Residence Life Employment

Employment opportunities for students are plentiful within the Office of Residence Life.  In addition to offering numerous full-time and professional positions, the department is one of the largest employers of students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  Student staff positions are varied. Working as a student staff member provides a great opportunity to develop work skills and gain experiences.



The Office of Residence Life at the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers full-time Residence Hall Coordinator positions and graduate-level Graduate Hall Director positions. More information can be found below and on the UNK employment opportunities webpage.

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Coordinator of Marketing, Curriculum and Assessment

The Coordinator of Marketing, Curriculum and Assessment provides leadership and support for the Office of Residence Life through the creation, implementation, and assessment of the Student Affairs curriculum within the scope of Residence Life. Leads the experiential and dynamic educational focus of the department and communicates the experiences offered in residence life to incoming and returning students. Communicates with admissions, new student enrollment, and UNK marketing to capture and tell the story of living on campus at UNK. Works to establish Living Learning Communities and supervises the peer mentor program for faculty-led LLCs. Has competent administrative skills to promote summer conferences for the university and manage interns reporting to the department.  Serve in on-call duty rotation. This is a live-in position

Marketing- Is the primary coordinator for the department’s marketing efforts and works with admissions, new student enrollment, and UNK’s marketing department to effectively tell the story of curriculum and assessment information to incoming and returning students through strategic marketing campaigns. Ensures personnel have appropriate training and updates on departmental experiences. Ensures display rooms are dynamic for tours. Assists department in representing Housing at Admissions and New Student Enrollment events. 
Curriculum & Assessment- The coordinator establishes the sequence calendar, lesson plans, and prepares the assessment plans for the curriculum in residence life. Participates in preparing an engaging experiential learning experience for students at UNK. Trains hall staff to navigate the curriculum effectively and provides updates on progress. Prepares assessment reports for the department.
Living Learning Communities- The coordinator works with the Living Learning Community Advisory Board to establish and maintain faculty-led LLCs.  Develops training programs for peer mentors.
Supervision- Supervises summer ACUHO-I Interns who assist with the running of summer conferences and indirectly supervises summer CA program. Potential supervision of peer mentors for Living Learning Communities as needed depending on departmental support.  Assists with on-call duty support for RA team.
Summer Conferences- Assists with the development and promotion of the Summer Conference opportunities available at UNK.  This requires extensive communication with internal constituents and outreach to potential clients.

Assistant Director of Residence Life

The Assistant Director provides leadership and support for the Office of Residence Life and the professional live- on staff in order to build positive communities that encourage students to grow personally and professionally. Providing the opportunity for students to have experiential learning experiences that are modeled from our student affairs curriculum. This is a full-time live-out professional position. This is a salaried position and weekly hours may vary according to workload. On-call duty consisting of evening and weekend hours of availability and assistance as needed for emergency response and to assist with planned projects/events are required.

Supervision- Supervise live- on professional hall staff and indirectly provide leadership development and support to the para-professional hall staff.  Manage the day-to-day occurrences of the residence halls. Recruit, retain, and train professional and paraprofessional hall staff.
Communication- Ensure internal communications with professional staff across the department as this is essential for our organization to thrive.  Work with constituents across student affairs to collaborate on events and cross-promote initiatives from within our department. Communicate with faculty and staff from across UNK to assist with meaningful collaborations that assist UNK students find success.
Student Concerns and Emergency On Call Management- Work with leadership to identify students of concern and provide follow-up for those students. Assist with finding meaningful training to assist student leaders in identifying and working with students experiencing mental health concerns. Assist departmental with 24-7 on-call after-hours management that is necessary for student safety in the Residence Halls.
Administration- Ensure administrative tasks are completed appropriately for all aspects of the position. This includes timely correspondence for students, faculty, and staff at UNK and partners vital to the operation of the residence halls.  Managing projects for the residence halls such as summer projects, the professional and para-professional evaluation process, and organizing break housing are some examples of administrative tasks this position will be responsible to maintain. Other tasks can be assigned by departmental and divisional leadership.
Advising- Provide leadership to student organizations that are under the umbrella of Residence Life. Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and the Resident Assistant Advisory Board are the major organizations that this position is responsible to advise with the assistance of other residence life professionals at UNK. 

Graduate Hall Director (GHD)

Graduate Hall Directors (GHD) are responsible for the development of a supportive, functioning community within a residence hall, ranging in size from 85 to 400 residents.  GHDs supervise a paraprofessional staff, advise individual students and student groups, work to resolve the behavioral problems of students and assist in the management of their residence halls.  As staff members with the Office of Residence Life, GHDs work cooperatively with other Residence Life staff and other Student Affairs offices at the University of Nebraska Kearney. GHDs are hired by the department as positions become available. Traditionally, hiring takes place at the end of the fall and/or spring semester.  Specifics concerning qualifications and job duties for the GHD position may be reviewed in the GHD job description.  The Office of Residence Life interviews local UNK undergraduates, graduates, and graduate assistant applicants for UNK graduate programs candidates and occasionally attends the Oshkosh Placement Exchange before making official job offers to candidate

Residence Hall Coordinator

Residence Hall Coordinators supervise hall personnel and total educational and developmental programs within a residence hall; serves as advisor to hall government officers, committees, boards, groups and individual students; selects, trains and evaluates staff; conducts disciplinary meetings and/or makes referrals; establishes relationship with custodial and maintenance staff; serves on departmental and University committees; initiates and implements hall financial procedures; maintains all records; and represents the Office of Residence Life to parents, guests and members of the university community.


On-campus employment offers the convenience of working for employers who are flexible with students' class schedules, walking between work and class.

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Desk Assistant - Desk Assistants provide information, support and services to residents. These functions are varied and extensive.

Contact Information: Matt Allbright (Assistant Director of Operations) 308-865-4800 or

Resident Assistant:

As a front line employee, it is the Resident Assistant’s responsibility, under the direction of the immediate supervisor and the Office of Residence Life, to

    • Serve as a representative of UNK and the Office of Residence Life
    • Assist department in educating residents
    • Serve as a resource for residents
    • Facilitate the development of community
    • Enforce policies and procedures as stated in the Student Handbook and Residence Life Staff Manual
    • Assist with administrative tasks.
    • Employment Period: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
    • Application: Available via Handshake
    • Application Due: February 7th at 5:00 pm

Contact Information: Luke Else (Residence Hall Coordinator), 308-865-4820, 

Summer Residence Assistant - Summer Resident Assistants perform many of the same duties as an academic year Resident Assistant. Summer RAs will serve the residents living on-campus while taking academic classes during the summer terms.

Summer Conference Assistant - Conference Assistants works at the conference front desks and provides outstanding customer service to guests. Conference Assistants may also assist with departmental special projects. These functions are varied and extensive.