Being a Resident Director at the U of U
This website is dedicated to helping potential Resident Director (RD) candidates understand more about what being an RD is like at the University of Utah.
Here you'll find information about the ins and outs of the job, such as compensation and benefits, duty, and what professional staff housing looks like on campus.
We invite you to take a virtual campus tour and learn about our housing facilities. We're super excited you're here and can't wait to hopefully meet you somewhere down the line in the recruitment process!
The University of Utah Residential Education Team
One of the awesome parts of being an RD is that no day rarely ever looks the same as another day. There's always something happening to keep you on your toes. Below is a real example of what an RD's schedule for the week can look like!
Residence Director/HRE Coordinator on Duty (Area Duty) Rotation
HRE currently has the option to choose two different duty rotations:
. Week-long duty shifts. Shifts are from Monday at 10:00 AM to the following Monday at 10:00 AM.
. Weekdays and Weekend duty shifts. The duty phone is passed over to the next coordinator on duty at 10:00 AM on Mondays and Fridays.
Expectations When On Duty
- Have the phone on and be available 24/7. Remain within a twenty-minute RETURN radius of campus.
- Ensure all staff call in by 5:00 PM. Call hall staff duty phones that do not call in. Complete staffing duty report and include information on late calls and missed duty.
- Complete a duty report by 9:00 AM the next business day for all calls received.
- Do not consume alcohol/drugs while on call.
OVERVIEW AND PURPOSE
Departmental committees are convened to perform a function, coordinate major processes, or advance strategic initiatives on behalf of the greater department. Delegating work in this way invites staff to unite multiple perspectives and share responsibility in achieving the charge of each committee/workgroup while providing members a professional development opportunity.
Student Leaders (SL) Training Committee
The Student Leaders Training Committee is responsible for the development and distribution of student staff training and development throughout the year for all Students Leaders (SLs). This includes the implementation of all major training sessions as well as identified training and developments done off-cycle or for ongoing development.
Senior Staff Training Committee
The Senior Staff Training Committee is responsible for the development and distribution of staff training and development throughout the year for all Residence Directors (RDs) and HRE Coordinators including Graduate Assistants. This includes the implementation of all major training sessions as well as identified training and development done off-cycle for ongoing development.
Student Leader (SL) Selection Committee
The primary role of the student staff selection committee is to lead the recruitment and selection efforts for Student Leaders (SLs). This committee advertises and markets the available opportunities in addition to coordinating the interview and selection processes.
Find information below on our training season for both senior and student staff. While we know the training season can be a rigorous and long one, our aim is to always prioritize work-life balance whilst ensuring our teams feel prepared for their positions.
Senior Staff Training
NEW RD TRAINING
This training is only for new RD hires. The purpose of this training is to help them become acquainted with the university at large, gain a basic understanding of their role and responsibilities, get to know their fellow RDs through informal meals, and get sorted with HR.
ALL RD TRAINING
The purpose of this training is to build trust amongst the team, learn the nuances of the position, prepare for the arrival of your assistant resident director, plan the residential curriculum for the year, and prep your building for opening.
ALL SENIOR STAFF TRAINING (RDS AND GRADUATE STAFF)
The purpose of this training is to continue to build trust amongst the team, get to know your building team, prepare for the arrival of your resident assistants, finalize the residential curriculum for the year, prep your building for opening, and plan out the nuances of managing your building for the year.
Student Staff Training
RA's typically begin the training program at the beginning of August with our online training curriculum which they complete throughout the summer. It is the senior staff's responsibility to ensure assignments are being graded throughout the summer.