Assistant Hall Directors

AHDs 2021-22

The AHD position is a crucial part of our Residential Life system, in the four large halls Christensen, Williamson, Stoke, and Upper Quad. The AHDs assist the RHD with RA supervision, advising the hall council, staff training, conduct, student contact, and administrative responsibilities. This is a great opportunity for students who are looking into the Student Affairs field or just looking to increase their leadership skills. Check out the sections below for more information!

 

We Hope You'll Apply to be an AHD!

 

AHD Qualifications

AHDs are required to be a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate UNH student (taking a minimum of 12 credits every semester).  This information is verified through the Registrar’s office. This position is not available to graduate students.

AHDs are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. This information is verified through the Registrar's office.

AHDs are required to have been an RA at UNH for at least one year, but ideally two academic years.

AHDs are required to commit 20 hours per week to the position. This information is verified through you upon employment.

AHD discipline records are also checked through the Office of Community Standards at time of application.  Having a prior violation will not necessarily make you ineligible, but the nature of the violation could.

Please note, this position is not available to graduate students.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities (make this an expandable section)

This position is 20 hours/week, starting in mid-August (date yet to be determined) to a few days after May closing.

General

  1. Fulfill your 20 hours per week requirement.  Prioritize your tasks and balance your time. 
  2. Meet with your supervisor one-on-one each week to discuss any concerns, RA supervision, Hall Council, and other issues.
  3. Attend centralized AHD training sessions.
  4. Talk with your RHD about what role you wish to take, how you can challenge yourself in your AHD position, and how you can create the type of experience you really want.
  5. Complete all tasks in a timely manner.  Meet expectations and perform at a high level.
  6. Be available and visible for your RAs and students. 
  7. Remember that academics take first priority.  Maintain your academic success!
  8. Always keep in mind the four educational focus areas (inclusion and equity, health and wellness, academics and career, and involvement and leadership) when working with students and programming.
  9. Maintain a positive attitude. 
  10. Be supportive of the staff.
  11. Maintain confidentiality where necessary.
  12. Be honest.  If you have an issue or concern with something that has been done or said in your hall or in the department, please talk with your supervisor or a central staff person about it! 
  13. Talk with your RHD about what you expect from them as a supervisor.
  14. Have FUN and maintain a sense of humor!

RA Supervision

  1. Supervise four RAs in daily tasks as well as their overall development in the RA position. 
  2. Hold staff accountable for behavior and for meeting expectations.  Document situations in which RAs do not meet expectations.
  3. Evaluate RAs both formal and informal throughout the year. 
  4. Schedule bi-weekly or weekly (depending on what you and your supervisor decide) meetings with RAs.
  5. Keep your RHD informed on daily/weekly happenings of your RAs.
  6. Attend a portion of the social and educational programs/activities on the floors of RAs you supervise in order to observe them in action and be supportive of their efforts.

Staff Enrichments

  1. Assist with staff training.
  2. Help to facilitate team building staff enrichment for staff meeting and during staff training. 
  3. Present and facilitate staff enrichments around educational topic areas a few times a semester.

Individual contact with residents

  1. Assist RAs in meeting expectations in this area.
  2. Be familiar with students on the floors of the RA’s you supervise, particularly those that have been identified as high risk (struggling to make the transition to college, roommate conflicts, struggling academically etc.)
  3. Walk the floors of RAs you supervise at least once a week.

Curriculum Programming/Community Development

  1. Assist RAs in meeting expectations in this area.
  2. Assess hall and floor needs with your RA staff.
  3. Oversee/Assist in the planning of weekly socials by your RA staff.
  4. Encourage high-quality passive programming efforts of your RAs (e.g., bulletin boards, getting information for newsletter)
  5. Evaluate programming efforts and initiatives of your RAs.  Hold RAs accountable for programming expectations that have been set by the Hall Director. 
  6. Assist in the implementation of hall events.
  7. Be present at hall programs.

