Position Title: Graduate Hall Director

Normal Work Hours: 20 hours per week (Some Evenings and Weekends, On Call Responsibilities)
Department: Student Affairs + Resources                                                            
Immediate Supervisor: 
Associate Dean of Student Affairs


Olin College of Engineering seeks employees who are passionate about working collaboratively within and outside of the Olin community to support the College’s mission and vision for the future.

At Olin, we are educating the next generation of engineering innovators and shifting the definition of engineering. Not only do our students ask, “Who are we designing this for, and what are their values?” They also ask questions about the impact of their work on society.

As Olin evolves under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Gilda Barabino, we seek to become a more diverse and aware community, a place where everyone is a learner and where everyone is an educator. Olin will become a place where experimentation—including making and learning from mistakes—will be embraced across the institution, not just in the classroom. Collaboration is key to Olin’s curriculum and culture, and we will work intentionally to reinforce the values and culture to which we aspire. We are a community that thrives on being together; we value trust. The College supports teams to collaboratively decide how they can best do their work, display a commitment to the community, all while providing individuals with overall work-life-flexibility.

Position Summary:

The Graduate Hall Director is a graduate-level, live-in, 5-month (January – May 2022), part time (20 hours per week) position within Olin College’s Student Affairs and Resources Office. The primary focus of this position will be to work with Resident Resources (R2s) and students within the campus residential community to develop inclusive, and purposeful activities and opportunities for community and personal development.  The position will hold a collateral assignment focused either on student clubs and organizations or on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Employment dates:

This is a 5-month (January – May 2022), position with winter closure (December 21-January 17th) Thanksgiving week and one week in the spring for spring break or conference attendance off.  This is a temporary 5-month appointment with the possibility of concurrent appointments.


Paid hourly (equivalent to $10,000 annual stipend for full contract, prorated based on date of hire and employment term), partially furnished two-bedroom apartment (valued at $30,000), meal plan when dining hall is open, reserved parking spot, and professional development funds. (Olin does allow for spouses/partners and families to live in with a background check as well as 1 dog or cat with approval of the Associate Dean of Student Life). This is a Live-On Position

Distance from Boston & Accessibility to Public Transportation:

Olin College is approximately ten miles from Boston, one mile from the MBTA Commuter Rail train station, and approximately four miles from the Woodland Station for the MBTA Green Line. 

Primary Responsibilities:

Graduate Hall Directors will provide support to the Associate Dean in developing a safe and inclusive community within a specific residential area.  Duties will include but are not limited to: 

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of a specific residence hall of students living in traditional single and double rooms or suites
  • Directly co-supervise and evaluate 8 Resident Resources (R2s) and 2 International R2s
  • Live in and oversee an on-campus residence hall
  • Assist with the overall development, planning, and implementation of programming pertaining to Residence Life and the assigned collateral area.
  • Assist Associate Dean with managing area budget
  • Participate in the administrator on-call rotation and actively respond to crises situations
  • Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of R2 trainings and R2 selection
  • Assist with R2 recognition efforts
  • Liaise and collaborate with campus partners
  • Assume additional responsibilities as required
  • Continuously enhances community, encourages student development, and creates a positive living and learning environment


To be considered for this opportunity, a candidate should:

  • Be a matriculated graduate student. Enrollment in a CSP, Counseling, or Higher Education Administration program preferred. Non-matriculated students engaged in appropriate coursework may be considered.
  • Be willing to work evenings and weekends on a periodic basis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as well as autonomously
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Attend weekly professional staff meetings and weekly student staff meetings times tbd
  • Exhibit an awareness of and interest in social justice initiatives
  • Prior residence life experience is preferred but not required 

Learning outcomes associated with the position:

  • General knowledge of services and programming offered through Student Affairs including but not limited to student development, conflict and crises management, event logistics, and budget management
  • Ability to work with individual students and facilitate larger groups with regard to learning and developmental issues
  • Ability to apply student learning and developmental theory to student affairs practice
  • Adherence to and value for professional ethical standards; an ability to teach and model respect for shared community values
  • Ability to build rapport, establish and maintain mutually satisfying relationships
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances; ability to develop creative solutions to complex problems

For any questions about the position, feel free to contact Alisha Sarang-Sieminski, Dean of the College and Professor of Engineering asieminski@olin.edu 

To Apply:

Please complete this Interest in Position Form .  Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

  • A current CV or resume.
  • An Olin-specific cover letter. Tell us why you are excited to join Olin and how your experience might contribute to Olin’s community. 

Non-discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.