Residence Hall Director (UCP 5)

Job description

Job Title: Residence Hall Director (UCP 5)
Job ID: 2018364
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Posting

UConn has repeatedly been ranked the top public university in New England by U.S. News and World Report and is also ranked among the top public research institutions in the nation. Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut has 14 Schools and Colleges at its main campus in Storrs, four regional campuses throughout the state and our UConn Health Center is a world class recognized institution. The University of Connecticut is a Carnegie Foundation Research University-Extensive Institution, a Land Grant university and a Sea Grant college.

UConn Residential Life enhances students' personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth by creating safe and inclusive environments, producing innovative programs and services, and fostering meaningful relationships. Our comprehensive, student-centered, residential program houses over 12,000 students. Approximately 70% of the undergraduate student population resides in university-managed housing. We offer our students an array of housing facilities and options to enhance their learning experience, including a variety of learning communities.

The Residence Hall Director (HD) is responsible for student learning and community development in the residence halls. The HD supervises Resident Assistants (and may also supervise a graduate level Assistant Residence Hall Director) in an area of approximately 400-700 residents. The Hall Director facilitates residential students' personal, interpersonal, and intellectual growth. This is a full time 12 month live in position, with a typical work day being 10:00am-6:00pm. Reports to an Assistant Director of Residence Education.


Student Learning and Growth

Residence Hall Directors are responsible for facilitating residential students' personal success, interpersonal competence, and intellectual fulfillment by implementing Residential Life's intentional, year-long educational plan.

  1. Implement and assess educational plan within area of responsibility.
  2. Initiate appropriate referrals regarding students' individual educational concerns.
  3. Advise area's Hall Association.
  4. Respond to needs of individual area which may include learning community and/or special interest housing.
  5. Facilitate a discussion group section of EPSY 3235 (RA Class).
  6. Serve as an Investigating Student Conduct Officer.

Community Development

Residence Hall Directors are responsible for developing inclusive living communities that are supportive and respectful of individual differences and rights of others.
  1. Promote the standards and expectations for behavior as part of the residential community.
  2. Assist community members in managing conflict between individuals and within groups to reach mutually negotiated resolutions.
  3. Foster an engaged community in their area of assigned responsibility by being present in the community and building social connections among community members and staff.
  4. Address issues related to safety, well-being, facilities, and emergencies by following Residential Life and university protocols.
  5. Assume on-call responsibilities as required.


Residence Hall Directors provide leadership to their staff by overseeing the operations of their area and developing individual staff members.
  1. Provide on-going individual and group supervision for student staff.
  2. Evaluate student staff and make recommendations regarding performance.
  3. Facilitate training for student staff.
  4. Recruit and select applicants for Resident Assistant and Student Worker positions.

Administrative Tasks

Residence Hall Directors effectively manage information and other resources to enhance the mission of Residential Life.
  1. Communicate appropriately and in a timely manner with students, staff, faculty and other constituents.
  2. Administer departmental processes and procedures and maintain accurate records.
  3. Manage budget for area(s) of responsibility.
  4. Assist with the selection of departmental professional and graduate staff.
  5. Serve on committees and planning groups.
  6. Assume assigned summer responsibilities.
  7. Collaborate with Residential Services staff to maintain the area and implement strategies to educate residents and promote care of facilities.

Professional Development

Residential Life is dedicated to providing support and encouragement for individual staff members' professional development as it relates to the mission and goals of UConn Residential Life.
  1. Participate in training held by Residential Life and the Division of Student Affairs.
  2. Participate in national and regional professional organizations.
  3. Develop and maintain an individual personal/professional development plan in consultation with supervisor.
  4. Assist in departmental research projects.

  1. Master's Degree and two years of residence hall experience or Bachelor's Degree and three or more years of professional residence hall experience.
  2. Supervision of residence hall or other staff in college or university residence halls or student affairs settings.
  3. An understanding of, sensitivity to, and desire to live and work with a diverse student population.
  4. Experience enhancing students' academic and personal development through advising student groups, providing leadership training and program development.
  5. Experience addressing individual student and community behavioral matters.
  6. Ability to think critically and effectively plan and organize work.
  7. Experience working as a part of a multi-faceted student-oriented team including liaison work with offices such as Dining Services, Facilities, Public Safety, and Student Health Services.
  8. Willingness to work irregular and flexible hours.

  1. Master's degree in college student personnel, higher education, counseling or at least five years of university residence hall supervisory experience.
  2. Two years or more of post Master's residence hall work experience.
  3. Current membership and/or active involvement in related professional organizations.


Salary is commensurate with experience and degree consistent with the current bargaining agreement salary schedule. The HD is an UCP 5 position. Hall Directors live in a department-provided, furnished apartment. A significant other, partner or spouse may reside with the Hall Director in accordance with state and university guidelines. A tuition waiver is available for pre-approved course work. The outstanding benefits package includes state health care.


Applicants please apply online using UConn Jobs,, Staff Positions, to upload a resume, cover letter and list of three (3) references, including names, addresses and telephone numbers. At least one of those references must be an immediate supervisor. Please indicate the professional relationship of each reference to the candidate. An official transcript will be required if an invitation for an on-campus interview is extended. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled and review of applications will begin immediately. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018364)

This posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. March 1, 2018.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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