Resident Director

UCLA Resident Directors (RD) are live-in, full-time professional staff. Each of our residential facilities is supported by an RD who develops the programmatic vision of a community of 500-1000+ students.

RDs will gain the following skill sets and experiences from their role:

  • Train, supervise and advise student positions, such as resident assistants, hall government, student interns, and office assistants.
  • Crisis response (active duty coverage), counseling, and high-level conduct management.
  • Serve on a leadership team to build community, manage team dynamics, and coordinate meetings for the student staff team.
  • Assist with recruitment and selection processes for student and professional staff positions.
  • Engage in networking opportunities with full-time seasoned Residential Life staff, faculty, and campus housing partners.
  • Learn opportunities for professional development including committee work.


Competitive candidates will bring to UCLA a passion for working with students, a strong commitment to student development, and an excitement for fostering community. Requirements include:

  • 1-3 years of post-master’s experience in student affairs functions (live-in experience preferred).
  • A commitment and willingness to engage in complex diversity issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in coaching, mentoring, and supervision of student staff.
  • Experience with program development and event & activity planning.
  • Ability to design and deliver engaging training curricula.
  • Ability to manage a rigorous administrative workload.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Experience in counseling and student advising.

Continued employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive salary.
  • For self and/or family, unfurnished on-campus apartment (pet-friendly) with utilities and internet.
  • 10 meals/week meal plan provided when UCLA dining is in service.
  • Departmental-issued cell phone.
  • Parking allotment, paid for by the employee.
  • The University of California offers a comprehensive benefits package ( including medical, dental, legal, life, and retirement plans.
  • Residential Life offers generous allowances for professional development opportunities.

If you have any compensation questions, please contact Human Resources via email at or by phone at 310-825-3401.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to the RD position. Although we are no longer accepting applications at this time, we highly encourage you to visit UCLA careers website for the most up to date information.


For additional information regarding the RD position, please email