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Resident Director

Miami University (Ohio)
Oxford, Ohio
Posted Date
Mar 1, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Title: Resident Director Salary/Grade:


Hours Per Week:


Job Summary:


The Resident Director is a live-in master's degree-level professional who is responsible for the operation of one or two residence halls, housing between 190 and 450 students. The Resident Director is charged with shaping the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs focused on the Office of Residence Life’s Pillars of Success. This position reports to an Assistant Director of Residence Life. Depending on the size of the residence hall community, some Resident Directors supervise a graduate student. This position is considered essential personnel.


Duties/Physical Demands:

Listed below are both specific job duties of the Resident Director position as well as the minimum professional standards expected of all Residence Life employees. These responsibilities encompass student and community development initiatives, both proactive and reactive, that directly influence the success of our residential students. They also detail administrative responsibilities, foundational to this success. Finally, they delineate behaviors that connote professionalism and a commitment to the values of the Office of Residence Life.

Community Development
• Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that fosters a sense of belonging and enables students to build positive relationships with one another
• Maintain high visibility and availability, including attending community events, regularly touring the community, and interacting with residents
• Meet with residents one-on-one in order to provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support and referral
• Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to student needs
• Collaborate with faculty and staff stakeholders to implement programmatic opportunities, some of which may be connected with living learning community themes
• Serve as the financial, programmatic, and leadership adviser to the Community Leadership Team

• Supervise and train 8-14 resident assistants and possibly 1 graduate assistant
• Host weekly staff meetings to communicate upcoming events, discuss community concerns, and facilitate professional development experiences related to the four goals of the Residential Curriculum
• Conduct weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with staff members
• Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting behavioral issues and concerns
• Provide regular formal and informal feedback regarding job performance
• Ensure that Resident Assistant duty procedures are followed
• Oversee implementation of programs and strategies that enable student achievement of the goals of the Residential Curriculum

Student Conduct and Crisis Management
• Review all incident reports and police reports (if available) for incidents that take place in the community and/or involve residents living in the community
• Respond to residents in need, referring to other professionals, when appropriate
• Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the community
• Assume shared responsibility for campus-wide on-call duty year round
• Assist in emergency situations as needed
• Implement Miami University and Office of Residence Life objectives, policies, rules, and procedures
• Provide programs and other proactive educational interventions to enhance good decision-making by residents

Professional Development & Administration
• Perform administrative duties associated with summer projects and assignments
• Report, track, and follow up on maintenance issues with appropriate building managers, housekeeping staff, and physical facilities employees
• Serve as the primary contact for parents and family members of residents
• Serve on a minimum of two department standing committees
• Administer student check-in, check-out, and room changes; assist with room condition reports and damage billing processes
• Participate in departmental and divisional professional development activities
• Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff members for the Office of Residence Life
• Teach Educational Leadership 301: Student Development in the Residence Halls [RA Class], as needed
• Teach First Year Experience Course [UNV 101], as needed
• Teach courses associated with assigned Living Learning Communities, as needed

Overarching Staff Expectations
• Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
• Practice ethical stewardship of university resources
• Demonstrate a commitment to diversity by promoting and attending campus & community multicultural events, facilitating professional development with RA staff, presenting on diversity, or implementing strategies.
• Demonstrate a consistent willingness to work with individuals from different race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin backgrounds
• Create and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university
• Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Life and/or Miami University


Minimum Qualifications:

This position requires a master’s degree conferred by the first day of employment.


Desired Qualifications:

Preferred master's degree in Student Affairs, Counseling, or related. Post-baccalaureate experience in residence life, counseling, teaching, and living/learning environments is desired. Proven ability to effectively work with diverse populations and supervise staff.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The Resident Director must be able to work independently, demonstrate initiative, display a strong commitment to student learning, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively with stakeholders inside and outside of the University. Individuals in this position must have the ability and willingness to assume shared responsibility for campus-wide on-call duty and respond to crisis and emergency situations.


Diversity Statement:

Miami University is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, research, and working environment for all.

For more information on Miami University’s diversity initiatives, please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion webpage. For more information on Miami University’s mission and core values, please visit the Mission and Core Values webpage.

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.


As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.

Labor Law Posters for Applicants:

Miami University is committed to providing up-to-date information from the Department of Labor to our applicants for employment. Here, you will find links to the current information regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

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