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2024-25 Graduate Hall Director Application

The Graduate Hall Director application is now closed! 

Reporting to an Associate 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 team in an assigned area. By maintaining visibility and being approachable to RAs 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 Associate Director of Residential Life Haley Carson at hc3081@columbia.edu.


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

Note: Students in Arts & Sciences PhD programs as well as all students in medicine, business, fine arts and journalism are not eligible candidates. First and second year law students will also not be considered.


  • A $7,500 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 oversight of RAs (one-on-one meetings and team 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 team meetings (time subject to change)


RA Development and Oversight

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


Serve as an 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
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 your direct supervisor to make appropriate referrals for residents to partner offices for additional support when needed
  • Assist direct supervisor 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
  • 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
  • RA 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.