Student Housing - Residence Director Position Description

Residence Director Position Announcement

Residence Director Position Announcement

What is a Residence Director?

The Residence Director is a full-time, live-in, professional staff member and reports to the Assistant Director for Residence Education. The position includes community building and administrative management responsibility of a residential building/area with 150-400 residents, student staff supervision, training and development, programming, student leader advisement and enforcing College and Housing policies. The Residence Director should also demonstrate a commitment to multiculturalism and social justice.

The Residence Director serves on various student life committees, and coordinates a comprehensive educational programming effort in his/her/zer hall area. He/she/ze reports directly to the Assistant Director of Student Housing, and works with that person in the execution of his/her/zer job responsibilities. Residence Directors also have opportunities to work with departmental community service projects. Residence Directors work as Conference Liaisons in the summer.

Minimum Qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Previous experience working with college students


  • Previous collegiate campus housing experience
  • Strong administrative, communication, and leadership skills
  • Previous experience serving on duty/call for emergency response
  • Supervisory and management experience
  • Commitment to multiculturalism and social justice

What are the benefits of being a Residence Director?

Being a Residence Director at Fort Lewis College gives those in the position a wealth of opportunities at their fingertips. Aside from the supervisory and administrative experience contained in the position, Residence Directors will be part of a department that encourages collaborating with other departments across the campus, offers a diverse working/living environment, and provides the ability to pursue various professional development opportunities in and around the area.

Compensation package includes $29,000-$29,500, a rent/utility-free furnished apartment, meal plan when dining services available, and full employee benefits package. Domestic Partner Policy. Fish are allowed as pets. Ask about position availability.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates the development of a community and educational environment which encourages inclusive and positive relationships among residents.
  • Oversees the day-to-day operation of a residence hall including staff supervision, organizational planning, programming, counseling, discipline, facilities and administrative tasks.
  • Supervises, trains, evaluates and selects Resident Assistants and possible other student staff specific to the assigned building or complex (Senior Resident Assistants, Desk Assistants, etc).
  • Counsels, advises and assists residents concerning personal, interpersonal, and facilities concerns.
  • Provides academic support, counseling and resources to students.
  • Administrative tasks including budget management, occupancy oversight, use of multiple software platforms (Banner, StarRez, Maxient, TMA, Blackboard, and others) and various clerical tasks.
  • Serves as a student conduct hearing officer, including: facilitation of meetings, decide responsibility, issue and follow up on sanctions, and maintain records.
  • Enforces and promulgates Fort Lewis College and Student Housing policies, protocols and regulations.
  • Provides emergency response management and support by serving in campus RD duty rotation.
  • Fosters student leadership, involvement and advises hall government.
  • Mantains good communication with staff and residents and promotes good public relations. This includes but is not limited to college administration, housing office, dining services, custodial, and maintenance staff.
  • Implements, supervises and creates, in collaboration with other staff, continuing development programs and trainings for Resident Assistants and other student staff.
  • Manages conferences for short-term youth and adult groups visiting campus during summer months and/or supervising the student conference assistant or crew staffs.
  • Assists on departmental committees and assigned projects. 
  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA), as defined by the Clery Act of 1998.

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