Residential Director

The Residential Director (RD) is the highest level residential position for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.

Position Overview

Two Residential Directors (RDs) are hired and assigned to oversee specific Pre-Collegiate Studies programs. RDs supervise the residential experience of the summer programs to assure a safe, enjoyable experience for all participants and staff. While each RD will have responsibility for different programs, the Residential Directors will work closely together to provide a consistent residential experience for all staff and participants. RDs receive professional oversight from the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies full-time staff and supervise up to three ARDs. RDs live on campus and are a crucial liaison between parents and the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies main office, making themselves available to answer questions and resolve problems. This is a fixed-term, full-time position with substantial on-call duties running from mid-June to mid-August 2018.

Responsibilities of the Residential Director position include:

  • Providing regular feedback about the residential staff and participants to the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies full-time staff.
  • Resolving higher-level participant issues and ensures all problems are promptly addressed.
  • Serving as liaisons with other offices on the Stanford campus, such as Housing, Dining, and Conference Services.
  • Monitoring the work of all residential staff, and working closely with the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies full-time staff to mediate and resolve staff issues.
  • Assisting with the training of the residential staff and providing guidance and leadership on Arrival and Departure Days.
  • Monitoring incident reports and ensuring all incidents are properly documented, including medical emergencies and disciplinary situations.
  • Ensuring that program rules and the Code of Conduct are adhered to at all times by participants and staff.
  • Maintaining a strong presence within the program – regularly visiting the residences, attending program events, and building relationships with residential staff and participants is essential to being successful in the role.
  • Fostering and promoting an inclusive environment for all participants, staff, and SPCS community members.
  • Guiding participants in educational initiatives centered around individual development, wellness, community engagement, and inclusion.
  • Must be available for mandatory training June 18–June 22, 2018.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Student Affairs or related field strongly preferred
  • Minimum three years of experience in Residential Life at the high school or college level required; five years or more preferred
  • Relevant experience includes Resident Assistant, student programming, boarding school supervision, teacher, etc.
  • Experience working with academically motivated students, preferably in an intensive residential setting
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience in an educational setting
  • Flexibility and willingness to work long hours
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor at all times when dealing with staff, participants, and parents
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Applicants must be available for at least an entire program (for example, both Session 1 and Session 2 of Summer Institutes), though the preference is for two successful candidates to ensure availability is met for all programs listed below


The compensation for the Residential Director position is $1,980/week plus a full room and board package. This position is exempt.

Programs & Dates

Two Residential Directors are hired and assigned to oversee specific Pre-Collegiate Studies programs.

Dates for the 2018 Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies programs are:


The priority application deadline for this position is January 23, 2018, though we will continue to review applications past this date as needed.

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