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Graduate Hall Director

The Graduate Hall Director (GHD) is responsible for the general supervision and management of a residence hall community which houses 200-350 undergraduate students. The GHD assistantship is a 10-month, live-in position. The GHD employment period is July 30 until May 31. Attendance at a two week Graduate Hall Director training beginning July 30 is expected.  Graduate Hall Directors will also be expected to attend the 10 day Resident Adviser training during the month of August.  Specific job responsibilities and expectations include:

Position Description and Scope


  1. Conduct weekly staff meetings with RAs.
  2. Conduct individual one-on-one meetings with RAs every 2 weeks.
  3. Provide ongoing training, recognition, and staff development opportunities.
  4. Schedule RA staff for building coverage, including breaks, closings, post-exams, and graduation.
  5. Hold staff members accountable for actions by routinely evaluating job performance.
  6. Share concerns appropriately by avoiding direct confrontation in staff meetings: supporting in public, confronting in private.
  7. Participate in GHD and RA selection and evaluation processes.
  8. Role model appropriate behavior to ensure you do not lose credibility, effectiveness or your job.
  9. Pursue only professional relationships with student staff and residents.
  10. Keep your RLC informed of all situations.
  11. May help to advise students who are members of the Resident Student Association.


  1. Oversee budgets for residence hall programming and staff development.
  2. Hold scheduled regular office hours – 6 per week in residence hall staff office.
  3. Coordinate resident check-in/check-out processes, building openings/closings, and room changes.
  4. Complete paperwork (RL&H reports, monthly reports, expense vouchers) in a timely manner.
  5. Check voicemail, e-mail, and office mailbox daily.
  6. Attend all departmental training; prior to the start of the year, mid-year, and throughout the year.
  7. Assume “on-duty” responsibilities with other staff on a rotating basis.
  8. Attend all staff meetings and individual meetings with RLC.
  9. Assume administrative tasks as assigned by Central Office Staff.
  10. Safeguard keys. Loss of staff keys may result in loss of employment & personal financial obligation.

Hall Programming

  1. Direct, support, and participate in RA programming efforts.
  2. Work with RAs to assess student needs and develop programming goals to meet identified needs.
  3. Spend at least 20 hours per week in the residence hall being available to students for problem solving, referral services, mediation, conflict resolution and advising.
  4. Be visible, accessible and available in your area by:
    • spending informal time with residents in your building,
    • being available on weekends – plan to be away no more than one weekend per month.

Policy Enforcement

  1. Uphold & enforce University and Departmental policies; including any violations of the Conduct or Honor Code.
  2. Clearly communicate University and Departmental policy to staff and students.
  3. Assist RAs with confrontation of students violating policies.
  4. Forward RL&H reports to the RLC for review in a timely manner (within 24 hours).

Building Management

  1. Assume responsibility for monitoring the condition of facilities.
  2. Coordinate & schedule lounge use.
  3. Maintain relationships with housekeeping and facilities staff to ensure your building is well kept.
  4. Tour residence hall(s) on a regular basis to identify maintenance issues.
  5. Initiate work orders for repairs.
  6. Inspect the building during hall openings and closings and throughout year.


  1. Embrace staff unity and a sense of teamwork.
  2. Prioritize academics and your GHD job; all other commitments are secondary.
  3. Communicate openly and honestly.
  4. Demonstrate confidentiality.
  5. Follow up on issues in a timely manner.
  6. Be on time & prepared.
  7. Use professional judgment in regards to alcohol consumption in accordance with University policy – there will be no alcohol consumption during staff functions or on duty.

Learning Outcomes

Graduate Hall Directors working in Residence Life & Housing will:

  1. Test and improve leadership abilities by building effective relationships with staff members and colleagues.
  2. Develop administrative and time-management skills by balancing a variety of responsibilities.
  3. Practice appropriate and effective interpersonal communication skills in a variety of professional settings.
  4. Develop and practice supervisory skills by managing a staff of high achieving undergraduate Resident Advisers.
  5. Practice giving and receiving feedback in a professional setting.
  6. Practice budget management skills through responsible use of university funds.
  7. Experience the opportunity to serve as a mentor and role model for college students.
  8. Gain a sound understanding of effective crisis management protocol and response.
  9. Engage in a network of supportive staff members who are committed to the holistic development of students.
  10. Acquire an awareness of student affairs practice and higher education administration as a paraprofessional in an active student life office.


  1. $7,350 stipend
  2. Unfurnished one bedroom efficiency-style University apartment
  3. Faculty/staff parking permit
  4. Food dollars for on-campus dining
  5. Utilities & cable TV
  6. Hard-wired and wireless internet connection
  7. Free laundry machines available on-site

Graduate Assistant Compensation Comparison


  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Enrollment in full-time graduate coursework at Wake Forest University
  3. The following graduate programs are not eligible for employment:
    • Master Teacher Fellows
    • Management
    • MALS
    • 1st year Law
    • 1st year MBA
    • Medical School Programs


  1. Letter of interest
  2. GHD application available here.
  3. Graduate School application or enrollment statement.
  4. Current resume
  5. Name, address, phone, e-mail of three references

For assistance with the online application process, please reference our step-by-step guide.


Date Description
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Applications available on the RLH website

GA Information Sessions will be held in mid February. Information on dates, times and locations will be available soon

Friday, March 3, 2017 Returning and New GA/GHD Applications Due
Monday – Friday, March 6 – 10, 2017 GA/GHD REHIRE Interviews
Monday – Friday, March 13 – 17, 2017 GA/GHD REHIRE Interviews
Monday – Friday, March 20 – 24, 2017 New GA/GHD Interviews
Monday, April 3, 2017 Employment Offer Letters out
Monday, April 10, 2017 Decision letters due to 001 Angelou Hall by 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Spring Training Day (Required for ALL GAs/GHDs hired for 2017-18)

Your online application including resume, cover letter, Graduate School application or enrollment statement, and references must be received by 5 p.m. on the published deadline. All Application materials must be uploaded online.  If you have any questions please contact:

Lauren Rust, Assistant Director of Residence Education

For additional information, please call: 336.758.5185 or e-mail housing@wfu.edu

The GHD assistantship is a 10-month commitment. Reappointment is not guaranteed, but is based upon an exemplary performance record and the successful completion of all interviews and applications required for returning staff. The Graduate Hall Directors performance is under continuous evaluation so as to maintain the highest standards. Failure to meet any of the responsibilities or expectations listed in this assistantship agreement may result in personnel sanctions which could include, but not be limited to, verbal or written warnings, withholding of partial or full pay, probation or possible termination.