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Graduate Resident Director Position Description

Graduate Resident Director - Position Description

Under the guidance and supervision of the Resident Director (RD) or the Area Director (AD), the Graduate Resident Director will provide general support in developing and supervising a residence hall community.

The Graduate Resident Director will assist with the direction of a residence hall community. Specific duties will vary depending on assignment and the needs of the department and include:

  • Supervise or assist with supervision of 5-16 Student Staff.
  • Assist with the recruitment, selection, and training of student staff.
  • Participate in on-call duty rotation, providing 24-hour crisis response.
  • Coordinate all staff programming efforts to meet the needs of the residence hall community and make sure all programming requirements are met.
  • Maintain programming budget and coordinate programming purchases.
  • Advise leadership council.
  • Serve as a residence hall conduct officer for assigned residence hall.
  • Assist with or coordinate front desk operations.
  • Assist with or coordinate housing operations, including follow-up on maintenance needs, as well as maintaining key control and room condition reports.
  • Participate in programs to assist students who require academic intervention.
  • Assist with opening, closing, and finals week activities.
  • Participate in at least one additional committee/departmental area as assigned. Some options could include:
    • Coordinating Prospective Student Tours
    • Student Staff Recruitment & Selection Committee
    • Student Staff Training & Development Committee
    • Diversity & Social Justice Committee
    • Academic Success Committee
    • Health and Wellness Committee
    • Intramural Coordination
  • Other duties as assigned, including various administrative tasks needed for operating a residence hall.

Direct Supervisor:

Resident Director or Area Director, depending upon building assignments

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for an assistantship, students must be admitted to a degree-granting program at the University of Nevada, Reno and be in good academic standing. The students must maintain an overall graduate studies GPA of at least 3.00 and must be continuously enrolled in at least 6 graduate level credits throughout the duration of the assistantship.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous residence life experience and/or pursuing graduate study in Educational Leadership program with Higher Education Administration emphasis.


This 10-month renewable position (with potential option to work summers as needed) includes a stipend of $1,700.00 per month, medical coverage, and 10 credits per semester (at minimal cost).  Professional development funds for conference attendance may also be available. While the hours required for the position will vary depending on the time of year and the needs of the department, Graduate Resident Directors will work an average of 20-25 hours per week. 

In addition, a room and board plan while classes are in session will be provided with the expectation that the Graduate Resident Director participate in the on-call duty rotation and maintain availability and visibility during non-business hours for night, weekend, and holiday programming and events; which will result in an average of 10 additional hours per week.

Special Qualifications Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Proficient in MS Excel and MS Word
  • Good people skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work in a team environment, and independently as needed
  • Ability to travel or if expected to drive a state vehicle, must have Nevada State Driver's License or ability to obtain one within required time period
  • Carry out physical activity requirements commensurate with duties of the position, i.e., walk up multiple flights of stairs in case of emergency, lift 25 pounds, etc.


Graduate assistantships are available to graduate students at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Specific policies pertaining to graduate assistants are provided in Title 4, Chapter 5 of the Board of Regents Handbook.

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