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Resident Director Application

RDs 202122Applications Due March 4, 2022

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Resident Director! Resident Directors (RDs) are  paraprofessional staff members of the Office of Residence Life (ORL). As such, the position of an RD is a very unique opportunity for you as a student leader, and one that will help you in whatever career you are pursuing. RDs supervise their own staff of Resident Assistants (RAs), manage an aspect/collateral of the ORL, and assist office staff with administrative tasks. RDs can have large impacts on the student communities that they serve and have the opportunity to inspire others. We are excited to get to know you more as you go through the application process!

Please read through the application instructions below and follow all directions carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Assistant Director for Leadership, Nathan Beck, at 435-283-7152 or via email at nathan.beck@snow.edu

General Information 

Compensation: 

  • Free Family Style Apartment within a Residence Hall
  • $3,800 Leadership Scholarship for the Academic year
    • Split between fall & spring semesters ($1,900 Each Semester)

Duration: 2022-2023 Academic Year (Aug. 13, 2022-May 9, 2023)

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Snow College GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • 12 completed Snow College credits during the spring semester
    • Concurrent enrollment credits do not apply
  • Two or more years of leadership experience preferred
  • One or more years of Residence Life experience preferred but not required
  • High moral character and work ethic

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

To Apply 

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Write a Case Study Essay
  3. Email the following items to nathan.beck@snow.edu (send as Word, PDF, or JPEG files)
    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • Case Study Essay
    • Three Professional References
      • Include their name, how they know you, their phone number, & their email
    • Photo (nice headshot picture, can be taken on a phone)
  4. Interview with the selection committee*
    • Call 435-283-7280 or stop by the Office of Residence Life (office suite 140) in the GSC to schedule your interview

Important/Required Dates

RD Applications Due...................................................March 4, 2022 

Interviews......................................................................March 15 - March 17, 2022

Decision Letters Sent..................................................April 4, 2022

*Staff Training/Building Prep........................................August 13 - August 29, 2022

*Required dates for selected/hired candidates only

Resident Director Responsibilities

Build Community
  • Be aware of the residents in your building, their needs and concerns.
  • Assist your Resident Assistant (RA) team in planning, organizing, and carrying out regular programs for students to socialize, build community, and learn successful life skills.
  • Act as a resource to students with questions or concerns.
  • Assist with conflict mediation with residents
  • Promote and encourage an appreciation of diversity among residents and encourage interaction among residents.
Uphold Policy
  • Understand on-campus housing policies and how these rules promote successful living.
  • Be an example and correct or address policy infringement both in and around the Residence Halls. Complete incident reports when required.
  • Participate in a rotating on-call schedule (including weekends and some holidays) as part of our emergency response protocol, assist the Resident Assistant team in addressing issues within the Residence Halls.
  • Coordinate Floor Meetings arranged to assist in educating residents of policies and procedures.
Administrative
  • Distribute fliers of Campus and Community events.
  • Maintain paperwork for resident check-in and check-out process, cleaning inspections, furniture inventories, and other forms.
  • Supervise a staff of 4-8 RAs, hold weekly staff meetings, create duty schedule, hold one-on-one evaluations and oversee fulfillment of responsibilities.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings with the Office of Residence Life, regular in-services, and semester trainings.
  • Work four hours in the Office of Residence Life per week.
  • Assist in the Resident Assistant selection process and RA Training where assigned.
Collateral 
  • Each RD will hold ownership of a collateral of the Office of Residence Life: 
    • Student Outreach
    • Programming/Events
    • Recruitment
    • Resident Assistant Council (RAC) Chair

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between a Resident Assistant (RA) and a Resident Director (RD)?
    • Resident Assistants (RAs) live in different hallways throughout the Residence Halls. They act as extensions of the Office of Residence Life where they help residents check in and out of their rooms, help residents work through roommate conflict, plan activities, and help all students understand and follow both Residence Life and Snow College policy. RAs are on duty each night in the Residence Halls where they plan activities and act as a resource to students with questions or concerns. Each Residence Hall community has between 4-8 RAs. There is one Resident Director (RD) for each Residence Hall community. The RD directly supervises the RA Staff in the building, along with managing all administrative duties in maintaining the building. RDs conduct weekly staff meetings with their RAs, assist with a rotating emergency on-call schedule, along with working in the Office of Residence Life four (4) hours each week and their building office for one (1) hour each week.
  2. What are the benefits of being an RD?
    • Leadership Training
    • Valuable Resume Experience
    • Free Family Style Apartment in an Assigned Residence Hall
    • $3,800 Leadership Scholarship for the Academic Year
  3. Can I choose what building I work in as an RD?
    • No. The Office of Residence Life determines where you will work/live. However, during the interview process you will be asked your preferences in buildings which is taken strongly into consideration.
  4. What is a Cover Letter?
    • A Cover Letter is a letter of intent. A Cover Letter is typically addressed to the Hiring Manager and explains why you are applying for the position and what qualifications you have that suggest you would do well in the position. Try to point out experiences and qualifications that are not already spelled out on your Resume to help the Hiring Manager get to know you and what makes you a good fit for the position. Cover Letters should not be more than one page.
  5. What is a Resume?
    • A Resume is a professional report of your experience, skills, and educational background. You will want to keep a clean and professional format, but be original! As you create your Resume it is important to review the job description. Use the job description as a type of checklist to make sure you point out how you meet each of the qualifications listed for the position. Resumes should be no more than one page.
  6. Who should I ask to be a Reference for my application?
    • Avoid having a parent or other family member complete a form. Current staff members of the Office of Residence Life should not complete forms for you either. Use references who can give credible opinions of your leadership abilities, work ethic, and potential to succeed in the position. Past/current employers, current or past advisors/mentors, or current/past instructors from college or high school are good examples of professional references.
  7. What kind of picture should I submit?
    • You should submit a semi-professional headshot photo in color. Make sure it will help us recognize the candidate we meet in the interview process!
  8. How can I prepare for the Resident Director Interview?
    • The individual interview is a professional interview, but don't be intimidated! Personal interviews are used to get to know candidates better, evaluate their ability to communicate, handle pressure, and learn more about their leadership experience and goals. Review the RD responsibilities and qualifications frequently and discuss the position with current RDs. All of this will prepare you for your interview. As a reminder, the interview is done in a professional setting so professional dress is expected.
  9. I don't currently live on-campus or have never lived on-campus before, can I still apply?
    • Yes! It is not required to have previously lived on-campus to be a Resident Director. We have valued the opinions and experiences that Resident Directors in the past have brought with them from living off-campus as a student. 
  10. I am or will be married by the start of next year, can I still apply?
    • Yes! Our RDs can be single or married students. Only one Resident Director is hired per community (this totals to 4 Resident Directors) and the person hired must be a student according to the guidelines mentioned in the qualifications section above. Spouses of RDs are not required to be students.
  11. What if my cumulative GPA is close to the 3.0 minimum, but still lower. Can I still apply?
    • You may still apply; However, you will be asked about it in an interview so be prepared to explain how you will get your GPA up and be able to maintain it with the additional responsibilities that come with being an RD. Understand that candidates who do meet the GPA requirement will be considered first, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't apply!
  12. What resources should I use for the Case Study Essay?
    • For the Case Study Essay, it is not expected that you be well-versed in our policies and expectations. However, that does not mean you should not use them as a reference! You may access our Housing Policy Guide or the Snow College Code of Conduct through Snow College's website. You may also ask current staff members for advice. Let your natural leadership characteristics show as you explain what you would do in the given situation.