At Colorado Christian University
Hours: Full Time
About the Job
This position is available beginning with the Fall 2020 semester.The Resident Director (RD) is responsible for directing and managing a positive living-learning environment that contributes to and enhances the academic, intellectual, interpersonal, physical, and spiritual development of residential students, and assists with the operation of the Department of Residence Life within the Division of Student Life. Working directly with a team of student leaders (Resident Assistants-RAs and student Assistant Resident Directors-ARDs), the RD will strive to integrate faith and relationship with Christ in the on-campus living environment with students, staff, faculty, and outside constituents.
This position requires an individual to live on campus and demonstrate a mature and continually growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, demonstrated spiritual leadership aptitude and experience, superior judgment, a passion for the collegiate learning environment, the ability to complete assignments with minimal supervision, and the understanding of current student issues, student judicial systems, and educational and social programming.
Due to the nature of a live-on-campus position, the following are included with employment: university-provided housing, cell phone stipend, and an unlimited meal plan when the dining commons is open.
Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian university in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, delivering world-class education to thousands of students. The fully accredited, nonprofit university is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
Colorado Christian University was founded in 1914. CCU’s motto is--grace and truth. This motto comes from John 1.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)
CCU's mission is Christ-centered higher education, transforming students to impact the world with grace and truth.
Colorado Christian University cultivates knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement with the world. We envision graduates who think critically and creatively, lead with high ethical and professional standards, embody the character and compassion of Jesus Christ, treasure the gospel, and who thereby are prepared to impact the world in their callings.
CCU embraces an educational model that was present at the foundation of many of the great western and American universities. It is made up of three pillars—competence, character, and Christ-centered faith. Secular universities have abandoned two of those pillars. We think this is a major oversight that eventually undermines education. Furthermore, we believe this classical educational model is both life-giving and greatly needed in our time.
A leader in higher education, CCU has been consistently ranked in the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide for its core curriculum by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. CCU has had ten consecutive years of enrollment growth and has been named one of the five fastest-growing master’s granting universities by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
CCU offers more than 100 degree program options for traditional and adult students through its two colleges--the College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies. More than 8,000 students attend the University on the main campus, in regional centers throughout Colorado, and online.
What is most appealing about working at CCU?
1. Faith-friendly: CCU’s culture is unique to higher education. Where else can you pursue academic excellence yet read the Holy Bible, pray with teammates and students at work, and work to impact our culture in support of Christian values?
2. Convictionally Christian: As a university, we have an enduring commitment to Christ, his kingdom and the truth of God’s Word.
3. Live out your calling: We are a traditional evangelical university where you can invest your God-given talents and abilities alongside coworkers and teammates while having a profound influence on students as they deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.
4. Equip students for kingdom work: You can be a part of helping students discover their callings and preparing them for positions of significant leadership in the church, business, government, education, and other professions, as a key part of our University's Strategic Priorities.
We’re looking for candidates who have:
1. A master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or Counseling strongly preferred; or two or more years of experience in Residence Life or related field with the intent/desire to pursue graduate education. Bachelor's degree required.
2. The ability to understand, envision, lead, and direct educationally-focused communities of believer-learners in both freshmen and upperclassmen environments.
3. Knowledge of Residence Hall style living and front desk operations.
4. An understanding of the socio-emotional and spiritual needs of college students – from freshmen to senior – and act upon such knowledge to create educational communities for students.
5. An understanding of general judicial policies and procedures and the university structure so as to work through the proper channels and complete tasks with accuracy and excellence.
6. Self-motivation and are able to solve complex problems with little or no supervision.
7. Demonstrated poise, assess needs, utilize judgment, and develop positive and wise solutions according to University protocol in a variety of crisis situations.
8. The ability to communicate effectively to students, staff and faculty, and parents, by phone, e-mail, memorandum, and in person.
9. A servant’s heart and a teachable spirit.
10. Utilized student database systems and Microsoft Office programs such as Excel, Access, Word, and Publisher.
11. A teachable posture, can follow instructions, and work cooperatively with all Residence Life and Student Development staff.
Key Job Duties:
1. Contribute to CCU’s mission: CCU provides Christ-centered higher education to transform students to impact the world with grace and truth. The Resident Director contributes to this mission by developing a community based on biblical principles, common educational goals, and mutual respect.
2. Select, lead, direct, and supervise a staff of 8-12 Resident Assistants (RAs) and 1-2 Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs, undergraduate students) to provide a positive and educational living environment for residential students; share in the development of the overall Residence Life team.
3. Select and supervise front desk staff and operations, if depending on Residence Hall placement.
4. Be aware of student issues and build relationships with ALL students in the living area by maintaining a visible presence in each living area through regular visitation and participation in residence functions. Assist residents in learning to respect other students and their living areas.
5. Possess and utilize a working knowledge of campus polices/resources to intervene in and properly handle crisis situations and emotional or health issues that arise in the campus community.
6. Assist students in mediating conflict; manage difficult psychological and health cases; advise, train, and support student staff in identifying and assisting troubled residents.
7. Personally assist troubled students and disciple and mentor students; follow through on these issues in the living area.
8. Direct facilities and operational activities in a designated living area, including check-in/check-out procedures, room changes, and appropriate paperwork.
9. Uphold the CCU Code of Conduct and direct and implement the judicial process for the designated living area(s), including investigating disciplinary allegations, conducting preliminary disciplinary meetings, determining and assigning disciplinary sanctions, completing necessary documentation, and training, advising, and supervising student staff in the area of conduct and discipline.
10. Attend meetings, apprise departmental leadership on important issues in the community, share input, produce regular reports, participate in campus on-call rotations, assist with Residence Life training, and support other departmental, divisional, and campus-wide efforts.
11. Administer a specific role that accomplishes departmental objectives and competencies. Examples may include overseeing student staff training, professional staff training, programming model and philosophy, academic initiatives, etc.
12. Demonstrate a genuine interest in campus life by actively participating in campus functions such as varsity and intramural sports, homecoming events, awards ceremonies, and University-sponsored events. Be available to students during some evening hours and serve on the on-call rotation for emergency response.
13. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life.
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, stand, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, and have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
What we offer our employees:
We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages to all employees. Our benefit package includes: a tuition waiver program, excellent healthcare, generous paid time off, matching 403(b) retirement plan, and additional organizational paid benefits and voluntary benefit offerings. Pay and benefits will be discussed in more detail as candidates progress through the interview process.