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RHD Job Description


General Responsibilities:

The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is responsible for the welfare and development of students in the residence hall. The primary goal is the development of residential communities supportive of personal growth, academic achievement and respect for the rights of others. The RHD strives to foster individual and community development by means of: individual and group advising, staff supervision and training, appropriate role modeling, performance of administrative functions and participation as a fully functioning member of the professional Residence Life Staff Team.


 Academic Growth and Achievement and Community Development-50%:

1. Through regular contact with students (conduct, personal concerns, etc.), actively engage in discussion about academic success and challenges and direct toward appropriate resources when necessary.

2. Maintain personal contact with residents through daily social interaction, maintenance of office house and attendance at hall meetings and functions.

3. Support retention and progression efforts through intentional interactions with targeted students and offices.

4. Oversee and support academically-based programs that meet the needs of the residence hall community including development of study groups and peer academic support networks.

5. Develop academic goals with student staff and student leaders.

6. Coordinate comprehensive academic plans for staff and student leaders who are not meeting departmental academic standards.

7. Monitor facilities to ensure they are conducive to academic success (lighting, noise level, ample study space, etc.).

8. Serve as a role model, resource person and support agent for students and staff.

9. Facilitate a climate of respect for all students though intentional interactions, formalized programs/educational opportunities and timely response to concerns of bias.

10. Oversee and support hall programs and activities that encourage interaction in the community, based on the Community Living Model.

11. Maintain a secure and functional physical environment.

12. Communicate, clarify and enforce university, departmental and hall policies.

13. Encourage students to assume responsibility for decisions affecting their community.

14. Participate in the management of student behavior problems in the halls by responding to incidents, meetings with students and pursuing appropriate administrative and judicial action.

15. Analyze and use assessment data to improve the student experience in the hall and support their academic success.


Staff Supervision-20%:

1. Actively recruit and select Community Advisors and support and assist the recruitment of Desk Managers and Desk Workers

2. Conduct weekly staff meetings and provide ongoing staff development sessions that serve critical needs for training and promote opportunities for personal and academic growth and development.

3. In conjunction with the Heath Center staff, co-supervise the Heath Advocate in their respective buildings.

4. In conjunction with campus partners, provide oversight and feedback to student positions such as Community Service Officers, Health Advocates, Desk Managers and Desk Workers.

5. Oversee the function of the front desk and security station operations in the hall.

6. Co-supervise duty staff who are assigned to work in the a hall.

7. Meet individually on a regular basis with staff to discuss community issues and concerns as well as monitor progress of the staff member.

8. Conduct performance evaluations of staff members and other in-hall employees each semester.


Student Leadership Advising-5%:

1. Advise and support the Hall Council and its Executive Board

2. Attend weekly Hall Council meetings and executive board meetings.

3. Support and attend events and activities planned and implemented by the Hall Council.



1. Submit administrative reports and forms within set deadlines.

2. Complete conduct cases in a timely and accurate manner and in accordance with university procedures and state/federal mandates (FERPA, Title XI, etc.).

3. Maintain regular contact and engagement with Residence Life assignment staff regarding general occupancy issues.

4. Maintain regular communication with campus partners such as Dean of Students office, University Police, Counseling Center and Facilities Management.

5. Assume campus duty coverage on an equal and rotating basis with other senior staff, including holiday coverage.

6. Lead staff in administering surveys and assessment tools in an efficient and timely manner.


Professional Development-5%:

1. Participate in orientation, training and professional development sessions and staff meetings as required.

2. Assist in hall and department policy formulation and review.

3. Perform duties on a special assignment team (may include leadership, student conduct, training and selection and operations). Other teams created as needed.

4. Serve as a member and/or chair of an Oshkosh Placement Exchange Committee.