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Residence Hall Director

Residence Hall Director

University of San Francisco


USF Hilltop Campus

Job Title:
Residence Hall Director

Job Summary:
The Residence Director (RD) is a twelve-month, full-time, live-in professional staff position. The start date of this position is negotiable with the end of the first term being on May 31st of that academic year. All subsequent terms run June 1st to May 31st. This position is a one year appointment renewable up to a maximum of 4 years. At the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Students, a 5th year appointment can be extended and granted if mutually agreed upon. The employment contract is reviewed periodically for renewal based upon satisfactory performance evaluation, demonstration of an interest and commitment to new areas of professional development, and potential for additional contributions by the Residence Director to the work of the Office of Community Living. For the convenience of the University and to enable the proper performance of the duties and responsibilities of this position, the Residence Director must accept housing in a residential facility on the main campus of the University as a condition of accepting this position.

The Residence Director is responsible for the overall care and wellness of residents living within their assigned residential community. This includes individual outreach and connection and supporting staff responsible for connecting residents with each other, the USF community, and the many resources available to them. This is done through the planning, implementation, operation, and evaluation of a comprehensive residential curriculum for a residence hall or apartment-style housing in an on-campus community of approximately 2800 residential students. The Residence Director may supervise up to two graduate student Assistant Residence Director (ARD), between 6 and 16 Resident Advisors (RAs), and overall building facilities management and operations.

Leadership responsibilities include student care management; staff development and training; implementation of building residential curriculum; advising student groups such as the Residence Hall Council (RHC); emergency response and crisis management; student leadership selection and development; academic initiatives; alcohol and other drug (AOD) education; multicultural and social justice education; orientation; health and wellness; and partnership with living learning communities. The Residence Director assumes leadership responsibilities at the departmental and University levels. These include working with and/or chairing residential education committees, supervising special projects, and undertaking special assignments.

Full Job Description:
Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Student Interaction, Growth, and Development

• Collaborate with the Assistant Residence Director(s), Resident Ministers, and other Residential Education and Student Life staff to implement principles of community and student care and support that not only aligns with the building's residential curriculum, but to also actively foster a sense of community within the residence hall or apartment-style community. Assume a leadership role in implementing a residential curriculum and teaching those principles to Resident Advisors, Residence Hall Council, Residence Hall Association, and other residents.

• Initiate and support faculty, student, and staff interaction. Work with student staff members to facilitate resident attendance at University programs on campus. Assist with faculty involvement efforts in the residential community.

• Maintain visibility and availability within the hall, and initiate formal and informal contacts with students. Role model this behavior for staff members.

• Partner with staff in the Center for Academic and Student Achievement (CASA) to support the retention and academic success of residential students.

• Partner with University Ministries, primarily through the Resident Minister program, to support the spiritual development of resident students.

• Provide direction and documentation to programs designed to support student engagement and connection through a residential curriculum that promotes the achievement of departmental and divisional learning and development outcomes for students.

• In consultation with the Associate Director, provide direction to the staff in communicating, interpreting, and administering Residential Education and University policies and procedures.

• Serve as a student conduct hearing officer. Assume responsibility for disciplinary record keeping, counseling, and sanctioning.

• Coordinate the on-going development of RHA and RHC within the residential community. Direct staff efforts in seeking out and cultivating student leaders, and in supporting student government.

• Work with students, both personally and through their assigned staff teams, to provide opportunities, training experiences, and individual connection contacts that identify and help to resolve individual problems and conflicts. Assist students in developing skills to address conflicts arising from interaction and confrontations with others.

• Develop and monitor a fiscally responsible budget for residence hall community development programming and initiative efforts.

Staff Training, Development, and Personnel Administration

• Assume responsibility for the recruitment, selection, supervision, training, development, and evaluation of the Resident Advisors for the residential community.

• Assume responsibility for the supervision, training, development, and evaluation of Assistant Residence Director(s) (if assigned one).

• Provide direction to staff efforts in the residential community, and work with individual staff members to help them establish and reach objectives. Provide organization and communication to promote effective staff relations, a support system for individual staff members, and a format for the information exchange necessary for the staff to function effectively as a team (e.g., weekly staff meetings).

• Serve as a resource person to Resident Advisors and be aware of programs, problems, and individual concerns unique to the floors.

• Pursue professional self-development, and involvement in professional organizations and other areas within the Division of Student Life.

• Develop and maintain a liaison relationship with Resident Ministers and encourage hall staff to develop this relationship as well.

• Approve timesheets for hourly student employees assigned to their residential community (as applicable).

• Develop and monitor a fiscally responsible budget for residence hall community development programming and initiative efforts.

Physical Facilities, Environment, Safety and Security

• Establish appropriate safety precautions and provide emergency training for staff.

• Communicate facilities problems to facilities management and the Associate Director for Facilities and Summer Operations.

• Serves as a mandated Title IX reporter.

• Coordinate the opening and closing efforts for their assigned residential community.

• Coordinate staff duty coverage and participate in campus-wide duty coverage among the Residence Directors. This includes assisting students in the event of a hospital transport.

• Establish appropriate expectations for the Resident Advisor staff with regard to cooperating, supporting and fully communicating with the Able staff (janitorial contractor), Facilities Management, Food Service, and Public Safety to ensure smooth operation of the residence area.

• Facilitate the orderly transfer of hall operations at the beginning and end of Summer Guest Housing.

Other Duties

• Develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and administration at the University of San Francisco.

• Research critical issues surrounding student affairs administration and residence life to keep abreast of current trends.

• Serve on selected department and University committees.

• Other duties as assigned (by the Associate Director of Residential Education, or Assistant Dean of Students, or their designee).


A Master's Degree in Student Personnel or related field is preferred in addition to at least one year of residence life experience, with preference given to experience at the graduate level and above.

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