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Hall Director Job Description


General Position Description

The Office of Residential Life & Housing is seeking an enthusiastic, creative, and responsible graduate student to serve as Hall Director for the 2014-2015 academic year. Reporting to an Associate Director, the Hall Director (HD) supports the Office of Residential Life & Housing in its mission to create an exceptional on-campus living experience. The HD trains, supervises, and evaluates a team of Resident Assistants, facilitates weekly one-on-one and team meetings, oversees all programming initiatives, responds to student concerns and issues, and upholds all college policies. Additionally, all HDs participate in the professional on-call rotation during evenings, weekends, and holidays.

This is a ten month, live-in position requiring day, evening, and weekend responsibilities. HDs must hold at least twenty hours of office availability per week and must participate in one Residential Life committee.

Residential Life & Housing organization chart



Staff Development

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate a team of Resident Assistants (RAs)
  • Assist RAs in creating a community that is conducive to their students’ academic and personal success
  • Facilitate weekly 1:1 meetings and RA team meetings
  • Oversee all Residential Life programs, activities, and events
  • Assist with budget management, including responsibly balancing petty cash and processing receipts
  • Be available, approachable, and accessible within the residence hall to residents and RA team
  • Uphold all College and Housing policies and procedures
  • Serve as a Hearing Officer for low-level cases, as assigned by your direct supervisor
On-Call Responsibilities
  • Respond to all emergency situations in a calm and responsible manner
  • Participate in the professional on-call rotation as the first on-site responder:
    • HD-on-Call hours are from 5PM to 9AM on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends and holidays
    • While on-call, HDs must be within a 20 block radius from campus and be able to respond to any incident
  • Document all incidents in a responsible and timely manner
  • HDs must understand, communicate, and uphold all College and Housing policies and procedures
  • Be knowledgeable of all campus and community resources and provide information to residents when needed
  • Have a great awareness of and sensitivity to cultural norms, diversity, and multiculturalism
  • Exhibit effective listening and mediation skills
  • Refer residents to on-campus resources when there is a need for professional attention
  • Be visible, available, and approachable to the student staff and area residents
  • Mediate conflicts between roommates and suitemates when necessary
  • Uphold the established standards of privacy and confidentiality
  • Role model appropriate behavior at all times
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Respond to all residential life and housing related email and messages within 24 hours
  • Develop and facilitate training sessions during August and January RA Training
  • Assist with the resolution of crisis in an educational and timely manner
  • Oversee and evaluate all residence hall programs, activities, and events
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with supervisor and all HD team meetings
  • Conduct thorough monthly walk-through of building(s)
  • Act as liaison between Residential Life and Facilities Operations to assist with all room and building concerns
  • Complete a minimum of 20 office hours per week; preferably between 9AM-5PM, Monday-Friday
  • Actively participate in at least one Residential Life & Housing committee
  • All other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Enrollment in a graduate program in close proximity to Barnard College, not to exceed 16 credits per semester (including internship credits)
  • Available to work at least 20 hours a week; flexible day and evening hours

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior residential life and housing experience
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Propensity to work independently and interdependently within a team
  • Ability to work with a diverse student and staff population
  • Ability to exercise initiative and sound judgment
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and responsibilities

Employment Dates

The position begins August 4, 2014 and ends May 31, 2015. This is a ten month position with a possible extension into summer and future academic years based on a positive performance evaluation.