RESIDENT DIRECTOR Division of Student Affairs

Occidental College
Los Angeles, California

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Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Four-Year Institution
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The Department of Residential Education and Housing Services fosters safe, inclusive, and educational residential environments. It intentionally challenges and supports students to embrace global citizenship, civility, and self accountability both on and off campus.

The Resident Director (RD) is a 10 1/2-month live-in position responsible for the overall administration of co-educational residential communities. RDs will provide direct supervision to a paraprofessional staff of 11-18 and a set of residential communities ranging from 315-515 undergraduates (with a total on-campus population of 1670 undergraduates). Our RDs are responsible for fostering an appreciation for diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency in the halls, staff supervision, student conduct, counseling/referral, programming, and general building administration.

The Resident Director reports to the Assistant Director of Residential Education and Housing Services and serves as a member of the Student Affairs Team.


· Actively participate in the planning and facilitation of training sessions for undergraduate staff.

· Conduct weekly Area Staff and 1:1 meetings

· Assist in the development and implementation of the Resident Advisor selection process.

· Provide ongoing feedback to staff through a mid-year formal evaluation.

· Assist staff with managing conflicts in a positive and productive manner.

· Assist staff with problem solving, conflict mediation, and crisis management in the residential community.


·Actively encourage the concept of educational programming by serving as an information source, program presenter, motivator, etc.

·Supervise the staff in meeting program expectations as outlined in the staff manual.

·Actively engage with programs in the assigned area.

·Assist in supporting the department’s social media efforts to engage current residential students and incoming first year students.

·Identify students with personal, social, academic or disciplinary problems and assist them with such problems conscientiously and appropriately either directly or through referral to the Emmons Student Wellness Center or other community resources.

·Take lead role in managing crisis situations.

·Oversee successful implementation of special interest programs in various theme halls (First Year Communities, Multicultural Hall, Substance-Free Halls, etc.).


· Serve as a judicial officer within the Office of Student Conduct.

· Support and supervise hall staff in taking appropriate actions when dealing with students whose behavior needs to be limited or corrected.

· Meet with students who are involved in serious or ongoing behavioral incidents.

· Advise students in making appropriate and empowering choices regarding peer group pressure, conflict management, interpersonal skills, etc.

· Design and assign appropriate educational sanctions conducive to student learning, retention, academic success, and behavior modification.


· Be available to staff and students during the day and evening duty and office hours.

· Keep accurate records of programming efforts, judicial concerns, etc.

· Prepare reports as requested (programming, judicial, annual report, etc.)

· Meet deadlines and provide appropriate follow up.

· Process reimbursements to staff and students in a timely manner.

· Share rotational on-call responsibilities, serving the entire campus community.

· Head one area of development within ResEd (RA Training, RA Selection, Housing Operations, etc.)

· Adhere to all College expectations regarding COVID testing and health and safety protocol.

· Participate in the department's office hour schedule.

· Oversee departmental committees/initiatives as needed


· Maintain accurate room condition reports for all rooms within eRezLife

· Be in constant contact with the Associate Director of Housing Services about issues within the halls

· Be aware of and actively encourage safety within the assigned area. Follow-up with ongoing security concerns such as propped doors, maintenance issues, etc.

· Assess physical condition of assigned buildings by completing a bi-weekly area walk-through

· Disseminate necessary information to staff and residents through meetings, department website, and residence hall mailing lists


· Be available to assist and support with campus wide programming efforts (Oxy engage, Orientation, etc.)

· Attend important campus community events (Orientation, Convocation, Homecoming, Graduation, etc.)

· Serve on campus committees and task forces as needed


· Be available and open to participating in other activities as needed


· Bachelor’s Degree Required with a Master’s Degree in higher education administration, student development, counseling or related field preferred

· One year of post baccalaureate residence life experience (graduate or professional)

· Strong leadership ability and excellent communication skills

· Strong knowledge and experience in judicial affairs is preferred

· Demonstrated experience in developing diverse, inclusive, welcoming and global communities in a residence hall environment

· This position is required to live on campus in an apartment provided by the College

· This position is renewable for three years based on performance. A fourth year is possible at the discretion of the Assistant Dean & Director of Residential Education, Housing Services, and Student Conduct


· Competitive salary and full benefits package (domestic partner benefits available)

· Furnished apartment, access to streaming shared cable, internet, and utilities included

· Meal plan

· Professional development funding


This is a 10 1/2-month position that will typically have the following dates off:

· The last week of May through the first week of July (6 weeks total)

· You will have access to your apartment and all campus resources during the times you have off

· Meal plans will be active during your time off


Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position to [email protected]


Occidental is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. Occidental is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum, and to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and just environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their work are encouraged to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing the College’s strategic equity and justice goals and those from groups that are underrepresented in the field are particularly encouraged to apply.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is available that includes: excellent health, dental, life, and retirement benefits; tuition benefits for the employee, spouse, domestic partner, and dependents; additional extras including use of gym facilities and the College Library. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https: //

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

Occidental College is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with qualifying disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the application or employment process, please contact Human Resources ([email protected]).

As a condition of hire for a staff position and for appointment to a faculty position, Occidental College requires that all candidates who have received a conditional offer of employment complete an application form (if they have not already done so) and consent to a background check. Satisfactory completion of a background check, along with preemployment verifications and references are required as a condition of employment, but only as permitted by federal, state, and local law, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.


Nestled in Eagle Rock, between downtown Los Angeles and historic Pasadena, Occidental gives you the best of both worlds: small-town charm and L.A.’s rich cultural life. You'll find a collegial and intimate academic work environment, and our students, faculty and staff make up a diverse, close-knit community of peers.

Oxy offers excellent health, dental, vision, life and retirement benefits, along with many other extras. These include a tuition exchange program, special discounts, use of our new swimming pool and tennis courts, weight room and gym facilities, plus all the perks that Southern California and a small liberal arts school have to offer.

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