Graduate Residence Director

Wheaton College - Massachusetts  |  Norton, MA

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Posted about 2 weeks ago Internship

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Position Title:

Graduate Residence Director

Job Type: Housing/Residence Life
Location: Norton, MA
Positions Available: 1
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit, 4-year
Institution Size: < 2,000 Students
Employer ID: 28602

Stated Non-Discrimination Policy

Gender Expression / Identity Sexual Orientation


Housing for Position:
Domestic Partners Allowed:
Housing for Position:
Domestic Partners Allowed:
Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education, Other
0-1 Year

Bachelors Required
Major Preference:
Higher Education, Other
0-1 Year

Position Description

The Graduate Residence Director (GRD) is a 10-month, part-time, live-in position that is responsible for assisting with the overall completion of various administrative tasks and leadership of a cluster of three first-year residence halls and staff of undergraduate Resident Advisors. The GRDworks an average of 20 hours per week; however, during August and January training periods, hours will likely reach around 30 hours per week.

The Assistant Director for Residential Leadership Programs/Area Coordinator (AC) is the primary supervisor to the undergraduate student Resident Advisors. The GRD assists with guidance, facilitating one-on-ones, staff meetings, etc. as needed or requested.

Due to the complexities and demands placed on the GRD position, it is expected that GRD will view the position as their primary internship. This position has been designed for a graduate student to be enrolled in a master’s program during the academic year of hire. Compensation includes a stipend, on-campus apartment and meal plan.

Responsibilities of the Graduate Residence Director include, but are not limited to, the following:

Housing Operations
• Is visible and available to the residents of the quad by holding regular office hours, attending events and programs, being present and visible within the residence hall community, and attending/facilitating community initiatives.
• Participates in hall opening and closing processes.
• Assists with logistics pertaining to room changes, keys, and checkouts.

Crisis, Conflict, and Safety Management
• Responds to student and community issues and concerns including roommate conflicts, community conflicts, student and community behavior, facility concerns and conduct violations.
• Upholds and enforces the Code of Student Conduct and Residential Life Community Standards; documenting residents as needed.
• Participates in Tier 1 duty rotation responding to crises and RA needs in an on-call capacity. 
• Serves as a conduct officer regarding violations of residence hall and college policies, including low-level violation adjudications, and following up in conjunction with the Dean’s office.

Staff Development
• Provides guidance to 11 Resident Assistants (RA) and two Lead Resident Advisors (LRAS) as needed, including training, facilitation of staff meetings and one-on-one meetings, processing evaluations, providing programming advice and other professional advice, etc.
• Assists in recognition efforts of Resident Advisors including mailbox recognition, staff bonding initiatives, etc.
• Maintains Resident Advisor records and filing system in a formal and timely manner.
• Helps with hiring, evaluation, and selection of the student Resident Advisor staff (ongoing), including interview day and group process day.

General Administration
• Assists with coordination of monthly Resident Advisor in-services.
• Carries out administrative duties such as filing, typing, copying, scanning, etc. as requested.
• Corresponds with Resident Advisors and residents in the YMC quad as necessary. 
• Maintains monthly Residential Life newsletter.
• Assists with Residential Life assessment efforts.
• Assists with responding to emails sent to the Residential Life email by students, parents, etc.

Additional Responsibilities
• Participates in all required professional staff training and development.
• The position is identified as a Title IX Responsible Employee and a Clery Campus Security Authority and is expected to respond and report accordingly. 
• Understands, is committed to, and implements affirmative action and nondiscrimination regulations, policies and principles. 
• Handles multiple projects and tasks at any given time as requested by the supervisor.
• Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
• Handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
• Anticipates the needs of others in order to ensure seamless and positive experience.


Wheaton College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Requirements

• Enrolled in a master’s degree program in college student personnel administration, higher education administration, or related area.
• The term of employment is expected to be July 29th through May 22nd. We anticipate typical weeks will average 20 hours per week. The exception is during August and January training periods when hours will likely reach around 30 hours per week. 
• Evidence of strong interpersonal communication skills and the ability to interact with diverse populations.
• Mature communication skills and ability to work effectively with students, parents, and colleagues.
• Ability to work independently and with good judgment in complex situations.
• Demonstrated experience and skills related to program development and student development.

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