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Boston College Associate Director, First Year Experience - University Mission & Ministry 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

The Associate Director manages all aspects of the activities that are offered by the Office of the First Year Experience at Boston College. Under the guidance and direction of the Executive Director of the Center for Student Formation and Director of the Office of First Year Experience, the Associate Director works closely with the staff of FYE and various other constituencies within and outside of Boston College to develop and oversee activities that meets the needs of the first year student community at BC. S/he ensures that the work of FYE is both current and effective by staying abreast of appropriate research and trends, overseeing the assessment of departmental activities and integrating appropriate changes and developments based on such research and feedback. This Associate Director reports to the Director of the Office of First Year Experience and shares in the supervision of two Assistant Directors (plus two additional Assistant Directors during the summer) and the graduate student who works within FYE.

Additional Responsibilities Include:

-Managing a two person staff (four people during the summer) that aids in the programming aspects of Orientation by collaborating with University departments from both the academic and student affairs divisions

-Overseeing and developing seven summer and one winter orientation sessions by collaborating with University departments from both the academic and student affairs divisions

-Overseeing and developing a three-day off-campus and two-week, on-campus training for Orientation Leaders- Managing all programming and development of the 48HOURS program (including eight, two-day retreats throughout the academic year)

-Overseeing the recruitment, interviewing and training processes of the 48HOURS student leaders (over 100)

-Overseeing the recruitment of first-year students for the 48HOURS retreat through marketing initiatives

-Overseeing the 48HOURS Council

-Managing all programming aspects of First Year Academic Convocation and Conversations in the First Year

-Overseeing the creation and implementation of a program to better support underrepresented students through their initial transition to the University.

-Developing and overseeing evaluations of all FYE programming and integrating feedback into future programming

-Advising students on a walk-in basis, maintaining regular office hours and serving on an on-call rotation for student appointments

-Training and supervising FYE student staff

-Representing FYE on various University committees

-Other duties as assigned

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $67,400 to $84,250; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



  • Masters degree required

  • A minimum of five year post-Masters experience working at an educational institution

  • A strong understanding of student development theory

  • A commitment to working with students from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, identities and cultures

  • A strong sense of the mission of liberal arts and Jesuit education

  • Demonstrated success in a comparable role that requires a similar skill set

  • The ability to deal effectively with the ‘big picture” while attending to details

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in mentoring students

  • Demonstrated ability to ‘think outside the box”

  • The ability to prioritize multiple projects

  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • The ability to develop, plan and implement short- and long-term goals

  • Strong project and process management skills

  • Experience with assessment and evaluation

  • Strong writing and presentation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to:

-build strong relationships

-influence without authority

-foster collaboration across diverse groups of constituents

-build consensus

-resolve conflict

  • Comfort dealing with people at all levels, and the ability to inspire trust and comfort in others

  • The ability to communicate directly, honestly and constructively

  • The ability to deal effectively with ambiguity

  • Composure under pressure

  • Flexibility and adaptability, including the ability to lead or collaborate, as the situation requires

  • A drive for continuous improvement.

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 pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 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 .

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