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Part-Time Resident Director

Hope College invites immediate applications for this part-time position running from August - May. RDs live in one of the dorms on campus. Hope College is a selective residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Located in Holland, Michigan, the 3,000+ student campus is a ten-minute drive to Lake Michigan; a thirty-minute drive to Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids; and a two-hour drive to Chicago. Holland is a city of 35,000 enriched by a significant Hispanic population and growing Asian-Pacific Islander and African American

Job Description:

Resident Directors (RDs) at Hope College assume overall responsibility for the development, management, and administration of a comprehensive residential program that meets the mission of the College, the goals of the Student Development Division, and the objectives of the Residential Life and Housing Department. RDs are community builders offering residents the opportunity to participate in a dynamic environment that develops, fosters, and promotes academic success, personal growth, intercultural competence, and exploration of the Christian faith.



  • Develop relationships with residents, student staff, colleagues, faculty, and staff that are based in care, respect, and Christian hospitality
  • Assess and respond to needs of colleagues, Resident Assistants, and campus community
Student Development
  • Overall operation of residence hall including, but not limited to, oversight of student staff members, community development, and address of facility needs
  • Confront policy violations and take appropriate, timely, and developmental-based action (e.g., referral to campus judicial process, one-on-one conversation)
  • Actively seek ways to integrate in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences within the context of a Christian, residential, liberal arts college
Community Development
  • Develop and implement specific plans to create an environment that celebrates the richness of diversity and promotes the active engagement of all students
  • Meet regularly with individual staff members, groups of staff members, or entire staff to solve problems, implement programs, and address emergent issues
  • Mediate conflicts within floors, neighbors, roommates; utilizes a variety of approaches to effectively address emergent conflicts (e.g., roommate agreements, behavior contracts)
  • Interpret policy and procedures for students, staff, parents, and others
  • Oversee and support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs by student staff throughout the academic year
  • Assist in the design and implementation of pre-service and on-the-job training covering a variety of topics pertinent to residential life and student development for professional and student staff (e.g., policies and procedures, campus resources, leadership development)
Budget Oversight
  • Oversee programming budget for individual hall
Collaboration with Other Campus Resources
  • Actively encourage the inclusion of faculty and academic-related topics in residence hall activities
  • Actively encourage the inclusion of Campus Ministries staff and faith-related topics in residence hall activities
  • Engage in developmental-based conversations with students and make referrals to other agencies as appropriate


Bachelors degree required; student affairs experience preferred

Application Process:

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and names of three references to:
Subject: RD

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.