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Graduate Resident Director Position

Graduate Resident Director Position

The Graduate Resident Director is a ten month administrative graduate appointment within the Department of Housing and Residence Life and reports to a full-time Resident Director. The Graduate Resident Director directly supervises and coordinates the development of a residential community comprised of 100-400 residents.



  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of student staff
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate the Senior Resident Advisor and  Resident Advisors
  • Provide training and ongoing development opportunities for all supervisees
  • Hold regular supervision with all supervisees and weekly staff meetings for in-hall student staff
  • Evaluate all in-hall student staff and collaborate with staff to develop action plans for growth
  • Participate in regular supervision with the Resident Director
  • Participate in weekly department meetings, including Residence Life meetings and team meetings
  • Serve as a positive representation of the position, Department of Housing and Residence Life, and Ohio University at all times


  • Facilitate the development of a positive and inclusive residence hall community
  • Develop meaningful connections with students and staff by being available and visible in the building/complex
  • Develop and coordinate a programming plan based on the community development model that meets the needs of your student populations
  • Advise hall/complex council
  • Supervise the Senior Resident Advisor as co-advisers of hall/complex councils, and in their programming efforts
  • Encourage student involvement and participation in activities, hall/complex councils, and other student organizations on campus
  • Conduct wellness checks of students in collaboration with the Dean of Students office to ensure the well-being of the students


  • Collaborate with faculty and academic support staff to promote the academic success of residential students
  • Collaborate with and support the Faculty in Residence on their initiatives and integration into the community (where applicable)
  • Collaborate with and support the Counselors in Residence on their initiatives and integration into the community (Where applicable)
  • Support the efforts of residential learning community programs (where applicable)
  • Identify and address the developmental needs of students through educational interactions, crisis response protocol, and mediation
  • Advise students in the broad areas of academic, career, and personal concerns, or refer them to the appropriate office
  • Consistently enforce University and residence hall regulations through conversations with students, educational sanctioning, and effective communication with the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility
  • Serve as a hearing officer for cases involving violations of residence hall and University policies


  • Support the Division of Student Affairs mission and promote its initiatives and goals
  • Be an active member of the professional staff on your assigned team
  • Take initiative to make a positive impact on the department, the division, the University, and off-campus community
  • Assist in the development and implementation of goals for the hall/complex, team, and Department
  • Participate in (and potentially chair) departmental teams, steering committees, or project groups
  • Teach the student staff training course (as needed by the department)
  • Participate in departmental meetings, professional development meetings and any mandatory professional development events sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
  • Participate on a Division of Student Affairs committee (optional)
  • Engage in activities to enhance academic and professional development on and off campus


  • Coordinate and oversee the administrative responsibilities of the building/complex in an accurate and timely manner, including housing room changes, damage billing, community incident reports, conduct paperwork, etc.
  • Manage the building/complex and hall/complex council budget
  • Be visible and available for student and student staff
  • Establish collaborative relationships with University colleagues, including Division of Student Affairs staff, the Ohio University Police Department, Residential Custodial staff, and Facilities personnel
  • Communicate facility and maintenance issues and share student needs and recommendations
  • Respond to crises, incidents, and facility needs that may arise in your community
  • Provide on-call crisis response and staff support for a green area serving approximately 2,200-3,600 students through the duty rotation
  • Facilitate Health & Safety Inspections with student staff in accordance with Housing and Residence Life and Environmental Health & Safety policies and protocol
  • All other duties as assigned. Position description subject to change based on university and department priorities.

The employee is advised that depending on the nature of the contract for employment with Ohio University, an individual’s personnel file may be subject to an open records request and may be disclosed pursuant to law.

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