Assistant Residence Hall Director

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will open in Fall 2017.

The Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD) is designed to contribute to the overall mission of Residential and New Student Programs in creating an exceptional on-campus living experience for students.  Cornell's first-year residence halls are communities centered on students’ first year experience; where residents learn to live, socialize, and study at college together. Program Houses are themed communities where residents can develop and immerse themselves in a community with a shared interest and are made up both of first year and upper level students. Upperlevel communities focus on meeting the needs of students as they move further into their college career as well as help transfer students transition to Cornell.

The ARHD position is a 5-hour/week (averaged across the appointment period), live-in position. Living arrangements vary with position assignment (some but not all spaces include kitchens); space is not available for partners/family. The ARHD reports directly to the Residence Hall Director (RHD).  There are currently 3 ARHD positions in Residential and New Student Programs.

ARHD responsibilities will vary over the appointment period and by community. Responsibilities may include:

  • Serving as primary advisor to community Hall Council
  • Providing program support (such as: program shopping, meeting with RAs, preparing contracts or other Business Services documentation, program budget tracking, oversight of large scale events, program tracker review)
  • Co-facilitating student staff training sessions and in-services alongside RHD (RHD drives content and is present during sessions)
  • Holding informal 1:1 meetings with RAs to discuss specific topics related to ARHD’s other duties (such as programming)
  • Creating RA on-call schedule
  • Overseeing other community student staff (examples: Office Assistants, Library Assistants)
  • Facilitating building-specific resident involvement program (examples: Active Citizens, RisPoints)
  • Participating in departmental trainings, hall openings/closings, weekly staff meetings, regular 1:1 meetings with supervisor, and other departmental initiatives
  • Serving as functional backup RHD when RHD away
  • Holding in-hall office hours
  • Fulfilling other tasks/projects as assigned


Eligibility Requirements

  • Earned Bachelor’s Degree (no specific major required)
  • Enrolled in a fulltime Cornell University graduate, professional, or doctoral program for the 2017-2018 academic year


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior Residence hall leadership experience
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and exercise good judgment
  • Strong time management and administrative skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse student and staff population
  • Ability to live on-campus
  • Availability to work nights/weekends
  • Availability to work from early August through the end of May
  • Strong verbal and written skills


Remuneration (may not be substituted for other compensation):

  • On-campus furnished living space with internet during contract dates
  • Stipend of $2,335 for 1st year
    • 2nd year: $2505
    • 3rd year: $2675
    • 4th year: $2845
  • Big Red Bucks:
    • For living spaces with kitchens: $270 a year
    • For living spaces without kitchens: $470 a year
  • Bus pass (approximate value $200/year)
  • Gym membership (approximate value $145/year)

Student Staff Spotlight!

Name: Shelby

Community: Townhouses

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 3 semesters as an RA

Favorite Part: My favorite part about being an RA is getting to know residents. You truly are the first person that first-year students will count on. By building bonds with residents through programs, just listening to them, and giving them advice about school work or campus involvement, you can really form a mentor/mentee relationship.

Advice to Candidates: Be empathetic. A huge part of this role is about understanding others - your residents and your RA staff. A lot of what you do is aiming to connect with people and showing that you care.

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