Residential Director FAQ

1. What does the typical work week look like for a Residence Director?

2. How am I trained for the position?

3. What is the structure of the residence hall conduct process and the RD's role in adjudicating violations?

4. What do I do during the summer?

5. How are RD placements determined?

6. What is the pet policy for RDs?

7. Where do I park my car?

8. What does the meal plan entail for RDs?

What does the typical work week look like for a Residence Director?

Residence Directors (RDs) spend time in their residential communities, supervising, advising, and working with residents. Throughout the day, RDs can be found in committee meetings or in their offices conducting 1:1s with RAs, meeting with residents, facilitating conduct hearings, walking through their communities, working on other tasks, etc. RDs are provided with work cell phones so that they can continue to be available to assist their communities and respond to students as needed. Tuesday afternoons are traditionally reserved for alternating Department meetings and smaller Area Meetings. RDs work Monday through Friday from 10-5pm and have 5 hours of flex time during the week for evening commitments such as 1:1s, staff meetings, student meetings, etc. As a co-op institution, our students traditionally spend six months in classes and six months working in a full-time co-op position. RDs meet with their RA Staffs on Tuesday nights and set aside two hours for development and general business agenda items.

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How am I trained for the position?

Residence Directors are expected to take part in a multi-week, comprehensive training schedule each year during the summer months. New hires go through on-boarding sessions to learn the standard expectations and basic procedures of the RD position; these are often led by veteran RDs and various other leaders within the department. The full Residential Life professional staff also attend a departmental retreat off campus to encourage bonding amongst its members. Also during every summer there is Professional Staff Training, which consists of various sessions to improve knowledge related to the RD role, connect with campus partners, and more. Throughout the year, various professional development opportunities are provided to increase skills and share best practices for helping our students.

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What is the structure of the residence hall conduct process and the RD's role in adjudicating violations?

Residential Life works along with the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution to assist in the adjudication process. As hearing officers, RDs are assigned cases that occur throughout campus where there are alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct or Guide to Residence Hall Living. The student conduct process is one grounded in consistency, with a framework within which educational conversations occur. This framework also guides the decision making and sanctioning process for hearing officers. Inactive and active sanction options are available to hearing officers. Minimum sanction guidelines for alcohol and drug charges involve education coordinated through the Office of Prevention and Education. Northeastern utilizes Maxient database software to manage judicial records.

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What do I do during the summer?

Northeastern University is a vibrant campus year round. Our unique co-op structure contributes to a highly active summer environment. Traditionally, RDs serve in one of three primary summer positions or work on a designated special project over the course of the summer terms:

  • Open Building Residence Director - RDs serving in this role coordinate the administration and assist the students in their residential communities. There are two academic summer session terms. Roughly 2,000 of the Northeastern student population lives on campus throughout the summer.
  • Conference Housing Coordinator- RDs serving in this role work along with the Conference Housing and External Events staff to serve conference guests housed in Northeastern residential facilities. Northeastern University campus welcomes approximately 10-15 conference groups with over 3000 guests each summer. The conference program at Northeastern has much momentum and continues to grow and expand.
  • Orientation Housing Coordinator- RDs serving in this role work along with the New Student Orientation office to welcome incoming students and acclimate them to the Northeastern culture and community. Northeastern hosts approximately 10-15 orientations and approximately 6500 prospective students and parents over the summer orientation period. RDs assigned to this summer placement is responsible for the housing logistics and supervision of the RAs. 

Special project assignments are determined annually. Summer assignment placements are announced to the RD staff in the spring term.

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How are RD placements determined?

As a new employee to Northeastern, community assignments are determined based on candidate experience, University needs, and vacancies on campus.

Each spring, RD building assignments are evaluated for the upcoming academic year and RDs are placed based on the needs of the department and their professional development. Apartment and office relocation (if applicable) takes place over the course of the summer.

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What is the pet policy for RDs?

For health and humanitarian reasons, no animals (other than fish) are allowed in residence facilities. Fish may be kept in containers with a maximum capacity equal to or less than 25 gallons. Persons with the need of a service or support animal can work with the Director of Residential Life and the Disability Resource Center to gain approval.  

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Where do I park my car?

For information about Northeastern parking, please visit this link:

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What does the meal plan entail for RDs?

RDs are provided with a University meal plan which includes 19 meals per week and 8 guest passes each term. The meal plan is linked to the employee Husky card, and can be used at virtually any food-service venue on campus that accept meal swipes. In addition, RDs receive $120.00 in Husky Dollars to be used at vendor locations on Northeastern’s campus and surrounding areas. For a complete listing of vendor locations, please follow this link: