Hall Director Job Description

The undergraduate hall director lives in an apartment in a residence hall and has the responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the residence hall.  The hall director has specific responsibilities such as distributing keys, giving direction to resident advisors, advising hall association, maintaining safety procedures, working closely with personnel from Buildings & Grounds, supporting the objectives of Bluffton University, and responding to student concerns.


  • To provide students with a place to pursue academic interests.
  • To create and maintain an environment which is compatible with the physical and psychological needs of the students.
  • To serve as resource to students who have problems and concerns.
  • To create an environment which is consistent with the objectives of Bluffton University.
  • To ensure that students live according to the objectives of Bluffton University, the standards of conduct, the law, and the regulations stated in the Student Handbook.
  • To train and supervise a staff of resident advisors so that they can carry out their responsibilities.


  • Work with the maintenance personnel in keeping the residence hall functional for the use of residents, present and future.
  • Know, interpret, teach, and enforce the standards of conduct and the Student Handbook regulations.
  • Understand and enforce the safety procedures that exist in the residence hall.
  • Serve as a resource person for students concerning Bluffton University's heritage, organization, and policies and procedures.
  • Be aware of concerns which students have and respond to these concerns in an appropriate manner.
  • Supervise resident advisors in their involvement with the day-to-day operation of the residence hall.
  • Participate in an on-call duty rotation and provide adequate staff coverage in the residence hall.
  • Actively participate in staff meetings, RA trainings, Leadership Development Program activities, selection processes, and room draw.
  • Responsible for the housekeeping functions of the residence hall, such as handing out keys and locking doors.
  • Be aware of the health needs of students. This can include assisting the students in finding a means of transportation to a physician or a hospital.
  • Advise the hall association.
  • Complete special projects as delegated by the director of residence life.

Organizational Reporting

The undergraduate hall director reports directly to the director of residence life who is their immediate supervisor. The dean of students and the director of residence life are responsible for the selection, in-service training, and evaluation of hall directors.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must have at least one year of prior resident advisor experience.
  • The undergraduate hall director lives in a furnished apartment in the residence hall for the academic year. Use of the apartment for the summer must be approved by the director of residence life.
  • Must stay overnight on campus throughout the academic year, including weekends, with the exception of university breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring) and emergencies. Hall directors are allotted 12 nights per year off-campus in addition to university break. Provisions must be made with the resident advisors for hall coverage when off-campus.
  • Be on campus before classes begin in August for training, fall retreat, fall welcome, and at least one full week after the halls close at the end of the year. Hall directors must also be on campus up to the day vacation starts and return the day vacation ends. The hall director must be present to close and open the hall at the start and end of breaks.
  • Complete a work agreement with the financial aid office. This agreement can be terminated at any time if the director of residence life believes that the responsibilities of the position are not being fulfilled.


  • Resides in a furnished apartment that includes Internet, voicemail, and cable service. Utilities are paid by the university; the university does not pay for long distance phone calls.
  • Choice of meal plan.
  • Financial remuneration - approx. $3,500.