Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Job Description

The Reed College Resident Director (RD) position offers a unique professional opportunity to lead student communities strongly committed to the college’s academic mission.

The Resident Director is a professional staff position that serves as a 10 month live-in, primary manager for multiple on-campus residence halls in support of the college’s academic mission. The RD provides support, programming, information, and referrals to the Reed student community. The RD is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating up to 15 House Advisers; maintaining a high visibility presence in the residence halls and across campus, including regular office hours; and assisting and supervising student staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of residence hall educational and social programs. They also advise students on matters related to Residence Life, which includes mediating conflicts and making referrals to appropriate campus resources for specialized assistance; and follow-up on resident concerns.

RDs at Reed are encouraged to use creativity, critical thinking, good judgment, professionalism, and a commitment to student development in order to support relationships and activities in a community governed by Reed’s Honor Principle. The institution places a strong emphasis on relationship building and conversations, rather than disciplinary action. Residence Life’s l approach is based in harm reduction, motivational interviewing, student autonomy, and restorative practices.

Who You Are

  • You are drawn to roles oriented to help and support others as they develop a sense of self and how their identity and morals interact with their communities.
  • You are a continual learner and comfortable asking questions when you don’t know the answer.
  • You are open to engaging in difficult discussions about race, religion, culture, nationality, gender, and gender identities. Others would describe you as open-minded.
  • You prefer working in a diverse environment where you can support students and colleagues from all backgrounds.
  • You are the person that people turn to with a problem or crisis because they can rely on you for a calm and thoughtful response.
  • People would describe you as adaptable in new situations and environments and you are comfortable with change.
  • You demonstrate proactive behaviors in solving problems, and you bring your unique perspective when determining a solution.
  • You enjoy working in collaborative and creative teams but are highly self-motivated.
  • You care about details. You’re the person who has a backup system to make sure that you don’t miss important components.
  • You can juggle multiple processes and tasks at the same time and you always make sure to follow-through.
  • You are clear about setting and communicating appropriate professional boundaries and your work ethic supports that.

Essential Duties 

  • Student staff supervision: hire, train, and evaluate up to 15 House Advisers
  • Manage a community of approximately 250-300 students. Be available, approachable and responsive to students.
  • Provide and/or facilitate educational opportunities that enhance student learning and growth in areas including academic and personal success, honor, community, diversity and inclusion, and wellness
  • Case manage students in respective areas group, which includes conducting meetings with residents as follow-up to violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and other disruptive and/or harmful behaviors; Advise and refer individual students and groups regarding personal and academic needs, Residence Life procedures, and College policies
  • Crisis Management: serve in an after hours on-call capacity and triage students of concern in collaboration with on-call team
  • Housing Operations: manage ongoing facility maintenance, complete room inventories, assist with opening and closing, support main office operations
  • Departmental Initiatives: participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and provide input in the development of policies and procedures


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Two years of full-time professional experience post baccalaureate degree preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competencies:  experience must include working with people from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills

Working Conditions 

Campus apartment is within a residence hall and the RD is visible to students during their non-scheduled hours. This position is exempt and work schedules are influenced by student, staff, and community needs. Work outside of traditional hours may include consultative assistance to staff, students, attendance at special events and functions, staff training and development participation, and on-call responsibilities.

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Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.