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Resident Director

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Basic Function and Responsibility

Resident Directors are 12-month, full-time, professional live-in staff members responsible for developing a community of 250 to 900 residents.  The Resident Director provides support services directly to students, supervises a staff of 8-20 Resident Assistants (RAs) and Office Assistants (OAs), oversees all operational and programmatic activities, and adjudicates student conduct cases.  Summer responsibilities may include participation in department-wide initiatives (Summer Student Housing, Summer Conference Housing, Facilities Management, etc.).  The Resident Director strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students by modeling the values of a Jesuit Catholic institution with a commitment to social justice.  Successful candidates will be administratively strong, culturally competent, possess a Master’s degree and have prior residence life or related student affairs experience.

Primary Areas of Responsibility

Staff Supervision

The Resident Director is responsible for the following staff supervision in his/her assigned building/area:

  • Assists in the selection and training of student staff RAs
  • 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
Student Formation/Community Standards

The Resident Director is responsible for the following aspects of student formation in his/her assigned building/area:

  • Focuses interactions and conversations
  • Oversees the programming efforts and supervises RAs in program budgeting
  • Creates and implements monthly, theme-based, building/area-wide programming
  • Responsible for program budget management
  • Advises Residence Hall Council, attending all meetings and programs (first-year area only)
  • Serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer for violations of policy; uses a student conduct database for logging cases and correspondence with the students
  • Responds as Resident Director on call for crisis situations during non-business and weekend hours
  • Provides academic and personal counseling to students, making referrals when appropriate
  • Nurtures relationships with his/her Campus Ministry representatives (i.e., Peer and Resident Ministers)

The Resident Director is responsible for the following aspects of operations in his/her assigned building/area:

  • Facilitates opening and closing of his/her building or area
  • Conducts health and safety inspections
  • Coordinates follow-up for all maintenance and housekeeping concerns/requests with the Central Office
  • Conducts weekly walk-through of building
  • 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 Placement to ensure proper occupancy records and reports
  • Works with the Environmental Health and Safety Office to maintain proper fire safety equipment
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 crisis, 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
  • Assists with duty during sporting and special events on weekends and evenings
  • Acts as a liaison with Boston College Police Department, 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 has an opportunity to serve on University-wide committees
  • Attends Department and area staff meetings, in-service training programs, and one-on-one meetings with their respective Assistant Director
  • 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

Supervision Received

Direction is received from an Assistant Director and the Associate Director for Residential Life.

Supervision Exercised

Supervision is exercised over Resident Assistants and an Office Assistant, and possibly a Graduate Staff Assistant and Weight Room Attendants.


  • A 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 is preferred
  • Comprehension and appreciation of the Jesuit mission, values, and heritage of Boston College
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theory
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity for social justice
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills

Application Process

Please apply online with Boston College Human Resources.