Assistant Residential Community Director Position Description

COVID-19 Statement

All Assistant Residential Community Director descriptions, offers, and positions are subject to change in light of federal, state, local, or university COVID-19 regulations. 


Position Overview

The Assistant Residential Community Director (ARCD) is a 10-month live-in position that supports the creation and facilitation of an integrated residential learning environment that moves students toward achieving the goals of the undergraduate experience, working through the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs. This embedded position works with their Residential Community Director (RCD) supervisor to provide comprehensive leadership and support for a community of 230-700  students. Immersed in the student community, the ARCD and RCD actively manage the learning experience at both the community and individual level, monitoring and supporting students' holistic academic, social, and personal development throughout their transition to CWRU, their time on campus, and through graduation. ARCDs report to the Residential Community Director for their area.


Position Dates

August 1, 2022 - May 31, 2023



  • ARCDs must have obtained a bachelor's degree prior to the CWRU Fall 2022 academic semester
  • ARCDs must be enrolled in graduate courses as a part-time/full-time degree-seeking student.
  • ARCDs must be available to work 20 hours per week, with at least 10 hours of availability between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday
  • ARCDs must limit outside employment to graduate assistantships, part-time work, or other activities to less than 20 hours per week, excluding academic recesses. Note: International students are ineligible to hold assistantships or other outside employment.
  • Applicants must be available to work the complete term of the position dates (8/1/22 - 5/31/23). If your graduate program conflicts with the position dates, please notify the selection committee in writing at

COVID-19 Policy Qualifications

The university is committed to providing its faculty, staff, students, and other members of the CWRU community with an environment as free as possible from recognized and preventable/mitigable hazards, including COVID-19 and other viruses and infections. Effective July 23, 2021, the university is requiring employees to establish that they are fully vaccinated by uploading the vaccination card to the CWRU secured health record system (i.e., it has been two weeks since they have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine) or obtain an approved exemption from the university as a medical or religious accommodation. ARCDs are required to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19 upon the start of the assistantship and arrival to CWRU.

For more information, please review the CWRU COVID-19 Vaccinations webpage at:



Community Leadership

  • Provide comprehensive leadership and support for a community of 230-700 students. Immersed in the student community, the ARCD acts as a resource and point of contact for students, monitoring and supporting their holistic academic, social, and personal development.
  • Serve as the primary Advisor for the Community Council (Residence Hall student organization), providing guidance and support in recruitment, programming, advocacy, leadership development,  individual mentorship, meeting attendance and budget management.
  • Help direct the Community Leadership Team, consisting of the RCD, ARCD, 6-14 undergraduate Resident Assistants, and Community Council, in establishing programs, initiatives, projects, and procedures that create the academic and residential experience.

Team Supervision & Leadership

  • Provide leadership and support to the Residential Community Team, consisting of the RCD, ARCD, and 6-12 undergraduate Resident Assistants. Support the RCD in planning and facilitating weekly team meetings and ongoing opportunities for individual and team development. 
  • Directly supervise 2-6 Resident Assistants, Indirectly supervise 4-6 resident assistants facilitating developmental 1:1 meetings, supporting programming and community development efforts, and providing ongoing feedback/evaluations for supervisees.

Crisis Management & Student Support

  • Maintain, manage, and execute a system of intervention and referral to support the health, wellness, and safety of residential students through personal contacts with students and faculty and staff partners across campus.  Serve in a Supervisor On Call rotation and provide direct response to student crises for 4000 undergraduate students outside of business hours.
  • Conduct educational interventions for student issues, which may include personal follow up, wellness checks, student conduct, mediation, and other means of student support.

Departmental Support & Leadership

  • Assist with planning, presenting, and implementing departmental paraprofessional training of Resident Assistants, including Fall Training, Spring Training, In-services, and other trainings as determined by the RA Training committee.
  • Support and participate in the Residence Life recruitment and selection processes for professional, graduate, and undergraduate team members.
  • Participate in Residence Life and Experience Meetings.
  • Serve on at least one departmental committee, with option to serve on more based on team needs and ARCD interests.
  • Support the implementation of a curricular approach.

Facilities Management/Administration

  • Assist the RCD with Residence Life administrative processes, including but not limited to, residential community budget management, and program tracking, purchasing, and support for RAs.
  • Assist the RCD with Facilities and University Housing administrative processes, including but not limited to, room assignments, hall opening and closings, health and safety inspections, and room changes.
  • Maintain availability to team and residents, including posted office hours in the residential community.


Housing Requirement

  • Furnished on-campus apartment during position dates
  • University meal plan to assist with integration into community


Compensation and Benefits

  • $13,217.00 stipend paid over the course of 10-months ($300 merit increase per year of service)
  • Technology Amenities: network access and internet TV (Stream2)
  • Ability to request that a partner/dependent live with them in on-campus apartment
  • Small-caged pets in the apartment, upon approval (dogs are not permitted) 
  • Library access through OHIO Link or CWRU graduate student status
  • Access to CWRU Athletic Facilities, including Veale Athletic Center and Wyant Athletic Center
  • Parking available on campus, ARCDs are responsible for paying for their individual parking pass
  • Professional development funds available to ARCDs by request through Office of Residence Life
  • On-campus professional development opportunities (practicums, department, division, etc.)
  • Individual membership in NEOHO and organizational membership in ACUHO-I