Bluefield University Employment Opportunities

Director of Residence Life

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Development, the Director of Residence Life leads the vision, development, and implementation, of the student experience and student development initiatives within the residence halls.

The Director of Residence Life provides strategic leadership and direction for on-campus housing in collaboration with the Office Manager of Student Life; directly supervises live-in professional and student residential leadership; coordinates residence life programming including ensuring the University is in compliance with drug and alcohol prevention mandates; maintains fire safety reports on student housing; serves as the direct contact for student conduct and judicial affairs; and foster an exceptional experience that contributes to the intellectual, spiritual, personal, and professional growth and development of students living within the residential community. As a part of the Office of Student Development, the Director of Residence Life assures that students experience a smooth transition to residential living and benefit from a safe, comfortable, and engaging living-learning experience.


  • Responsible for ensuring the Office of Student Development has a clear vision, goals, and a basis of standard operating procedures to enhance the student living environment, student safety, student development and training, fiscal solvency, and long-term facility management.
  • In collaboration with the student life manager, assists with the student housing process and coordinates weekly one-on-one meetings for the review of the latest housing and meal reports and strategic planning to address areas of concern.
  • Directly supervises and trains Resident Directors (RD) and student life leadership. Host bi-weekly team meetings and one on one conferences with RDs. Provide RDs with adequate training and resources to lead monthly, bi-weekly, and one on one meetings with residence life student leadership.
  • Formulates, recommends, implements, and evaluates policies, procedures, programs, and processes within the residential halls to ensure students have high-quality facilities and services.
  • Works proactivity to implement adaptive residential programming to address students experiencing personal, spiritual, and academic difficulties. Leads residence life staff to create resident programming using the holistic model and additional programming guidelines.
  • Assists in the communication of the disciplinary process as it pertains to University policies and the community living standards. In conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Student Development, manages daily disciplinary processes including leading disciplinary conferences and hearings, ensuring disciplinary sanction requirements are completed, making appropriate referrals to University resources, implementing preemptive and reactive educational programming to address disciplinary trends, and assisting with the appointing and training of staff on the educational and restorative conduct process.
  • Ensure the University’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention plan is in compliance with federal and state mandates and adaptive to current higher education practices.
  • Assist the Director of Campus Safety by collecting accurate data for federal and state mandated reports to include fire safety and Clery Act reporting. Conduct frequent reviews of incidents of concern reported to the office. Fire safety reports outline the number of fires for each building during the active year, cause of the fire, reported injuries that required medical facilities attention, fire-related deaths, accessed cost of property damage, safety amenities in the residence halls, and documentation of fire drills and prevention planning.
  • Develops and administers related budgets, including revenue forecasting, planning, and monitoring of expenses.
  • Serves the University on various committees and performs other duties as assigned.


  • A minimum of three to five years of experience in a similar position and/or training in performing similar tasks as required. Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Experience with occupancy management, training others, supervision, assessment, goal setting, and accomplishment.
  • Must understand the stated mission of the University and understand how the promotion and sustaining of a Christian community at the University is an essential component.
  • Demonstrated success building relationships, programs, and services between diverse internal constituencies.


  •  Basic computer knowledge (MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel).
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Logical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Database or Student Information System (SIS) – Jenzabar experience


  •  Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  This position is not necessarily a physically demanding job and requires no specific physical demands other than those typical in a modern office environment.  Normal responsibilities should not afford risks of accidental injury.

  • Specialized Equipment Requirements

The use of specialized equipment listed here is representative of equipment an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  This position requires no specialized equipment other than equipment typically used in a modern office environment, including personal computers, calculators, copiers, and fax machines.

  • Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties, responsibilities, and functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties, responsibilities, and functions.  This position has no specific working conditions; the work environment is typical to that of a small private University, with physical remote site locations within _50 miles of Bluefield University, VA.


This position is subject to at least an annual evaluation based upon the job duties, responsibilities, and functions as set forth above.


 The job duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements delineated above should not be interpreted as an all-inclusive list of the same.  Additional duties, responsibilities, functions, and requirements may be assigned as deemed appropriate.  Bluefield University reserves the right to change or reassign job duties, responsibilities, and functions, or combine positions at any time.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is possible that requirements may be modified to reasonably accommodate disabled individuals.  However, no accommodations will be made which may pose serious health or safety risks to the employee or others or which impose undue hardships on Bluefield University.  Position descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  Bluefield maintains its status as an at-will employer.


To apply for this position, please visit to complete the electronic staff employment application and upload the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and full contact information for at least three professional references
  • Statement of Christian Faith

Hard copy application materials may be sent to Judy Pedneau, Director of Human Resources at Bluefield University, 3000 College Avenue, Bluefield, VA 24605, [email protected]

Additional information about Bluefield University is available at

To be considered for this position, all application requirements listed above must be completed.

Bluefield University is a Christ-centered, multicultural learning community that values and seeks faculty and staff who represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives, are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Bluefield University is a private, not-for-profit institution affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. Bluefield University shall not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. This institution encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231


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