Hall Director Job Description


General Position Description

The Residential Life & Housing Office is seeking enthusiastic, creative, and responsible graduate studenta to serve as Hall Directors for the 2015-2016 academic year. Reporting to an Associate Director, the Hall Director (HD) supports the Residential Life & Housing office 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 one Residential Life committee and 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 with the majority of hours being Monday through Friday from 9AM -5PM. 

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, responsible, and professional 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 with the majority being 9AM-5PM; flexible day and evening hours
  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior Residential Life and Housing or Student Affairs experience
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
  • Propensity to work independently and interdependently within a team

Employment Dates

  • The position begins August 3, 2015, and ends May 31, 2016.
  • This is a ten month position with a possible extension into summer and future academic years based on a positive performance evaluation.