Residence Hall Director

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Residence Life department is committed to building community, developing leaders in our residence halls and focused on student retention efforts. This is a full-time, live-in position and Residence Hall Directors (RHD's) are expected to be active and visible members of our residence communities. The RHD's are expected to enhance the living environment of the residence hall through staff and student development, resident outreach, community building, attention to facilities, and administrative organization. Individuals who are able to work in a continuously changing organization and are highly motivated are best suited for this position.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Supervises 4-10 Resident Assistants assigned to the residence hall/area. Provides regular individual and group supervision, and completes written evaluations each semester.
  2. Establishes and maintains community with students living in the residence hall/area through individual contacts and group interactions.
  3. Enforces policies and procedures which establish a safe and secure living situation. Responds to emergency and crisis situations and effectively communicates concerning situations to supervisor(s).
  4. Serves as a conduct officer for the Office of Residence Life in addressing alleged policy violations. Addresses inappropriate behavior of students and, in following due process, determines fair and appropriate sanctions with educational outcomes. Makes conduct and counseling referrals as appropriate.
  5. Provides administrative leadership in the assigned residence hall/area, including knowledge of occupancy, overseeing a key inventory, tracking area community development/programming initiatives, etc.
  6. Maintains a high level of awareness regarding the facilities of the assigned residence hall/area, including submitting and following up on work orders, communicating building updates to students and overseeing the damage process for the residence hall/area and maintaining accurate records.
  7. Performs collateral assignment(s), as directed by the Director of Residence Life, Dean of Student Life, and Assistant Vice President for Student Life.
  8. Participates in rotating on-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus on weekends, weeknights and vacation periods, and during emergencies.
  9. Establishes positive working relationships with campus colleagues, such as Campus Public Safety, Counseling Center, Student Activities, Wellness Center, etc.
  10. Participates in the recruitment, selection, and training of Resident Assistants.
  11. Utilizes departmental assessment data to set action plans for their residence area, and assists in departmental planning.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Bachelor's degree required.


  • Knowledge of higher education and student development principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Prior Residence Life experience preferred.


  • Effective oral/written communication, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and excellent time management skills.

Special Requirements:

  • On-campus duty responsibilities in supervising the campus on weekends, weeknights, vacation periods, and during emergencies.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move about campus. Active engagement through-out campus with the ability to move around to assess facilities.

Health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, generous contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA CREF, and tuition remission included for benefit eligible positions. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the twenty-first century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff, and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the Greater Chicago land Area.