Director of Residence LIfe

Job Description



Under the general supervision of the Dean of Students, and as an integral member of the Student Life Team, the full-time Director of Residence Life manages all aspects of residence life, including administrative, budgetary, facilities, and programmatic goals of the department. The Director is an innovative and collaborative leader with excellent communication skills. The Director is responsible for the establishment and implementation of long-term planning, annual goals and objectives, assessment activities, and services and programs for the residential community. The Director is responsible for the supervision of the Associate Director of Residence Life, Housing Operations Coordinator, Graduate Assistant Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, and student workers. The Director also works in concert with other campus offices, including Admissions, Student Success, Athletics, and Student Engagement to help ensure that students have a successful transition to residential campus life.  This is a full-time, 12-month, residential position. On-campus residence or near-campus housing is provided and must be used.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following and other duties as assigned.

Residence Life (60%)

  • Develop and implement strategic goals and objectives for residence life in alignment with the college's strategic plan.
  • Develop a living/learning environment that is conducive to academic success, wellness, progression/graduation, and personal growth and development.
  • Oversee and implement a residential curriculum that is aligned with the mission and strategic plan of the College and the goals of Student Life.
  • Develop and coordinate programs in the residence halls that enhance student satisfaction with the on-campus living experience.
  • Maintain data regarding residence hall occupancy, retention, and attrition; submit regular reports to specific campus offices.
  • In partnership with the Dean of Students, engage in annual budgeting projections for residential students.
  • Create, publish, and maintain residence life publications, forms, training manuals, web site, and other materials.
  • Select and train Resident Assistants and Graduate Assistant Hall Directors and provide a recurring timeline for these processes.
  • Work closely with the Dean of the Faculty, Department Chairs, and Dean of Students to support living/learning communities, language houses, special housing, etc.
  • Oversee and develop effective policies and procedures to ensure a safe and positive residential environment.
  • Develop and maintain a consistent and comprehensive housing inspection program for on-campus and off-campus housing.
  • Work closely with the Dean of Students to provide interventions for students or situations that may pose a threat or concern to the residential community.
  • Communicate with residents and parents regarding residence life policies and procedures.
  • Identify appropriate solutions for complaints from students or parents.
  • Serve in the on-call rotation and provide adequate support to resolve emergency situations.
  • Work closely with Office of Campus Safety to mitigate emerging or ongoing concerns in the residence halls.
  • Participate in design and planning meetings required for residence hall renovations.
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the Dean of Students.

Supervisory Responsibilities (20%)

  • Supervise the Associate Director of Residence Life, Housing Operations Coordinator, Graduate Assistant Hall Directors, Resident Assistants, and student workers.
  • Encourage and support professional development opportunities for residence life staff.
  • Oversee all facets of the RA selection process.
  • Develop a comprehensive training program for RAs and Graduate Assistant Hall Directors; use outcomes assessment to assure that training goals are successfully achieved.  
  • Participate in the annual performance review process for professional staff, RAs, and Graduate Assistant Hall Directors. 
  • In partnership with Human Resources, implement a progressive discipline model for RAs or Graduate Assistant Hall Directors who demonstrate behavior inconsistent with the expectations of Residence Life, Student Life, or the College.

Campus Support/Partnerships (10%)

  • Collaborate with academic and co-curricular departments to create a safe, welcoming, and vibrant residential life experience.
  • Serve on the Students of Concern Committee and assist with College's retention efforts for residential students. 
  • Support and participate in new student orientation programming.
  • Serve on other campus-wide committees as assigned and as appropriate for job responsibilities.

Administrative Support (10%)

  • Develop and monitor department budgets.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts related to housing functions.
  • Actively engage in and support the residence hall renovation master plan.
  • Complete annual and quarterly department reports, as requested.
  • Work closely with the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment to develop and administer evaluation tools for residence life.
  • Participate in other assessment initiatives for the Office of Student Life. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

  • We seek a candidate who values diversity, equity and inclusion in all that they do. Candidates must have strong organizational skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and disciplines.

Education and/or Experience  

Master's degree in college student development, higher education, or a related field plus three years' experience, including supervisory experience, in residence life or other congregate housing model in an educational setting. Demonstrated supervisory and management skills required, as is knowledge of student development theory and ability to integrate that knowledge into a clear, consistent programmatic and supervisory plan. Candidate must have the proven ability to apply principles of organizational leadership and develop a positive rapport with students, faculty, and staff.  They must also demonstrate well developed written and verbal communication skills, have experience working in a multicultural environment and desire to positively contribute to fostering an inclusive environment.

Proven record of success in higher education leadership and/or administration, with evidence of a highly student-centered philosophy and work ethic, as well as a commitment to an educational experience grounded in the liberal arts. Strong computer skills, written and oral communication skills, and an ability to multitask are required. A mission-centered and highly collaborative professional philosophy is also required.  Experience in experiential training and facilitation is preferred.  The director will be expected to contribute to our campus culture committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Technology Skills

Ability to use Microsoft Productivity Suite Software, Internet, E-mail, Student Information Systems, and other computer software programs as appropriate.

Language Skills  

Strong written and verbal communications skills. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from multiple constituencies, including but not limited to: students, parents, staff, faculty, senior administrators, vendors and the general public.

Mathematical Skills  

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations and to analyze data for reporting trends, etc.

Reasoning Ability  

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to make well thought out decisions in a fast-paced environment.

To Apply

We invite qualified candidates to apply on-line via our electronic application which requires submission of a cover letter, resume and three professional references.

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, please email or call (301) 696-3592.

Hood College is committed to diversity in its faculty and staff and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States.  EOE/AAP/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer 

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592.  For complete information on Hood College's nondiscrimination policy, please visit 



Three years' experience, including supervisory experience, in residence life or other congregate housing model in an educational setting. Demonstrated supervisory and management skills required, Please see job description for additional experience needed.


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