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Assistant Residential Director

Position Overview

The ARD role operates at a higher level with respect to residential and administrative responsibilities than the Head Counselor position, and is supervised by the Residential Directors. ARDs may supervise up to six Head Counselors and should expect to collaborate daily with other ARDs, Residential Directors, and the full-time Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies staff to plan, implement, and supervise residential components of the program. The ARD role requires a high level of responsibility, self-direction, management and problem-solving skills, good judgment, communication, professionalism, and discretion. This is a full-time residential position and does not include an instructional academic component.

Responsibilities of the Assistant Residential Director position include:

  • Assisting with staff training and orientation.
  • Overseeing Arrival and Departure Day planning, field trips, and other “cluster-wide” events.
  • Collaborating with the Activities Manager to set expectations and to build Activities Coordinator team morale in each “cluster.”
  • Maintaining a strong presence within their “cluster”—regularly visiting the residences, attending program events, and building relationships with residential staff and participants is essential to being successful in the role.
  • Attending house meetings, visiting afternoon activities, and having an awareness as to what is happening within the residences.
  • Fielding questions, listening to concerns, and mediating conflicts.
  • Meeting regularly and working closely with their teams of Head Counselors to ensure program rules and guidelines are uniformly enforced across the different residences.
  • Serving as the main on-site point person for interfacing with parents and Stanford University offices.
  • Assisting in handling more serious disciplinary issues and medical emergencies involving participants and staff.
  • 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.


  • Bachelor's degree by the start of the summer required
  • At least one year of experience as a Residential Assistant, or comparable residential leadership experience, strongly preferred
  • Previous summer camp/program experience or experience leading student groups desirable
  • Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to delegate
  • Enthusiasm, responsibility, and team-building skills
  • Ability to maintain calmness under pressure
  • Must be available for mandatory training June 18–June 22, 2018
  • Applicants must be available for an entire program (for example, both Session One and Session Two of Summer Institutes), though the preference is for successful candidates to work for all programs listed below


The standard compensation for Assistant Residential Directors is $1,720/week plus a full room and board package. This position is exempt.

Programs & Dates

Programs in need of Assistant Residential Directors:


We are currently accepting applications for this position.

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Job type
Time of Year
Full-time (60 hours)
On Campus
$1,720/week plus room and board
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