and mentoring by respected faculty. As one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, Mary offers exceptional educational value as well as outstanding scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

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We welcome your interest in joining the University of Mary. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume to or mail to University of Mary, Attn: Human Resources, 7500 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.

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