Residence Life Employment Opportunities

Professional Positions 

Residence Director

The Department of Residence Life is seeking graduate students to serve as team members for the Department of Residence Life as Residence Director. Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a graduate program or have planned involvement in an advanced educational opportunity. Experience as a member of a residence hall staff is preferred and candidates should indicate an interest in and understanding of student development and learning.

The Residence Director is a member of the professional staff who, along with an undergraduate Assistant Residence Director (ARD), will be responsible for the students and RA staff of a residence hall. General duties and responsibilities (20 hours per week) will include administration of a residence hall, staff development, community development and educational initiatives, meeting attendance, crisis and emergency response in the “on-call” duty rotation, and participation in department wide initiatives. The Residence Director is obligated to live in the provided apartment.

Position Compensation

Stipend of $12,000 per year
Furnished apartment
Wi-Fi internet access
$300.00 meal stipend per semester
Professional development opportunities

The application deadline is rolling with preference given to those who apply by March 15, 2024.  General closing date is April 15, 2024. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews may take place prior to April 15, 2024.

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Cover Letter, Resume, and References may also be sent to as a .pdf attachment.


Attend weekly department staff meetings (2 hours) 
Professional Development (1 hour)
One on one meetings with supervisor (1 hour)
Participate in "on-call" duty rotation schedule
Participate in department-wide initiatives

Community Development & Educational Initiatives

Be visible and accessible to students who live in residence hall
Serve as a resource for Hall Council and Assistant Residence Director (secondary advisor)
Maintain hall programming budgets (RA, hall council, staff development) and track programming in residence hall
Be a resource to RAs and assist in the development of programs to meet intended learning outcomes and goals
Productively address all student concerns and roommate conflicts in residence hall.

Staff Development

Supervise and evaluate RA staff each semester
Conduct weekly staff meeting (1 hour)
Conduct weekly individuals with RA staff (3 hours)
Active participation in training of RAs through presentations (prior to start of classes)

Meet with RA staff for individuals

Title: Residence Director (RD), Department of Residence Life at SUNY Geneseo

Reports To: Area Coordinator and indirectly to an Assistant Director

Specific Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree; enrollment in a graduate program or have planned involvement in an advanced educational opportunity; residence hall staff experience preferred; organizational skills; strong interpersonal and communication skills; teamwork orientation; ability to work within budgets; understanding of student development and residential facilities management.

Terms of Employment: Start date begins August 1, 2024 through May 31, 2025. When classes are in session, work is not to exceed 20 hours per week. This position is a live-in position requiring extensive training, evening work and weekend time commitments at times. It is expected that the Residence Director (RD) serve in an “on-call” duty rotation.

General Duties & Responsibilities

Administration of Residence Hall

Maintain 10 scheduled office hours per week. During this time the RD may take care of the tasks listed below.

Manage, coordinate, and attend all aspects of designated hall openings and closings (beginning and end of semester and holiday closings)
Oversee room and key inventories for residence hall (primarily beginning and end of semester)
Handle all related tasks to hall management (damage billing, occupancy reports, etc.; periodic)
Assist with staff and housing selection (occurs in the spring)
Serve as a resource to all students in residence hall
Meet with residents

Area Coordinator

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Student Staff Positions

RA Position

RA Application

More Student Staff Position Information HERE!

What are the Qualifications for the RA Position?

  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
    • Applicants must report at least a 2.5 Fall 2023 GPA at the time of application 
    • Applicants must also receive at least a 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2024 semester
  • Applicants must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo by the end of the Spring 2024 semester
  • Applicants must have lived in on-campus at least one semester at any college or university by the end of the Spring 2024 semester
  • Applicants must not hold a full-time position elsewhere, be a student teacher, hold a full-time internship, or hold an executive board position with Student Association while serving as RA
  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least 12 credits, but no more than 18 credits without department approval

What is the Compensation for being an RA?  

  • $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester
  • $200.00 stipend per semester
  • Single room for the entire Academic Year (Fall and Spring Semesters)