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Being an Assistant Resident Director


The assistant resident director (ARD) is a 20-hour per week position. Each residence hall/area on campus will have an ARD. The ARD lives and works in the hall for which he/she is hired. The position is designed to provide a paraprofessional opportunity in residence life, higher education, and relational ministry. The assistant resident director assists the resident director (RD) with spiritual development, leadership development, office assistance, and operations in the residence hall.

Time Commitment

The start date for the assistant resident director position is Monday, August 9, 2021, (move-in date) and the position will end on May 24, 2022. ARDs are allowed 10–15 hours of additional commitments, which need to be approved by the hiring resident director. Extracurricular activities, jobs, internships, service-learning, and ministry commitments would fall into this category.

Time Away

If you plan to be gone more than 2 consecutive nights, you must communicate with your resident director. If you plan on being gone more than 5 consecutive nights, you must seek approval from Residence Life prior to making your plans. In general, please communicate with your resident director if you would like to request time away. 

Minimum Requirements

The assistant resident director must be a full-time (12 credits), degree-seeking student in an undergraduate program at Bethel University; at least one year of experience as a resident assistant is preferred, but not required. Applicants must be able to commit to a full year (9 months) and display evidence of strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Interim Away              

ARDs are expected to serve for a full academic term; therefore, interim study abroad experiences are limited for ARDs. Approval will be granted on a limited basis and the discretion of a Residence Life staff member. You must speak with a Residence Life staff member if you consider interim away after signing and submitting this agreement.

Training & Development

ARDs are expected to attend all spring and year-long commitments including:

  • Spring Team Development Day on Saturday, March 27, 2021 (8 a.m.-1 p.m.)
  • First Team Meeting, RD will establish times to connect with your team this spring
  • ARD Move-In: August 9, 2021
  • ARD Training: August 10-13, 2021
  • Bethel Student Leadership Retreat: TBD
  • Residence Life Fall Training, Welcome Week and Move-In Weekend: August 10-29, 2021
  • Monthly Leadership Gatherings: TBD
  • Team Staff Retreat: TBD by your RD and team
  • Res Life Christmas Celebration and End of the Year Banquet: Dates and Times TBD


Assistant resident directors must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.


ARD compensation is posted to student accounts through the financial aid process. Total compensation offered will be $8,600 for the 2021–2022 academic year. Half of the annual rate will be posted at the beginning of the fall semester and half will be posted at the beginning of the spring semester. Since ARD compensation will be part of the financial aid package, it will affect the amount or types of loans students may borrow. ARD compensation should not affect the number of grants or scholarships students receive; check with the financial aid office if the sum of your grants and scholarships exceeds the cost of tuition to discuss the impact ARD compensation will have on your financial aid. The ARD will be responsible for costs of a residence hall room and must sign a lease with the Bethel University housing office.

The assistant resident director role is a 20–hour/week position. The ARD position offers increased responsibilities to provide additional experience in the field of residence life. The following represents a breakdown of the primary responsibilities of the ARD role.

Percentage of Time

Primary Responsibilities

25% Support to RD: Communicates clearly and meets regularly with RD. Takes on leadership within the team to support the RD. Helps foster team unity. Facilitate team development. Fosters strong partnership with the RD. Take initiative by connecting with RAs in both formal and informal settings. Knows and is aware of concerns within the team. Helps RAs and residents feel welcomed, known, and cared for.
25% Support to RAs: Visible and available to RAs. Offers encouragement, support, and guidance to RAs. Motivates RAs to accomplish their tasks and responsibilities.  Assist with RA training and selection, both centrally and in-hall. Possibly serve on-duty rotation with staff. Facilitates two team gatherings (outside of meetings) per semester to foster team unity.
20% Resident Engagement & Programming: Contributes ideas and/or follows-through on staff responsibilities for resident engagement & programming. Implements strategies and programs that contribute to resident well-being and a sense of belonging. Fully participates in and takes ownership of hall and floor events, programs, & shack events. Advises Res Council (where applicable).
20% Meetings & Administrative Duties: Attends and sometimes leads staff meetings, individual meetings with RAs, staff chapel. Participate in a Residence Life committee. Assists with facilities needs, work requests, reimbursements. Helps oversee shack and office areas. Helps manage residence hall operations. Communicates with campus partners. Other administrative projects in support to the staff, RD, and the hall as needed.
5% Student Care, Concerns, & Confrontation: Understand and follow campus policies and procedures. Approaches student concerns with compassion and care. Confront students regarding observed policy violations and behavioral concerns. Communicates to Resident Director about any concerns or policy violations. Follows appropriate procedures for emergencies and confrontation. Submits incident reports in a timely manner. This may include minor student care and conduct follow up.
5% Other Projects: Completes and assists the RD with other tasks and student needs as assigned.  This may include minor student care and conduct follow up.
NA Role Model and Leadership: Maintains a positive attitude about the ARD role. Engaged in staff relationships and team responsibilities. Contributes to a welcoming environment in the residence area. Positive role-model and leader in the residence area.