Assistant Hall Directors

The assistant hall director (AHD) has a crucial, supportive role in the team that provides hall leadership. The AHD invests in the lives of students both educationally and spiritually, and is a leader in the hall community through a ministry of presence and role-modeling. The AHD serves a key role in fostering community within the residence hall, inspired and informed by the University of Portland's Catholic and Holy Cross tradition of residentiality.

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What Does an Assistant Hall Director Do?

Each assistant hall director is assigned to a specific residence hall community in which they live full time. There are four major areas in which assistant hall directors strive to support their residence hall communities through their day-to-day work.

Community Development

Under the direction of the hall director, assistant hall directors assist in developing a culture of community in their hall, building rapport with residents through daily interactions and providing a consistent presence as a role model and resource. AHDs support the planning of educational programming and the development of signature events unique to their hall community. They mentor and advise student leaders involved in Hall Council, coordinate Hall Council elections, and collaborate with the hall director in advising other student leaders. They assist with spiritual activities in the hall, such as annual hall spiritual retreats and Bible studies. Finally, AHDs educate students on University policies and procedures and enforce regulations.

Student Development

Assistant hall directors serve as a pastoral minister, partnering with the pastoral resident(s) to provide support and faith development guidance to students. They assist students with academic, social, spiritual, and personal matters, and they are aware of campus resources, referring students to other offices for additional support. When needed, assistant hall directors mediate student conflicts and help resolve issues.

Staff Development

Assistant hall directors hire and supervise community assistants, coordinating staff coverage schedules and setting performance expectations. They participate in hall staff training activities, attend weekly staff meetings, and assist the hall director in supervision of the resident assistants.

Hall Operations & Administration

Assistant hall directors maintain regular on-call duty hours in their assigned residence hall in rotation with the hall director. They respond to problems and concerns brought forward by students and manage crisis situations through immediate action, sound judgment, and appropriate referrals. They assist the hall director with building and safety issues, coordinating with Physical Plant and Campus Safety as needed. AHDs typically also complete other projects and duties assigned by the hall director or the Office of Residence Life.

Students Say

"My AHD is amazing!! She relates so well with residents and is super fun to talk to. She brings positive energy to our hall and welcomes everybody."

"My AHD is a hard-working person who is constantly working to make the hall a better and an inviting place."

"My AHD has made a huge effort to make me feel included, including just sitting and listening to some problems I've been facing. With that, she gave me advice on going forward with those issues."

"My AHD has helped me through tough times and has given me strong, valuable advice. She cares about everyone and definitely shows us that."

"My AHD is both super fun and energetic, and at the same time is willing to be serious and talk with you if you need it."

Who Can Be an Assistant Hall Director?

We seek qualified candidates who have the education, experience, and skills detailed below:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Understanding of the structure, mission, and values of institutions of Catholic higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with college-age students in university residence halls or in ministry of young adults.
  • Experience related to advising, community development, faith development, educational programming, and conflict resolution is essential.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and leadership skills required.
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to develop effective rapport with a variety of personalities.
  • Capacity to manage stress and maintain personal and emotional stability in a demanding work environment.
  • Available to work nights/weekends for assigned hall duty and to respond to critical situations.
  • Competence with technology (MS Office Suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook) and ability to learn new systems.

The AHD position is a live-in, part-time, 10-month appointment (typically late July or early August through May) and offers a furnished apartment and a meal plan. This position reports to the hall director of the assigned hall. Assistant hall directors are typically enrolled in the MA in Higher Education Student Affairs (MA HESA) master's program at the University of Portland.

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