Residence Hall Director

We have the following opening in the Student Life Office:

Position:  Residence Hall Director (Elam Hall)

Reports to:  Dean of Student Life

Primary Responsibility:  Select, train and supervise undergraduate Residential Life staff and manage operational functions in assigned residence halls. Provide services directly to students such as personal and disciplinary counseling and developmental, cultural, and educational programming. Coordinate administrative operations. Maintain liaison relationships with other Student Life Offices. Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system.

Principle Accountabilities

  • The RHD will live in the residence hall 12 months per year.
  • Supervise undergraduate students working as Resident Assistants in residence halls and/or on-campus apartments.
  • Coordinate and administer the overall Residential Life Program, including both student development and operations components, in assigned residence halls.
  • Recruit, select, and train Resident Assistants; monitor work performance for accuracy and completeness in accordance with Department and University goals and objectives; ensure compliance of staff with established Residential Life policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement staff training and development programs in conjunction with the Student Life office.
  • Evaluate the performance of Resident Assistants on a regular basis and during the yearly departmental evaluation process.
  • Serve as primary personal counseling resource for staff and students in dealing with specific residence hall problems including roommate conflicts, personal and emotional problems, diversity issues, and other developmental concerns. Be cognizant of the special needs and concerns of minority students and initiate programming and other efforts in the halls to address these needs and concerns.
  • Develop a familiarity with campus and community resources to ensure timely, efficient referrals when appropriate.
  • Establish and maintain communication with students living in the residence halls through individual contacts, meetings, and discussions. Serve as a mediator/facilitator when necessary to provide resolutions for interpersonal conflicts between students. Coordinate implementation of roommate agreement and community agreement process.
  • Meet with students and serve as Judicial Hearing Officer for students referred for disciplinary concerns; enact appropriate judicial sanctions and/or personal counseling to effectively resolve disciplinary problems in consultation with the Dean of Student Life.
  • Develop and maintain awareness of community issues for students in the residence halls through communication with Residential Life staff and initiate efforts to respond to such issues.
  • Work with Resident Assistants to assess student needs and interests; anticipate and promote educational, spiritual, cultural, social, recreational, and service programs, which are supportive to the residence community.
  • Cultivate, coordinate, and assist in the development of student leadership and responsibility through programming and direct involvement with students. Sponsor or assist in sponsorship of programs in residence halls.
  • Manage operational functions for residence halls such as key distribution and collection, damage assessment, reporting and billing, maintenance requests, and hall openings and closings. Serve as facility manager for residence halls including conducting room checks, reporting and following up on housekeeping and, maintenance requests.
  • Select, supervise, train, and evaluate student office assistant(s).
  • Maintain Resident Assistant programming, staff development, and office supply budgets and monitor expenditures. Provide leadership for Resident Assistant staff in setting goals for the year.
  • Manage and coordinate all room assignments and changes in the halls and communicate/resolve problems in accordance with established procedures. Respond to all inquiries, problems, and complaints from students, staff, and parents related to the halls.
  • Assist the Dean of Student Life in making recommendations for the purchase of furnishings and equipment, improvement of housekeeping services, and preventative maintenance and safety measures. Act to control unnecessary/unreasonable hall damages and vandalism. Maintain effective working relationships with Facilities, Safety & Security, Counseling Center, and other Student Life and University offices.
  • Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and provide input in the development of policies and procedures. Participation on task forces, and group goal planning and objective setting.
  • Assume an alternative summer assignment such as orientation conference housing and housing assignments.
  • Assume ‘on-call’ responsibilities and respond to emergency and other situations during and after normal business hours.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Dean of Student Life

Education:  Bachelor’s degree required.  Master’s preferred.                                                    

Experience:  Strong consideration given to candidates who have previous experience with Residence Life and/or Student Life. 

Job Related Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  Database management experience is preferred.   Banner software experience is desirable. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong organizational and execution skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Self starter and can work independently as well.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Deep commitment to confidentiality and operates with the highest level of integrity
  • Values relationship and is committed to the mission of Lipscomb University
  • Competence in student development

Availability:  Accepting applications immediately

Our aim is to make the application process as convenient as possible for you.  The online application is the preferred way you can apply for employment.  If it better suits your needs, an application can be accessed in PDF format and submitted in person, via U.S. mail or by fax (615-966-7003).



Lipscomb University is associated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ and governed by religious tenets held by the institution. Primary consideration is given to staff applicants who are active, faithful members of a congregation of the Church of Christ. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its employment practices.