Residence Hall Director

Aurora, IL
Mar 02, 2018
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling, Residence Life
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Residence Hall Director

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Residence Hall Director supports learning by building community, developing leaders in our residence halls and focusing on student retention efforts. This is a full-time, live-in position and Residence Hall Directors (RHD's) are expected to be active and visible members of our residence communities. The RHD's are expected to enhance the living environment of the residence hall through staff and student development, resident outreach, community building, attention to facilities, and administrative organization. Individuals who are able to work in a continuously changing organization and are highly motivated are best suited for this position.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Supervises 4-10 Resident Assistants assigned to the residence hall/area. Provides regular individual and group supervision, and completes written evaluations each semester.
  2. Establishes and maintains community with students living in the residence hall/area through individual contacts and group interactions.
  3. Enforces policies and procedures which establish a safe and secure living situation. Responds to emergency and crisis situations and effectively communicates concerning situations to supervisor(s).
  4. Serves as a conduct officer for the Office of Residence Life in addressing alleged policy violations. Addresses inappropriate behavior of students and, in following due process, determines fair and appropriate sanctions with educational outcomes. Makes conduct and counseling referrals as appropriate.
  5. Provides administrative leadership in the assigned residence hall/area, including knowledge of occupancy, overseeing a key inventory, tracking area community development/programming initiatives, etc.
  6. Maintains a high level of awareness regarding the facilities of the assigned residence hall/area, including submitting and following up on work orders, communicating building updates to students and overseeing the damage process for the residence hall/area and maintaining accurate records.
  7. Assists to coordinate various hall openings and closings.
  8. Performs collateral assignment(s), as directed by the Assistant Dean of Student Life, Dean of Student Life, and Senior Vice President for Student Life including but not limited to responsibilities in housing room selection, title IX responsibilities, office student worker management, summer camp oversight, and various departmental administrative responsibilities such as social media management, departmental email management, contract management and occupancy management.
  9. Participates in rotating 24 hour on-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus.
  10. Establishes positive working relationships with campus colleagues, such as Campus Public Safety, Counseling Center, Student Activities, Wellness Center, etc.
  11. Participates in the recruitment, selection, and training of Resident Assistants.
  12. Utilizes departmental assessment data to set action plans for their residence area, and assists in departmental planning.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Master’s degree


  • Knowledge of higher education and student development principles, practices, and procedures. Prior Residence Life experience preferred.


  • Effective oral/written communication, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and excellent time management skills.

Special Requirements:

  • 24 hour rotation of on-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move about campus. Active engagement through-out campus with the ability to move around to assess facilities.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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