The Residence Director (RD) is a 12 month, full-time, master's
level, professional staff member in the Department of Residence
Life & Housing and has direct responsibility for student
development functions and the effective administration of a
residential community housing a diverse population of 330-500
students and staffed by 8-12 paraprofessional staff.
Staff Supervision & Support:
Provide supervision for all staff within the building. 8-10
Resident Assistants (RA), and Office Assistants (OAs). The RD is
responsible for day-to-day supervision of these staff members and
will have weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with and RAs and
Serve in a professional on-call rotation with other Residence
Directors and Graduate Assistants. While on call, the RD is
responsible for responding to and addressing any crisis and/or
conflicts that arise on campus. RDs are on call 24 hours per day
for one week at a time. The RD will have approximately 4 weeks on
call each semester.
The Residence Director has responsibility over all administrative
operations in their building and needs to manage these items on a
day-to-day basis. Administrative duties may include, but are not
limited to: Occupancy Reports, Key/Lock-out Reports, Facilities
Issues, and Maintenance Requests. Bi-weekly walkthroughs of the
buildings are also required.
A critical area of responsibility for a Residence Director is
student support. Student support includes meeting with student on a
one-on-one basis, mediating conflicts, and meeting with students of
The Residence Director has responsibilities to support the
department with departmental initiatives and tasks. This may
include, but is not limited to: serving on a departmental
committee, weekly staff meetings, meeting with supervisor,
trainings, development, and RA in-service trainings.
Conduct / Administrative Hearings:
The Residence Director serves as an official administrative hearing
officer for the university. The RD will conduct administrative
hearings for policy violations that occur in the residence halls.
Conduct and administrative hearing responsibilities consists of
planning, scheduling, adjudicating, and follow up with students.
Additionally, the RD is responsible for reading all Incident
Reports in their building on a day-to-day basis.
RD is responsible for all programming initiatives in their
residence hall. This includes following the departmental
programming model, advising staff, and evaluation. RD is also
responsible for management and advisement of a Residence Hall
The Residence Director is responsible for managing all day-to-day
office functions in their residence hall. Each residence hall on
campus has its own office that functions in coordination with the
central Residence Life & Housing office. The RD is responsible
for the management of the office, supervision of staff, and mail
Staff Recruitment, Selection, and Training
In coordination with the Associate Director of Residence Life &
Housing, the Residence Director helps plan, implement, and assess
all departmental staff recruitment, selection, and training.
The Department of Residence Life & Housing supports
collaboration with other officers in the division of student
affairs as well as the greater university community. Each Residence
Director on campus serves on a divisional committee. Additionally,
there are several divisional meetings and trainings the RDs are
required to attend each semester.
Required: Master’s degree in College Student Development, Higher
Education Administration or related field
Experience as a live-in professional or graduate assistant in a
residence hall setting is preferred
Effective supervision, administrative, organizational, written, and
oral communication skills
Experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and application of
student development theory in a residence hall setting
Excellent decision making skills
Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team
Must have the ability to manage multiple projects/tasks
simultaneously and handle difficult situations
Position Complexities/Working Conditions
Live on-campus in a residence hall or apartment community.
Participate in a Residence Director on-call duty rotation providing
coverage 7 days a week, 24-hours a day, including holidays for
approximately 4 weeks per semester.
Work extended hours during peak times of the academic year.
Extended vacations limited to Summer Break, Winter Break, and
Work evening and occasional weekends throughout the year.