Residence Hall Director - Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts

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Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Residence Hall Director (RHD) is responsible for the residential life functions in one or more residence halls, housing up to 450 students. Through supervision of up to 11 Resident Assistants and supervision of a Graduate Assistant Hall Director, the RHD fosters a safe, positive, and inclusive community environment that encourages students to develop personally and through their musicianship. This position includes educational, supervisory and administrative functions that promote student engagement, academic success, personal development, and a strong sense of community through the implementation of the residential co-curricular model. The RHD is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in professional position.  


  • Create and implement a community building strategy that promotes student engagement and retention.
  • Assist in the selection, training, and provide ongoing supervision of a team of Resident Assistants (Approx. 11).
  • Develop and review goals, discuss issues, recognize contributions, provide and solicit feedback from student staff.
  • Assess skills and development of Resident Assistant Staff while providing experiences, opportunities, and training, which challenge and support their development.
  • Attend all departmental and divisional training sessions and workshops, as required.
  • Train RAs on programming model and assist in the development of programs.
  • Coordinate staff programming efforts including approving program planners, providing program feedback, publishing programming calendar, and tracking programming requirements
  • Encourage staff and students in planning and developing programs to meet the diverse needs of the residence hall population.
  • Regularly attend student staff programs and college events.
  • Manage individual programming budget.
  • Plan and implement a minimum of 3 campus wide programs that align with departmental learning outcomes.
  • Work with faculty and/or staff to develop community-specific programs and initiatives.
  • Serve on-call and as a member of the Primary Response Team; provide appropriate follow up to student incidents; work in partnership with other on-call team members, including Public Safety and the Counseling Center in order to develop a support plan for students.
  • Conduct weekly building walk-throughs and report facility/safety concerns.
  • Manage room condition reports and determine appropriate improvement plans.
  • Work with Physical Plant/Facilities staff to resolve maintenance issues, and incidents of vandalism, and routine maintenance improvements
  • Inspect rooms at the beginning, during, and at the end of each semester, and bill for damages when residents move out
  • Serve as a student Conduct Hearing Officer for the entire student population as assigned by the Director of Community Standards; participate in regular meetings to discuss cases; adjudicate and sanction students in violation of college policies; and maintain timely and accurate judicial records
  • Serve on Student Affairs division committees and represent department through collaborative programs and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


During the summer, Berklee hosts approximately 20 small programs and 1 large Five-week program. The primary population is minors ranging from 15-18 years of age, which results in specific training in working with minors. This also includes almost daily contact with parents.


  • Un-furnished on-campus living space
  • Full meal plan for self and live-in spouse/partner
  • Pets negotiable depending on breed and size
  • Each RHD is eligible for a 2-year contract, depending upon performance, with an option for a third year.

Required Skills

  • Excellent administrative, as well as written and oral communication skills are required.
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills
  • Creativity, self-motivation, and ability to work in groups as well as independently ‚Ä®strongly preferred.
  • Ability to manage projects, delegate tasks, and provide excellent customer service required.
  • Positive attitude.
  • Proven ability to work & lead effectively in a highly diverse campus community.

Required Experience

  • Master's Degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Education or related field required.

Berklee College of Music is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

Keyword Phrases

  • Residence Hall Director
  • Learning lab for the music of today
  • Cultivating the musicianship of all students
  • Holistic and constantly evolving diversity
  • Residence Life and Housing
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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