Residence Hall Director Position Information

Thank you for your interest in the Residence Hall Director position at Kent State University! The Residence Hall Director (RHD) position is a full time, 12-month live in position. An RHD’s focus is enhancing student learning and academic success through the creation of a community environment that supports the overall development of students, as well as overseeing the daily operation of a multi-unit or large single unit residence hall of 450-560 students. RHDs report to an Assistant Director for Residential Communities.

Current vacancies can be viewed through our Human Resources Website.

Required Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education, or a relevant field.

A minimum of one year experience as a Resident Assistant, Graduate Assistant in Housing, Assistant Hall Director, or other relevant experience.

Must be able to work nontraditional hours.

Knowledge of:

  • Personal computer applications
  • Budget principles
  • Student development

Skill in:

  • Written and interpersonal communication and public speaking
  • Student advising and interviewing
  • Conflict resolution and conflict management
  • Customer service

Ability to:

  • Manage people and projects
  • Set priorities and work independently to accomplish departmental goals
  • Work with a diverse student population
  • Assist in developing educational and social programs
  • Apply and interpret policies and procedures
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with other university and community departments

Must pass a security check.

Physical Requirements

Light work -- exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position Responsibilities

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate a team of 8-17 Resident Assistants and, in some cases, an Assistant Residence Hall Director (graduate assistant).
  • Assist and advise students in matters related to academic support, crisis intervention, referral, programming, discipline, routine conflicts, personal development, and leadership opportunities.
  • Advise hall council (hall government), including matters of budget, policy, and programming.
  • Implement a variety of initiatives and activities that address the needs of students in a diverse living-learning environment.
  • Provide on-going training and staff development activities for student staff.
  • Participate in and attend student staff training programs, selection processes and other programs sponsored by the residential community area and/or department.
  • Support, implement, enforce, and interpret University policies and procedures.
  • Assist with recruitment and retention presentations and programs for current and prospective students and parents.
  • Maintain office hours and on-call coverage to provide assistance to students and staff.
  • Assume leadership and/or participate on departmental committees and task forces.
  • Attend required residential community meetings and training programs.
  • Initiate, support, and collaborate in the creation and ongoing administration of learning communities, and other academic initiatives.
  • Coordinate and supervise timely completion of all appropriate paperwork and reports including, but not limited to student conduct processes, academic initiatives, programming paperwork, room condition reports, weekly reports, no-show information, and room/hall changes.
  • Fulfill all responsibilities associated with the opening and closing of the residence halls in accordance with outlined procedures and instructions.
  • Assist with establishing goals and priorities for University Housing.
  • Fulfill responsibilities for collateral assignments as outlined by supervisors throughout the year and during break periods (e.g., assistance with other offices, preparation for fall training and summer conferences/break housing).
  • Serve as the communication link with students and other areas of the department and university.
  • Assume additional responsibilities and perform special tasks as assigned.

The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related education/experience beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

RHD Benefits

Two bedroom, furnished apartments with internet and cable provided due to live-in and on-call duty responsibilities. Layout and size may vary. Please click here to view an example of an RHD or ARHD apartment at Kent State.

Meal plan (value determined annually), accessible through FLASHcard each semester during the academic year.

Professional Development Funds: Hall Directors can apply for up to $1,000 to utilize towards regional and national conferences, training programs, and materials for self-learning.

Competitive Salary


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