Student Affairs

Residence Hall Director

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT United States

Primary Responsibilities:                           

The Residence Hall Director (RHD) position is full-time, 12-month professional position within the Residential Life Office. As the primary live-in staff member for a residence hall of up to 440 students, the RHD is charged with the responsibility to develop a supportive educational environment that fosters learning outside of the classroom, develops students holistically, and supports the academic success and retention of residential students by maintaining a regular presence to their residents and supervising para-professional staff and their efforts. The RHD is an integral member of the Residential Life team; the RHD understands and upholds not only the department's mission, but the University's mission as well and respects its Catholic values and identity.

Duties and Responsibilities:     

The Residence Hall Director is the primary live-in staff member for the assigned freshmen residential community. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Engagement in and management of resident student retention efforts
    - Directly interact with students and assist with success planning and support
    - Maintain visibility and promote individual contact via student-centered office hours
    - Utilization of the MAP-Works software and cohort retention approaches
  • Selection, Training, Supervision, and Evaluation of student Resident Assistant Staff
    -Supervise & evaluate up to 14 Resident Success Assistants (RSA) and a Senior RSA
    -Build staff cohesion via regular supervisory meetings & on-going training
    -Oversee Residential Curriculum initiatives aiding in community development
  • Serve as a local conduct officer and crisis/emergency responder
    - Perform conduct hearings for residents in assigned area
    - Participation in campus on-duty coverage rotation
    - Respond to crisis and emergency incidents in residential facilities
  • Residence Hall and Departmental Administration
    - Prepare and facilitate the opening and closing of residential facilities
    - Monitor and track facility and operational needs within residential facility

Additional Position & Departmental Responsibilities:
- Conduct evening office hours three evenings during the week after ordinary workday hours as prescribed by supervisor
- Maintain permanent, full-time on-campus residency in the assigned area. RHDs are required to be present in the area a minimum of 5 nights per week, and 2 weekends per month.
- Other related responsibilities as assigned
Minimum Requirements:

Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling, or related field is required
One to three years graduate or professional experience in student life. Live-in residence life experience strongly preferred
Experience in student development and leadership
Must have valid driver's license and vehicle for on-duty coverage

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with MAP-Works or other forms of student-retention software
Direct experience with retention related efforts and initiatives

Salary range: $32,000 to $34,000 and compensation package that includes full University Benefits, abbreviated meal plan, and a furnished apartment.

Anticipated Start Date: July 8, 2019 (flexible)


  • Start Date: 7/8/2019 - Approximate
  • Education: Master's Degree Required
  • Work Experience: 0 - 2 years
  • Part/Full Time: Full-Time

Contact / Additional Information

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