Residence Hall Director

Help students adjust to college life to keep them safe and relatively sane.

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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Residence Hall Directors do?

The term “college residence hall” evokes images of wild, half-naked college students stumbling from room to room in the hours leading up to their 8 a.m. exams. At least, that’s what happens under the gaze of less savvy watchdogs. As Residence Hall Director, you’re responsible for running a tight ship while also building a trusting rapport with young people.

College students can be an unruly bunch, but with the right approach, you’ll help foster the kind of experience that students will never forget. And in a good way.

You must be able to handle a flexible schedule, and be open to working nonstandard hours and weekends. Living on-site is most often a requirement. Your commitment to the development of students means knowing the college or university’s policies and procedures by heart. It’s your job to respond to any emergency situations — should they arise — and report inappropriate conduct to your superiors.

But Residence Hall Directors aren’t just disciplinarians. You help students move in, plan icebreakers, and get to know them on a personal level. Should any concerns arise, they turn to you first.

Not everyone is cut out to for the job. Get ready to catch wafts of Febreze at all times of day. Certain situations demand that you be a stickler for the rules. But if you like to socialize and reminisce about your college days, you can’t go wrong with a career as a Residence Hall Director.


Should I be a Residence Hall Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Area Director, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Assistant Hall Director, Director of Residence Life See More

    How to become a Residence Hall Director

    Most Residence Hall Directors have a Master's degree or a Bachelor's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:ipa9pa&chl=no+college+%2827%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2849%25%29|master%27s+%2812%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,27,49
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