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Boston College Assistant Director, Residential Life in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 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 of Residential Life is a 12‐month, live‐off, full‐time professional staff member, responsible for between three and six residential communities. The Assistant Director oversees all educational, social, and operational activities, provides support services directly to primarily undergraduate, residential students in their assigned area, and serves as student conduct case manager for the area in collaboration with an Associate Director of Student Conduct. The AD directly supervises between 3 and 6 Resident Directors (RDs), and indirectly supervises 50-90 Resident Assistants (RAs) and up to 8 graduate assistants.

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 area:

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

Plans and conducts area meetings on a bi-weekly basis

Assists in the selection and training of undergraduate and graduate staff

Plans and implements staff development programs for their 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 area:

Reviews and assigns all conduct cases related to students in their assigned area utilizing Maxient

Serves as a Conduct Hearing Officer for violations of university policy

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 area:

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

Assists with the coordination of opening and closing of their communities.

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 as a Senior Administrator on-Call (SAOC). When on duty the AD is expected to provide direction and clarification for duty team, respond to crisis, both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood, and ensure staff and students comply with our policies and response guidelines, including during non-business and weekend hours.

Responds to students and parents/guardians 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

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

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $57,850 to $72,300; salary commensurate with relevant 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 post-graduate residence hall or related student affairs experience

Openness to 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

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

  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination 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 .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .