Community Director

Community Director Recruitment Information

Applications are now closed. The below information is intended for reference only.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Director position at the University of Arizona. Residence Life conducts a search for these positions as part of an annual spring recruitment process (timeline below) and as needed at other time throughout the year.  

To be considered for an opening, all candidates must complete the appropriate University of Arizona electronic application. A complete application must include:

  • The University of Arizona online applicant form found on the University of Arizona Human Resources website (search job #A21424)
  • Resume
  • Cover letter 

Questions may be directed to Justin Lukasewicz at

The University of Arizona is an EOE/AA/ADA employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and social justice.

Job Description

Click here for the 2017-2018 Community Director job description.

Selection Timeline

Our anticipated spring selection timeline is as follows:

February -
March 2017

  • Applications accepted, reviewed and interviews scheduled for The Placement Exchange (TPE)
  • Pre-TPE screening interviews conducted for candidates attending TPE

March 8-12, 2017

TPE in San Antonio, TX

March 12, 2017

Application Deadline

March 23, 2017

On-campus Interviews Begin

July 17, 2017 (approximate date)

Full-time Community Director staff start date




Community Director: $40,172 (based on a 12-month contract)

Relocation Assistance

Community Directors receive up to $750 in relocation assistance.

Spousal and Domestic Partner Benefits

As Arizona is a marriage equality state, all legally married spouses of Community Director are eligible for health, dental and vision insurance as well tuition assistance. Domestic partners (same-sex and opposite-sex) of Community Directors are eligible for some benefits as well. For more information, please visit the HR website.


Community Directors are considered live-in professionals and are provided a furnished apartment.


Community Directors earn approximately 22 days of vacation per year (6.77 hours per biweekly pay period). For more information, please review the vacation policy.

Professional Development

Community Directors are given professional development funds which can be used for conferences, association memberships, books, and other professional development opportunities as approved by the Director of Residential Education. 

Tuition Benefits

Qualified Tuition Reduction (QTR) is a benefit provided to all eligible employees, affiliated participants, and their spouses and dependents. It allows full-benefits-eligible employees to take courses at any of the three Arizona public universities (University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and Northern Arizona University) at a substantially reduced tuition rates.

Healthcare, Dental, Vision, Retirement, etc.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; state and optional retirement plans, and access to UA recreation and cultural activities. Visit the HR website for more details.


Professional Opportunities

Community Directors at the University of Arizona are provided with ample opportunities to participate in professional growth and development. A sample of experiences that our CDs have had are:

  • Conference attendance such as AIMHO, ACUHO-I, NASPA, ASCA, ACPA, etc.
  • Purchase of association memberships
  • Professional association committee participation
  • Webinar attendance
  • Teaching opportunities
  • University of Arizona Human Resources workshop attendance
  • Social Justice retreats/workshops
  • Certification programs
  • Professional article/book group participation
  • Campus lecture series
  • Purchase of books
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Letter from our Executive Director

A Letter from our Executive Director of Residence Life:

“I am often asked what I look for in prospective staff members. I look for the things I can’t train. I can train someone how to be a supervisor, how to advise their hall council, or how to operate a desk. I can’t train someone’s heart. I have found that if someone’s heart is in the right place, and they have a positive attitude, they are almost always a great hire.

I also look for people with good self-knowledge. An interview process is not just about us vetting a candidate; it’s about a candidate vetting us. We are large department in a large institution. There are pros and cons to this setting. On the plus side, we are well-resourced, have a well developed organizational culture, and are able to make great investments in our staff and students. On the “con” side, any large department in a large institution has complex politics, complicated processes, and a fast-paced work environment. A candidate who relishes in the challenge of navigating a complex political landscape and a fast paced work environment will do well here. A candidate who does not enjoy these aspects of our organization may still do well but probably won’t like their job. A good candidate knows the type of environment they operate best in and is able to identify early in the process if their ideal work culture is a match for what we have to offer.

The University of Arizona Residence Life Department is a great place to work. I’ve worked a several institutions in my career, and I can honestly say I’ve never worked anywhere were so many people were so proud of where they work. I am immensely proud to be here and to work with such qualified, competent people who are committed to our core values of student success, social justice, and sustainability. Our Residential Education professional and graduate staff team is truly a family – we challenge each other, support each other, and take care of each other. And in turn, we role model this to our RA’s, who emulate these same qualities amongst their staff teams; and then these staff teams build communities which themselves reflect these qualities. I believe it all stems from how we form our own community as a professional and graduate staff team.  We can’t expect our residents to develop healthy relationships, successfully navigate conflicts, or develop authentic relationships if we don’t do this ourselves as a staff team. If you are the type of person who is willing to engage in the hard work of developing and maintaining healthy, authentic relationships, you will do well here!”

Nick Sweeton, Director of Residence Life