Graduate Resident Director

The Department of Residential Life, Housing and Food Service is committed to providing students with resources and experiences that will complement their academics.  The department is committed to providing services for our residents that far exceed mere room and board. The Graduate Resident Director position is an integral part of the delivery system to provide positive experiences for our resident students.

 Graduate Resident Director - Position Description

 The Graduate Resident Director will provide general support in developing and supervising a residence hall community.  Specific duties will vary depending on assignment and the needs of the department and may include:

  •  Supervise or assist with supervision of Para-Professionals.
  • Assist with the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of student staff.
  • Participate in on-call duty rotation, providing 24-hour crisis and emergency response.
  • Coordinate staff community development and programming efforts to meet the needs of the residence hall community and make sure all community development requirements are met.
  • Maintain programming budget and coordinate programming purchases.
  • Advise hall government.
  • Serve as a residence hall conduct officer for assigned residence hall.
  • Assist with or coordinate housing operations, including front desk operations, follow-up on maintenance needs, key control, room condition reports, room changes, and payroll.
  • Participate in programs to assist students who require academic intervention.
  • Promote the goals of the department as it pertains to diversity and social justice.
  • 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
    • Intramurals/ Homecoming Coordination
  • Other duties as assigned, including various administrative tasks needed for operating a residence hall.

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for an assistantship, students must be admitted to a degree-granting Graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno and be in good academic standing. Graduate 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 between 6 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 hours per week. 

In addition, a room and board (while classes are in session) plan will be provided with the requirement 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 15 additional hours per week.

Graduate Resident Directors also receive 15 Academic Success Days for the duration of their 10-month contract which provides them with the opportunity to take time off from their position for personal development.

The Graduate Resident Director position does not offer paid annual or sick leave.

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
  • 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.