Department: Student Life Division
Reports to: Director of Residence Life and Housing
Status: Exempt
Time commitment: Full time, 40 hours per week, Reside On-Campus (July 15th - May 31st and two weeks between June 1st and July 15th each calendar year)

The Residence Director potentially works with all levels of students, freshman through senior, and Resident Assistants to build living-learning environments that contribute to and enhance the academic, intellectual, interpersonal, physical and spiritual development of residential students. The Residence Director interprets, implements and promotes the values and policies of the institution.

Essential Functions


  • Be in agreement with the university's Confession of Faith, have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be active in the life of the church and live a life consistent with a commitment to the Lordship of Christ.
  • Embrace the mission, vision and values of Fresno Pacific University.
  • Be Christ-centered in all areas while working with staff, faculty, students and guests.


  • Represent the University and manage a professional and active relationship with students, staff, faculty, and others to understand the University’s unique needs.
  • Supervise a staff of Resident Assistants and share in the development of the overall Resident Assistant Team.
  • Assist Resident Assistants with the formulation and articulation of a vision for their living area.
  • Administrate evaluations and provide feedback for Resident Assistants.
  • Meet with Resident Assistants individually and as a group each week to disseminate information, provide training experiences, foster personal and professional growth, and develop a sense of team cohesiveness and vision.
  • Assist with projects including recruitment, training, orientation, retreats, leadership/spiritual development and interpersonal competencies.
  • Create learning experiences for students in residence, ensuring that their experiences actively contribute to the educational philosophy of the university.
  • Be aware of student issues, build relationships and be available to those who have concerns and problems by maintaining a visible presence in each living area through visiting, participation in residence functions and by periodically attending module meetings.
  • Have a working knowledge of campus polices/resources and community agencies for referrals of emotional or health issues that may arise.
  • Intervene and implement University policy and procedures in crisis situations and contact additional professional staff and Campus Safety as necessary.
  • Participate in the emergency on-call rotation with other Residence Directors.
  • Affirm the mission and goals of the University through the development of community based on biblical principles and the Fresno Pacific Idea.
  • Assist residents in the development of respect agreements for their living areas.
  • Act as a liaison between staff and students.
  • Demonstrate support for Student Life, Residence Life and the policies and procedures that direct community development, behavior and personal lifestyle at FPU.
  • Communicate institutional policies, procedures and regulations as outlined in the Student Handbook, and encourage students to share responsibility for upholding them.
  • Provide direction for Resident Assistants in confrontation, intervention, mediation and documentation.
  • Address students in living areas who have had a detrimental effect on the FPU community or who have violated university policy and procedures.
  • Support Fresno Pacific’s Restorative Discipline process by submitting reports, investigating situations and providing information, participate/lead mediations and follow up on mediation agreements.
  • Attend Basic Institute – Mediation and Peacemaking training (August).
  • Assist Resident Assistants in planning, development and implementation of programs that will enhance community and personal growth.
  • Promote awareness, attendance, interaction and enthusiasm for campus events and activities.
  • Provide input for policy making and implementation.
  • Attend Residence Life and Student Life staff meetings.
  • Assist with housing related tasks such as room inventories, check-in/check-out and room change procedures.
  • Contribute to the Residence Life Program by overseeing a specialized area of residential programs such as men’s/women’s ministries, assessment, multi-media etc.
  • Be available for all major campus events such as Thanksgiving banquet, MCC Sale, housing opening/closing, new student orientation, etc.
  • Be available to students during evening hours.
  • Provide supervision to student employees.



  • Demonstrated personal Christian faith and commitment to the Christian mission of the university
  • Bachelor's degree required Experience in the field of Residence Life preferred.
  • Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Word and Excel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with people in a warm, professional manner.
  • Ability to respond to emotional student and employee situations in a calming and resilient manner.
  • Ability to interview, train, and orient staff.
  • Demonstrated organizational capabilities, detail orientation and the ability to handle multiple proprieties simultaneously.
  • Team player with ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to learn new technology.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive to various appointments.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in College Student Development, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.

Environmental Conditions

  • Indoors in a college residence hall environment with exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes, vibrations, and temperature changes at least fifty percent (50%) of the time.
  • Frequently work at a fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
  • Frequent computer use.
  • Proficient at multitasking.

Physical Demands

  • Attendance and punctuality.
  • Mobility within the campus. Ability to walk, sit, stand, and climb stairs. Ability to use hands and fingers, to handle office equipment, records and files. Occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, and to stoop, kneel or crouch. Vision abilities required by this job include the ability to read and discern written errors on paper and electronic documents. Ability to talk and hear. Ability to lift up to 15 pounds.
  • Ability to perform analytical and cognitive thinking and decision making.


Minimum starting salary is based upon qualifications and experience. Benefits include health, dental and vision insurance, section 125 options, tuition waiver, life and disability insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

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University description

Fresno Pacific University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that stress solid academic preparation and a strong ethical foundation. Some 4,000 traditional and adult students attend classes on the main campus in southeast Fresno or centers in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online. The university also reaches about 10,000 students through professional development studies. FPU has the highest four-year graduation rate of any Central Valley college or university, is a Hispanic Serving Institution, with a Hispanic student population of 44 percent, and is one of the top 10 HSIs nationally in graduating Hispanic students. The Valley’s only comprehensive Christian university granting master’s degrees, the university is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and ranked in the top tier among western universities—master’s category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, and all employees express a personal Christian commitment and support the Christian mission of the university. A description of the unique quality of FPU as an academic community can be found in the Fresno Pacific University Idea.

Fresno Pacific University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic or social background, sex, age, or disability. Committed to excellence and actively supportive of cultural diversity, FPU invites individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply.

The university reserves the right to fill positions before the application deadline or to extend the deadline as circumstances may warrant.