Boston College Assistant Director, Residential Life in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

About the Office of Residential Life

The mission of the Office of Residential Life is to create safe, inclusive, and well maintained living communities. We engage our community members in opportunities to develop spiritually, socially, and academically in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of the University. Under the leadership of the Associate Vice President, Director of Residential Education, and Director of Operations, the department consists of 40 professional staff members, 24 graduate positions, 192 resident assistants, and additional student employees.

Basic Function and Responsibility

The Assistant Director (AD) for the upper-class area is a 12-month, live-off, full-time professional staff member. The AD oversees all educational, social, and operational activities, provides support services directly to junior and senior year students, and assists in adjudicating student conduct cases for the upper-class area. The AD directly supervises five Resident Directors (RDs) and indirectly supervises one Graduate Resident Director (GRD), four Graduate Staff Assistants (GSAs) and approximately 65 Resident Assistants (RAs) in the five upper-class communities. A large number of RAs in the upper-class area are graduate students. The Assistant Director strives to create a safe and inclusive environment for all students by modeling the values of a Jesuit Catholic institution, with a special commitment to diversity and 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.

Staff Supervision

The Assistant Director will receive direct supervision from the Director of Residential Education, and functional supervision from multiple Assistant or Associate Directors, or the Associate Vice President of Residential Life. The Assistant Director is responsible for the following staff supervision in their assigned community:

  • Assists in the selection and training of undergraduate and graduate staff

  • Plans and conducts area meetings on a bi-weekly basis

  • Meets with each staff member in their area individually on a regular basis

  • Plans and implements staff development programs for the upper-class area

  • Advises staff on appropriate staff, student, and floor interventions

  • Addresses concerning trends or behavior, as well as recognizes positive efforts

Student Development/Community Standards

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

  • Will maintain a proper budget and budget tracking system for the area

  • Reviews and assigns all conduct cases related to students in the upper-class area utilizing Maxient

  • Serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer for serious violations of university policy

  • Responds as a Senior Administrator on-Call (SAOC) for crisis situations, including during non-business and weekend hours

  • Provides professional direction to staff and students, making referrals when appropriate

  • Nurtures relationships with their Campus Ministry representatives (Graduate or Resident Ministers)

  • Engages staff on current events including topics of diversity and equity, social justice, and being a productive community member

  • Intentional interactions and conversations with staff and students


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

  • Assists with the coordination of opening and closing of their community

  • Coordinates all senior-related activities in the modular apartment areas such as tailgating during football games, Marathon Monday, and Senior Week

  • Coordinates follow-up for all maintenance and housekeeping concerns/requests through, and with, the facilities team

  • Conducts walk-throughs of community with staff

  • Maintains regular office hours Monday through Friday and will periodically work on nights and weekends for essential responsibilities throughout the year

  • Facilitates serious roommate issues with professional staff

  • Works with the Assistant Director of Housing Assignments & Occupancy to ensure proper occupancy records and reports utilizing StarRez

On-Call Responsibilities

The Assistant 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 AD is expected to provide direction and clarification for duty team, respond tocrisis, both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood, and ensure staff and students comply 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, University Counseling Services, the Primary Care Center, faculty, Dean of Students and other University offices during emergencies

Department and University Relations

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

  • Serves on and takes the lead on departmental committees, and may have an opportunity to serve on division or university-wide committees

  • Attends department and other staff meetings, in-service training programs, and one-on-one meetings with senior supervision staff

  • Acts as a liaison with faculty, the Jesuit community, and other university offices

  • Assists with the implementation of university and departmental goals and objectives, and other duties as assigned

Salary Range: $55,600 -$69,500 commensurate with experience


  • A Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel, Counseling, or related field is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree required

  • Minimum of three full time years of residence hall or related student affairs experience

  • 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

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at