Residence Hall Director

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
Position Overview

The Residence Hall Director holds a live-in, full-time (exempt status) professional appointment in the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs. All Residence Hall Directors report to one of three Assistant Directors.

The Residence Hall Director has responsibilities in the areas of student development, staff development, and hall administration. Additionally, (s)he is expected to fully participate in the programs and activities of the Office of Residence Life within the Division of Student Affairs.

This position is integral in accomplishing Marquette’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic, university dedicated to pursuing truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith and developing leadership expressed in service to others. The Residence Hall Director assists students in contributing to the development and sustenance of a community characterized by respect, caring and honesty and in advancing the campus ethos through behaviors which demonstrate respect for self, respect for others, respect for property, and respect for authority.

    Duties and Responsibilities

1. Student Development: The living environment within the residence halls provides opportunities for personal and academic growth. The following student development responsibilities are avenues to assist students in reaching their potential:
a. Develop a residential community through use of the residential curriculum that focuses on academic, personal, and interpersonal growth in individuals and the community as a whole.
b. Advise and provide leadership to the hall government and serve as an advisor to an RHA all campus event.
c. Provide leadership and direction to the Living Learning Communities housed in the residence hall.
d. Maintain an active liaison relationship with the University Minister(s) who resides in the hall.
e. Anticipate and respond to the crisis management needs of the residence hall system including duty nights and weekends.
f. Enforce University and departmental policies and procedures and serve as a University Student Conduct Administrator
2. Staff Development: The continued growth of student staff is an important aspect of effective supervision. Both individual staff members and total staff group development activities are an important responsibility and task of the Residence Hall Director. Staff Development areas include the following:
a. Participate in the recruitment and selection of student staff members (facilities/apartment managers, resident assistants, desk receptionists and mail clerks) for the residence life system.
b. Assume responsibility for planning and implementing building specific training programs and workshops.
c. Conduct regularly scheduled supervisory sessions with the residence hall staff.
3. Hall Administration The physical environment of each residence hall provides a foundation upon which the growth and development of the community can occur in a productive and positive manner. The following administrative responsibilities are designed to provide this foundation:
a. Coordinate the on-going (day-to-day) and long-term administrative tasks related to the operations of the hall (i.e. weekly reports, room condition reports, key cards, and personal data cards.) Oversee occupancy issues of the residence hall.
b. Oversee occupancy issues of the residence hall.
c. Maintain an active liaison relationship with custodial and facilities services.
d. Monitor budgets necessary for the operation of the residence hall’s programs, operations, and student staff.
e. Maintain an active liaison relationship with the campus food service operation and monitor service and quality of the dining halls.
4. Committee Involvement – Each hall director will serve on, and occasionally chair, committees, task forces and special projects within the department and division.
5. Professional Staff Selection – Each hall director is expected to participate in the recruitment and selection of Residence Life professional staff.
6. Professional Development – Each hall director is encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities within the department, the Division of Student Affairs, the University and through regional and national professional organizations.
7. Collateral Assignment – Each hall director may choose to participate in a collateral assignment outside of the residence hall.
8. Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Bachelor’s degree earned by June 2019
• A minimum of two years of full-time residence hall director experience with bachelor’s degree
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively with others through empathy and respect; seek and appreciate the viewpoints of those from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions and orientations
• Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, synthesize information, make decisions and solve problems; the ability to think critically and strategically to develop solutions
• Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behavior
• Ability to work with a very high degree of confidentiality.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Master’s degree earned by June 2021 and residence hall or student affairs experience within a graduate program.


It is the policy of Marquette University to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other applicable federal or state-protected classification.


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