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Residence Hall Director

South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Commensurate with qualifications.
Posted Date
Jul 14, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
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South Dakota State University (SDSU) Department of Housing & Residential Life is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Residence Hall Director. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us inleading an energetic and dynamic team of paraprofessionals as well as a person committed to creating a robust community environment for our students and staff where all are welcome.

This is a Non-Faculty Exempt (NFE), 12-month, 100% time, benefit-eligible, live-in position. This position is supervised by an Area Coordinator.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


The Residence Hall Director develops and administers a comprehensive hall program meeting the goals of the Department of Housing & Residential Life, Division of Student Affairs, and South Dakota State University. The Residence Hall Director provides leadership and direction to all students and staff living in the assigned residence hall. Additionally, they are responsible for student staff supervision, training and development, Hall Government advising, outreach and counseling of residents, and problem solving within the hall. The Residence Hall Director is an essential member of the leadership team of the Department of Housing & Residential Life. The Residence Hall Director is also involved in departmental and university committees or special projects.


  • An earned Bachelor’s degree by start date;
  • At least one year of Housing & Residential Life or Student Affairs experience;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills;


  • Experience as a student staff member for Residential Life during undergraduate or after graduation;
  • Graduate school degree in Student Personnel Administration, Guidance and Counseling, or related field;
  • Crisis/emergency response experience;
  • Budget/payroll experience;
  • Programming experience;
  • Student staff supervision experience;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Experience in community building in a college or university residential setting;
  • Ability to motivate staff members;
  • Basic accounting skills;
  • Ability to problem solve within a student-centered developmental model.


Commensurate with education, experience, etc.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


Supervision, Training, and Development

  1. Provide direction to student staff efforts in the hall; work with staff to help them establish and reach community building objectives.
  2. Provide good organization and communication while promoting good staff relations, support for individual staff, and effective information exchange.
  3. Work closely with the Area Coordinator on supervision of staff and overall program efforts.
  4. Work with the Area Coordinator on selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of the student staff.
  5. Schedule student staff (e.g., Community Assistants, possible Mailroom staff, etc.) as needed, complete employment and payroll paperwork accurately, and maintain up-to-date records.
  6. Serve as a resource person to all staff and be aware of programs, problems, and individual concerns unique to the floors.
  7. Pursue professional development (RHDs are allowed to attempt some graduate coursework each semester as approved by supervisor).
  8. Promote opportunities for development of all members of the staff and hall.
  9. Work with the Area Coordinator to set expectations for student staff leading to cooperation, support, and communication with Central Office and other support staff.

Facilitate Resident Interaction and Provide Opportunities for Development

1. Foster a residential environment where students can grow personally, become globally aware, succeed academically, and realize answers to their questions.

2. Model ethical principles and accepted professional standards to staff and residents.

3. Identify the needs of the halls, establish goals for communities, and design effective intentional interactions and programming.

4. Direct and coordinate activities to develop an environment where resident needs are effectively addressed.

5. Oversee program objectives and responsibilities among staff to ensure effective implementation as directed by the Area Coordinator.

6. Attend programs.

7. Provide direction to the student staff in communicating, interpreting, and administering Housing & Residential Life and University policies and procedures.

8. Refer residents who are involved in student conduct violations of residence hall regulations as described in the Student Conduct Guidelines.

9. Communicate effectively with staff and residents both verbally and in writing. 

10. Help students become involved in student organizations across campus.

11. Facilitate staff efforts in developing student leaders, and in supporting student organizations.

12. Collaborate with Area Coordinator, student staff, and Living-Learning Community Faculty/Staff Coordinators to enhance the program and foster the accomplishment of community-specific learning outcomes. Work with area staff to develop an environment conducive to students’ learning.

13. Provide opportunities, training experiences, and one-to-one contacts that identify and help resolve individual problems and conflicts.

14. Assist students in developing skills to address interpersonal conflicts.

15. Follow department standards and models for student staff in maintaining visibility and availability within the hall/complex, and for initiation of informal contacts with students.

16. Develop strategies for interaction with students on a hall, living unit, and individual basis.

17. Assist in contacting students for required follow-up in areas such as deficiencies, early alerts, housing reapplication, and other efforts as needed.

Facilities, Environment, Safety, and Security

1. Establish and maintain communication with the Facilities Manager, in-hall maintenance staff, custodial staff, and SDSU-UPD.

2. Develop mutual expectations between all Housing & Residential Life staff and an effective means of providing feedback.

3. Communicate and assist Assistant Director for Occupancy, Assessment, and Analytics with timely coordination of housing assignments, room consolidations, room changes, check-in/-out paperwork, and damage billing.

4. Conduct regular building tours with Facilities Manager and staff or others as needed.

5. In conjunction with the Area Coordinator, Department of Housing & Residential Life, SDSU-UPD, and Environmental Health and Safety Department, ensure the safety and security of residents.

6. Serve on rotating duty of campus coverage with other exempt, live-in staff.

7. Oversee coverage of the hall by student staff and others as appropriate.

Contact with Central Staff, Student Affairs Staff, University, and Community Agencies

1. Familiar with campus and community agencies; assist Housing & Residential Life staff and residents in working with university or outside organizations.

2. Develop programs and activities to acclimate new residents and staff to the University community.

3. Serve as liaison between the Central Housing & Residential Life staff and the hall.

4. Forward, as guidelines detail, all student conduct cases, non-adjudicated behavioral concerns, personnel matters, and other administrative areas that warrant communication to Area Coordinator and/or other SDSU staff members.

5. Serve on/assume leadership for committees/work groups established by the Department of Housing & Residential Life to review policies/procedures/program areas significant to Housing & Residential Life operations.


The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is responsible for a residential living community, housing between 290 to 500 residents in one or more buildings. Functional and/or administrative supervision is exercised over student staff hired to support the areas and programs under their supervision.


Working conditions involve working in an environment with noise and limited privacy. Staff must frequently respond to situations outside of traditional business hours. The job requires the ability to exert moderate physical effort and mobility when responding to emergencies.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

University Housing & Residential Life holds a position at the forefront of the University’s progress and growth making it integral to advancing the University’s retention and graduation goals. With over 4,000 students living on campus, the opening of several new residence halls over the past seven years, and the implementation of a housing master plan, SDSU is poised to fulfill its mission of providing a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities, and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by August 3, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check. 

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Brian Lankow at 605-688-5148 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.

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