Thank you for your interest in working as a Residence Hall Director at the University of New Hampshire. We know that the concept of “fit” is very important during a job search. That is why we have loaded our website with tons of information about working and living here at UNH. So sit back and have fun learning about us.
The Hall Director position at the University of New Hampshire is a generalist position which provides a good foundation for future work in student affairs. Hall Directors spend their time focusing on a variety of job tasks in their halls, many of which are focused on individual developmental contact with students. Overall, we strive to create an experience that is fun, diverse, challenging, autonomous and holistic. We hope that about half of a Hall Director’s time will be spent engaging in either a reactive manner (conduct, roommate conflicts, etc.) or a proactive manner (individual conduct, programming, curriculum planning, etc.). The other 50% of their time should be sufficient for the remaining job expectations. There will be times when more than 40 hours per week will be necessary (opening) and other times when less than 40 hours per week may be appropriate.
How to Apply
We anticipate having openings for the fall of 2023. In order to apply for the anticipated vacancy, please apply through the USNH site here. We will begin reviewing applications on an on-going basis and will let well-qualified candidates know when we have an official vacancy. If you have questions about the process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Campus Interview Process
When we say to dress casually, we mean it! Basically, we want you to be comfortable, and we want to get to know who you really are, so if you feel like dressing up, fine... if not, that's fine too. You'll find that most of your interviewers will be dressed casually. And one last thing: UNH is a walking campus, so make sure you have comfortable shoes.
We actively recruit a diverse candidate pool for both our professional and student staff positions. We are mindful of the demographics at the University of New Hampshire, state of New Hampshire, and our staff and we work to create a diverse environment for our staff and students. We recognize the positive impact that diversity brings to all of our staff members and students.
Additionally, we know that for some professional and student staff members from minoritized social identities, it is important to know about resources in the area and support within the community. We work very closely with our staff to help them find the resources and support networks they need and want. For more information about living and working in New Hampshire, take some time to review UNH's Human Diversity Resource Guide: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide
Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice is transparent in the work we do and the relationships we nurture in the department, the university, and in the surrounding community. We acknowledge that we all make mistakes sometimes, but learn from those mistakes and the hurt they caused, and then we move forward together. We look forward to seeing the work our students do and seeing them grow in this diverse community.
Here at UNH, we are committed to your professional development. We also like to share your talents with the rest of the Division of Student & Academic Services.
Residence Hall Directors have the opportunity to spend four hours per week working on a team or office-based committee. These committees allow each Hall Director to pursue a topic they are excited about outside of the normal day to day tasks of being a RHD. RHDs can choose to serve on a second team or committee, inside or outside of Residential Life. This not only allows each RHD to share their unique talents and passions with our department and the division, but gives RHDs a chance to develop new skills as well.
This committee develops delivery methods, reviews learning outcomes, and generally helps ensure that curriculum development by individual RHDs is supported with the tools they need.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee (DEIB)
The Inclusive Excellence Committee strives to bring continual Departmental support and education in the areas of social justice and multicultural education for student and professional staff.
The RHDs on this committee will be challenged to understand the latest student leadership research; train-the-trainer by facilitating RHD department meeting sessions; collaborate with the office of Student Leadership and Development; and develop hall council leadership modules. RHDs may be involved with advising Campus Living Association (CLA) or other student leadership outreach roles.
The RA Engagement Committee focuses on both large-scale training events such as the state-wide RA conference, Winter Training, online training modules and the post-RA Selection event in April, as well as smaller events like developing staff level RA enrichments. They also know that having fun is key in feeling appreciated and connected to our department as well as developing department traditions that welcome in new staff and provide a sense of closure for those that are leaving the department. This group also spends time assessing the effectiveness of Fall Training and giving input into the electronic RA manual and the RA calendar, hosts events, and works with RHDs to promote spirit within our staff.
The RA Selection Committee works year-round to effectively recruit our 148 new and returning RAs.
