Director of Residence Life

Mount Mercy University, founded more than 85 years ago by the Sisters of Mercy, is a Catholic University that provides excellent student focused baccalaureate and graduate education. The campus is located on a 40-acre campus in a tree lined residential neighborhood in the heart of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; equi-distant from Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis.

The University welcomes women and men of all beliefs to join in the pursuit of a distinctive quality education where there is an integration of liberal learning, professional preparation and service to those in need. Mount Mercy University’s mission is to promote reflective judgment, strategic communication, purposeful living, and the common good through its curriculum. With over 38 majors, including 10 accelerated degree programs for working adults and six graduate degrees in Business, Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing, Strategic Leadership, and Criminal Justice, the University has an enrollment of nearly 1,800 students and more than 300 faculty and staff.

The Department of Student Services invites applications for live-in Director of Residence Life beginning Summer 2015. The Director of Residence Life is part of the department’s senior management team. The Director of Residence Life is responsible for the overall administration of the Residence Life Program with the capacity to house 475 on campus students. Additionally, the Director of Residence Life is to support and develop the professional and paraprofessional residence life staff members employed by Residence Life and through their supervision to develop a vibrant residential community that contributes to our student’s academic success and student engagement. General areas of responsibility include community development, program development, intervention, emergency planning, oversight of the residence hall conduct processes, room selection process, committee development/involvement, recruitment selection planning for professional and paraprofessional staff, and management of the Learning Communities, residential Peer Ministers, and the Catherine McAuley Scholars.


  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required.
  2. A master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred.


  1. At least four years of relevant experiences working in higher education at a college or university is required. 

The successful candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references including current direct supervisor. Submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat attachments to: with the subject line, “Director of Residence Life.” Only application materials emailed to this address will be considered. Application materials submitted on paper will not be reviewed. The review process will begin May 18, 2015. Position open until filled.

Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free environment.