Hall Council

  1. Meet with Hall Council officers weekly.
  2. Attend all Hall Council Meetings.
  3. Assist with the planning of Hall Council events.  Attend all events.
  4. Assess training needs of the Hall Council.  Establish training if needed.
  5. Provide leadership skills for Hall Council.
  6. Oversee the budget of Hall Council.
  7. Encourage and motivate Hall Council to plan at least one event each month.
  8. Be prepared to discuss Hall Council with your RHD during one on ones.
  9. Make sure that Hall Council adheres to all policies and procedures set forth by the MUB and by Residential Life.
  10. Oversee Hall Council officers attend all mandatory MUB meetings as it pertains to the recognition of hall council.

Conduct

  1. Assist RAs with confronting situations and documenting incidents.
  2. Confront policy violations you become aware of.
  3. Adjudicate minor conduct situations as assigned by your RHD.
  4. AHDs may be expected to devote up to 5 hours a week toward conduct as needed.

Administrative

  1. Assist with check in and check out of residents as well as regular closings and openings throughout the year.  Be prepared to arrive early and stay late during breaks.
  2. Assist RA staff with entering all facilities concerns into online systems
  3. Assist RHD with maintaining records of facilities concerns and contact with HF&O.
  4. Assist with the Room Selection Process.
  5. Assist the promotion, recruitment, and supervision of Wildcat Welcoming Crew.
  6. Assist with the development of the Newsletter.  Provide information to be included in twice a month, particularly Hall Council information.
  7. Schedule and update RA Duty.
  8. Participate in online training
  9. Report all crimes immediately to the police as required by the Clery Act.

Team Membership

  1. Behave in an ethical and professional manner.
  2. Respond effectively to feedback.
  3. Attending all AHD Trainings are mandatory. 
  4. Demonstrate an active commitment to group processing.
  5. Offer meaningful feedback to peers in group settings.
  6. Offer support to team members when appropriate.

Equal Opportunity (make this an expandable section)

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Students with Disabilities Accommodations (make this an expandable section)

Residential Life values the contributions that each member of our diverse community has to offer, holding a firm commitment regarding the creation of an environment where students with a disability can become successful Resident Assistants, while being able to fully participate in campus life. Residential Life is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the above described essential responsibilities of the position.  Please contact Katie Bartholomew, Assistant Director of Residential Life for more information (katie.bartholomew@unh.edu). Furnished apartment for the contract period

Meal plan when dining halls are open

Stipend of $3,500 with no University benefits, to be paid throughout the course of the year

The AHDs gain valuable leadership and supervision skills that would be a great asset for heading out into the job market or continuing on to graduate school.

Equal Opportunity

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

Students with Disabilities Accommodations

Residential Life values the contributions that each member of our diverse community has to offer, holding a firm commitment regarding the creation of an environment where students with a disability can become successful Resident Assistants, while being able to fully participate in campus life. Residential Life is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the above described essential responsibilities of the position.  Please contact Katie Bartholomew, Assistant Director of Residential Life for more information (katie.bartholomew@unh.edu).

Application Process

The application will be available through November 29, 2021.  Find the application here: https://unh.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_80ncHGbMCNrBxUq

Process

Step One: Complete the AHD application. This is where you will complete your application and submit your resume.  Only completed applications and those meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed and considered.  A completed application means that you have answered all application questions fully and submitted your resume.

Step Two: Applications will be reviewed to determine position finalists.  You will be notified if you are selected to participate in the interview phase.

Step Three: Finalists will participate in three interviews with the Director and several RHDs.

Step Four: You will be notified about your status in the process.  You will receive a “hired,” “alternate,” or “not hired” decision.

AHD Candidate Timeline

Candidate Information

November 2021

Application available

TBD November

Information Session

November 29, 2021

Application deadline

December 7, 2021

Candidates notified of status in process (offered interview or no longer being considered for position)            

January 10 and 11, 2022 

Finalist interviews (via Zoom)                      

January 18, 2022

AHD candidates notified of hire status and placement, if applicable

Compensation and Benefits

AHDs receive:

  • Furnished apartment for the contract period
  • Meal plan when dining halls are open
  • Stipend of $3,500 with no University benefits, to be paid throughout the course of the year

AHDs gain valuable leadership and supervision skills that would be a great asset for heading out into the job market or continuing on to graduate school.