Student Housing - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Average Student- There is not a “typical” type for a Fort Lewis College student.  Fort Lewis College has a history of providing Native American Education.  33% of our students identify as Native American and 11% as Hispano/a or Latino/a.  This provides a rich texture of student experiences and perspectives. Some of our students identify as being individuals and may embrace the “rugged individual” culture of the West.  Many of our students are attracted to the outdoors and all the things to do in the Durango area (ski, mountain climb, hike, snowboard, snowshoe, long board, ice climb, river rafting, etc.).  Our students are holistic in nature and want to engage in learning both inside and outside the classroom. Many of our students value Fort Lewis College’s commitment to sustainability.  

Benefits- Full medical benefits, dental and vision are available for employees and their partners. Fort Lewis College also pays into retirement plans (TIAA-Cref or Valic). Please see link to Fort Lewis College Human Resource page for more information on benefits.

Collateral Assignments/Professional Development- The Assistant Directors for Residence Education talk with each Residence Director about their professional development needs.  We try to provide intentional educational experiences through committee work both within our department and with other offices on campus.  In addition, we are involved regionally and pending interest and budget, do our best to make sure that professionals have the opportunity to participate in a conference in our area.

Diversity/Social Justice- As previously mentioned, Fort Lewis College has a strong commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. This comes from our historical mission of providing education to Native American students.  Check out the history of our institutional commitment and sacred trust in providing Native American. education:  Our commitment to multiculturalism extends beyond our tuition waiver.  Campus multicultural centers and student organizations offer additional programming and educational opportunities. In addition, our housing department actively collaborates with the Coordinator of Diversity Programming on campus to provide programming and training to staff and students.

Graduate School- The Residence Director position at Fort Lewis College is full-time. Fort Lewis College has a Masters of Education program and will be adding a Masters of Business Administration program. There are other programs in the area: Denver University has a Masters of Social Work program with a Durango cohort.  Adam’s State University offers a Durango cohort for their Masters of Counseling.  Adam’s State University also offers an online Masters in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership.

Holidays/Duty/Mandatory Dates- Our eight Residence Directors share the Residence Director Duty schedule.  In the last few years we have assigned duty on a 4 day rotational schedule (M-R, F-Su).  Fort Lewis College has an unusual holiday schedule.  It can be found here:  If you have further questions about our holiday schedule or duty, please contact the Assistant Director for Residence Education,

Pets- We have a very strict campus policy that does not allow pets on campus. You can have fish (in a 10 gallon tank). Also, there is a plethora of wildlife (deer, bear, raccoon) on campus. You would be welcome to pick a favorite.  

Partners- We have a domestic partner policy.  With the approval of an Assistant Director for Residence Education and the Director of Housing, Residence Directors can have live in partners.  It has been our experience that living in can be a stressful situation and can be challenging for new relationships. We ask that the relationship be established at least one year prior to living in. The partner living in, although not employed by the college, becomes a community member which carries some responsibility. The Assistant Directors would discuss the dynamics of living with a partner in student housing with the RD candidate.

Programming- Our programming philosophy is based on our community enrichment model.  Staff teams conduct needs assessment to determine the level of programming/ educational outreach needed for each of our programming exposure topic areas.  Our department also collaborates with other offices on campus (student wellness initiative, orientation, student union programming, rec services, outdoor pursuits, etc.) to provide quality programming to residential students.  

Regional Involvement- Our department is very involved in AIMHO (Association of Inter-Mountain Housing Officers, regional affiliation of ACUHO-i).  Several of our current staff members serve on regional committees.

Salary- Compensation package includes $29,000-$29,500, furnished apartment, meal plan when dining services are available, and full employee benefits package.  The position is a twelve month appointment.

Start Date- Residence Directors will begin training in the third week of July 2017.  Residential staff may move in one week before training begins. 

Training- Our training does not begin and end in August.  We have an intensive three week training process for RDs in Mid-July and August followed by a two week training process for Resident Assistants. After this, we continue our training in monthly staff foundations, ongoing RD training on developmental topics, 1-1s, and staff meetings.  We also conduct a much shorter January training.

Staff Size (see our organizational chart)-  FLC has 8 residential communities.  Each is managed by a Residence Director. Our residential communities are fairly small and intimate.  Most residence hall communities are between 140-180 students in each.  RA staff size ranges from 4-6 RAs.  There are 35 RAs on campus.

Summers / Conferences- The RD position is 12 months. In the summer, Residence Directors serve as Conference Managers and/or Summer Student Housing Residence Director.  Most of our summer conferences are youth based groups. RDs assist groups while they are on campus with their accommodations, catering, room set up and more. This position also involve helping in special projects during this time of the year.

What is there to do in Durango?-  So much!  Durango is an awesome place to live and work.  You have the benefit of living in a resort community where people come to vacation and play.  This means that although we are located in a rural (20,000+ residents) and beautiful area, we have lots of activities.  You can go rock climbing, hiking, explore downtown, engage in gastronomic tourism (we have more restaurants per capita than San Francisco!), enjoy one of our four movie theatres, go on an art walk, visiting our art galleries, or participate in one of the many festivals in Durango. It’s a unique environment and the weather is awesome.  We have 300 days of sunshine.