Graduate Residence Hall Director

The graduate residence hall director provides primary leadership and overall management of a residence hall housing approximately 300-500 students. This position is directly supervised by a residence hall director or complex coordinator. This is a live-in position that involves a level of accessibility and accountability to all students and staff members. The graduate residence hall director is responsible for fostering a responsible, inclusive community; providing intentional, development-based supervision; utilizing sound fiscal management and business practices; and ensuring a safe, comfortable living environment for students through use of a residential curriculum model. In some complexes, the graduate hall director may also work closely with faculty advisors and house coordinators who provide leadership and support the living-learning communities. All residential communities support and contribute to the academic mission of our institution.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Counsels, advises and refers residents on personal and academic matters.
  • Co-advises community council.


  • Creates intentional efforts to interact with students and provides opportunities for student growth and development using the residential curriculum.
  • Supports the mission, policies and procedures of the department and university.
  • Promotes and develops an inclusive and academically supportive community.
  • Assists with departmental initiatives as needed.


  • Actively participates as a member of the area team, along with additional graduate residence hall directors, residence hall directors, complex coordinators, office support staff, community police officers, faculty coordinators, Campus Dining Services staff and facilities staff.
  • Seeks opportunities to work collaboratively with departmental, divisional and campus partners through committees, liaison relationships and other interactions.
  • Collaborates directly with faculty advisors and house coordinators for the living-learning communities housed in the residence halls as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with other staff within the complex and across Housing and residential services to ensure consistently sharing best practice.
  • Assists with summer conference operations.
  • Assists with the management of hall facilities and budget.
  • Works collaboratively with the office support staff to manage building occupancy.


  • Supervises five to 10 community advisors.
  • Assists with the selection, training, development and evaluation of student staff.
  • Establishes and maintains regularly scheduled office hours.

Crisis Management and Adjudication

  • Adjudicates low-level violations of university and Housing and Residential Services policies.
  • Responds to crisis and emergency situations and communicates necessary information appropriately.
  • Participates in area on-call duty rotation including weeknights, weekends and break periods when the university may be closed.
  • Serves as a Campus Security Authority and assists with the process of reporting crimes to maintain accurate and timely crime statistics and to increase the overall safety of our campus.

Programming Development/Planning

  • Assists staff members in assessing student needs and providing strategies through use of the residential curriculum to effectively meet those needs.

Position Requirements

  • Admitted to Northern Illinois University graduate school and enrolled in a graduate course of study.
  • Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in counseling, adult and higher education, but those pursuing degrees in a closely related field or discipline at NIU will also be considered.
  • Successful background check clearance.


  • Experience working with students of diverse educational, racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Previous residential communities experience or group living experience.


10-month, 20-hour-per-week position

  • Start Date: Mid-July
  • Salary: $1,500 per month
  • Housing in residence hall: furnished one-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment with local phone, cable services and high-speed internet.
  • Meal plan when Campus Dining Services is in operation.
  • Other benefits: Tuition waiver, professional development funds and reserved parking at a reduced rate (taxable benefit and domestic partnership benefits available). Summer employment may also be available.

Contact Information

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Housing and Residential Services
Neptune East 145
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Office: 815-753-1526
Fax: 815-753-9226

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