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Dear Potential RD Candidates,

Thank you for your interest in Boston College and the Resident Director (RD) position. I hope you will find the information below helpful as you discern if BC might be the right fit for you. We take pride in our students, staff, and the opportunities we can provide for everyone in our community. It is our goal to manage a positive, transparent, and professional search process for all candidates. If there are questions you have, or information you do not see available, please feel free to reach out to me and I will do my best to help out. Good luck as you enter into your search process!

Nekesa Straker, Director of Residential Education

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Boston College is a Division One university with approximately 9,100 undergraduate students (7,600 residential), located on 118 acres in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, a beautiful area on the edge of the Boston city limit, approximately 7 miles from downtown center. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College has strong Jesuit Catholic educational values, which are used as a foundation for our work with and care for students.

The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to create a respectful, healthy, and safe living community for our residents. We are committed to integrating the Ignatian tradition into the formation of each student by connecting their intellectual, ethical, religious, and spiritual lives through a myriad of programs and services. Our role in this formational development is achieved by promoting the academic mission, encouraging responsible and ethical behaviors, engaging residents in conversations regarding diversity, and creating safe, well-managed learning environments where students can seek the greater good.

Under the leadership of the Associate Vice President and Director of Residential Education and Director of Operations, the department consists of 40 professional staff members, 29 graduate positions, 192 RAs, and 20 additional student employees.

Because the Resident Director (RD) position is highly demanding of your time and energy, we hope our candidates will bring a maturity and level of flexibility with them to the position.  We also hope to see new professionals come with new ideas, energy, and a positive spirit to engage students and professionals in meaningful dialogue around important issues.  Click on the following link to view the full position description: Resident Director Position Description.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 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 values and mission, and the traditions and heritage of Boston College.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of student development theory.
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

General Information and Application Process:

We hope you consider applying to work within our department.  Below are a few notes, as well as the general process and procedures for the RD position.

  • We only accept applications through our Human Resources (HR) website  If you have challenges uploading documents on the HR website please feel free to email with them.
  • A typical process involves two screening interviews prior to being offered an on-campus visit.
  • If offered an on-campus interview, they typically last the majority of the day.  We try to expose our candidates to a variety of people, including Residential Life Education and Operations staff, student leaders, campus partners, Human Resources, and other key stakeholders.  It is important to us that we get input from our community, but also that our candidates get a full and honest look at what working at Boston College and within Residential Life has to offer a new professional.
  • All offers and negotiations are concluded through the Human Resources office.

If You Are Attending The Placement Exchange (TPE) 2019:

  • A delegation from our office will be attending TPE in Los Angeles in 2019. More details will be forthcoming in January 2019, so please check back around that time. 

If You Are Not Attending The Placement Exchange (TPE):

  • If you are unable to attend TPE, we will be accepting applications on a rolling basis as we have openings. You may apply on our Human Resources website at (only when positions are available). 

The Resident Director (RD) position is a highly valued and well-respected position within the Boston College community.  Our staff have the opportunity to work closely with multiple departments, university faculty/staff, and touch on a wide range of experiences within the field of Higher Education.  It is an ideal place to begin your career because you get so much exposure to people and opportunities. 

Some of the tangible benefits we offer are listed below:

  • Depending on experience level, most RD staff start with a salary around $45,000.
  • Full meal plan of approximately $1,500 annually.
  • Furnished apartment with in-unit washer/dryer, wifi, cable, and air conditioning.
  • $850.00 annually in professional development funds.
  • Full university staff benefits, including 401K matching, excellent health insurance, 100% tuition remission, etc.
  • BJ's Wholesale Club Membership.
  • Free Admission to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Eligible for a free FitBit through the University's "Walk Across Campus" Initiative.

Based on our professional staff curriculum, time and interest, and evaluation of performance, these are some of the other benefits you may have opportunities to be exposed to:

  • Ability to serve on department, division, or university-wide committees and initiatives.
  • Ability to present, both locally or at national conferences.
  • Ability to teach a 1 credit course based on need and subject area.
  • Ability to advise first year students.
  • Attend retreats to enhance both personal and professional aspects of your life.
  • Participate in service or immersion trips.
  • Networking opportunities with others in the field of Higher Education around city of Boston and New England Region.

At this time Boston College does not allow live-in staff to have pets.

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  • Boston College is one of a few need-blind institutions in the country, meaning that our admissions does not take into consideration a prospective student’s financial situation.
  • Boston College began as a school for Irish immigrants in Boston in 1863.  At that time the Irish population was being discriminated against in New England, and the Jesuits wanted to find a way to help educate that population.
  • Boston College has been ranked by Forbes Magazine as as one of the Top 5 Best Mid-Sized Employers in the United States (2016).
  • Our Dining Services is all operated “in-house” and follow our Jesuit mission by ensuring that all employees receive full university benefits, a living-wage, and guaranteed workweek.  They are ranked #57 on the “Best Colleges for Food” by The Daily Meal.
  • Boston College’s Student to Faculty Ratio is 12/1.
  • There are 273 student organizations, and 31 Division 1 varsity teams at the institution.
  • Mile 21 of the Boston Marathon (longest existing Marathon in the country) runs along the edge of campus, so every April the university closes for a day to cheer on the runners along Commonwealth Ave.
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  • We do not have a housing requirement, but almost all students live on campus for the first and sophomore year, then study abroad or live off-campus their junior year, and then 97% of students move BACK to live on campus their senior year.
  • We completed an Administrative Program Review (APR) in 2018, and are in the process of making a strategic plan for our office.


  • 15 have advised a student organization on campus.
  • 13 are active members of a university affinity group.
  • 14 have participated in or led a retreat through Campus Ministry.
  • 20 have taken or are currently enrolled at classes at Boston College.
  • 3 members are certified in facilitating the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) or Anti-Defamation League’s “Campus of Difference” workshops.
  • 20 have participated in or chaired a Division-Wide Committee.
  • 7 have chaired an Administrative Hearing Board.
  • 9 serve as Academic Advisors.
  • 26 participate in the university’s “Walk Across Campus” fitness initiative.
  • 16 have presented at a national conference.
  • 6 have participated in NJSLC (National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference).
  • 7 have completed the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
  • 4 have been on an international immersion or service trip.
  • 2 are on an executive board for a national organization.