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Job Description

Resident Director, Residential Life, Student Affairs

Basic Function and Responsibility

Resident Directors are 12-month, full-time live-in professionals responsible for developing a community of 250 to 900 residents. The Resident Director (RD) lives with ministers to and provides support services directly to students. The RD supervises a staff of 8-20 Resident Assistants (RAs) and Graduate Assistants (i.e. GSA, PGA, or GRD), and one Office Assistant (OA). They also oversee all operational and programmatic activities of BC’s residences and adjudicate student conduct cases. Summer responsibilities may include participation in department-wide initiatives or special project teams (e.g., Summer Student Housing or Conferences, Training Teams, etc.). By personal example, the Resident Director strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students by living, reflecting, and expressing the values of a Jesuit and Catholic institution, as defined by the teachings of the Catholic Church with a special commitment to cultural diversity and social justice. Successful candidates will also be administratively strong, culturally competent, possess a Master’s degree, and have prior residence life or related student affairs experience.

The Resident Director receives direct supervision from an Area Coordinator or Assistant Director, and functional supervision from multiple Assistant or Associate Directors, or the Director of Residential Education.

Staff Supervision

The Resident Director is responsible for the following staff supervision in their assigned community:

Models for students and advocates for a commitment to the Jesuit and Catholic values of Boston College, as defined by the teachings of the Catholic Church, with special attention to cultural diversity and social justice.
Assists in the selection and training of undergraduate and graduate staff.
Plans and conducts staff meetings on a weekly basis.
Meets with each staff member individually on a regular basis.
Plans and implements staff development programs.
Advises staff on appropriate student and floor interventions.
Addresses concerning trends or behavior, as well as recognizes positive efforts.
Student Development/Community Standards

The Resident Director is responsible for the following aspects of student development in their assigned residential community:

Intentional interactions and conversations.
Living among students and setting an appropriate standard for residential living.
Oversees the programming efforts and supervises graduate assistants and RAs in program generation and responsible budgeting.
Serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer for violations of university policy.
Responds as Resident Director on Call (RDOC) for crisis situations, including during non-business and weekend hours.
Provides academic and personal counseling to students, making referrals when appropriate.
Nurtures and supports relationships with their Campus Ministry representatives (Graduate or Resident Ministers) in the service of expressing and modeling the Jesuit and Catholic values of Boston College.
Engages resident population on current events including topics of diversity and social justice, and being a productive community member.
May advise Residence Hall Council (first-year area only) or other student leadership organizations.

The Resident Director is responsible for the following aspects of operations in their assigned community:

Facilitates the opening and closing of their community.
Conducts health and safety inspections each semester.
Coordinates follow-up for all maintenance and housekeeping concerns/requests through, and with, the facilities team.
Conducts regular walk-throughs of community.
Maintains regular office hours Monday through Friday and will periodically work on nights and weekends for essential responsibilities throughout the year.
Facilitates check-in/check-out procedures and room changes.
Works with the Assistant Director of Housing Assignments & Occupancy to ensure proper occupancy records and reports.
On-Call Responsibilities

The Resident Director is responsible for the following aspects of crisis response while on duty:

Participates in the university Crisis Response duty rotation. When on duty the RD is expected to respond to crises, both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood, in accordance with our policies and response guidelines.
Responds to students and parents on Residential Life issues or concerns.
Assists with duty during sporting and special events which may be on weekends or in the evening hours.
Acts as a liaison with Boston College Police Department and University Counseling.
Services the Primary Care Center, faculty, and other University offices during emergencies.
Department and University Relations

The Resident Director participates in the following department and university relations:

Serves on departmental committees and may have an opportunity to serve on division or university-wide committees.
Attends department and area staff meetings, in-service training programs, and one-on-one meetings with their respective supervisors.
Acts as a liaison with faculty, the Jesuit community, and university offices.
Summer responsibilities may include Training, Operations, Summer Housing, or Special Projects, as assigned by the Director or Associate Directors.
Assists with the implementation of university and departmental goals and objectives, and other duties as assigned.
In order to create a more inclusive community within the Division of Student Affairs, each staff member is expected to support division and university-wide initiatives, staff events, and serve on committees as needed.
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $47,050 to $58,800; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling, or related field is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree required
1-3 years of progressively responsible experience working in a student affairs setting at the professional or graduate level
Prior residence hall experience at the graduate or professional level preferred
Comprehension and appreciation of the Jesuit and Catholic values and mission and the traditions and heritage of Boston College, and a willingness to express and abide by those values and mission
Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Demonstrated understanding of student development theory
Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills


Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
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Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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