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.
About Boston College and the Office of Residential Life
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 suburb seven miles from the center of Boston. 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.
Basic Function and Responsibility
The Assistant Director (AD) of Residential Leadership and Learning provides oversight for student leadership and learning focused programming within Residential Life. Specifically, they are responsible for all operations regarding the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and assessment of learning initiatives in the halls associated with the community engagement model and Campus Labs Engage. The AD, in conjunction with the Director of Residential Education, collaborates and strategizes with the residential life staff as well as faculty and campus partners to provide formational experiences for residents. The AD directly oversees areas where the goal is the development of strong and welcoming residential communities with a focus on learning and leadership.
The AD directly supervises graduate staff responsible for leadership, learning, and formation based activities and indirectly advises Resident Directors working with RHA and LLCs. The AD should have a strong commitment to and understanding of the university's mission regarding the formation of students. They should have proven excellence in working directly with students and in developing successful and meaningful programs. It is expected that this position maintains regular office hours Monday through Friday, as well as periodic work on nights and weekends for essential responsibilities throughout the year. The Assistant Director additionally serves in the departmental on-call rotation as a Senior Administrator on Call (SAOC).
Primary Areas of Responsibility
Day to day oversight of and long term planning for eight Living-Learning Communities, including development of new programs, recruitment of students, coordination of housing assignments for returning students, and collaboration with faculty and administrators from partner offices in program design and delivery.
Oversight of the leadership initiatives, training, and advising of the Residence Hall Association including development and oversight of leadership initiatives, care package distribution (revenue generating initiative), campus wide programming, late night programming, and community service events.
Direct supervision of the Residence Hall Association Graduate Assistant and Living Learning Communities Graduate Assistant. Functional supervision of (3) professional staff in their role as advisors to the RHA executive board, Residence Hall Councils, and the Sophomore Leadership Council.
Coordinate assessment of all learning initiatives in the halls associated with the community engagement model and serve as departmental administrator for the Campus Labs Engage platform.
Responsibility for RHA and LLCS budgets, in conjunction with multiple professional and graduate staff who incur expenses related to their specific communities and programs.
Participate in the university on-call crisis response duty rotation.
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $56,700 to $70,900; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling, or a related discipline required;
A minimum of 2-4 years prior experience working in Residential Life, or related areas;
Comprehension and appreciation of the Jesuit and Catholic values and mission, and the traditions and heritage of Boston College;
Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion;
Experience working with Residence Hall Associations and/or Living Learning Communities;
Strong leadership, communication skills, and interpersonal skills with a proven success in leading programs and delivering outcomes for college students;
Demonstrated experience in counseling and mentorship of college-aged students;
Demonstrated understanding of student development theory; and
Ability to use current technology to effectively connect with students.
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
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 https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.