Assistant Resident Director (Graduate Assistant)

Job description

Job Title:

Assistant Resident Director (Graduate Assistant)

Requisition Number:


Department Name:

1B450:Residence Life

Work Location:

Lexington, KY

Salary Range:


Type of Position:


Position Time Status :


Required Education:

In order to be eligible for the position, it is preferred that candidates:
1) Have completed a bachelor’s degree
2) Be admitted for candidacy as a full-time student in a graduate program at the University of Kentucky
3) Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Required Related Experience:

Have at least one year of paid work experience in a residence hall or other group living situation.

Required License/Registration/Certification:


Physical Requirements:

The ARD position will require some sitting for periods of time. In addition, some lifting, pushing, or pulling of objects up to 50 lbs may occur, but not on a regular basis.


Anticipate 20 hours a week distributed during business hours (8 am – 5 pm M-F); And Some Evenings, Nights, Weekends, On-Call.

Job Summary:

Position to begin late July 2021. This is a live in position.

General Expectations:
•Support the mission and philosophy of Residence Life, emphasizing a commitment to developing a residential living & learning experience that engages & supports students.
•Assist with the overall management and administration of residence hall operations.
•Become familiar with, follow, and enforce all policies and procedures in the Staff Resource Manual.
•Serve as On Call staff for your assigned area for 2-3 weeks each semester, keeping Leadership On Call informed of on-going issues in the area.
•Attend Senior Staff Meetings, Area Meetings, and/or Committee Meetings as required.
•Participate in and assist with the selection, training, and evaluation of all staff.
•Maintain a professional attitude and behavior while in the position.
•Serve as a role model for residents, both on and off campus. This includes abiding by all federal, state, & local laws and behaving in a manner consistent with department mission and values, both on and off campus.
•Accept feedback and be willing to incorporate new ideas.
•Provide visible leadership for staff and residents.

•Supervise Desk Clerks and front desk operations.
-Directly supervise all Desk Clerk staff.
-Define job responsibilities and expectations to staff.
-Oversee Front Desk Scheduling, including Desk Clerk shifts, Resident Advisor shifts, Lunch Desk, Plan B, and Main Office Delivery/Pick-Up.
-Provide ongoing feedback to all staff. Help set goals and objectives for the year.
-Complete Desk Clerk evaluations, in conjunction with the Resident Director.
-Inform supervisors of issues and concerns with Desk Clerks staff members.
-Maintain good working relationship and appropriate levels of contact with Office Assistant.
•Be regularly available and accessible to staff and residents.
•Identify and respond to staff needs on a timely basis.
•Communicate information promptly and accurately.

Risk Management
•Follow, support, and clearly explain to residents and staff the policies outlined in the Rules of Conduct.
•Develop and maintain positive, professional relationships with residents.
•Monitor and evaluate emergency and crisis intervention by staff.
•Recognize student and staff needs and make referrals to the appropriate offices.
•Keep supervisors informed of residents that are at-risk for academic or related issues.

•Foster environments which positively influence student learning and development.
•Connect at-risk students with university departments and faculty who can provide tutoring and other academic resources or assistance.
•Maintain knowledge and support the academic performance of staff.
•Provide support and leadership for the staff and residents in developing active learning communities.
•Attend floor/hall programs regularly.
•Assist with Programming Purchases including Pro Card Use (coordinate with RD). Follow all funding guidelines and requirements.
•Assist with the Community Building Activity approval process, working with the Resident Director.

Policy Enforcement
•Serve as a hearing officer for conduct cases as determined appropriate by your supervisors.
•Set clear documentation procedures and communication expectations.
•Be supportive of staff in dealing with behavior problems.
•Respond to incidents in a timely manner.
•Be consistent & appropriate in assigning sanctions & making referrals.
•Maintain confidentiality when dealing with all staff and student issues and train staff to do the same.
•Maintain accurate and timely information in Maxient, including incident and outcome reports.
•Keep supervisors informed of behavior problems and students of concern.
•Be available and accessible to the residents in the building.
•Provide information to residents by holding community meetings and communicating information to the residents about hall and campus activities, services, and opportunities.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities:

Interpersonal Communication skills
Being able to lead a meeting
Time Management
Team Building

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? :


Preferred Education/Experience:

Experience working with student athletes

Deadline to Apply:


University Community of Inclusion:

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/28/2021
Application Due: 7/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time