Residence Director – Florence Campus (Fall)


Department: Student Life 

Job Status: Part-time  

FLSA Status:  Exempt 

Reports To: Director of Residence Life


Amount of Travel Required: International flight

Work Schedule: Flexible work schedule 

Positions Supervised: Resident Assistants 


The Resident Director (RD) oversees residential life for Benedictine College students studying abroad in the Florence, Italy program. This position helps foster successful and inclusive study abroad experiences for students by overseeing student life, participating on program excursions, responding to emergencies and other necessary matters involving students, and collaborating with the Florence Program Director and staff members on programs and projects to encourage the intercultural development and community engagement of students. 

This position is based in Florence, Italy, for 12 weeks from September 8th to November 26th, 2024. It is a part-time position working a maximum of 20 hours per week. 




  • Assist the Florence Program  Director and staff in the administration and implementation of the Florence Program.
  • Participate in Florence Program orientation and staff meetings. Be thoroughly familiar with the Florence Program Handbook, Benedictine College Student Handbook, and other college publications.
  • Assist in maintaining a vibrant and ordered community within the student residence. This includes building community life, spiritual life, and supporting the academic aspects of the program.
  • Assist in maintaining a clean and safe residence community by means of room inspections, curfew enforcement, alcohol policy enforcement, and student conflict resolution.
  • Supervise the student staff. Make performance expectations clear. Provide supervision, guidance, and evaluation for the resident assistants (RAs). Build a rapport with staff so that they will turn to the RD with questions, problems, and concerns. Hold meetings on a weekly basis and promote a team concept among the RA staff. Provide advice and support to RAs dealing with potential or actual  problem situations.
  • Be visible and available to residents. Be friendly, open and a role model to students. Encourage students to come to the RD with questions, problems, and concerns. Treat all students with respect.
  • Encourage students and RAs to initiate, plan and carry out social, spiritual, educational activities. Work with students in      creating a positive tone in the residence halls.
  • Help students become aware of the College's mission and expectations of them as expressed in the Florence Program Handbook and other printed sources. Encourage students to behave responsibly. Guide students in their quest for character to the highest standards based upon BC’s Benedictine tradition and the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Respond to unacceptable behavior      whenever and wherever the RD becomes aware of it in a consistent professional manner. Provide counseling to students who are involved in problem situations.
  • Fulfill the structured requirements of the position. Submit reports that are timely and complete.  Be on duty when assigned  and fulfill all responsibilities while on duty.
  • Facilitate and participate in all aspects of the program, including applicable tours and trips.
  • Provide support and serve as a liaison for students in difficult health and well-being circumstances.
  • Act and dress as a professional member of the Student Life Office.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life.


Competency Statement(s)

  • Understanding and acceptance of Catholic and Benedictine values
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs
  • Thorough knowledge of higher education student development, risk management and legal issues
  • Ability to relate effectively with students, parents, faculty, and staff
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized and able to handle duties in an abroad setting
  • Strong understanding and comfort level with procedures and approaches for handling student issues in both residential and abroad settings
  • Physically able to handle the active lifestyle associated with abroad travel and walking tours
  • Must be willing to acquire a student visa during the time in Florence


Bachelor’s degree required


At least one year of related experience


Physical Abilities

Stand F

Walk F 

Sit F 

Handling / Fingering F 

Reach Outward F 

Reach Above Shoulder O

Climb O

Crawl N

Squat or Kneel O

Bend F

Push / Pull

12 lbs or less O

13-25 lbs O

26-40 lbs O

41-100 lbs O


Lift /Carry

10 lbs or less C

11-20 lbs O

21-50 lbs O

51-100 lbs O

Over 100 lbs N

N (Not Applicable) Activity is not applicable to this occupation. 

O (Occasionally) Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0 - 2.5+ hrs/day)

F (Frequently) Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5 - 5.5+ hrs/day)

C (Constantly) Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)