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Resident Director - Student Affairs

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Reporting to the Assistant Director of the assigned area, the Resident Director (RD) in University Housing & Residential Life oversees the development and management of a comprehensive residential experience within their designated building(s).  As a member of an in-hall leadership team, the Resident Director has overall responsibility for facilitating inclusive living and learning environments and supporting the holistic development of 150 to 800 residents in one of Temple University’s residential communities.  The position requires frequent and meaningful interaction with student staff, residential students, parents/families, faculty, administrators, and community partners.  This position has essential functions related to student learning and engagement, staff supervision and leadership, student behavior and incident response, administrative and project management tasks, and other general responsibilities, both for students within the assigned community and in greater service to UHRL, DoSA and their shared commitment to student success.  Performs other duties as assigned. 

Temple’s University Housing & Residential Life (UHRL) serves a diverse domestic and international undergraduate and graduate student population of approximately 5,000 in residence hall and apartment communities.  The work of UHRL’s Residential Life pillar is grounded in student development theory that supports the mission of the Division of Student Affairs (DoSA) and Temple University. All staff are expected to contribute to a positive university experience for every student and are accountable to all DoSA Values. The DoSA values are Excellence, Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity, and Respect. 

Residential Life utilizes a residential curricular approach to cultivate responsible community members by developing inclusive living and learning environments.  Through this framework, a defined set of learning goals and outcomes guide the creation of initiatives which allow the team to stay focused on the established Educational Priority: “As a result of living on campus at Temple University, residents will responsibly impact communities.” 

The Resident Director position is a full-time, 12-month, live-in appointment.

This position requires a background check.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and one-year post-baccalaureate experience as a live-in staff member. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
•Established supervision, development, mentoring, and motivation of a diverse student staff team in a residential environment. 
•Exhibited work with diverse populations and implementation of initiatives to develop inclusive communities.
•Proven facilitation of community engagement initiatives focused on students’ individual developmental needs and student behavior management. 
•Demonstrated incident response and crisis management skills, including problem-solving and critical thinking.  
•Excellent organizational skills, along with the ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively. 
•Strong interpersonal, oral, written, and active listening skills.
•Ability to build collaborative partnerships with faculty, administrators, students, parents/families, and community partners.
•Must be able to live in an on-campus assigned apartment for on-call responsibilities and work some evenings and weekends. 

•Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling, or related field.
•Understanding of a residential curriculum focused on facilitating student learning in a residence hall community.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

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Temple University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains statistics, policies, and procedures related to campus safety and can be found at:

You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University’s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.


Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Main Campus-James S. White Hall
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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