Applications Due March 12, 2021
For the 2021-2022 Academic Year Leadership Positions
Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Resident Director! Resident Directors
(RDs) are paraprofessional staff members of the Office of Residence Life (ORL). As
such, the position of an RD is a very unique opportunity for you as a student leader,
and one that will help you in whatever career you are pursuing. RDs supervise their
own staff of Resident Assistants (RAs) in a Residence Hall, manage an aspect/collateral
of the ORL, and assist office staff with administrative tasks. RDs can have large
impacts on the student communities that they serve and have the opportunity to inspire
others. We are excited to get to know you more as you go through the application process!
Please read through the application instructions below and follow all directions carefully.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Assistant Director for Leadership,
Nathan Beck, at 435-283-7152 or via email at email@example.com.
- Free Family Style Apartment in a Residence Hall
- $3,800 Leadership Scholarship for the Academic year
- Split between fall & spring semesters ($1,900 Each Semester)
Duration: 2021-2022 Academic Year (Aug. 14, 2021- May 11, 2022)
- Snow College GPA of 3.0 or higher
- 12 completed Snow College credits during the spring semester
- Concurrent enrollment credits do not apply
- Two or more years of leadership experience preferred
- One or more years of Residence Life experience preferred but not required
- High moral character and work ethic
Application Deadline: March 12, 2021
- Complete the Online Application
- Write a Case Study Essay
- Email the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org (send as Word Doc, PDF, orJPEG files)
- Cover Letter
- Three Professional References
- Case Study Essay
- Photo (nice headshot picture, can be taken on a phone)
RD Applications Due...................................................Friday, March
March 15 - Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Decision Letters Sent..................................................Friday, April
Staff Training/Building Prep........................................Aug. 14 - Aug.
Resident Director Responsibilities
- Be aware of the residents in your building, their needs and concerns.
- Assist your Resident Assistant (RA) team in planning, organizing, and carrying out
regular programs for students to socialize, build community, and learn successful
- Act as a resource to students with questions or concerns.
- Assist with conflict mediation with residents
- Promote and encourage an appreciation of diversity among residents and encourage interaction
- Understand on-campus housing policies and how these rules promote successful living.
- Be an example and correct or address policy infringement both in and around the Residence
Halls. Complete incident reports when required.
- Participate in a rotating on-call schedule (including weekends and some holidays)
as part of our emergency response protocol, assist the Resident Assistant team in
addressing issues within the Residence Halls.
- Coordinate Floor Meetings arranged to assist in educating residents of policies and
- Distribute fliers of Campus and Community events.
- Maintain paperwork for resident check-in and check-out process, cleaning inspections,
furniture inventories, and other forms.
- Supervise a staff of 4-8 RAs, hold weekly staff meetings, create duty schedule, hold
one-on-one evaluations and oversee fulfillment of responsibilities.
- Attend weekly staff meetings with the Office of Residence Life, regular in-services,
and semester trainings.
- Work four hours in the Office of Residence Life per week.
- Assist in the Resident Assistant selection process and RA Training where assigned.
- Each RD will hold ownership of a collateral of the Office of Residence Life:
- Social Media/Resident Outreach
- Resident Assistant Council (RAC) Chair
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between a Resident Assistant (RA) and a Resident Director (RD)?
- Resident Assistants (RAs) live in different hallways throughout the Residence Halls.
They act as extensions of the Office of Residence Life where they help residents check
in and out of their rooms, help residents work through roommate conflict, plan activities,
and help all students understand and follow both Residence Life and Snow College policy.
RAs are on duty each night in the Residence Halls where they plan activities and act
as a resource to students with questions or concerns. Each Residence Hall community
has between 4-8 RAs. There is one Resident Director (RD) for each Residence Hall community.
The RD directly supervises the RA Staff in the building, along with managing all administrative
duties in maintaining the building. RDs conduct weekly staff meetings with their RAs,
assist with a rotating emergency on-call schedule, along with working in the Office
of Residence Life four hours each week.
- What are the benefits of being an RD?
- Leadership Training
- Valuable Resume Experience
- Free Family Style Apartment in an Assigned Residence Hall
- A $3800 Leadership Scholarship for the Academic Year
- Can I choose what building I work in as an RD?
- No. The Office of Residence Life determines where you will work/live. However, during
the interview process you will be asked your preferences in buildings which is taken
strongly into consideration.
- What is a Cover Letter?
- A Cover Letter is a letter of intent. A Cover Letter is typically addressed to the
Hiring Manager and explains why you are applying for the position and what qualifications
you have that suggest you would do well in the position. Try to point out experiences
and qualifications that are not already spelled out on your Resume to help the Hiring
Manager get to know you and what makes you a good fit for the position. Cover Letters
should not be more than one page.
- What is a Resume?
- A Resume is a professional report of your experience, skills, and educational background.
You will want to keep a clean and professional format, but be original! As you create
your Resume it is important to review the job description. Use the job description
as a type of checklist to make sure you point out how you meet each of the qualifications
listed for the position. Resumes should be no more than one page.
- Who should I ask to be a Reference for my application?
- Avoid having a parent or other family member complete a form. Current staff members
of the Office of Residence Life should not complete forms for you either. Use references
who can give credible opinions of your leadership abilities, work ethic, and potential
to succeed in the position. Past/current employers, current or past advisors/mentors,
or current/past instructors from college or high school are good examples of professional
- What kind of picture should I submit?
- You should submit a semi-professional headshot photo in color. Make sure it will help
us recognize the candidate we meet in the interview process!
- How can I prepare for the Resident Director Interview?
- The individual interview is a professional interview, but don't be intimidated! Personal
interviews are used to get to know candidates better, evaluate their ability to communicate,
handle pressure, and learn more about their leadership experience and goals. Review
the RD responsibilities and qualifications frequently and discuss the position with
current RDs. All of this will prepare you for your interview. As a reminder, the interview
is done in a professional setting so professional dress is expected.
- I don't currently live on-campus or have never lived on-campus before, can I still
- Yes! It is not required to have previously lived on-campus to be a Resident Director.
We have valued the opinions and experiences that Resident Directors in the past have
brought with them from living off-campus as a student.
- I am or will be married by the start of next year, can I still apply?
- Yes! Our RDs can be single or married students. Only one Resident Director is hired
per community (this totals to 4 Resident Directors total) and the person hired must
be a student according to the guidelines mentioned in the qualifications section above.
Spouses of RDs are not required to be students.
- What if my cumulative GPA is close to the 3.0 minimum, but still lower. Can I still
- You may still apply; However, you will be asked about it in an interview so be prepared
to explain how you will get your GPA up and be able to maintain it with the additional
responsibilities that come with being an RD. Understand that candidates who do meet
the GPA requirement will be considered first, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't
- What resources should I use for the Case Study Essay?
- For the Case Study Essay, it is not expected that you be well-versed in our policies
and expectations. However, that does not mean you should not use them as a reference!
You may access our Housing Policy Guide or the Snow College Code of Conduct through
Snow College's website. You may also ask current staff members for advice. Let your
natural leadership characteristics show as you explain what you would do in the given