Up to $500 in moving expenses will be reimbursed.
Yes, we have had international staff members in the past and welcome you to apply.  However, we cannot guarantee a work visa.

An RD’s job varies week to week depending on the needs of the students they supervise and oversee, and the buildings they are responsible for. RDs meet a considerable amount with students in 1:1 settings, participate in departmental meetings, and run their own staff meetings. RDs sit on various committees for the department (see committee question below), and lead various conduct and programming related efforts, as they relate to the area of campus they manage. Lastly, RDs have a significant amount of administrative tasks and responsibilities they complete in any given week.

Staff are encouraged to be intentional in their block's community through formal and informal venues. It is what you make it, and we welcome the various styles of engagement that our RDs bring to the communities.

RDs can advise the following groups: Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), Advocates for Social Justice (A4SJ), Social Justice Peer Educators (SJPE), Student Ministers (SM), LEADs mentees (underrepresented students), and other various opportunities on the campus level as desired. RDs also indirectly advise their block councils.


Conduct is a centralized process through the Resolution Center for Student Conduct and Conflict. Conduct-related work varies for each RD; however, RDs typically meet with students for cases that occur within their own communities, and will sometimes be involved in outcome-related initiatives with those students.


Yes, RDs serve on one-to-three committees at any given time throughout the year.  All RDs will chair committees during their time in the department.  The current committees in our department are:

  • Student Staff Recruitment and Selection
  • Professional Staff Recruitment and Selection
  • Student Staff Fall Training
  • Student Staff Winter Training
  • Assistant Residence Director Training
  • Professional Staff Training
  • Social Justice
  • Student Staff Social
  • RHA Advisement
  • ZAG Giving (end of year donation program)
  • Video Task Force
  • Optimization Committee
Through a three to four week process, there will be structured one-on-one and group trainings paired with intentional team bonding to set the RD staff up for success.

An RD will co-supervise a student staff team with one to two Assistant Residence Director(s)—junior or senior undergraduate students—and possibly one Graduate Residence Director. Together, these leadership teams will supervise roughly eight to fifteen Resident Assistants and specialty roles, including Student Ministers, Social Justice Peer Educators, and RHA executives who lead the block councils for each area of campus.

A combination of departmental needs and the RD interests are taken into consideration.

The on-call structure rotates amongst full-time RD staff, and the Graduate Residence Directors. RDs serve on-call during the week, as well as the weekend, with duty running either from Friday at 5:00 pm to Sunday at 5:00 pm (weekend duty), or Sunday at 5:00 pm to Friday at 5:00 pm (weekday duty). On average, each RD serves on weekday duty 3-4 times a semester, and on weekend duty 3-4 times a semester. On-call response is for all of campus with coverage for the entire year; therefore, there is always an RD on call for breaks, including holidays and other times when classes are not in session.

During your timeframe you are encouraged to engage with departmental, campus, and national levels of professional development to obtain higher level of competencies. You will work with your supervisor during your tenure to develop your professional development plan.

 We take a highly administrative approach to our summer work, and RDs engage with departmental projects during this time. Minimal summer housing and conference support occurs over the summer, with the exception of one RD who oversees summer student housing.


We welcome candidates regardless of faith and spiritual identities. Furthermore, no statement of faith is required nor are students and staff required to attend mass or engage in other Catholic practices.


We are a values-based institution, and our mission guides our work. We exist in the Jesuit tradition, which tends to be on the liberal side of Catholic values. Prayers may be said prior to meetings, but staff are not required to actively engage.


All Housing and Residence Life programs operate under something called the Gonzaga Residential Experience (GRX), which serves as the foundation for our developmental work with students. The GRX has five foci, which are:

  • Belonging
  • Interculturality
  • Jesuit Engagement
  • Personal Growth
  • Academic Success


Some communities have additional models of programming that layer with the GRX including, First Year Experience (FYE), Second Year Experience (SYE), and Living Learning Communities (LLCs).

Blocks are groups of one to six residence halls varying from 320 to 620 residents. The buildings are corridor, suite-style, apartment style, and some off-campus GU owned apartments and houses. The residences were built from the 1920s through the 2000s.

We feel that this is an area of strength for our department. We routinely solicit feedback from all individuals within our department—regardless of title—and take information into consideration when making decisions and beginning initiatives at the department level.

RDs engage with faculty and other campus partners for work in Living Learning Communities (LLC), First Year Experience (FYE), and Second Year Experience (SYE).  We also have some live in faculty members and chaplains in residence.  RDs engage regularly with campus partners for various collaborative efforts.

Each RD is housed in a one or two bedroom furnished apartment. While each apartment is unique, the majority have an in-unit washer and dryer.

You may have one animal, a spouse, and dependents live with you.

There are not assigned spots for live-in staff. However, upon purchase of a parking pass, RDs are permitted to park nearly everywhere on-campus.

RDs are permitted to have one pet with approval from the Director of Residence Life. Pet owners are required to have appropriate documentation of the animal, complete training, and pay a cleaning fee at departure of their apartment.