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Assistant Director, Residence Life

FLSA Status: Exempt

Months Per Year: 12

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Position Description

In support of Seattle University's mission, the Department of Housing and Residence Life [HRL] provides safe and inclusive communities for Seattle University students coupled with opportunities for connection and exploration through a dedicated Residence Life team, strategic partnerships with campus stakeholders, and a commitment to living the University’s values.

HRL is responsible for creating and maintaining student residential environments open to and respectful of each person we serve.  Through a wide array of campus partnerships, HRL endeavors to provide exceptional social, recreational, cultural and educational programs. Excellent service delivery and quality student residential facilities - within the context of safety, care, and responsiveness – are provided in a cost-effective manner.

There are nine (9) distinct residential communities on campus serving approximately 2,400 students which include several “public-private partnership” entities.  The HRL housing stock is a mix of traditional residence halls, apartments, suites, and micro units.
The HRL leadership team includes the following positions: Director, Housing & Residence Life; Associate Director, Housing & Residence Life; Assistant Director, Residence Life (2 positions); Assistant Director, Housing Services (1) position. 

The Residence Life live-in staff includes: Area Coordinators [full-time-exempt – 5 positions]; Assistant Area Coordinators [part-time, Graduate Assistants – 6 positions]; Resident Assistant staff [57 student positions]; Residence Hall Service Desk Operations [40+ student positions].

The Department of Housing & Residence Life reports to the Division of Student Development.


Housing & Residence Life is searching for an Assistant Director, Residence Life, whose priority areas will include staff supervision, coordination of the Resident Assistant program, coordination of the residential education program, and responding to students of concern.  The Assistant Director, Residence Life may also assist the department with some housing operations tasks. The Assistant Director, Residence Life position is a full-time, 12 month, live-on position with some evening and weekend commitments. 

Essential Responsibilities:

Directly supervise, train, develop, and evaluate as many as five professional, live-in Area Coordinators. Indirectly supervise up to six graduate, live-in Assistant Area Coordinators. Indirectly supervise approximately 57 Resident Assistants.
Participate in the recruitment, selection and training processes for Residence Life staff positions [professional and student positions];
Aid in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive, inclusive, and outcomes-based Community Development Engagement Program model [CDEP] designed to serve the social, spiritual, intellectual, wellness and multicultural needs of residents;
Assist with the publication and maintenance of all operating manuals, policies, and procedures;
Serve as an advocate for residential student interests and encourage student development and leadership opportunities [i.e., residence hall/community councils, Residence Hall Association].
Work with Academic Affairs partners to illuminate and advance Theme Community program goals.
Develop and maintain partnerships with key University offices/programs and student groups serving residential students (Dean of Students, Counseling & Psychological Services, Department of Public Safety, etc.)
Oversee residence hall programming budgets.
Serve in an on-call capacity to support senior staff crisis/emergency response during evenings, weekends and holidays.
Serve as the department’s representative on the CARE Team in support of students of concern. Partner with the Office of the Dean of Students to provide timely and responsive attention to student health, safety, and wellness concerns. Conduct outreach to students of concern and occasionally serve on the Threat Assessment Team, as directed by the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students.
Serve as department liaison to the Office of Student Conduct & Integrity Formation, partner with the Director of Student Conduct & Integrity Formation on the training and evaluation of Area Coordinators in their roles as Conduct Administrators.

Marginal Functions:

Serve as a department liaison to other student development areas, campus support offices, and other academic support units.
Assist with housing operations tasks as assigned by the Director of Housing & Residence Life.
Serve on University, department, and/or Division of Student Development committees and task forces, as needed.
Serve as a Conduct Review Board chairperson.
Assume such other duties as assigned by the Director of Housing & Residence Life.


Masters degree in student affairs, education, or related filed.  At least three years of experience at the Area Coordinator or Resident Director level in a university setting.  Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the Jesuit Catholic mission of the university.  

Benefits at a Glance

Consistent with its fundamental Jesuits value, Seattle University offers a wide range of benefits designed to care for the whole person. Choose from three different medical plans, a dental and vision insurance programs. You may also take advantage of 100% tuition remission benefits for the employee and dependents, a subsidized transportation benefit, a wellness program with an onsite fitness facility, and a wide variety of campus events. Enjoy a generous holiday schedule, including a paid Christmas break closure, vacation and paid sick leave, and paid community service leave. For more information explore the Benefits website at:  

Application Instructions

Please attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying. Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870. Job postings are open until filled, unless otherwise specified. 

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122