Graduate Assistant – Hall Director

Posted on March 6th, 2019 by Travis Dix

Position begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020 renewable for one year.

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Housing Operations, the Graduate Assistant – Hall Director (GAHD) supports Housing & Residence Life in its efforts to enhance the learning and residential experience within the Averett University community. A live-in position, the GAHD provides leadership for Residence Life student staff in an assigned area. By maintaining visibility and approachability to student staff and residents, the GAHD helps educate residents on University policies, provides tutoring and learning assistance, and builds community in the area of oversight. Each GAHD position varies depending on area demographics, and provides additional opportunities to being exposed to conduct, programming, training/tutoring, and administrative capacities.


  • Candidates must be accepted and continuously enrolled as a full time graduate student in good standing at Averett University. Preference will be given to candidates who have residence hall leadership experience and/or who are pursuing a career in student personnel, counseling, guidance, or higher education administration.
  • Other paid employment is strongly discouraged while the GAHD is employed by Averett University. However, if the GAHD finds it necessary to have other paid employment (outside of Averett), all of the following criteria must be met:
    • Outside employment must not interfere with the performance of GAHD duties such as meetings, staff training, hall and area programs, availability, office hours, etc.
    • The GAHD cannot hold more than one position at Averett University simultaneously.


  • Remuneration includes housing within an Averett University’s residence hall (valued at $10,000 per year) and a $3,000 stipend for the academic year. Housing assignments vary in size and configuration by residence hall.
  • Tuition waivers provided for graduate studies at Averett University. Declining Balance Dining Hall Meal Plan is provided (valued at $1,500 per year).

Student Staff Development & Supervision

  • Train and supervise approximately 7-12 student resident assistants (RAs).
  • Provide on-going support to RAs, having one-on-one meetings with staff member at least bi-weekly.
  • Organize and facilitate a weekly team meeting.
  • Evaluate student RA staff throughout a continuous performance appraisal process.
  • Facilitate training sessions for the student RA staff during the August and Winter Training.

On-Call & Incident Follow-Up

  • Serve within an on-call rotation as a first responder for emergency situations involving Averett University students. Refer residents to campus and community resources as appropriate.
  • Document and follow up on incidents.
  • Maintain confidentiality and effectively share information when appropriate.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Conduct building rounds and inspect public area facilities on a regular basis. Complete maintenance and building services requests as needed. Maintain a work schedule designed for maximum accessibility and involvement with students, including evening hours
  • Facilitate annual and semi-annual Fire Drills, Health and Safety Inspections, Walkthroughs, etc.

Personal & Professional Development

  • Attend weekly Housing & Residence Life staff meetings and monthly GHD development meetings.
  • Meet with director regularly for one-on-one supervision.
  • Participate in development opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Please note:

  • Background checks are required for all positions.
  • An applicant must have an unrestricted right to work in the U.S.
  • Averett University’s policies, programs,and activities, including hiring practices, comply with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression and veteran status.
  • Averett University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Physical & Mental Demands/Work Environment

The duties of this position require performance of the following activities and work in the described environment, with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Almost constant interaction with others requiring clear communication (speaking and listening) in person and telephonically
  • Must be able to work closely with others as part of a team
  • Visual and hearing acuity required to perform assigned work, including room inspections and interactions with residents
  • Most work is performed while sitting although standing and walking are at times necessary (residence hall check-ins, inspections, etc.)
  • Ability to lift, carry or move items of up to 10 pounds, occasionally up to 20 pounds, such as supplies, binders, or food trays, at times
  • At times, work may require pushing/pulling, reaching, bending, twisting, climbing (step ladder or stairs), crouching or use of foot pedals (driving)
  • Some work uses fine manual dexterity to use equipment involving levers, buttons, keyboards, and switches as well as frequent handling of small items and paperwork
  • Must be able to change tasks frequently, work an irregular work schedule, perform multiple tasks simultaneously, work under time pressure, and work in a noisy or distracting environment
  • May frequently be called upon to work in an emergency situation
  • On occasion will need to perform tedious and exacting tasks
  • At times will need to use office equipment such as telephones, printer, copier, scanner, camera, scissors, stapler, and computer.  Will use software including Microsoft Office, Foxit or Adobe PDF software, Advocate, Canva, and Adirondack housing software
  • Occasionally may work in situations with fire hazards or communicable diseases (virus, flu, etc.); on rare occasions may be exposed to mechanical hazards, chemical hazards, electrical hazards, or situations involving physical danger or abuse
  • Work environment regularly includes noise/vibration and wetness/humidity; may be exposed to respiratory hazards such as mold/mildew weekly, or extreme temperatures seasonally
  • Work locations include an office environment and campus residence halls (residence halls, apartments)

Submit Letter of Interest, Current Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV), and 3 Professional References to:

Selection Committee, c/o Director, Housing & Residence Life
Averett University
420 West Main St.,
Danville, Virginia 24541

Email address:

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