Job Information

University of Utah Residential Director for Residential Education in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/24/2022

Requisition Number PRN30619B

Job Title Residential Education Coordinator

Working Title Residential Director for Residential Education

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Executive

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

  1. The Resident Director for Residential Education is a full time, live-in staff member.
  2. The Resident Director for Residential Education will keep regular office hours. Evening and weekend commitments will be required to fulfill duties of the position.
  3. While serving on-call, the RD will remain within a 20-minute response time of the University. RDs are expected to serve on call during holidays, weekends, and evenings as needed to ensure 24/7 coverage. On-call responsibilities are split among staff members.
  4. Essential Personnel: This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department, and as such, must be accessible and available in the event of emergencies or when needed to meet the ongoing mission of the University.

NOTE : The majority of Resident Director work will be completed in-person on-site with some options for work from home.

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00307 - Housing & Residential Educ

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $47,500

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

We are seeking several RDs to join our team as soon as possible. There are several roles for immediate start and also positions for a June start date. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position will close once we have found candidates with the skills and experiences matching our needs.

The Resident Director position is a 12 month, full-time, live-in, professional staff position within Housing & Residential Education and the Student Affairs Division at the University of Utah. Reporting to an Assistant Director, Resident Directors manage either an area or a program for the benefit and support of our residents.

The University of Utah and the Department of Housing and Residential Education are in an exciting period of rapid growth and change. Our city and campus are evolving and, therefore, so is our department! We believe it is vital to round out our team with people who are both excited to be a part of a consistently developing department and also prepared to work through the challenges that change may present. Key qualities we seek are:

1. Teammates who are comfortable with change. As we work toward our strategic goals we know the needs of our department will change; we seek people who are willing and able to help us change course to meet those goals.

2. Teammates who are prepared for potential uncertainties that may occasionally arise from change. We understand change can be uncomfortable; we seek people who have the desire and persistence to work with our team to move through those difficulties.

Housing & Residential Education ( HRE ) and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with the team and with our residents.

NOTE : The University of Utah is a tobacco free campus. Smoking is prohibited on campus property. Smoking cessation support is provided to faculty, staff, and students.

NOTE : There is no visa sponsorship available for this position.

COVID -19 Acknowledgement:

As with much of Higher Education, the University of Utah and Housing & Residential Education are navigating difficult times due to the impacts of COVID -19. Based on evolving needs and restrictions while the nation addresses the pandemic, it should be understood that all staffing positions may experience adjusted roles and tasks, sometimes on short notice, to meet the changing needs of our students. Flexibility and adaptability are essential and the RDs will be supported through these adjustments by their supervisor as needed.

About Student Affairs

Student Affairs ( is comprised of over 20 departments and is focused on supporting student well-being and success with the ultimate goal of assisting students in discovering their passion, people, and purpose. To that end, we aim to foster an environment that encourages employees to embrace innovative service delivery methods to best meet the needs of our students. As a result, students have the opportunity to participate in the creation of campus culture, collaboratively working alongside professional staff, student leaders, and academic partners.

Student Affairs is committed to the grounding of our programs, procedures, and policies in the tenets of anti-racism and inclusion. We recognize the continued importance of education and accountability that promote equity and social justice. Our expectation is that all employees are engaged in this work to create a welcoming environment that supports the success of both students and staff and ensures they have the opportunity to be fully incorporated into university life.


1. Supervision

  • Train, supervise, and evaluate a staff of 10-17 Student Leaders.
  • Indirectly mentor our departmental Graduate Assistants with the goal of fully preparing them to be a professional in the field of Student Affairs and/or Housing.
  • Meet regularly with supervisees on an individual and group basis, while directly overseeing student staff meetings and functions.
  • Provide training and ongoing professional development for student staff.

