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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Residential Life
Categories: Administration

Residence Director

Pay Status and Classification: Exempt, Regular full time

Supervisor: Director of Residence Life 

Position Purpose: Responsible for creating a welcoming living and learning environment for students in residence and providing support for the overall student campus experience. Serves as a key member of the Campus & Community Living & Learning team in the delivery of Union’s residential curriculum, known as the U Journey.

This is a 12 month live-in position. The position provides an on-campus furnished apartment (partners and pets permitted) with local phone, cable TV, internet access, cell phone, and meal allowance. 

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Community Development & Engagement: Works proactively proactively toward creating a community atmosphere in which people respect each other’s rights, cultures, and sensitivities. Plans and develops intellectually engaging educational and social programs and activities. Provides accurate advice and guidance to students based on their individual needs. Holds regular office hours for students to ask questions. Attends campus community events. 
  2. Staff Supervision: Hires, trains, and oversees 5-12 paraprofessionals (Resident Advisors/RAs).  Ensures ongoing staff development to help RAs learn leadership skills and mentor others. Educates all student staff about various campus resources. Manages and supports RA community development efforts, including the implementation of curricular engagement guides and corresponding assessments.
  3. Health and Safety: Monitors and intervenes with students who may be struggling academically and/or with other behavioral and developmental issues. Refers accordingly to services as needed. Participates in regular professional staff on-call rotation, providing crisis intervention and serving as a resource or referral agent. Serves as a campus judicial hearing officer.
  4. Building Management: Coordinates, maintains, and monitors assigned residence hall(s), including opening and closing procedures. Facilitates regular health and safety inspections in the residence hall. Ensures damages are reported and documented to the facilities department. Routinely walks assigned residential areas to check for any facilities issues and submits work orders as needed.
  5. Administration: Serves on college committees as assigned.  Facilitates room changes within the residential areas as appropriate, working closely with the Director and Assistant Director. Assists with administrative office duties. Offers to pitch in to help colleagues during crunch times and overlapping deliverables. 


  1. Master's degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel, Counseling or related field and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience.
  2. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.
  3. Ability to exercise exceptional judgment, ensure strict confidentiality, and demonstrate outstanding professionalism in a range of situations.
  4. Able to support, contribute to, and strengthen a vibrant, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community of students, alumni, faculty, and fellow staff colleagues.
  5. Ability to proactively identify and pursue relevant learning and professional development opportunities and apply new knowledge, insights, and skills to enhance results.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Knowledge of residential liberal arts college administration and cultural norms gained through a liberal arts education, continuing education, and/or relevant work, volunteer, and life experiences.
  2. Previous experience working in Student Affairs preferred. 
  3. Experience with leadership development programs and training.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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