Graduate Resident Director Job Description

Overview of the Office of Residence Life

Miami University’s Office of Residence Life works to establish an educational living and learning environment for approximately 8,000 students residing in 38 residence halls and apartments each of which houses between 80 and 450 students.

Overview of the Position

The Graduate Resident Director is responsible for the operation of one or two residence halls, housing between 90 and 225 students. People in this position are charged with shaping the environment and experiences of residential students by providing services and programs focused on the Office of Residence Life’s Residential Curriculum. This position reports to an Assistant Director of Residence Life.

Basic Qualifications

This position requires a Bachelor's degree in any field.  Enrollment in any graduate program at Miami University for the period of the assistantship is necessary. 

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience with second year programs, residence life, and/or counseling is preferred.

Job Responsibilities

Listed below are both specific job duties of the Graduate Resident Director position as well as minimum professional standards expected of all Residence Life employees.  These responsibilities encompass student and community development initiatives, both proactive and reactive, that directly influence the success of our residential students.   They also detail administrative responsibilities, foundational to this success.  Finally, they delineate behaviors that connote professionalism and a commitment to the values of the Office of Residence Life.

Community Development

  • Cultivate a positive and engaging living environment that enables students to build relationships and to foster a sense of belonging
  • Maintain high visibility and availability, including attending community events, and regularly touring the community and interacting with residents
  • Know the residents order to provide personal, social, academic, and occupational support
  • Utilize institutional data to assess and respond to student needs
  • Collaborate with faculty and staff to implement residential learning opportunities
  • Serve as the financial, programmatic, and leadership adviser to the Community Leadership Team

Supervision

  • Supervise and train 1-7 resident assistants
  • Host weekly staff meetings to communicate upcoming events, discuss community concerns, and facilitate professional development experiences related to the four goals of the Residential Curriculum
  • Conduct bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with staff members
  • Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting behavioral issues and concerns
  • Provide regular formal and information feedback regarding job performance
  • Ensure that Resident Assistant duty procedures are followed
  • Oversee implementation of programs that enable student achievement of the goals of the Residential Curriculum

Student Conduct and Crisis Management

  • Review all incident reports and police reports (if available) for incidents that take place in the community and/or involve residents living in the community
  • Respond to residents in need, referring to other professionals, when appropriate
  • Adjudicate student conduct cases, track sanction completion, refer to cases or ongoing situations of concern
  • Provide leadership during times of crisis in and adjacent to the community
  • Assist in emergency situations as needed
  • Implement Miami University and Office of Residence Life objectives, policies, rules, and procedures
  • Provide programs and other proactive educational interventions to enhance good decision-making by residents

Professional Development & Administration

  • Report, track, and follow up on maintenance issues with appropriate building managers, housekeeping staff, and physical facilities employees
  • Administer student check-in, check-out, and room changes; assist with room condition and damage billing processes
  • Participate in departmental and divisional professional development activities
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and training of staff members for the Office of Residence Life
  • Serve as the primary contact to parents and family members of residents

Overarching Staff Expectations

  • Serve as a role model for all hall staff and residents in personal and professional behaviors
  • Practice ethical stewardship of university resources
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity by promoting and attending campus & community multicultural events, facilitating professional development with RA staff, presenting on diversity, or implementing strategies.
  • Demonstrate a consistent willingness to work with individuals from different race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, ideology, religion, and national origin backgrounds.
  • Create and maintain positive professional relationships within the department and across the university
  • Fulfill other general duties assigned by the Office of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs and/or Miami University

Application Information

For candidates applying to the Student Affairs in Higher Education [SAHE] program:

Consideration for the academic program and graduate assistantships is done simultaneously through one application. Applications to the SAHE program include an assistantship preference sheet, which includes Residence Life assistantships. Candidates interested in Residence Life assistantships should mark this interest on the preference sheet. Candidates can express interest in multiple assistantships in the Office of Residence Life. The Department of Educational Leadership will forward candidates' resumes, letters of recommendation, and personal statements to The Office of Residence Life for review. Please visit the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program website for more details.

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Miami University is an EOE/AA employer. 

Students and employees should bring questions or concerns to the attention of the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Hanna House, (513) 529-7157 (V/TTY) and (513) 529-7158 (fax). Students and employees with disabilities may contact the Office of Disability Resources, 19 Campus Avenue Building, (513) 529-1541 (V/TTY) and (513) 529-8595 (fax).

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More Information

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