Employment Opportunities

For Student Employment opportunities, please see HERE.
For Pro Staff, please see HERE. Questions regarding openings in Residential Life may be directed to Assistant Director for Residential Life Ryan Anderson at


Our staff members work to provide a vibrant, caring community where members are respectful of one another. The Department values and promotes social responsibility as a means of developing citizenship. We are determined to support and facilitate student learning and academic success among our residents. The Department is committed to fostering and developing within our residents the life skills necessary to actively contribute to the Northeastern University community and beyond.

Who We Are

With a staff of over 30 full and part-time professional staff members and 229 resident assistants, the Department of Residential Life strives to create a community for all students by providing programs and services that promote all residents’ educational, social, and cultural development. Residence hall staff members work with each student to ensure a positive residential experience.

Living in the Boston Area

Northeastern University is conveniently located in beautiful downtown Boston and borders some of the most diverse communities in the city, including Roxbury, Back Bay, and the Fenway.

Housing Services Positions

Student Customer Service Office Assistant



Provide general office support to Housing – Customer Service including, but not limited to: greeting walk-ins, answering phones, email correspondence, general data entry, filing (both paper and electronic), copying documents, delivering documents around campus and scanning documents. Maintaining confidentiality with all records and student information. Other general office support duties, as needed.


Experience in MS Office suite, strong background in Excel and Word. Attention to detail, high level of organization, ability maintain confidentiality at all times. Committed, conscientious and highly motivated with knowledge of general office practice and excellent interpersonal skills.

For questions and how to apply please visit the Student Employment Website.

Residential Life Positions

Benefits of the Position


Welcome to the online home of the Residence Director position at Northeastern University. In the pages ahead, interested applicants will find a wealth of information regarding the position, our institutional mission and culture, life in Boston and many of the frequently asked questions posed by candidates in the past.

We invite you to explore everything there is to see and look forward to working with you as future candidates and colleagues.

Position Summary

The Residence Director is a 12-month, live-in professional staff position within the Department of Residential Life. The Residence Director’s responsibilities include:

  • The creation of a residential community conducive to the social and intellectual growth of its 250 – 700 resident students
  • The direct supervision and development of a paraprofessional staff of 5-15 Resident Assistants
  • The opportunity to support one or more Living Learning Communities, if present in the RD’s residential area; Northeastern offers an exciting variety of vibrant LLCs.
  • The housing and occupancy administration of one or more residential communities
  • Participation in on-going crisis management and an on-call duty rotation for a residential campus of more than 9,000 students
  • Service on several departmental committees/taskforces including:
    • RA Selection, Training, and Development
    • Professional Staff Selection, Training, and Development
    • First Year Experience
    • Second Year Experience
    • Housing Task Force
    • nuExchange
    • SafeZones
  • A summer assignment with External Events & Conference Housing, New Student Orientation, or summer-session housing

A complete position description is available via the HRM website.

Qualifications of a Successful Candidate
  • Education and graduate/professional experience:
    • Master’s Degree in College Student Development, Higher Education Administration, or related field preferred; experience as a live‐in professional or graduate assistant in a residence hall setting
  • Experience mediating and resolving conflict among students and peers
  • Working knowledge of theories related to community and/or student development
  • Commitment to multicultural competency and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated administrative, supervisory, and communication skills
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, and the ability to work autonomously within a fast-paced urban campus
  • Willingness to listen, educate, and work collaboratively
  • Familiarity with common software such as Microsoft Office
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check (prior to position offer)


    The Assistant Residence Director (ARD) reports to a Residence Director (RD) and carries out many of the same functions of an RD including student staff supervision, serving as a hearing officer and participating in the on-call duty rotation. Some specific duties involve coordinating the operational aspects of an area (opening, closing, facilities, etc….), taking lead with Living Learning Community initiatives and managing specialized area-wide programming. Responsibilities vary based off of the needs of the area.


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    Graduate Assistantship

    The Graduate Assistant (GA) is a part-time professional staff member in the Department of Residential Life and is enrolled in a master's degree program at Northeastern. The GA, while having administrative duties, is also responsible for working directly within Residential Life to support student staff and provide them with development opportunities. In addition, GAs serve on a departmental committee, Graduate Assistant Growth Experience or (GAGE). This provides the GAs with the opportunity to serve on a committee that provides a strong focus on the empowerment and professional development of the Graduate staff during their time with the department.

    GA Application

    GA Testimonials

    Job Description

    The following opportunities have been afforded to graduate assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year:

    • Act as Administrative Hearing Officer
    • Participate in two departmental committees
    • Professional Development Opportunities
    • Groundbreaking Living Learning Community development
    • Plan/Present/Facilitate Resident Assistant (RA) Training
    • Participate in RA Selection Days – including interviews and group process
    • Assisting with move-in/out and opening/closing of buildings
    • Assist with University wide initiatives
    • Serve in the on-call duty rotation

    For questions, contact Assistant Director Ryan Anderson