Join the ORL Staff as a Residence Director

Hello and welcome!

We're thrilled that you're exploring the ORL Residence Director (RD) Recruitment web site. This is a great way to collect information on becoming a professional staff member at IWU.

Please take some time to look over the detailed materials linked to this page. You will find complete position descriptions for the Residence Director positions and responsibilities, as well as links to the Office of Residential Life Home Page and other important information.

We currently have one Residence Director opening and one Graduate Residence Director opening.

The mission of the Office of Residential Life:

Facilitating enjoyable, sustainable and inclusive communities that support and enhance students' academic achievement and personal development.

Core values of the Office of Residential Life:

Diversity, sustainability, fun, learning and warmth.

Top Ten Reasons
to be an RD at IWU

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Top Ten Reasons to be an RD at Illinois Wesleyan University

  1. Our students are amazing!
  2. Wellness classes and resources offered just for faculty and staff                                        
  3. Free counseling sessions via the EAP
  4. Regular infusions of ORL apparel
  5. Location location location!!!  Three cities (Peoria, Springfield, Urbana-Champaign) over 100,000 people less than an hour's drive away; Chicago is just two hours northeast
  6. A department and institution committed to supporting you with housing, a meal plan, and institutional benefits including insurance, and a Shirk Center pass.  Have a life partner?  They are supported too!  Live-In Partner Policy
  7. Interested in continuing your education? Illinois State is just a mile away...so are your classes (click here for ISU grad school information)
  8. Great opportunities to meet and work with IWU's Deans and Directors
  9. Flexible technology allows you to work efficiently in your hall office, the central office or even hundreds of miles away at a conference
  10. Professional Development funds which allow you to continue learning in our field

Residence Director Information

Graduate Residence Directors (GRDs) are students enrolled in a graduate program at Illinois State University who hold an assistantship at Illinois Wesleyan as a Residence Director.  GRDs have a responsibility to translate the philosophy of the IWU residence hall program into a practical and meaningful set of services, activities and programs for students.  In addition to counseling residents concerning personal and/or academic concerns, GRDs are responsible for promoting hall programs and activities and overseeing most aspects of the residence hall.  In this process, GRDs promote the development of skills for leadership, decision-making, conflict resolution, fiscal management, problem solving and self-discipline.  There are two Graduate Residence Directors on staff who supervise first year halls.

Residence Directors (RDs), working to meet student needs, are integral members of the Student Affairs team. RDs are professionals interested in the development of college students. Within the residence halls, their major responsibility is to translate the philosophy of the IWU residence hall program into a practical and meaningful set of services, activities and programs for students. In addition to counseling residents concerning personal and/or academic concerns, RDs are responsible for promoting hall programs and activities, advising hall governments and managing all aspects of residence hall life. In this process, RDs promote the development of skills for leadership, decision making, conflict resolution, fiscal management, problem solving and self-discipline. There are two Residence Directors on staff who supervise first year halls.

Area Directors serve as an RD in the hall where they live, and supervise a half-time Graduate Residence Director in an additional facility. The GRD completes most of the responsibilities of the RD position within their building, but some higher-level responsibilities, such as conduct meetings and terminations, fall to the Area Director.  There are two Area Directors on staff who supervise upper division halls.

Graduate Residence Directors, Residence Directors, Area Directors and are all referred to as RDs on our campus, and staff in the three positions make up the Residential Life Professional Staff along with the Director, Associate Director, and Assistant Director of Residential Life.

RDs are busy people . This list shows the commitments they keep on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

 

Live-In Partner Policy

Live-In Partner Policy  

Partner Expectations

 

For more information on the Illinois State University GRAD program please visit:

http://www.studentaffairs.ilstu.edu/see_yourself/grad_days.shtml


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