Residence Director – Male | University of Valley Forge

Residence Director – Male


(POSTED December 13, 2018)

Residence Director – Male

The University of Valley Forge invites application for a Residence Director (male). The Residence Director (RD) is responsible for creating a climate conducive to the academic, spiritual, interpersonal, and physical development of all students and for the accomplishment of institutional and departmental goals. The RD facilitates campus and residence life administration and student conduct. This is a full time, 12-month, benefitted, live-in position beginning June 1. Campus housing and utilities are provided. Compensation is based on qualifications and experience. The position reports to the Vice President of Student Life (VPSL).

Essential Responsiblities

  • Model a growing Christian spiritual life and lifestyle with behaviors that exemplify those described in the Student Handbook.
  • Develop a cooperative and supportive working relationship with the administration, faculty and staff to facilitate the academic, spiritual, interpersonal, and physical development of all students.
  • Ensure that all policies, procedures, and practices of the Residence Life program are consistent with the mission of UVF, and partner with other Student Life directors and the VPSL to develop the Student Life Department into a model of excellence in all areas.
  • Strive to develop a residential living experience that encourages spiritual, academic, interpersonal and physical growth in residential students outside the classroom. Along with the VPSL, and in cooperation with the Campus Directors (CDs) and/or Housing Coordinator create and implement strategies, and assess and evaluate strategies in order to ensure that the Residence Life program is significantly contributing to organizational outcomes.
  • Spend a significant amount of time in the residence halls intentionally building relationship with residents and ensuring that facilities are being well maintained.
  • Select, train and develop a strong team of Resident Assistants (RAs) and Associate Resident Assistants (ARAs). RDs encourage RAs and ARAs to be models of responsible student behavior in the areas of spiritual, relational, intellectual and physical health. The RD plans group meetings (to deal with specific facility issues, dispense information, continue RA & ARA training, and provide an opportunity for support, fellowship and prayer) and individual meetings (with his or her RAs individually every other week to build relationship and accountability, and discuss particular concerns or situations in the RA’s area of responsibility). The RD formally evaluates RAs at the end of each semester.
  • Plan, implement, and execute formal RA training events including RA Retreats and the three-credit Principles of Residence Leadership Class taught in the spring semester. RDs will strive to continually improve training materials and opportunities in order to give RAs the best training possible. RDs will consult and enlist the support of the VPSL and the CDs.
  • Facilitate RA and ARA communication and administration that will include the creating of the RA Binder, monthly floor meeting agendas, open dorm schedules, etc.
  • Provide for excellent, regular opportunities for growth of residents through floor, hall, male/female, and campus-wide programming in support of departmental and organizational learning outcomes. RDs will work actively with RAs and ARAs to plan and promote such events, and to encourage activities that foster a sense of community and belonging, as well as provide opportunities for social interaction including parties, prayer times, brother/sister floor activities, floor competitions, Christmas decorating contests, etc.
  • Facilitate the best possible living/learning environment in the residence facilities. This involves coordination with the Campus Directors (CDs), Housing Coordinator (HC) and Facilities Department to maintain the physical dimensions of a healthy community. RDs oversee the instruction of residents in the area respect for property, concern for safety, attention to cleanliness, orderliness, etc.
  • Carry out administrative functions promptly, i.e., supervising check-in/out procedures, processing student resident fines, communicating with members of the Student Life Department and Facilities Department when needed, and making regular reports to the VPSL, etc.
  • Promote appropriate student behavior and enforce the behavioral standards and disciplinary procedures of the University. The RD is responsible to confront students who violate University behavioral standards. The RD will provide coaching, mentoring, and accountability for students who, because of minor behavioral infractions or emotional issues, need such support. The RD, when necessary, will refer “contract” discipline situations or professional counseling needs to the CD and/or VPSL.
  • Be available to meet with “drop-in” students for pastoral care.
  • Attend chapel regularly, being available to facilitate the service, monitor student behavior, respond in the case of an emergency, and provide pastoral ministry and prayer with students around the altar.
  • Demonstrate support for the University and for students and their initiatives by attending and actively monitoring major University events (Homecoming, Christmas at Valley Forge, board of Trustees Dinner, for example), important home games, larger SGA or student ministry events, or any other event when asked to do so.
  • Serve on-call on rotation with the other Residence Life staff which will include one night each week, one weekend each month, and some holidays according to a shared schedule.


  • College graduate, preferably with a Master’s degree (or working towards a Master’s degree) in counseling, psychology, higher education, or religion/practical theology.
  • An openly committed Christian, living a Spirit-filled life (Acts 2:4, Ephesians 5:18ff); affirming a doctrinal position consistent with Assemblies of God beliefs. Attendance at an Assemblies of God church is expected for this position at UVF.
  • A desire to grow both personally and professionally, with particular interest in the field of student development and with an aptitude and interest in fulfilling the responsibilities outlined.
  • Two years of experience in ministry, counseling or education of youth/college-age adults preferred.
  • Demonstrated administrative skill.
  • Strong working knowledge of with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel preferred.

The University:

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is an accredited Christian university of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions located on a beautiful 100+ acre campus in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. With over 40 undergraduate majors, six graduate programs, and dozens of credentialed and dedicated professors, UVF is committed to the mission to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and the world. The University hereby affirms its commitment to equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a disabled veteran.

To apply

To be considered for this position, and to receive a detailed job description, please submit resume and cover letter to:


Veronica A. Bird

Director – Human Resources

University of Valley Forge