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

UCLA is currently seeking candidates for a live-on Resident Director position. Resident Directors have the ability to work in a variety of student living communities ranging from traditional residence halls to residential apartments that support undergraduate, graduate, and families. Candidates interested in applying should apply through ( – job ID #40301.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until December 3, 2023.


For additional information regarding the RD position, please email