Job Title:
Resident Director 

Office of Student Life

Reports to:
Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residence Life

FLSA Status:

The Resident Director (RD) is a full-time professional staff member who serves an integral role on the College’s Residence Life Staff, ten (10) months during the academic year (August 1- May 31) and reports directly to the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life. RDs live in a College-provided apartment within one of the residence hall where they are responsible for creating and maintaining a comprehensive living/learning program for residential students. RDs work with students in areas of retention, advising, programming (social and educational), administration, operation, and management of their assigned hall(s). The RD oversees a student staff of Resident Assistants (RAs) who live on each hall and serve as frontline contacts for students, alongside the RD. The RD is also assigned other tasks and responsibilities of the Student Life Office or other campus departments that provide student support services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the administration, organization, and oversight of all aspects of campus housing operations including, but not limited to, student and facility records, residence hall office, check-in and -out, room changes, facilities designation and usage, occupancy reporting, scheduling staff duty coverage, etc.
  • Participates in the hiring, training, and evaluation of the student Resident Assistant (RA) staff. Supervises the student RAs assigned to facility(s) that the RD is responsible for managing.
  • Plays an integral role in the College’s student retention initiatives, is responsible for tracking, monitoring, and reporting students status, involvement, engagement, and institutional connectedness.
  • Must be visible and accessible to students during duty hours. This includes performing rounds throughout assigned residential facility(s), interacting with residents, maintaining regular office and duty hours (with apartment door open), etc.
  • “On-call” while residence halls are open; must be able to provide support services to residents; serves as point person for emergency responses, procedures, and crises for designated building(s); will collaborate closely with Campus Safety, when appropriate.
  • In collaboration with Facilities Management, is responsible and accountable for ensuring the oversight, tracking, and reporting of building maintenance, custodial cleaning, facility upkeep and organization, communication with residents about facility management issues, and providing an overall high-quality residential student experience.
  • Plans and executes creative and engaging social and educational programs, events, and activities that promote student learning, community building, and personal development.
  • Upholds all College and residential policies and regulations; knowledgeable of all printed materials directly related to the operation of Residence Life, such as forms, handbooks, procedural correspondences, etc. and be able to interpret College policies and procedures to students. Immediately report all College policy violations.
  • Meets with students as part of the College student conduct process; RDs play an integral role in the educational and developmental outcomes of student conduct.
  • Attends all staff meetings, trainings, professional development, College functions and requirements.
  • Participates in the development, implementation, execution, and evaluation of goals and objectives of the Residence Life program.
  • Tasked with assignments, projects, and other duties of the Student Life Office or other College departments providing student support services (12 hours/week).
  • Responsible for completing other duties as assigned.
  • Serves as a role model for students in every aspect of College and community life; represents and supports Residence Life, the Student Life Office, and the College in interactions with students, faculty, staff, parents, and guests.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Four-year college degree required.
  • Prior residence life or related field experience strongly preferred.
  • The ability to advocate for and promote the mission of the College, Student Life Office, and Residence Life Program.
  • The ability to implement the College’s residential philosophy and build a healthy and thriving residential community.
  • The ability to establish relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.
  • Strong organizational and written and verbal communication skills and flexibility are a must.

Working Conditions:
Predominately night and weekend hours, mixed with some daytime hours, in professional office/work environment with live-in responsibilities in a college residential facility.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervises a student Resident Assistant staff of 7-12.

Position is paid over 10 months of full-time active duties. Benefits year round, continuing through unpaid months of June and July. Rent/maintenance-free, year-round residence (unfurnished apartment located inside a residence hall) and board plan (meals) for the RD and family during the academic year when dining services is open to residential students.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job.

Application Procedure
Candidates must submit the following documents via email to

  • Letter of application
  • Resume
  • College transcripts (copies are acceptable until finalist are selected)
  • William Jewell College application
  • Salary requirements

Please note: Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Applicants who need accommodation for the application or interview process, please make such accommodation request in advance to the Office of Human Resources:

William Jewell College
Office of Human Resources
500 College Hill, Box 1017
Liberty, MO 64068
(816) 415-6904

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment.

Our Mission: William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

William Jewell College is an equal opportunity employer.