Area Director Position Description

Job Description


  • Supervise 2-3 graduate Residence Directors (20 hours/week) and 4-6 undergraduate Resident Assistants; indirectly supervise an additional 12-16 RAs.  
  • Assist with the recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of undergraduate and graduate staff. 
  • Attend (and lead, as appropriate) various meetings (e.g. one-on-one meetings with RA’s, one-on-one meeting with supervisor, RA staff meetings, professional staff meetings, etc.)
  • Design and implement training sessions for staff during Fall/Spring training periods, in addition to providing on-going development for staff. 


Community and Student Leadership Development

  • Build community through the implementation of the department’s community development plan and activity model. 
  • Directs staff in the creation of events and initiatives that encourage resident involvement and engage students with their growth and development.
  • Serve as a resource and referral agent for students’ academic, identity and social needs.
  • Supports and meets the needs of traditionally underrepresented students, including students of color, international students and GLBT students, and assists student staff to do the same
  • Work collaboratively with security personnel to create a safe and secure community.
  • Advise a Hall Council, including the recruitment and training of members as well as the promotion of activities and involvement in issues related to campus life. 
  • Supports the Residence Hall Association and the National Residence Hall Honorary


Student Conduct and Crisis Management

  • Responsible for interpreting and upholding the university’s rules and regulations through upholding the Guiding Principles of Conduct in a proactive and educational manner. 
  • Serve as a judicial conference administrator. 
  • Handle crisis situations, such as mental health incidents, roommate conflicts, student conduct and staffing issues, including appropriate community response. 
  • Provide night and weekend on duty responsibilities for approximately 1,300 residential students. 


Administrative and Departmental Responsibilities

  • Oversee the administrative tasks related to inventory, damage, billing, maintenance, keys, fire safety, and building security.
  • Participate in departmental and area decision making and planning. 
  • Assist with the recruitment, selection, training of full-time staff. 
  • Lead departmental functions, projects, or committees/workgroups as assigned, including but not limited to community development initiatives, housing operations management, staff selection and training, student discipline process, and student leadership advisement and development.  

Professional Development

  • Participate in the Performance Management and Development Process by creating an annual professional development plan with the assistance of supervisor.
  • Represent the department as a member of university-wide committees/workgroups
  • Participate in staff training and development opportunities offered by Residential Life and other campus departments.
  • Remain aware of new developments in the field of student development, bringing such information to the staff.
  • Maintain involvement at the regional and national level within professional development organizations, as well as attend local, regional, and national conferences.



Master’s Degree in a related field such as Student Development, Higher Education or Counseling, plus 1 year post-baccalaureate experience as a live-in staff member is strongly preferred.  A Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years post-baccalaureate experience is required.  Demonstrated experience and initiative with student and community development; supervision and staff training; advising student groups; creation and implementation of management systems; crisis intervention; work with diverse populations.  This is a 52-week live-in position, which requires evening and weekend work plus on-duty responsibilities.  The successful candidate must have or obtain a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.  Contract is subject to review and renewal on an annual basis for no more than three consecutive years; a fourth year may be granted upon exemplary service to the department and approval of the Director of Residential Life. 



Cash salary, plus partially furnished apartment.  Competitive standard University benefits including tuition waiver.