Human Resources

Residence Life

Resident Director

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country's leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience. Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity. The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression. Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We seek a dynamic Resident Director to join our institution.

Position Summary

The Reed College Resident Director position offers a unique professional opportunity to provide leadership to residential student communities in support of the college's academic mission. As members of Student Services and the Student & Campus Life cluster, RDs 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. Using the Honor Principle and the Alcohol and Drug Policy as a guide, the institution places a strong emphasis on relationship building and conversations, rather than disciplinary action.

This is a 10-month live-in full time exempt position with a monthly salary of $2,330.00 paid over 12 months, which includes a fully furnished apartment, housing for the entire year, washer/dryer, cable/DVR, and a meal plan. Partners and pets are welcome. Reed College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

Essential Functions

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate a student staff of 8-13 House Advisors (known elsewhere as RAs)
  • Manage a community of approximately 160 students.
  • Administrate an area group budget of approximately $7,000.
  • Provide and/or facilitate educational and social programming in the residence halls.
  • Collaborate with Facilities Services regarding building maintenance and custodial concerns to maintain a healthy and safe living environment.
  • Manage operational and administrative functions for specific residence halls.
  • Create strong relationships with students in area group. Establish and maintain communication with students living in the residence halls through individual contacts, meetings, and discussions. Serve as a mediator/facilitator when necessary to provide resolutions for interpersonal conflicts between students.
  • Conduct meetings with residents as follow-up to violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and other disruptive and/or harmful behaviors.
  • On-call duty responsibility for approximately weeks each semester.
  • Assist with recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of student House Advisors. Assess and respond to areas of additional training for student staff.
  • Administrate at least one major Residence Life project per year. Examples of past projects include:
    • RD recruitment and selection
    • HA recruitment and selection
    • Evaluation and assessment
    • Housing lottery
    • Residence Life Committee
    • Web site development and maintenance
    • Theme dorm organization and support
  • Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and provide input in the development of policies and procedures. Participation on task forces, and group goal planning and objective setting.

Education and Experience Required

  • Master's degree
  • Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competencies: experience must include working with people from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds.
  • Experience working in Higher Education

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Possess the ability to be self-reflective and accountable
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Display a willingness to listen, collaborate, educate, and work closely with colleagues towards a common purpose and departmental goals

To Apply

Email a Letter of Introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed Application for Employment and your resume to In your letter, answer the question How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals? Applications will be considered as they are submitted, however priority will be given to those who apply before June 11, 2014.

Start date: July 28, 2014 with an opportunity to move in mid-July.


Deadline: June 11, 2014

Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.