Employment Opportunities


Apply to be a Graduate Hall Director at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Applications are due by February 12, 2021

Mission Statement

The Office of Residence Life is established to provide an educationally based residential community, which seeks to provide students with personal, shared, and academic experiences; unified by purpose and founded on mutual respect. This community cultivates involvement, enhances critical thinking, develops conflict resolution skills, furthers understanding and appreciation of differences, fosters a sense of identity, and promotes personal and civic responsibility.


  • To cultivate healthy, meaningful relationships with others
  • To provide out of classroom learning opportunities that enhance life-long learning, student development, student success, and further their holistic education
  • To enhance student self-authorship by challenging existing thoughts, ideas, and behaviors while promoting positive decision-making and self-discovery of their role within the greater community
  • To encourage students to have involvement, investment, and influence in their residential community
  • To enrich student engagement within the University and the local community
  • To support and enhance the academic mission within our daily practices
  • To understand and appreciate the diversity of each student’s experiences and identities
  • To advocate for each individual to be comfortable in expressing their uniqueness and identity
  • To provide residential facilities that are safe, clean, and well-maintained

Values and Who We Are

Being a GHD helped prepare me for my current position by allowing me to see different ways of approaching concerns. Every institution is different and that’s okay; it’s about what is best for your student population, while grounding your processes in best practices and research.

It also allowed me to lay the foundation of having direct supervisory experience, which carried through my former position and into my current one.

Additionally, I think it’s important to get a variety of on-call experiences, no matter which part of higher education you are interested in, and I was able to accomplish that while a GHD. Those experiences prepared me to be a hall director and I carry those experiences with me while working with and training graduate students and full-time professional staff who are on call.

The Bloomsburg University Office of Residence Life places a high value on our commitment to our students, our campus, our history, and our future through our seven core values of caring, dedication, education, inclusion, integrity, respect, and service.

Above all, we are focused on the student experience. Our department assists students to build positive and inclusive relationships that create a network of students, staff, and faculty. Through our philosophy of actively engaging with students in meaningful interactions, our professional staff, Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs), and Community Assistants (CAs) are able to learn about and support our students holistically to assist in their academic and social success.

In doing so, we are seeking GHDs who match our values and philosophy to be able to dedicate their work to help in the betterment of this cause. Our GHDs are dynamic individuals who use their wealth of experiences to help our department continually evolve, provide well-rounded approaches to resolve student issues, and work to create welcoming atmospheres in all of our communities. Ideal candidates are able to display a high sense of professionalism, a dedication to learning, are humble, flexible, and coachable.

We hope that you are willing to take on this rewarding challenge and come join our BU Residence Life family.

General Purpose

Reporting to an Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life, Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs) are responsible for the daily management of their assigned residence hall or apartment complex. GHDs will be afforded a rich experience managing up to 550 students and up to 16 staff members within a residential setting. At their core, GHDs are helpers and act as a resource for staff and students. As such, GHDs are expected to put students and staff first, working through any issues or challenges that may arise. In fulfilling their duties, graduate staff will work closely with, and be fully supported by, professional staff members in the Office of Residence Life. Additionally, graduate staff members are provided opportunities to broaden and deepen their experience through participation in department initiatives, training, selection, the on-call system, and the performance evaluation process.


Graduate Hall Directors (GHDs) receive a furnished campus apartment, a University meal plan (when the University is in session for the Fall and Spring semesters) and a full waiver of all tuition encumbered through their graduate program. GHDs will also receive a weekly stipend of 20 hours per week and a parking space close to their residence hall or apartment. This remuneration may be altered if budgetary requirements of the University change.

How to apply

  1. Required Application Materials:
    • Cover letter expressing your interest in the Graduate Hall Director position as well as the graduate program you intend to enroll in at Bloomsburg University
    • Résumé
    • Contact information for three professional references
  2. All application materials should be sent to: Jeff Ward, Area Coordinator, at
    • jward@bloomu.edu or
    • Residence Life Office, Bloomsburg University
      c/o Jeff Ward
      400 East Second Street
      Bloomsburg PA 17815
  3. GHD position applications are due by February 12, 2021
  4. Graduate program applications are due by February 12, 2021 to be eligible for the GHD position
  5. Tentative start date is end of July 2021.

Candidates must go through a successful phone/Zoom or Mid-Atlantic Placement Conference interview, as well as an on campus interview to be considered for the GHD position. On-campus process will be adapted to accommodate a virtual process due to COVID-19.

For more information, please contact Jeff Ward, Area Coordinator, at jward@bloomu.edu or (570) 389-4390.