Graduate Assistant Residence Director Job Description

Graduate Assistant Residence Job Description



  • Supervises 4-6 undergraduate Resident Assistants
  • Assists with the recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of undergraduate staff.
  • Attend (and lead as appropriate) various meetings (e.g. one-on-one meetings with Resident Assistants, meetings with supervisor, RA staff meetings, and professional staff meetings, etc.)
  • Promote and implement training sessions and in-services as well as ongoing staff development initiatives.


Community and Student Leadership Development

  • Build community utilizing the community development plan and activity model set forth by the department.
  • Directs staff in the creation of events and initiatives that encourage resident involvement and engage students with their growth and development.
  • Serves 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 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 functions, projects, or committees/workgroups 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

  • 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.
  • Maintain involvement at the regional and national level within professional development organizations, as well as attend local, regional, and national conferences.



Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a degree granting program at Pace University’s White Plains or Pleasantville/Briarcliff campuses.  While in the position, Residence Directors may have no more than 15 hours total of external commitments including but not limited to outside employment, organization involvement, athletic team participation, internships, external internships, etc.  Candidates should possess strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact with a diverse population, as well as have demonstrated experience and skills related to program development, student development and working with groups. Familiarity with residence hall systems and/or other education administration or management experience is strongly preferred.  This is a part-time position, which requires 15 office hours per week in addition to 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. A limited number of summer positions are available for additional compensation.



Academic Year Compensation:  $5,950 cash stipend (based off of 2012-2013 academic year), full meal plan while in session (value of $3,100 for the 2012-2013 academic year), 18 credits of Tuition Remission (value of $18,630 for the 2012-2013 academic year), plus partially furnished apartment.   

Summer Compensation: $1,200 cash stipend (based off of 2012-2013 academic year), 6 credits of Tuition Remission (value of $6,210 for the 2012-2013 academic year), plus partially furnished apartment.