Resident Director

Job Description


Resident Director
University of Puget Sound

Job ID: 6154
Location: Residential Experience
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Staff Posting Details
Appointment: Regular, full-time, (1.0 FTE)

Position Summary:

Full-time, twelve-month, live-in position, responsible for coordinating all aspects of student development in a designated residential area (multiple buildings). In concert with the University's mission, divisional learning goals and outcomes, and Residence Life's vision, the Resident Director is responsible for the development and implementation of a curriculum-based education to foster, enhance students' learning, development, academic success, and contribute to an inclusive, diverse* and respectful community. Resident Directors serve as part of professional staff on-call rotation. Annual appointment of the Resident Director is renewable pending successful completion of job expectations and requirements.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Staff Development and Supervision
  • Recruit, train, and evaluate 12-22 undergraduate student leaders (Resident Assistants, Resident Community Coordinators, and Greek House Coordinators) for a designated residential area.
  • Supervise student leaders in the performance of their responsibilities through regular contact, individual meetings, and weekly team meetings.
  • Support student leaders in the implementation of the Residential Curriculum.
  • Promote collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.
  • Promote and ensure student leaders develop personal one-on-one relationships with residents.
Community Development
  • Residential Curriculum: Provide leadership in the creation and implementation of educational plans designed for first-year and continuing student residential areas.
  • Academic and specialized communities: oversee communities such as Honors programs, Business Leadership, International district, Themed Housing, Trans/non binary housing, and Residential Seminars.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and on-going commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice by addressing the needs and concerns of underrepresented students.
  • Advise 1-2 Hall Governments to develop a larger community and foster leadership opportunities.
  • Be visible in the residential area during evenings and weekend hours to interact informally with residents about academic, personal or community success, issues or concerns.
Student Development
  • Maintain continual awareness of resident concerns through regular student contact in the residential areas.
  • Attend and contribute to weekly Students of Concern meetings with Student Conduct and Dean of Students Office.
  • Use a case management style approach to student support, outreach, and documentation.
  • Respond to student behavioral concerns and incidents in residential areas. Coordinate with Residence Life and other Student Affairs staff on an appropriate response- as needed.
  • Serves as an informal advisor to students regarding interpersonal conflict and personal development.
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Coordinate the thorough, timely and accurate completion of reports and other administrative tasks, e.g., room moves, Room Condition reports, work orders, etc. Coordinates resident check-in and check-out processes.
  • Participate in an on-call rotation and respond to incidents and emergencies providing appropriate referrals where necessary.
  • Support, interpret, implement and enforce university and departmental policies and procedures. Serve as a student conduct hearing officer.
  • Participate in various department and division meetings.
  • Participate, design, and implement recruitment and training programs for both professional staff and student leaders
  • Learn and use technology platforms, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, Academe Solutions/PeopleSoft, Roompact, and other departmental website applications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Each Resident Director will be assigned additional responsibilities to supplement their professional development and portfolio.
  • These may include: advising the Residence Hall Association, further developing the Residential Curriculum, Housing selections, and Greek Housing, Living Learning Community development, Marketing/Outreach, etc.
Summer Responsibilities
  • Resident Directors will support the Assistant Director of Residence Life for Operations to manage Summer Student Housing.
* University of Puget Sound's Diversity Strategic Plan defines diversity as, "Diversity includes attention to identity characteristics such as age, disability, sex, race, ethnicity, religion/spiritual tradition, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, veteran status, job status or socioeconomic class, nation of origin, language spoken, documentation status, personal appearance, and political beliefs."

Supervisory Responsibilities

An RD will supervise 12-22 undergraduate student leaders (Resident Assistants, Resident Community Coordinators, and Greek House Coordinators) for a designated residential area.

Budget Responsibilities

Advise their Residence Hall Association on their budget. Manage staff development and programming funds.

  • Bachelor's degree required.
    • Master's degree in student personnel or a related field preferred
  • Minimum qualifications: residence life experience, commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Preferred Qualifications: student conduct, leadership development, curriculum development, assessment, supervision or advising experience is preferred.
  • Seeking creative and imaginative professionals with the ability to assess context and execute tasks independently. Must be able to oversee a variety of projects and procedures; actively model ethical decision making, cultural competency, responsible management and courageous leadership for students.
  • Job offers to successful candidates (and live in partners) will be contingent upon the results of pre-placement background inquiries.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community
Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.

Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
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About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nations most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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