Location: Ithaca, New York
Residence Hall Director
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Student and Campus Life (SCL) inspires transformation in all Cornell students on their journey of individual, academic and personal evolution. Our division is comprised of leading student affairs experts who support our campus on pressing student life matters including public service, health, wellness, social justice, residential living, food services, sports, recreation, career services, and student activities and organizations including sorority and fraternity life. We provide support and services to roughly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on multiple campuses in the U.S. and abroad.
The Office of Housing & Residential Life is committed to providing a residential experience of the highest quality for each of our residents. This includes providing a safe, comfortable, diverse, as well as purposeful living and learning environment aligned with the University's values and learning goals. Through partnerships with University faculty and staff and our H&RL pillars, we foster students' personal growth, critical thinking, intellectual engagement, and social responsibility that is designed to educate, challenge, and develop our students.
Pillars of our Residential Experience
- Belonging at Cornell
- Social Responsibility
- Academic Empowerment
- Culture of Care
- Navigating Transitions
The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is a 12-month, live in position that provides leadership, community and program development, administrative management, student conduct adjudication, and ranging in size from 60-500 undergraduate students. Depending on the type and size of the residence hall, the RHD will supervise, train, and utilize approximately 5-20 resident advisors (RA), or Cornell student staff members. RHDs will work collaboratively with their teams and with a cohort of Faculty & Community Fellows, Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) in some first-year communities, or applicable campus partners and/or aligned academic departments. The RHD is ultimately expected to provide a safe, inclusive, purposeful living and learning environment to support student involvement, development, and active citizenship.
A successful Residence Hall Director must demonstrate strong innovative programming skills that promote co-curricular engagement while effectively balancing administrative tasks with critical student interactions to support individual and student successes. The RHD should have an enthusiasm for working with a diverse population of students and can successfully collaborate with academic departments, University offices, and alumni groups as appropriate. The RHD must remain flexible, supportive, and engaged while exercising good judgment and sound decision-making skills to ensure a safe and enriching environment for our students.
Type of Communities:
First-year/Sophomore/Upper-Level (sophomore-senior) Housing
Program Houses are living learning communities which focus on a variety of interests and affinities. These close-knit communities have a high level of involvement with regular events, programming, and outreach opportunities, often in collaboration with their specific living learning community organized student leaders and affiliated alumni. Our unique Program Houses are listed below:
We are currently seeking resumes and determining interest for our entire residential community and anticipate multiple hires will be made. We note below if a position is an anticipated or open position, and the expected start date. Open are known positions we are filling. Anticipated are positions that may become available during our search process. We will review and conduct interviews for anticipated positions, but cannot make offers until there is a confirmed vacancy:
- First-year communities, including our community for female and non-binary identified first years- anticipated start date July 6
- Second-year and upper-level communities- anticipated start date July 6
- Ecology House- anticipated start date July 6
- Equity and Engagement and Veteran's House- both are together within an upper-level area- anticipated start date July 6
If you are interested in joining our transformational team, include both your cover letter and resume, and indicate any areas you are particularly interested in through your cover letter. To request additional information, including a more detailed job breakdown please reach out to the HR contact listed on the job posting and request a full position description.
- Bachelor's degree required with at least 2 years relevant experience in residential administration, community development, student affairs program planning or implementation at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills including verbal and written communication.
- Demonstrated experience in being a team player, juggling multiple priorities, and working in a fast-paced environment.
- RHD's are generally expected to lift 10-20 lbs. with accommodations if required.
- Incumbent will be required to live in the residence halls 12 months per year.
- Master's degree in student personnel/higher education or closely related field is strongly preferred.
- Passion and excitement for working with students in residence.
- Experience in using a variety of basic and advanced business/technical programs/applications to perform responsibilities involving data management and analysis
University Job Title:
Res Hall Assoc I
Pay Rate Type:
$42,421.00 - $49,301.00
Remote Option Availability:
Number of Openings:
Job Titles and Pay Ranges:
Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
Unique applicable skills
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Online Submission Guidelines:
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.