2. Administrative Tasks

  • Assist in the development and proper interpretation of policies and procedures among staff and students.
  • Serve as a liaison to Administrative Services, Accounting, and Facilities staff regarding resident management as needed to support residents and manage spaces.
  • Serve on or Chair a Residential Education committee to assist with essential team tasks such as Student Leader selection and training.
  • Maintain an area budget and approve staff expenditures in accordance with purchasing guidelines.
  • Work to advance the University, Division of Student Affairs, and HRE’s strategic plan through participation in goal setting, program implementation, committee/task force work and assessment efforts.
  • Attend various meetings on a weekly/biweekly basis including, but not limited to: Residential Education staff meetings, area staff meetings, committee meetings, and weekly meetings with students and supervisors.
  • Participate in and/or manage large scale annul processes such as training, opening/move-in, evaluations, etc.

3. Emergency and Crisis Response

  • Take part in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation along with all HRE Resident Director staff.
  • Respond to emergency situations and assist in resolving resident and facilities concerns and needs.
  • Provide appropriate post-crisis referrals and follow-up with students and staff as needed.
  • Serve as a liaison with the University Police Department, Dean of Students, and Counseling Center.
  • Share responsibility in maintaining health, fire, and safety standards.
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority for the University of Utah and assist in reporting incident information as needed.

4. Curricular Approach Management and facilitation

Direct student leaders in functional areas to facilitate lesson plans and meet learning outcomes defined by HRE’s Residential Learning Model ( RLM ).

  • Oversee the development of a community and educational environment that encourages student engagement, positive relationships, and student success.
  • Assist with annual edits and updates to continue the growth of the RLM .
  • Support assessment measures to ensure resident learning is occurring as a result of RLM efforts.

5. Facilities Management

  • Work with the building team (Custodial Crew Leader and Maintenance Mechanic) on the management of spaces.
  • Walk through community spaces on a regular basis to identify cleanliness, maintenance, and upgrade needs.

6. Student Conduct

  • Respond and process alleged policy violations as reported by staff, students, University Police, or community members utilizing HRE’s Advocate software package.
  • Serve as a primary hearing officer for high level cases leading up to eviction occurring within buildings of direct responsibility.
  • Train, instruct, and oversee graduate assistants in their role as hearing officers during the student conduct process.
  • Maintain due process and a learning-centered philosophy when sanctioning and engaging in the conduct process.

7. Community Relations

  • Maintain close communication and positive relationships with residents, students, and professional staff. Coordinate and represent the Housing & Residential Education Department on committees, recruitment activities, or projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus two years experience in residence life management, programming, student activities or equivalency required. Demonstrated supervision, organization, planning, group dynamics, human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Master’s degree in College Student Personnel or related area and one year post-master’s related experience preferred.


  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse student population, supporting the needs of marginalized students, and engaging students and staff on issues of diversity and social justice.
  • Previous experience in supervision, administration, organization, and planning.
  • Demonstrated experience leading student staff teams.
  • Demonstrated experience with student conduct, crisis intervention, and emergency response.
  • Direct experience working in housing.
  • Direct experience responding to student crisis and/or facility emergencies.
  • Experience analyzing and resolving conflict, building teams, and managing group dynamics.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging principles within Student Affairs and Housing & Residential Education.
  • Ability to multi-task and remain organized in a high energy and fast paced department.
  • Knowledge of sound fiscal and ethical budgetary practices.
  • Previous experience advising student organizations/boards.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

The compensation package for this position includes the following:

  1. Starting annual salary: $47,500 beginning as soon as agreed upon. RD and REC Training will begin on June 27, 2022
  2. Full University benefit plan:
  • Immediate 14.2% University contribution to 401k retirement plan
  • Health and dental insurance options
  • 50% tuition after 6 months of employment
  1. Two bedroom apartment (furnishings available), which includes all utilities and internet
  2. $1,200 in professional development funds
  3. Partial meal plan when dining service is in session
  4. Partial moving expense coverage

At the University of Utah, we believe that our staff should feel at home while living on campus. In reflecting this philosophy, our department adheres to an inclusive partner policy, which allows for partners, family, roommates, etc., to live with staff if they so choose. We also allow pets (cats, dogs, fish, birds, etc.) as per Housing & Residential Education pet policy.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.