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Residence Hall Director Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Plans, organizes, directs and controls the residence life operations of a residence hall(s) facilitating a living environment that is conducive to academic pursuits, social interaction and personal growth.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Residence Hall Assistant Director in that incumbents have overall accountability for the residence hall(s) and typically supervise the Residence Hall Assistant Director. Incumbents also review and authorize expenditures. Incumbents are required to live in the residence hall. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the student residents.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Counsels, advises and provides appropriate referrals for student residents in need of professional services.
  • Monitors or performs such as assigning student rooms, scheduling student employees and preparing payroll documents.
  • Develops skills of Resident Assistants in peer counseling techniques.
  • Provides direction to Resident Assistants on program planning and implementation; advises and guides student organizations such as Hall Council.
  • Serves as a liaison to maintenance staff, reports facilities maintenance problems to appropriate person and follows-up to ensure work is completed.
  • Confronts inappropriate behavior of students; counsels and determines sanctioning.
  • Prepares reports and records to show occupancy rates, programming plans and student statistical data.
  • Reviews and authorizes expenditures needed to keep the residence hall in operating order, ensuring that budgetary guidelines are followed.
  • Participates in residence life and/or university committee work.
  • Tours and inspects facilities to ensure building security and safety guidelines are met; recommends modifications in policies and procedures to upgrade safety and security of facilities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of budgetary/administrative practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in preparing detailed reports.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science or related field AND three years residence hall experience; OR, Seven years residence hall experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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