Residence Director

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Position Information

Position Title Residence Director
Requisition Number STFR004196
Division/College Residential Life
Interdisciplinary Division/College
Location Boston Main Campus
Full-time/Part-time Full Time
Grade 10
Posting Date 11/21/2017

The Residence Director is a non-exempt 12-month, full-time, professional staff member in the Department of Housing and Residential Life. Residence Directors have direct responsibility for the effective administration and community development of one or more buildings housing a diverse population of 250-700 students. These buildings are served by a paraprofessional staff of 8-16, over whom the Residence Director has direct supervision. The Residence Director’s primary purpose is to develop and maintain an environment conducive to social and intellectual growth as well as the academic success of resident students. This position’s responsibilities include: ongoing student development activities, staff supervision, housing and occupancy administration, student conduct, as well as overall facility and security management.

Residence Directors have offices located in their own buildings. Due to the physical layout of the campus and the residence halls, it is critical that these individuals are able to work autonomously and exercise excellent judgment in their areas of responsibility. All RDs participate in an on-call duty rotation and are often requested to assist other University offices and constituencies to help resolve various concerns.

Due to the live-in requirements of the Residence Director position, it is required that the on-campus apartment provided must be the individual’s primary residence and that person must maintain a high visibility within their residential areas of responsibility.

It should also be noted that RDs may be called upon to respond to crisis situations and that at various times throughout the year, this position requires the individual to work untraditional hours, including evening and weekends.

From time to time, the University will close (usually for inclement weather). Under these circumstances, the live-in staff will be expected to work from home during scheduled office hours and respond to issues/concerns in their areas. It will not be necessary to report to staff offices unless directed to do so by the Director of Residential Life or their designee.

Additionally, due to the nature of the University and the Co-Op system that exists, the residential campus never closes. Summer responsibilities include working on special projects, with conferences, orientation and summer students.

Each Residence Director is an active participant on committees within the department. Each Residence Director will be given committee assignments (i.e. Training & Development, Academic Initiatives, Selection & Recruitment and others.)

The Residence Director is responsible for implementing protocol to address emergencies/crises/mental health issues including: eating disorders, self-harm incidents, alcohol and drug use/abuse/overdose, and Title IX prohibited offenses. Due to the live-in requirement of the Residence Director, this individual is responsible for their residence hall(s) and any urgent events or crises that appear in the residence halls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the Residence Director is not expected to remain in the building at all times throughout his or her tenure, the live-in requirement allows for prompt, professional responses when these situations arise. Even when not on-call, the RD is expected to respond to major crises (student death, building fire, etc…) in his or her building once becoming aware of them, provided he or she is on campus at the time of the event.

The Residence Directors will be subject to a criminal background check.

The Residence Director can serve in this role for three years. At the discretion of the Director a 4th year can be considered.


• Bachelors required and Master’s Degree preferred in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration or related field preferred.
• Preferred experience as a live-in professional or graduate assistant in a residence hall setting; effective supervision, administrative, organization, written and oral communication skills.
• Experience in conflict resolution, mediation, application of student development theory in a residence hall setting; excellent decision making skills.
• Experience working autonomously and are able to exercise excellent judgment in their areas of responsibility.
• Experience supervising, working with and addressing needs of a diverse student community.
• Experience with computer applications is required.

Additional Information

This position requires a criminal background check

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. References

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Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.