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The Assistant Resident Director(ARD) is a live-in, part-time staff member and full-time graduate student that assists with the management of a co-ed undergraduate residence hall of between 500-800 residents. The ARD supervises a staff of 5-7 Desk Clerks and is responsible for assisting the administrative functions of the hall with assistance provided by a full-time Office Assistant. The ARD assists with creating an inclusive living-learning environment in the residence hall. They also help coordinate a wide variety of opportunities for the academic and personal growth of the residents. Overall responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with the day-to-day supervision of Resident Advisor staff.
  • Supervise Desk Clerks and front desk operations.
  • Serve as co-advisor to Hall Government.
  • Assist the RD to conduct informative weekly staff meetings.
  • Assist with regular one-on-one meetings with RAs and Desk Clerks.
  • Assist the Resident Director with RA and Desk Clerk evaluations.
  • Develop and maintain positive, professional relationships with residents.
  • Monitor and evaluate emergency and crisis intervention by staff.
  • Attend floor and hall programs regularly.
  • Assist with programming purchases including PRDs and Pro Card Use.
  • Be On Call for assigned area for 2-3 weeks each semester, keeping Leadership On Call informed of on-going issues in the area.
  • Attend Senior Staff Meetings, Area Meetings, and/or Committee Meetings as required.
  • Attend monthly departmental All Staff Meetings.
  • Fulfill all Resident Advisor Expectations for a floor/wing (see RA Position Description).


  • Be a full-time graduate student at the University of Kentucky.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while a graduate student.
  • Have at least one year of previous residence hall experience (other types of work experience can be substituted).


The ARD position is a full-time Graduate Assistantship, with employment dates from late-July to mid-May. As full-time GAs, ARDs are provided a standard tuition scholarship and health insurance through the Graduate School.In addition, ARDs receive:

  • Annual stipend of $5250 paid bi-weekly.
  • Partial meal plan and plus account worth $650 per semester.

ARDs receive a furnished room located in the assigned residence hall with all utilities (with cable TV & Internet).

Other Information

Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check as required by UK.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply

To apply for a Graduate Assistant Resident Director position, follow these three steps:

  1. and click on "Student."
  2. Search for the job title "Graduate Assistant Resident Director."
  3. Follow the instructions for submitting a UK Online Application.  Be sure to attach a letter of application and resume.

Upon offer of employment, successful applicants must undergo a national background check as required by UK Human Resources.

For more information, contact Lisa Lockman, Assistant Director at (859) 257-4783 or or Kenyatta Jeter, Associate Director at (859) 323-3246 or

Application Cycle

Applications are currently closed for the 2022-2023 academic year.