Employment Opportunities

Graduate Student Employment

If you are interested in a unique graduate experience, then Pitt’s Residence Life is for you! Our department offers a variety of graduate assistant experiences to help students living in our residential communities be successful. Graduate students play an integral role in the success of our department, from assistant resident directors to central office graduate assistants. For more information please contact Kayla Dunn at kayladunn@pitt.edu.

Central Office Worker

The office assistants act as our ambassadors to the University of Pittsburgh campus community. At times, the office assistant is the first person a visitor may come into contact with while visiting campus. Students will use their knowledge of both the campus and the city to help students, faculty, and staff successfully get answers they are looking for. Student employees should develop appropriate customer service skills including: greeting visitors, answering questions, and using proper phone etiquette. In addition to these responsibilities, the office assistant is also expected to maintain and execute the list of daily and weekly duties, remain alert and respond appropriately to emergency situations, be familiar with Residence Life resources, and assist our staff with additional assignments as needed.

This position is for work-study eligible students.

Professional Staff

The following positions comprise the professional staff of Residence Life and often have full-time openings:

  • Assistant Director (AD) 
  • Area Coordinator (AC) 
  • Resident Director (RD) 

Resident Directors

Resident Directors (RDs) are professional live-in staff members who oversee communities ranging in size from 230 – 930 students in a mix of traditional housing and suite-style living. Each RD supervises a team of Resident Assistants (RAs) in one of our on-campus communities. RDs are a main part of the Residential Life & Education team within the Office of Residence Life and primarily focus on administrative responsibilities, staff supervision, and community development. 
View a listing of current full-time openings at the Pitt Talent Center website. 
This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with a flexible and individualized schedule. The University of Pittsburgh offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, and live-in partner options. Resident Directors also have access to campus amenities including fitness centers, dining facilities, and free public transportation throughout the city.

Who are Pitt RDs? Individuals who... 
  • Enjoy working with and supporting college students 
  • Are self-motivated and comfortable taking initiative 
  • Have experience in program design, event planning, and project management 
  • Are good listeners with flexible communication styles 
  • Are familiar with best practices for student development, engagement, and involvement 
  • Thrive working in a diverse environment 
  • Are creative and authentic in their work 
  • Are compassionate, relatable, and empathetic to others 
  • Demonstrate proactive behaviors in effective problem solving, conflict resolution, restorative justice, and mediation 
  • Are comfortable with public speaking, presenting, and facilitating workshops of different contexts to a variety of audiences 
  • Understand and value equity and inclusion and want to be a part of a community of learning that supports others toward their own understanding of equity and inclusion 
  • Utilize team dynamics to achieve departmental goals 
What You Will Do 
  • Recruit, train, and supervise para-professional staff members 
  • Utilize best practices to develop student engagement, and create developmentally appropriate programs 
  • Assess student learning and adjust programs and services to meet student needs 
  • Promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives 
  • Advise a student organization (Hall Council, National Residence Hall Honorary, Resident Student Association) 
  • Manage programmatic budgets for assigned areas 
  • Educate and encourage students to be the best version of themselves 
  • Inspire the next generation of leaders 
  • Develop and encourage student growth and accountability 
  • Make a difference in the lives of our students 

Master’s degree (preferred) and relative experience in student affairs or a related field providing student programming and support in higher education.