Residential College & Residential Community Directors

The Residential College/Community Director (RCD) is responsible for enhancing the quality of life for residential students at WashU through the development of programs and activities which promote learning and foster an inclusive community.

RCDs possess a commitment to social justice, as well as an open mind and willingness to learn. Flexibility, positive attitude, and sense of humor are critical to success.

RCDs are key members of the Residential Life team, and as such, also participate in departmental planning, evaluation, and administration. RCDs are 12-month, full-time, live-in positions with involvement in both departmental and University-wide committees and initiatives.

Current Openings

We are currently recruiting for anticipated openings. Interested parties can submit a resume and cover letter to

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate 7 -17 undergraduate Resident Advisors
  • Create, implement, and evaluate the Residential Education Model, to cultivate an environment steeped with social justice ideals
  • Manage residential area budget and accounting procedures
  • Assist with departmental administration (i.e. staff selection, training, room selection, assessment, etc.)
  • Maintain a system of intervention and referral for students experiencing academic or personal difficulties including partnering with Student Health Services
  • Maintain open lines of communication with different constituencies, including parents, campus partners, and academic partners
  • Understand, communicate, and enforce University policies and procedures
  • Adjudicate residential student conduct with a focus on restorative justice and educational sanctioning
  • Work with academic administrators, partners, and faculty to enhance and promote student-faculty interaction in the residential areas
  • Serve as an active liaison between the housekeeping and maintenance personnel
  • Serve on various university, division, and departmental committees as needed

Possible Additional Responsibilities Depending on Community

  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate a Graduate Fellow
  • Work with live-in faculty and/or other faculty to enhance student and faculty interaction in residential areas
  • Support additional residential student staff and programming (i.e. student tutors, technology program, etc.)
  • Advise residential programming board with a specific emphasis on community development
  • Work with the neighborhood associations and campus/community relations to increase positive relationships between residents and our surrounding community
  • Work with students and faculty as part of the Living Learning Communities (upper-class theme communities)

Opportunities for Additional Responsibilities

  • Teaching
  • Divisional committee involvement
  • Search committee participation
  • Various volunteer opportunities (i.e., Commencement)


  • Pet Policy
  • Opportunities for Professional Development
  • Partner Policy

Letter from the Director

Dear Potential Candidate,

On behalf of the Office of Residential Life and our Professional Staff Recruitment Committee, I want to thank you for your interest in the Residential College/Community Director (RCD) position at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU). Residential Life conducts searches for these positions as part of an annual spring recruitment process and as needed at other times throughout the year. We are hopeful this recruitment guide will provide important information for candidates as they consider joining the WashU community.

As the Executive Director of Residential Life, I have the opportunity to work with our amazing professional staff who are committed to upholding our mission in support of our students. The mission of Residential Life seeks to provide a safe environment that encourages learning and personal growth in an inclusive community that empowers and challenges our residents. Our department team is essential to achieving this mission. We pride ourselves in knowing our students by their name and individual stories.

The RCD is a central member of the Residential Life team. RCDs can expect a commitment to professional development, inclusion and a student-centered approach. A major part of the RCD role is to serve as an educator within their residential college through supervision of the Resident Advisor team and overseeing community development and programming. RCDs have the opportunity to work with graduate fellows, faculty fellows in residence and/or faculty associates. They also play a vital role in supporting students in crisis, serving on our on-call rotation and participating in departmental and university committees. To learn more about our department and the position, please explore this guide and feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.


Kawanna Leggett
Executive Director of Residential Life

About WashU Residential Life

Mission and Commitments

ResLife Organization Structure

Res Life Organization Chart

Residential College/Community Breakdown

Residence Education Model Learning Objectives 

About WashU & St. Louis

University Facts

Working at WashU

Living in St. Louis

Community Resources Guide

Employee Testimonials

Kris Wilson

Kris Wilson
Village House Resident Advisor

“Working with my RCD has certainly been one of the most impactful parts of my RA experience. My RCD’s mentorship has been so helpful when creating meaningful relationships with residents and building community within the RA role. That being said, my experience under my RCD has meant so much more to me, even outside of the scope of my job as an RA. Working with my RCD has given me the opportunity to learn best practices for receiving and implementing feedback from a supervisor. Additionally, I have found my RCD to be a tremendously supportive mentor for me professionally, in our discussions about professional development and next steps after college.”

Kris Wilson
Normal, Illinois
Class of 2020
BA Political Science

Drew Hubbard

Drew Hubbard
Umrath House Resident Advisor

“The RCDs that I have interacted with during my time at WashU has significantly and positively shaped both my experience in residential life and at the institution as a whole. Not only have the RCDs provided me support in various situations, but they have also been some of my best advocates in terms of helping me grow personally and professionally. I have always admired the people who choose to serve in the RCD position because of their consistent work, dedication, and enthusiasm towards the students of WashU.”

Drew Hubbard
Peoria, Illinois
Class of 2020
Finance and Marketing

Jan Mazur

Jan Mazur
Park House Resident Advisor

“In my time as an RA in Park, my RCD has been a source of laughter, support, and advocacy. He never fails to make time to meet and discuss important matters ranging from resident crises to my own academic and extracurricular problems. When it comes to difficulties in the role, my RCD makes a strong effort to communicate openly with RAs and to advocate on behalf of RAs when conversing with Residential Life while also ensuring that Pudd Residential College is constantly improving and maintaining high standards for residents and RAs alike.”

Jan Mazur
Cincinnati, Ohio
Class of 2020
History and Psychology, Pre-Med

Nithya Chennupati

Nithya Chennupati

Beaumont Hall Resident Advisor

“Working with an RCD has been a wonderful experience, and it has been great to have someone to look up to for guidance as well as a friendly face while being in the RA role. BB especially has been an amazing boss, and she has provided me with many opportunities to be creative with programs and events, while still making sure my CoRA and I meet the educational goals set for the students. Overall, I have loved and appreciated having an RCD throughout my time as an RA at WashU.”

Nithya Chennupati
Ankeny, Iowa
Class of 2021
Biology: Neuroscience

Phillips, Logan

Logan Phillips

Beaumont Hall Resident Advisor

“RCDs are one of the few groups of WashU professionals that shatter the mold of the ‘scary’ or ‘unapproachable’ boss on campus. That dynamic creates a barrier between students/residents and professional university staff and can foster a sense that there is no real, down to earth support available as we are trying to grow and hone in on our professional skills. Working with an RCD has not only removed that feeling of university pro-staff being distant and cold, but has also given me a new perspective of professional development and what the impact of my role as and RA is. Also, I ask a lot of questions because every day is different as an RA and my RCD is extremely patient with everything and never lets us forget that she is there to support us if we need anything.”

Logan Phillips
St. Louis, Missouri /Austin, Texas
Class of 2021
African & African American Studies & Sociology

“I have loved my time as an RCD here at Wash U! Not only have I gotten to work with incredible students and faculty across campus, I’ve also gotten the opportunity to connect with Campus Partners and be a lecturer in a class. I am not from the St. Louis area, so I was a bit nervous to move to Missouri. From day one the focus has been on building relationships, and that has kept me invested in and loving the RCD role for the past four years”

Ally Schipma
RCD Umrath and South Forty House

“The motto of ‘Know students by name and story’ has been the absolute best part of my experience as an RCD. The students at WashU come from all across the country and hearing their stories/experiences have been a continuous reminder of why I chose to work at WashU. I also love the family feel within the department and everyone has made me feel welcomed the moment I started working at WashU. I look forward to the rest of my professional experience here!”

Stanley Thomas
RCD Eliot