For nearly 40 years Redeemer University has prepared the next generation of Christian leaders. Redeemer is committed to a Christian undergraduate liberal arts and sciences education that develops the whole person.
Rooted in a Reformed Biblical worldview, and including a diverse community representing over 50 Christian denominations, Redeemer seeks to answer the fundamental questions about where we fit into God’s story while it prepares students to engage in society’s biggest challenges. A rigorous academic program with an interdisciplinary core is supported by a vibrant community characterized by caring discipleship. The result is an enriching and transformational educational experience integrating faith, learning and service.
Redeemer offers 34 majors and streams that lead to either a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The university expects to welcome about 1000 students in the fall, served by approximately 200 faculty and staff.
Note: Act Five is preparing to launch as an independent organization as of May 2023. This role will be for the new organization, “Act Five Initiatives”. Through April 2023, Act Five is held and operated out of Redeemer University.
Act Five facilitates the Christian discipleship of young people toward living our days as rooted & engaged followers of Jesus. We are committed to the Christian formation that happens through intentional communities of learning & embodied practice, and we are excited by how young people have been shaped through this community over our first few years of operations.
Based out of Hamilton, ON, Act Five is moving toward its fifth program year and first as an independent charitable organization as of May 2023. Act Five’s primary operations are carried out of a large home in a lower Hamilton neighbourhood, and include both a gap year program and a residency program. For more information on Act Five’s mission, vision & goals, visit www.actfive.ca/about/mission.
The Resident Leader (RL) position works specifically with our 8-month gap year program, which is geared toward rooting young adults (17-20 year olds) in a Hamilton community home, while leading them into new places and new experiences that are facilitated to deepen their walk with Christ, grow their imagination for and practice of the Christian life, and grow in who they are and what their next steps might be. Students and resident leaders live together in a community home (alongside other young adult residents), while students work through courses, complete field placement hours, engage missionally in the city, go on several trips, and benefit from intentional mentorship and community.
The Act Five Resident Leader (RL) role is a unique live-in position for someone looking for an opportunity to disciple young adults aged 17-20 in a community living environment, to grow in leadership skills and ministry experience, and to gain experience in program leadership, pastoral care, and a wide range of other experiences. This role is carried out as part of Resident Leading Team consisting of 3-4 staff, and it begins as a “ministry of presence” in walking alongside Act Five students through the ordinary days of living in community and engaging in our neighbourhood, while also experiencing – and facilitating elements of – all that the Act Five program offers. Included in the RL experience is spiritual direction, formative learning opportunities and participation in the benefits and commitments of being part of the Act Five community.
When does this take place?
The Act Five resident leader role begins in the following ways:
Additionally, compensation benefits include:
Beyond what a resident leader does, the resident leader role is about being a disciple of Jesus as a member of the Act Five community, coming alongside gap year students on their own walks with Jesus.
As a team, RLs assist in the implementation of the Act Five program through the following:
RLs work in coordination with the rest of the Act Five staff team and receive support in their role both from other resident leaders as well as Act Five leadership. The role is an essential part of who Act Five is and how we lead our gap year program, and it is filled with both unique challenges, opportunities, and gifts.
Finally, if RLs come with gifts and experience in one or more of the following administrative areas (though this is not required), some of the following responsibilities can be considered:
(When submitting an application, please make a special note as to whether you have interest/skills in one of the above areas.)
Brief Description of Formation Outcomes for Resident Leaders:
Considering the unique opportunity for a young leader to learn, grow, travel and participate along with students, your compensation package will consist of the following:
Free housing through the duration of the contract (this is a taxable benefit)
All program costs including food, travel expenses, some cell phone costs, and any program resources needed
Monthly spiritual direction, 2-4 personal retreats per year
Potential access to Act Five Health & Dental Benefits
Monthly stipend of $400 from August through April for the 1st year (and $800 for the 2nd year)
Preferred Effective Date: August 2023 – April 2024.
Proposed move-in Date May 2023. Act Five prefers when Resident Leaders work in this role for 2 years but does not require this commitment.
Position Needs: Seeking between 2-4 resident leaders for the 2023-2024 Program Year
Applicants are requested to email their application materials (cover letter, resume, contact info for two references) and include a statement that articulates their faith perspective and its relation to the mission of Act Five. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Position reports to: Act Five Director
Submit applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org (please quote position title in subject line)
Expiry date: Posted until Feb. 17, 2023 (applications will be reviewed upon submission, so please apply ASAP)
Anticipated start date: May 2023
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