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Residence Director Positions


Welcome to the online home of the Residence Director position at Northeastern University. In the pages ahead, interested applicants will find a wealth of information regarding the position, our institutional mission and culture, life in Boston, and many of the frequently asked questions posed by candidates in the past.

We invite you to explore everything there is to see and look forward to working with you as future candidates and colleagues.

Position Summary

The Residence Director is a 12-month, live-in professional staff position within the Department of Residential Life. The Residence Director’s responsibilities include:

  • The creation of a residential community conducive to the social and intellectual growth of its 250 – 700 resident students
  • The direct supervision and development of a paraprofessional staff of 5-15 Resident Assistants
  • The opportunity to support one or more Living Learning Communities, if present in the RD’s residential area; Northeastern offers an exciting variety of vibrant LLCs.
  • The housing and occupancy administration of one or more residential communities
  • Participation in on-going crisis management and an on-call duty rotation for a residential campus of more than 9,000 students
  • Service on several departmental committees/taskforces including:
    • RA Selection, Training, and Development
    • Professional Staff Selection, Training, and Development
    • First Year Experience
    • Second Year Experience
    • Housing Task Force
    • nuExchange
    • SafeZones
  • A summer assignment with External Events & Conference Housing, New Student Orientation, or summer-session housing

A complete position description is available via the HRM website (
A .pdf of the position description is available by clicking here. 

Qualifications Of A Successful Candidate

  • Education and graduate/professional experience:
    • Master’s Degree in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or related field preferred; experience as a liveā€in professional or graduate assistant in a residence hall setting
  • Experience mediating and resolving conflict among students and peers
  • Working knowledge of theories related to community and/or student development
  • Commitment to multicultural competency and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated administrative, supervisory, and communication skills 
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to work autonomously within a fast-paced urban campus
  • Willingness to listen, educate, and work collaboratively
  • Familiarity with common software such as Microsoft Office
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check (prior to position offer)

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