Trinity Christian College seeks a full time Area Director for the Student Life Department. We seek to cultivate an academic community in which students flourish as they encounter the Triune God with their whole lives and discover the joy of their vocation. Two Residence Life Area Directors at Trinity work collaboratively to lead, develop, and oversee a residence life program that actively contributes to the Student Life purpose and outcomes. This particular opening is for the Area Director who primary oversees a living area which houses sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Area Director position is a full time, 11 month (48 week) position that requires on-site residency. A competitive salary and benefit package is available.
The essential duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following:
Residence Life Program Leadership
Collaborate to lead, develop and manage a comprehensive residence life program that embodies the student life purpose and seeks to educate students toward the student life outcomes
Develop, implement, and assess programming for resident students consistent with the student life outcomes
Work to create residential community that reflects the college’s commitments to diversity and unity
Strengthen the value and quality of the residential experience at Trinity in support of the college’s residency expectation
Facilitate the ongoing selection, training, and evaluation of paraprofessional residence life staff
Supervise 8-12 Resident Assistants (RAs) and one upper-class undergraduate Assistant Area Director (AAD), including structuring regular individual and group meetings that develop student leadership capacity
Serve as the primary student conduct officer for his/her residential area
Serve as a member of the conduct & resolution pool – a cross-disciplinary team of faculty and staff trained to engage with various accountability processes across the college including the non-discrimination resolution process
Crisis Management & Student Support
Serve in a rotating on-call capacity with other professional student life staff
Provide direct proactive and responsive intervention to students of concern including, but not limited to, mental health related concerns and crises
Provide support and assistance to the Dean of Student Life and VP for Student Life and Athletics in the managing of student crises.
Serve as a member of the Student Response Team—a group that provides outreach and support to students of concern
Promote the residence life program within the college community
Contribute to student recruitment by promoting the residence life program to admissions staff and prospective students
Maintain a high level of availability on the campus and in the residence halls
Collaborate effectively with student life and college wide offices/departments
Serve on various college-wide committees or task forces
Retention & Community Development
Contribute to the college’s retention efforts through participation in the Student Response Team
Develop familiarity with and promote college programs and community resources to residential students
Serve as a key connector for students to college resources for flourishing
Support the office of student programs in campus-wide programming efforts
Serve as the primary housing administrator for his/her respective residence halls to include housing selection, housing assignments, key distribution/collection, resident check in/out, facilities and operations
Collaborate effectively with the Coordinator for Student Services and Director of Campus Safety regarding student room and board records and residence hall access
Engage in ongoing professional development
Manage residence life budgets
Other duties as assigned
A master’s degree in student affairs administration or an area relating to college student development is preferred. Previous experience in Residence Life or Student Affairs is preferred. Supervision of paraprofessional staff is required; supervision of graduate practicum student is possible.
Ability to effectively use Microsoft Office systems and student records systems
Ability to maintain trust and confidentiality (when appropriate) with sensitive information and student records
Professional expertise and integrity
A clear vision for diversity in Christian higher education
Effective administrative, interpersonal, and collaboration skills
Effectiveness in program development and evaluation
Previous experience with Maxient incident management software
Previous experience working with an ethnically, denominationally, and/or culturally diverse populations
This position requires on-site residency; a 2-bedroom apartment with amenities is provided. Working hours are often common business hours; however, some evening, weekend or late hours are expected and will be significant at times. High visibility at campus events and activities is expected.
Trinity Christian College seeks candidates that have a personal faith and commitment to Jesus Christ, and a sincere allegiance to the mission of the college.
Applicants should be prepared to upload the following during the online application process:
Statement of Faith (recommended length about one page)
Statement of Commitment to Unity and Diversity (recommended length about one page)
A one-page response to this prompt: “What does student flourishing look like in a residential community housing sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and how does a Residence Life Area Director cultivate student flourishing?”
Review of Applications will begin in early March. Phone/video interviews will commence the second week of March. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
Trinity welcomes a response from diverse candidates. EOE
About Trinity Christian College
Trinity Christian College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Palos Heights, Illinois, a suburb twenty miles southwest of Chicago. Since its founding in 1959, Trinity has provided its students with an excellent Christian higher education in the Reformed tradition. The College enrollment in the traditional program is about 1,000 with a vibrant residential program. We offer majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as professional programs in accounting and business administration, nursing, education, computer science, criminal justice, and exercise science. Trinity also offers master’s programs in counseling psychology and special education as well as degree completion programs in education, business, and psychology. Trinity Christian College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Trinity is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.