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Assistant Residence Director

Department: Residence Life
Location: Jackson

Union University seeks a qualified individual for the position of Assistant Residence Director in the Office of Residential Life.

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 44 states and 25 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nation’s premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence. Union was also recently recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” one of only 30 four-year institutions to receive this honor roll designation.

Position Description:

The Assistant Residence Director (ARD) is a 10-month, full-time, live-in position who is to provide support and assistance for the Residence Director (RD) in the supervision and direction of the residence complex learning community. The successful candidate is to help create a culture and maintain an environment that challenges students to develop academically, emotionally, physically, socially, and spiritually. The candidate must also be able to work with a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff and be able to assist students in integrating their faith and living within the residence complex. Duties include:

  • Be an active partner with the Residence Director and the Residence Life team overall.
  • Be available for and establish a rapport with students so as to advise and counsel them regarding areas such as adjusting to college life, issues of Christian growth, clarification of values, lifestyle choices, relationship issues, and other areas of personal growth.
  • Coordinate programs designed to provide meaningful educational, personal, spiritual, and recreational activities/experiences for students in the residential complex.
  • Assist in creating an environment with the Resident Advisors to develop intentional relationships in light of Conversation-based Programming initiatives.
  • Participate in student services and residence life staff meetings and training.
  • Be prepared to intervene in crisis situations by defining an emergency, responding appropriately, and discerning wisely when additional professional staff and Safety and Security personnel should be called in for support. Be familiar with established emergency protocols, and be prepared to implement them when necessary.
  • Act as a liaison between the residence complex community and the faculty and staff of Union University
  • Assist the RD in the selection, training, and supervision of the Residence Life student staff.
  • Assume responsibility for the residential complex in the absence of the RD.
  • Assist in the administrative details of the residence complex, including check-in and check-out procedures, key administration, room assignments, maintenance concerns, and security.
  • Be “on-call” for Residence Life shifts on a rotating basis with other members of the Residence Life staff.
  • Attend and participate in student and college activities as often as possible.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree.  This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, and good organizational skills. Preference will be given to applicants with prior residential leadership experience.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission, and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

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