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2022-23 Graduate Hall Director Application

The Graduate Hall Director application is now open! The priority deadline to apply is Friday, February 25 at 9:00 a.m. EST.

This position begins in August 2022 and ends at the end of Spring 2023. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, the current move-in and training dates are tentative but will be confirmed once we have additional information.

Reporting to an associate director (AD), assistant director (AD) or residence hall director (RHD) in Residential Life, the graduate hall director (GHD) supports Residential Life in its efforts to enhance the residential experience within the Columbia undergraduate community. A live-in position, the GHD provides leadership for Residential Life student staff in an assigned area. By maintaining visibility and being approachable to student staff and residents, the GHD helps educate residents on University policies and builds community in the area of oversight. Each GHD position varies depending on area demographic; some positions may include additional opportunities to work in specialized areas, including Special Interest Communities.

If you have further questions about the position or selection process, please contact Assistant Director of Residential Life Haley Carson at


Candidates must be full-time graduate students at Columbia University in a degree-granting program. Prior Residence Life experience is preferred.

Note: First and second year law, medicine, business, fine arts and journalism students are not eligible candidates.


  • A $6,400 stipend for the academic year
  • Housing within Columbia University’s residence halls (valued at $10,000)
    • Housing assignments vary in size and configuration by residence hall
  • Dining Meal Plan

Time Commitment

  • GHDs work approximately 20 hours per week during the academic year; this work will include supervision of student staff (one-on-one meetings and staff meetings), crisis intervention, incident follow-up, committee work, advising hall council and administrative tasks (budget, programming, facilities management, communicating with partner offices, assisting with departmental processes, etc.)
  • GHDs must be available every Tuesday, 9:00–11:00 p.m., for hall council and staff meetings


Student Staff Development and Supervision

  • Supervise approximately 7-10 student staff
  • Provide ongoing support to student staff, hold one-on-one meetings with each staff member
  • Organize and facilitate weekly staff meetings and hall council meetings (GHDs must be available every Tuesday, 9:00–11:00 p.m.)
  • Evaluate student staff throughout a continuous performance appraisal process
  • Facilitate training sessions for the student staff during the August and Winter Recharge Trainings
  • Review and evaluate student staff programs, including program proposals and evaluations
  • Facilitate resident adviser (RA) seminars to prepare future RAs for the position and participate in student staff interviewing, hiring and placement


Serve as staff adviser to hall council, with accountability to the department for the council’s progress; provide guidance and leadership to the group around student leader support, logistical planning and management and policy and procedure education
Advocate for the council’s needs and communicate to direct supervisor and student leadership committee chair regarding council work
Support senior resident adviser and other student staff to mentor the council, communicate to the residential community regarding hall council and delegate administrative tasks as appropriate
Assist the council with budget, expenditures, space/equipment reservations and connection to various University resources
Attend weekly hall council meetings, hall council programs and departmental trainings/retreats for advisers

Incident Follow-Up

  • Utilize the case management system Maxient to document and follow up on incidents
  • Be familiar with campus and community resources and be able to provide this information to residents
  • Maintain confidentiality and effectively share information when appropriate
  • Work with the associate director on-call to make appropriate referrals for residents to partner offices for additional support when needed
  • Assist the associate director in meeting with students regarding conduct and wellness issues

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Respond to email within a timely manner
  • Assist in collateral assignments or departmental projects
  • Assist supervisor in monitoring facilities and maintenance issues within assigned buildings
  • Assist supervisor in overseeing the area budget
  • Serve on a departmental committee
    • Committees include RA Training and Selection, Wellness, Special Interest Communities and Intercultural Education
  • Assist in the management and oversight of a departmental project or program when applicable, including but not limited to: Special Interest Communities, transfer/combined plan student initiatives and faculty programming

Personal and Professional Development

  • Meet with direct supervisor regularly for one-on-one supervision
  • Role model appropriate and inclusive behavior at all times including, but not limited to: Monitoring online self-content and upholding university policies
  • Attend weekly area leadership team meetings

Important Dates (Mandatory-TBD)

  • Fall Training (August)
  • First Year Move-In
  • NSOP (New Student Orientation Program)
  • Upperclass Move-In
  • New Staff Recruitment
  • Winter Recharge Training
  • Bacchanal
  • Move-Out (Non-Seniors)
  • Move-Out (Seniors)

Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.