Residence Hall Director

Residence Hall Directors


Residence Hall Director (RHD) | The Residence Hall Director is a full-time, 12-month, live-in administrative staff position. The RHD is responsible for the daily operations of a residence hall housing between 300 to 1,000 students. This includes creating an inclusive, academically successful, safe and healthy residential community while providing intentional programming to assist with the psychosocial development needs of students, and infusing the learning outcomes of the University and Division of Student Affairs. In addition, RHDs must appropriately administer the operations of the residence hall, facilitate the student conduct process, and supervise respective part-time, graduate, and undergraduate staff.

Stand Out

At BGSU, we know the importance of a positive workplace culture and letting our staff stand out. To achieve this, we know creating an inclusive, social and flexible workplace culture from the start is incredibly important. We promote a work-life balance that makes it easy for our staff to make time for an unexpected doctors’ appointment, taking a pet to the vet or visiting with family without feeling stressed or guilty once they get back to the office.

Our office environment encourages the interests, activities and passions our staff have outside of their professional lives. Whether our team members are training for a marathon, taking cooking classes or simply heading home to spend time with their family and friends, we promote an atmosphere that celebrates the large and small accomplishments (and everyday life) that has nothing to do with heads in beds or FSRC interaction logs.

In our office we also prioritize career progression. We encourage mentorship opportunities, cross-team collaboration and provide professional developmental for all staff to engage in. Our strategies and policies help clear a path for our staff to meet their career goals.

Employment Term

Now hiring for the 2019-20 Academic School Year.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must have a Masters degree in College Student Personnel or related field.
  • One to two years experience as a Graduate Assistant, full-time Hall Director or closely related experience, as well as undergraduate residence hall experience.
  • Prior live-in residence life experience is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary is approximately $32,000 and includes housing accommodations and meal plan. Staff housing accommodations (valued at $10,000) will be provided during the 12-month period of employment (2017-2018 fiscal year). All utilities, including water, heat, electricity, basic telephone service, internet connection, and cable service are provided at no additional cost. Employment typically begins on July 1 and extends through June 30. Typically, there is a four-year limit of service as a Residence Hall Director. A full benefit package is available.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

This list of essential duties and responsibilities below is not all-inclusive. RDAs will perform other essential duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Computer/technology skills
  • Supervision and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated desire to live and work in a diverse residential setting
  • Demonstrated desire to work with diverse individuals and groups
  • Crisis intervention and conflict management abilities
  • Assists with student retention, transition, and academic success.  Create an academically focused residential environment that supports student success.
  • Serves as a student conduct hearing officer with emphasis placed on educational sanctioning. When appropriate, refer violations to the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Educates students on the Office of Residence Life and University policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Integrates diversity education throughout community development programming initiatives.
  • Teaches UNIV 2100 (Reslife for the Paraprofessional), or UNIV 2100 (Advanced Leaders in Residence), and/or similar.
  • Provides a designated level of academic advising support to students in concert with respective advising offices.
  • Provides a basic designated level of career development and exploration in concert with Career Services.
  • Works closely with Residence Life functional areas for academic programs, diversity, assessment, leadership and community service, discipline, training and staff selection, as appropriate.
  • Supervises and evaluates staff that may include: Graduate Assistant(s), Resident Advisors, Student Desk Manager, and Desk Clerks.
  • Recruits, trains, supervises, and evaluates 8-22 Resident Advisors, Graduate Assistant(s), Student Desk Manager, and Desk Clerks, as applicable.
  • Serves as a liaison to Facilities Services and Capstone Management to ensure safety, maintenance and appearance of the residence hall.
  • Responds to emergencies, crisis situations, and student issues.
  • Participates in a rotating duty schedule year-round and handles situations as appropriate.
  • Assists with BGSU and Residence Life student recruitment and retention efforts.
  • Assists with room assignment and room change processes.
  • Performs administrative tasks and procedures in support of residence hall and departmental functioning.
  • Serves as guest/conference services point person for hall during summer conference season.
  • Administers residence hall budget to include purchasing, categorizing and reconciling/entering/reporting financial statement.
  • Serves on Division-wide committees in consultation with and approved by supervisor.
  • Fulfills other duties as assigned.

Bowling Green State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. We are committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. BGSU hires only individuals authorized to work in the United States. For information regarding BGSU’s crime statistics, please visit Public Safety’s website at

How to Apply

There are many steps to the application process. To help you better understand the timeline, please review the schedule below. All applicants must fill out the Online Application Form and submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 3 Professional References

Please note: Successful candidates must have obtained a Master’s Degree and pass a criminal background check prior to their start date.

Step 1
Job Posted & Application Open
Step 2 Phone interviews with candidates
Step 3 On-campus interviews
Step 4 Offers extended

Pre-employment Background Check

Final candidate(s) are required to authorize and pass a background investigation prior to an offer of employment. Offers of employment are conditional until a background investigation has been successfully completed and all other pre-employment requirements are satisfied. The University reserves the right to determine and confirm suitability for employment and to end any employment already begun if the background check reveals disqualifying information.

Please note: All position information, including the compensation, are subject to change. The information provided on this page is a reflection of the current academic school year position. If you have any questions about the Application Process, please email us at Thank you for your interest in the position!