Residence Hall Director

Residence Hall Directors

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Search will open Spring 2023

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 strive 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.

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree is required.  Successful candidate must have Master’s degree conferred and official transcripts indicating such before their start date.
  • 1 year of supervisory experience*
  • 1 year of general residence life or housing experience*
  • 1 year of crisis management or participation and or on-call rotation*
    *Experiences listed above can be gained through 1 year of graduate assistant experience

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary is approximately $36,000 and includes housing accommodations and meal plan. Staff housing accommodations (valued at $10,970) will be provided during the 12-month period of employment (2021-22 fiscal year). All utilities, including water, heat, electricity, internet connection, and cable service are provided at no additional cost. Employment typically begins on July 1* and extends through June 30. This recruitment is for multiple full-time positions and a full benefit package is available.

*Anticipated start date:  July 1, 2022

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

This list of essential duties and responsibilities below is not all-inclusive. RHDs 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
  • Assist with student retention, transition, and academic success. 
  • Create academically-focused residential environment that supports student success. 
  • Serve as a student conduct hearing officer with emphasis placed on educational conduct. 
  • When appropriate, refer serious violations to the Office of the Dean of Students. 
  • Integrate diversity education throughout community development programming initiatives.  
  • Provide a designated level of academic advising support to students in collaboration with respective advising offices. 
  • Provide a basic, designated level of career development and exploration in collaboration with Career Services.
  • Coordinate and implement community development and educational activities within the residence hall through student staff. 
  • Develop a vision for the residence hall community by coordinating educational and developmental activities in the residence halls. 
  • Regularly evaluate and assess programming and community development efforts through formal and informal processes. 
  • Program for high profile campus events which may include opening week, Homecoming Week, Family Weekend, Sibs and Kids Weekend, athletic events, and Preview days.
  • Recruit and train 9-22 resident advisors, 1-2 graduate assistant(s), a Student Desk Manager, and desk workers as applicable.  
  • Coordinate and facilitate weekly staff meetings.
  • Respond to emergencies, crisis situations, and student issues. 
  • Serve as a liaison with Facilities Services to ensure safety, maintenance and appearance of the residence hall. 
  • Participate in a rotating duty schedule year round that handles situations as appropriate. 
  • Counsel students to support their personal, academic, and emotional wellbeing as needed. 
  • Collaborate with campus partners for referrals as needed to support students in their holistic wellness.
  • Assist with BGSU and Residence Life student recruitment efforts. 
  • Assist with room assignment and room change processes. 
  • Perform administrative tasks and procedures in support of residence hall and departmental functioning. 
  • Administer residence hall budget to include purchasing, categorizing and reconciling/entering/reporting financial statement. 
  • Serve on Division-wide and/or Departmental committees in consultation with and approval by supervisor. 

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 www.bgsu.edu/offices/safety.

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.

Updated: 07/18/2022 02:36PM