Community Directors

NC State University Housing is proud to credit our success as an organization as a result of our outstanding staff. Community Directors (CDs) engage, educate, and enlighten residents leading to their academic, personal, and professional success. The CD plays a key role in ensuring University Housing’s continued ability to support and implement our mission, vision, and values. CDs handle all daily operations within their residence halls or apartment complexes.

From the director

We are excited that you are interested in working at NC State!  Our university has a history of leading students and staff in new and innovative activities that respond to solving the world’s problems.  Our motto of Think and Do guides us in these endeavors and provides the foundation for many of our activities for campus residents.

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NC State houses close to 10,000 residents in 20 residence halls and 4 apartment complexes. We’re creating a residential curriculum that will be implemented in fall 2017 when all first-year students will be required to live on campus.  Our residents succeed academically due to efforts to actively connect them with campus resources and activities that integrate classroom learning with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  

University Housing is an organization on the move to developing staff and students to their fullest potential. After the residential curriculum for first-year students is implemented, we’ll be focusing on intentional activities for sophomores, juniors, senior and graduate students.  If you have a passion for helping students succeed and ideas that will challenge and motivate staff and residents, University Housing at NC State is the place for you!  We believe that the strength of the pack is in the individual wolves. Explore what the Wolfpack can do for you and what you can do for the Wolfpack!  -Susan Grant, Director, University Housing


Why our staff loves NC State:

I love that we actually live by our motto: THINK and DO! This is the type of institution that is not satisfied with being the status quo. Although change can sometimes be anxiety provoking, this university believes in making changes for the betterment of their students! I enjoy working with people that are not just talking about it but doing something about it. -Leah Campbell, Community Director

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I absolutely love working with NC State students. Everyday I am amazed when I hear students discuss their coursework and majors. Our students are truly preparing to tackle the grand challenges facing society. If you take time to listen to their aspirations you’ll quickly hear engineering students attempting to tackle a societal problem or a student in agriculture diligently studying to address food security.

-Bryan Botts, Assistant Director


qwenI love living in a place where you have both urban and rural communities. For example, downtown is literally five minutes away which offers various activities such as clubs, art galleries, breweries and more. Additionally, if I want to get away from the city it can also be done very easily. We have access to a variety of different nature trails and beautiful countryside scenery close by campus. It’s the best of both worlds.

-Qwen Ballard, Resident Director



I knew NC State was the place for me during my on-campus interview. When I got here, I felt like I already knew everyone. It did not have the typical stress of an interview because the people I interacted with seemed genuinely interested and excited to meet me. When I arrived on campus, my supervisor immediately prioritized my professional development and connecting to the department by sending me on a day trip with the department. This showed me the importance of relationships and support here.

– Susan Lawhead, Community Director


Community Director life is about making sure you are meeting the needs of the students and community you work in. Some of the work can be administratively focused like room assignments, other times you are connecting more with students through trips and one-on-one dialogue. As a CD, you are always assessing the needs of your community and how to make it stronger and better for the students.

– Spenser Norman, Community Director




Staff Accommodations

We take pride in offering comfortable, desirable staff apartments.  All of our CDs are provided a one-bedroom apartment in the community they oversee. While layouts and styles vary in residence halls and apartment complexes all CD apartments have the same amenities.

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Each CD has the following in their apartment:

  • included cable
  • private washer/dryer
  • furnished living room and bedroom with queen bed
  • wireless high-speed internet
  • reserved parking near community (CD staff are responsible for the purchase of parking permit)

All University Housing facilities have air conditioning and secure ID card building access.


Life in Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina is known as “The City of Oaks” and boasts a bustling downtown with regular festivals and events. The area also has many parks and nature trails to enjoy during the four-season climate.

Visit Raleigh

54 Things to Do at NC State

Nearby Cameron Village

Meet our Students

Described as driven, involved, and independent by staff, NC State students live up to the University’s model of “Think and Do”

Meet the RAs

Meet Asia in Wolf Village

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