Residence Director

Kennesaw, GA
Apr 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Performs administrative work supervising a small or functional area within a department, division or college.

The Residence Director (RD) at Kennesaw State University is an entry-level, full-time, 12 month; live-in professional staff member of the Department of Residence Life, within the Division of Student Affairs. This professional carries the responsibility for administering a comprehensive residence life program for 288 to 700 residents. Reporting to a master's level Area Coordinator (AC), the RD serves on a team with one director, two associate directors, 5-6 area coordinators, 11-13 residence directors and over 130 resident assistants (RA) and senior resident assistants (SRA) across two campuses. The RD provides guidance and vision, adhering to the mission of the Department of Residence Life, to a staff of anywhere from 6 to 14 RAs as well as one SRA. The RD is responsible for fostering an inclusive community and student development in their residential area. The RD position requires a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the residential experience on a college campus. The RD also works collaboratively with private property management staff who oversee leasing and facility functions for the residential areas. This position includes after-hours time commitments that are congruent with the traditional residence life philosophies of a live-in role.


Provide supervision, training, and evaluation of approximately 6-14 RAs and 1 SRA within assigned community with assistance from AC Coordinate weekly staff meetings to develop and deliver information to RAs and SRA

Conduct weekly or bi-weekly one on ones to supervise and professionally develop RAs and SRA

Evaluate RA staff and SRA on a semesterly basis formally, but provide on-going informal support to foster student growth and development

Supervise and maintain student staff on call rotation for area

Oversee and review student staff performance of the community engagement model

Facilitate staff development and other individual professional development opportunities for students

Oversee programming management including; purchasing, budget maintenance and post program evaluation process

Community Development:

Monitor and assist RA and SRA with the implementation of the engagement model

Develop intentional relationships with residents to help them be successful at KSU as well as after graduation

Assist residents with various issues related to on-campus living (academic achievement, personal development, roommate conflicts, conduct, etc.)

Promote an inclusive and diverse environment that supports the department's, Division of Student Affairs' and University's mission and goals

Actively support RHA and NRHH by attending events, meetings and conferences

Interpret and enforce residence life and housing policies and procedures informally and formally through the student conduct process to promote accountability, responsibility and civility in the residence halls

Student Relationships:

Make an effort to develop community and get to know residents by maintaining a high level of visibility

Serve as a resource or referral for information concerning the campus environment

Promote student involvement in residence hall activities, hall governance, and general co-curricular campus life

Serve as secondary liaison to his or her residents' parents

Support large scale university initiatives and traditions; such as, Homecoming, Week of Welcome, and Graduation


Serve as an indirect advisor for community council in the assigned area

Attend council executive board and general assembly meetings, as needed

Attend and assist with planning and implementation of both large and small scale council events

Provide oversight for council budget

May also advise other Department of Residence Life student groups and committees


Attend residence life staff training as well as other professional development opportunities offered by the department and university

Attend weekly (campus specific) and monthly Department of Residence Life meetings

Participate in weekly one on ones with direct supervisor

Assist with residence hall opening each semester with RAs

Oversee a budget of roughly $15,000 for community programming with the opportunity to administer other budgets for special projects

Complete a satisfactory credit check and maintain the ability to have a university purchasing card

Maintain official office records including rosters, health and safety paperwork, maintenance and duty logs, lock out forms and an accurate account of residence hall spending

Serve on various committees as requested or approved by supervisor. Committees may include: Professional Staff Recruitment and Selection, Student Staff Recruitment and Selection, Student Staff and Professional Staff Training, RHA Co-Advising or NRHH Co-Advising, Living-Learning and Theme Housing, Get In Gear, etc.

Facilities Management:

Assist AC in coordination of fire drills each semester

Coordinate RAs for monthly health and safety inspections with AC and university housing management staff

Conduct weekly walkthroughs of building to note facility damage, vandalism and common area improvements and additions

Crisis Management:

Provide leadership during crises in the residence halls and on the campus at large as needed

Participate in a rotating on-call system providing emergency assistance to RAs and other on campus constituents

Provide duty coverage year round

Follow institutional and departmental guidelines regarding emergencies

Assist other campus departments such as Public Safety, Health Center, university housing, etc. in the case of an emergency

Provide RAs with thorough emergency response training

Provide support and assistance in emergency situations as needed by the area; including tornados, ice storms and floods

Student Conduct:

Clearly support, communicate, interpret and enforce department and university policies to staff and students

Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting behavioral issues and concerns

Review incident reports, and all maintenance and duty logs daily

Adjudicate student conduct cases and track sanction completion

Coordinate and consult with supervisor regarding first level conduct cases or ongoing

Coordinate and consult with supervisor regarding first level conduct cases or ongoing residential student concerns as needed

Provide intentional programming and other proactive educational interventions to minimize behavioral issues

Professional Development and Presentations:

Coordinate presentations for fall and spring resident assistant training as well as on-going staff developments and in services

Facilitate periodic professional development sessions for RAs and SRAs

As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check and MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) as a condition of employment. See and for policy guidelines.

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Undergraduate degree OR 2 years college coursework and 1 year experience OR High School diploma and 3 years experience.


Bachelors degree Experience in Residence Life or Student Affairs