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Graduate Community Director

Primary Responsibilities:

The Resident Director (RD) has duties to assure the proper functioning of his/her building. Goals of the Resident Director include but are not limited to: Promoting the development of an inclusive community environment within the resident halls characterized by consideration, respect and appreciation of others, the promotion of the development of an environment conductive to academic endeavors and achievement, and the development of an environment conducive to student involvement and participation. The Resident Director should encourage the development of students’ leadership skills and assist students, whenever possible, to identify and work toward attaining personal and academic goals. It is the responsibility of the Resident Director to foster the operations and maintenance of the physical facilities for the comfort, health and safety of all residents. The Resident Director will supervise between four to eight Resident Assistants (RAs).


Some tasks and duties include:

  • Encourage an environment that fosters independent and responsible decision making on the part of all residents.
  • Provide opportunities for leadership experience to all residents and work closely with hall government and residence staff in particular.
  • Sponsor workshops in a variety of topics related to the development of students and also to enhance the safety of the building i.e. fire safety, first aid, bystander intervention, etc.
  • Provide guidance and resources as needed, relative to academic, personal and social concerns.
  • Oversee and assist each Resident Assistant with the development and implementation of at least three educational programs per semester to be presented to the RAs floor, or open to the entire residence hall.
  • Supervise and coordinate the college’s study hours in the residence hall. This includes supervising study sessions and also assisting students in a tutorial fashion when needed.
  • Conduct staff evaluations each semester designed to provide positive feedback and constructive criticism to all Resident Assistants.
  • Utilize existing on-campus resources, i.e. faculty and administration, in an effort to involve them in the residence hall community.
  • Communicate, explain and enforce procedures, rules and regulations of the college as stated in the Student Handbook and the Housing Contract with regard to residents and staff.
  • Develop and coordinate a viable and representative governing body (Hall Council) to provide educational, social and recreational activities for the residence hall.
  • Conduct weekly Resident Assistant staff meetings and one-on-one’s.
  • Participate in the Resident Assistant and Resident Director selection process
  • Submit all paperwork promptly and efficiently to the department as requested. This will include: Student Information Sheets, Incident Reports, Fire Drill Reports, Room and Lounge Inspection Reports, Room Contracts, Housing Rosters, Budget Requests and other material as needed.
  • Function as the Resident Director “on duty” for the entire campus during assigned weekends.


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Assist the department of Housing and Residence Life in the selection, training, and evaluation of Resident Assistants and other student employees in the halls.
  • Assist in promoting and developing management procedures and practices that preserve and enhance the physical plant.
  • Maintain records and provide assistance as needed/assigned by the Housing and Residence Life office.
  • Assist the department of Housing and Residence Life in opening and closing the halls at the beginning and end of the academic year, and during periods of academic recess.
  • Compile housing reports as requested by the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life.
  • Assist Community Standards in the sanctioning of student incidents, meeting with students, and assuming designated roles in the judicial process.
  • Attend and participate in RA training workshops.

Student Development Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and maintain activities of student development.
  • In conjunction with Resident Assistants, work with residents on individual development issues and make referrals as appropriate.
  • Provide assistance to students in developing their interests and abilities.
  • Work with staff and residents to develop community in the hall and on individual floors.
  • Advise hall government and subgroups, and help coordinate the efforts of hall government and student staff toward achieving specific residence hall objectives.
  • Attend to hall budget, making sure that it is accurate and up to date.

Departmental Responsibilities:

  • Initiate and maintain effective communication with other members of the Division of Student Affairs in implementing departmental and divisional objectives.
  • Attend weekly departmental staff meetings. The Resident Director should attend these meetings prepared to take notes, and share the information at their staff meeting.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Housing and Residence Life or designee.

Fellowship Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: 

Experience working with people and the ability to relate positively with college students is essential. Experience and leadership in a residence hall or similar setting is necessary. Specific skills should include the ability to facilitate programming and other related residence hall topics which will contribute to the personal growth and development of the residents. The Resident Director needs to be a full-time graduate student at Springfield College. Resident Directors report directly to and are evaluated by an Area Coordinator. Any additional commitment in the form of coaching or other tasks must be approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.

Contractual arrangements for the academic year, mid-August through May 31, will include a tuition waiver for 24 credit hours per year. Resident Directors receive a $400 meal stipend each semester. A rent-free furnished apartment in the assigned residence hall is provided and Resident Directors are required to live in the apartment for the duration of their contract.