Professional Positions

Residence Hall Director

Administrative Responsibilities

Residence hall directors (RHD) are responsible for the administrative management of a coeducational residence hall housing 150-285 students. General duties include: providing on duty coverage for the residence halls up to four weeks per academic year, occupancy reports, room change procedures, damage assessments, and closing and opening of halls. The residence hall director works closely with the associate director for housing and operations in completing these duties. Administrative duties associated with the judicial process are completed in conjunction with the director of student conduct.

Development Responsibilities

RHDs supervise resident assistants, an administrative assistant and an academic peer mentor. The RHD's role includes supervision, staff development and evaluation. All RHDs become actively involved in the student staff selection process and play a major role in the fall and spring training programs.

Consistent with the philosophy of residence life and housing, the RHD supports programming efforts in the residence hall. A community development model is used to create and maintain a positive learning-environment that will contribute to the intellectual, social and personal growth of students. In addition, the RHD promotes leadership development through advising the Residence Hall Association.

Our philosophy also requires an emphasis on counseling-oriented contact with students on both an individual and small group basis. Within the limits of professional capabilities, RHDs work with students who have academic, vocational and personal concerns. It is expected that RHDs will be aware of potentially serious emotional and medical problems and will make appropriate referrals when necessary. RHDs are also responsible for facilitating disciplinary discussions and hearings within their residence hall with an emphasis on the educational development of the students.

Additional Responsibilities

RHDs are given the opportunity to become involved in committee work dealing with facets of residence life and housing, student affairs and the entire college community. The RHD is also responsible for one other area of residence life and housing such as training, student conduct, programming, housing operations, supervision and student staff selection.


Residence hall directors are appointed to 10-month positions. Required qualifications are a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and previous residence life experience. Preferred qualifications are a minimum of one year post baccalaureate residence life experience (graduate or professional) and a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Cortland encourages applications from innovative, creative, motivated candidates who posses the enthusiasm and commitment necessary for these live-in positions. Preference will be given to candidates with experience which is complementary to Cortland's residential life program, such as educational programming, judicial affairs, staff development, multicultural and housing operations.

Terms of Employment  

Benefits (PDF) include low-cost health, major medical and dental plans, a furnished apartment and a $1,500-a-year meal plan. RHDs are expected to reside in the apartment seven days a week, but are allowed to take weekends away. Outside employment is restricted. SUNY Cortland does not allow pets, except fish. We do have a Domestic Partner policy in effect. After the first year of employment, RHDs are permitted to pursue class work. Start date is around Aug. 1.

To Apply:

Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the positions 
are filled. 

SUNY Cortland is an AA/EEO/ADA employer.

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