Resident directors directly supervise and coordinate the work of resident assistants and desk-workers as well as indirectly supervise full-time security staff assigned to their residence halls. The resident director is required to take an active and supportive interest in the residents of her/his building and the campus community. She/he should be available to students as the need arises. The skills learned in this position are:
- Develop and enhance interpersonal and communication skills.
- Become knowledgeable about university and community resources.
- Enhance leadership skills through structured and on-the-job experiences.
- Develop problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
- Learn the importance of ethical leadership.
- Learn the importance of creating social networks and working as a team.
- Identify individual strengths and weaknesses. Practice time-management skills.
- Become knowledgeable of financial support systems that assist with the pursuit of academic programs.
- Learn to bring people together in a community that recognizes individual differences and talents.
- Gain some professional work experience.
- Develop staff supervision and management skills.
- Provide opportunities for applying knowledge learned in the classroom.