Housing and Residence Life
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Resident Director

  • Position Description

    The Resident Director (RD) provides leadership and direction for a residential community that fosters student learning and development, contributes to a vital and engaged student experience, and promotes Seattle University's mission.  

    The RD is responsible for the management and coordination of operational functions associated with a highly effective residence hall environment. In addition, the RD serves in a collaborative role with other Housing and Residence Life (HRL) staff in the overall development of departmental programs, services and operations.

    This position is also actively involved with Student Development divisional programs and initiatives. Due to the scope of this position, an undefined amount of time in the residential community is required. The Resident Director is a full-time, twelve month, live-in professional position and reports directly to one of the Associate Directors of Housing and Residence Life.

    Essential Functions and Responsibilities

    Staff Development and Supervision

    • Supervise and develop Resident Assistant and Desk Assistant staff.
    • Supervise an Assistant Resident Director (graduate assistants) in respective halls.
    • Motivate staff and empower them to create environments that promote student learning and development.
    • Foster a culture of student satisfaction and motivate staff to provide quality service.
    • Facilitate staff development and set goals with residence hall staff.
    • Facilitate weekly RA staff meetings.
    • Advise departmental committees.
    • Work closely with the Assistant Director for Residential Leadership to recruit, select, and train 6 Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs).
    • Work closely with the Assistant Director for Residential Leadership to coordinate recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of paraprofessional staff.
    • Work closely with the Assistant Director for Residential Leadership to develop and implement RD and RA manuals.
    • Serve as an advisor to departmental staff committees as assigned.

    Student Leadership and Development

    • Co-create and nurture with residents a community that promotes personal growth, civic responsibility, compassion, respect for others, and academic excellence.
    • Be visible, available, accessible and approachable to students and attend hall programs and activities.
    • Serve as an advisor and resource to students and arrange student referrals as appropriate.
    • Assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures that guarantee delivery of timely, efficient, and courteous service.
    • Educate students about Seattle University code of conduct, residence hall policies and procedures, and facilitate community standards.
    • Serve as student conduct administrator.
    • Serve as advisor to Hall Councils (HC) to facilitate recruitment and training of council executive team and representatives.
    • Provide opportunities for HC to develop leadership skills and competencies.
    • Encourage student participation in the HC, Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) and other campus student leadership and involvement opportunities.
    • Work closely with the Assistant Director for Residential Leadership to support the RHA and NRHH.

    Program and Learning Community Development

    • Provide leadership and direction to a residential community that is socially, intellectually, and spiritually stimulating.
    • Coordinate the social, educational, spiritual and community development programming activities.
    • Utilize student needs assessment and program evaluation strategies to create vital and engaged living learning communities.

    RD Job Description 11-12

  • Contact Us

    Housing and Residence Life
    Campion Hall 100
    901 12th Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98122-1090

    Phone: 206.296.6305
    Fax: 206.296.2212
    housing@seattleu.edu