The Head Resident position serves as a liaison between Luther Seminary staff and students living in seminary housing. The Head Resident provides community leadership through a variety of roles/responsibilities: as a resource for building and maintaining a positive living/learning community, as a source of information on seminary policies, and as a provider of referral services that enhance the residential experience at Luther Seminary.
Duties and Responsibilities
Staff Development and Training
- Attend initial training meeting and check-in meetings throughout the year as scheduled by the Associate Director of Student Affairs;
- Complete CPR training before the start of the academic year.
- Plan and implement community-building activities (example: a community meal, cookout, picnic, bonfire, worship, outing, etc) each semester;
- Act as a liaison with the Community Life Fellows in the promotion of community-wide events.
- Responsible for inventory management and purchasing necessary items;
- Scheduling set hours and promoting availability;
- Tracking general usage;
- Bringing forward the greatest needs to the Luther community.
- Assist students in submitting maintenance requests;
- Assist with and complete administrative tasks in a timely manner, as directed by the Associate Director of Student Affairs;
- Discuss incidents of note with the Associate Director of Student Affairs to determine appropriate action.
Residential Life Team
- Uphold all rules, regulations, and policies of Luther Seminary and the Student Affairs office, specifically those noted in the Housing Guide and Student Handbook;
- Be an active and respectful community leader in all facets of the Head Resident position;
- Develop a positive working relationship with the Business Office, Campus Watch, Facilities, Maintenance Staff, Student Affairs Staff and other Luther Seminary staff members;
- Be responsible for initial check-ins, walk-throughs and housing orientations with new residents; must be on-campus during peak periods: August, January, and end of May/June. Extended time away from campus should be discussed with the Associate Director of Student Affairs.
Community Resource and Referrals
- Be available to assist in and able to respond to emergency situations involving health, security and safety of students;
- Serve as a knowledgeable resource for students concerning seminary support services (e.g. Campus Pastor, Community Food Shelf, Counseling Support, Financial Aid, International Student and Scholar Affairs, Student Affairs and others) as identified by the Associate Director of Student Affairs;
- Act as first point of contact for physical, personal, social, or environmental health concerns, and refer to Associate Director of Student Affairs as necessary;
- Provide crisis response and necessary follow-up with appropriate staff.
Education and Experience
- Full-time student at Luther Seminary in good academic and behavioral standing;
- Must live in on-campus housing during tenure of position, preference for those living in Stub;
- Must have lived in on-campus housing one semester prior to position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Leadership skills and an ability to work collaboratively with diverse constituents;
- Knowledge of Luther Seminary services, policies, and procedures;
- Ability to provide calm mediation during situations of conflict;
- Able to communicate effectively across different cultures;
- Able to provide positive and effective support to peers;
- Attention to detail;
- Regularly required to walk, stand, climb stairs, and sit for long periods of time during the course of regular job duties.
Log on to your MyLutherNet, under Helpful Links select "Services," then "Employment-Student Jobs." The Student Employment Opportunities web page will open. On the upper right side of that page click on the blue button "Submit Application." Complete the application, check the "accept" box and then click on "submit;" your application will automatically be sent Chenar Howard, Associate Director of Student Affairs, for review.