Res Life Tech and Design Committee
This committee supports our department in all things computer and technology related. We provide knowledge and labor for other committees or department initiatives that need some technical knowledge – such as filming and editing videos. We also provide direction to our department for equipment and software purchases.
It is our intention and commitment to work with each RHD individually to help identify and develop professional skills and experiences needed to be successful in the RHD position and in the field. This is done by completing the RHD Professional Development Plan each September with your supervisor. Working with their supervisor, RHDs map out goals and action steps. RHDs are asked to describe the kind of support they will need to implement their personalized plan. Their plan will indicate what professional development activities they will commit to for the year. Supervisors weave the plan into their ongoing supervision discussions throughout the year. Each RHD’s plan is different, yet concrete and clear.
We are convinced these plans and our developmental supervision approach lead to success in the RHD position and also contribute to the success of our RHDs when they move on from UNH. Many staff identify areas of specialty they want to develop while at UNH in order to launch them into their future direction. We have had staff move on to positions in Residential Life, Leadership Development, Judicial Affairs, Academic Advising and other Student Affairs Positions.
There is a new staff group that meets on a regular basis to learn UNH specific policies and procedures as well as create a strong cohort of new hall directors to our campus. It is currently coordinated by a central staff member and an experienced hall director.
- Individual Developmental Supervision
- 1:1 meeting with Director and Associate Director to discuss professional development and student development approach
- Department meeting training sessions
- New Persons Group
- Large Hall Group
- Brown Bag lunch Topics
- Presenting at a Brown Bag or the Department meeting
- Leadership and membership on Dept. committees
- Facilitating Enrichments and RA staff trainings
- Teaching the RA Class
- Exploring/Researching a topic
- Colleague's Luncheons sponsored by the Presidents Commission Diversity Team
- Membership on Division-wide committees
- Involvement in offices other than Residential Life
- UNH non-degree Certificate Programs
- UNH Social Justice Educators Training
- Attendance at National, Regional, and local Conferences
- Presenting at National, Regional, and local Conferences
- Funds to purchase resources and join professional organizations
Each RHD is initially allotted a total of $900 to use for professional development. These funds can be used toward a professional conference or a training opportunity that is related to the field. Within this allotment, RHDs can spend up to $100 to become a member of a professional organization. RHDs are also eligible to apply for additional funding through UNH grants after having worked at UNH for one year.
- Starting salary depends on experience, but usually starts at $33,000 for candidates with a Master's degree in Higher Education or a related field.
- This is a 10-month position, from late July to late May.
- A fully furnished apartment and a staff office, with a department-issued Microsoft Surface/laptop computer and printer plus wireless and ethernet access.
- (Note: All residence halls are non-smoking. Staff and students are not allowed to smoke anywhere in the hall)
- A full meal-plan when school is in session. See UNH Dining Meal Plans for more information.
- Partners of RHDs are allowed to live-in, upon approval by the Director.
- Free parking permit for an RHD-authorized parking space.
- Full University benefits are provided (which include but are not limited to Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance, and participation in retirement programs, etc.).
- Medical benefits are effective on the first day of the month following date of appointment.
- Tuition benefits include up to five courses per year (eligible after six-month probationary period). Spouses and eligible same-sex partners 50% tuition waiver (eligible after one year).
- Retirement contributions are vested after 3 years/36 months of participation.
- Full Explanation of University Benefits
- The State of New Hampshire has no broad-based sales or income taxes... so you keep more of what you earn.
- Access to Campus Recreation facilities at The Hamel Recreation Center, a recreational facility on campus. Although there is a membership fee for staff, some University HMOs will cover this expense.
- All of this is located, of course, in the quaint New England town of Durham, New Hampshire, just over an hour north of Boston and ten miles west of the Atlantic Ocean!
If you want to learn a little about the flavor of coastal NH, try these sites:
A Day in the Life of an RHD
My UNH Snap Story
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