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Residence Director

Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Illinois
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jul 13, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Concordia University Chicago (CUC) invites applications for the full-time, exempt position of Residence Director. This position reports directly to the Director of Residence Life and Housing and the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing and is located in River Forest, IL.

The Residence Director works directly with the Department of Residence Life and Housing. The ideal candidate will provide holistic, educational leadership while administering a comprehensive living-learning environment for communities housing 150-200 students. They serve as the primary professional staff available in the residence halls for student support. Residence Directors are responsible for facilitating community development, which fosters academic success and personal growth. The Residence Director is a dynamic individual who exhibits a vibrant personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, displaying Christ-centered servant leadership and a commitment to student success.

Living on campus is required. Residence Directors participate in an on call crisis response rotation providing support to the campus 24/7/365 and can have responsibilities that fall beyond traditional business hours.


  • Responsible for the supervision, leadership, and development of a comprehensive living-learning environment housing 150-200 students
  • Develop intentional assessment practices to address the needs of each community and create action steps to meet those intended outcomes
  • Create a community development plan for the residential area focused on the learning, growth, and development of students
  • Coordinate day to day operations of the residential area and department such as occupancy, facilities management, hall opening and closing, room selection, and the reassignment process
  • Supervise, train, evaluate and provide leadership to a Resident Assistant staff of 6-10 RA's, 1-2 SRA's
  • Participate in an on-call emergency duty rotation throughout the year (evenings and weekends), including academic breaks providing crisis support and response to students
  • Candidates must support and be committed to the mission and identity of Concordia University Chicago, a university of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Skill Sets:

  • Exhibits a service mentality toward all stakeholders
  • All communication with stakeholders is effective, professional, accurate, and timely
  • Improves work performance and that of others by being receptive to and appropriately sharing information
  • Successful candidates will be committed to personal growth, embracing Christian values in a collegiate setting, possess mature judgment, educating in a residential environment, and being a skilled student development educator
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Possess excellent communication skills, strong work ethic, flexibility and the willingness to respond immediately to students in crisis and/or need
  • Demonstrates awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations
  • A commitment to providing superior customer service to students.

Minimum Experience Required:

  • 1-2 years of undergraduate Residence Life experience
  • Experience working within a Liberal Arts institutional environment

Education Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred

Compensation and Benefits:

Starting range is dependent upon individual qualifications and experience. Concordia University Chicago benefit options include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and/or Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Disability and Survivor Plan (Basic Life Insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Retirement Pension Plan
  • Retirement 403(b) Savings Plan
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Tuition benefits (available for employees and their qualified dependents)

Application Information:

Interested individuals should include a cover letter, resume and references with their online application.

In compliance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's Executive Order 2021-20, Concordia University Chicago requires all on-campus faculty and staff to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or participate in weekly COVID-19 testing. Further information regarding Concordia's response to COVID-19 can be found here.

Concordia does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex or age. As an institution of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, however, and to the extent allowed by law, Concordia University reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religious affiliation.

Concordia University Chicago does not generally sponsor for employment visas except for positions that oversee, teach or support our international programs.

About Concordia University Chicago:

Concordia University Chicago is a liberal arts-based Christian university founded in the Lutheran tradition. Through its College of Theology, Arts & Humanities, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health, Science & Technology, Concordia-Chicago offers more than 160 areas of study in small classes taught by professors who are passionate about teaching and student success. All undergraduate and graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Concordia University Chicago has been recognized as a College of Distinction since 2010, and is consistently ranked among the Best Regional Universities-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment has exceeded 5,000 students. Concordia University Chicago is located in River Forest, 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. Learn more about our commitment to higher education, rooted in the Gospel, at

Steadfast in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, Concordia University Chicago promotes academic rigor in its liberal arts and professional programs; grounds students in objective truth, integrity, and excellence; and practices faithfulness to the Confessional teachings of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, as it forms students for vocations in church, family, and the world.

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