Residence Director

Staff / Full-Time

EXPLO, Norwood, MA

Residence Director

Weston, MA

June 21, 2024 – August 10, 2024

We are seeking compassionate, thoughtful leaders to mentor our Student Advisors, communicate with our students’ caregivers, and support an inclusive, safe, and joyful campus community.

About Us

At EXPLO, our engine is curiosity. We drive joyful learning through investigation, collaboration, and play.

We’re a mission-driven, educational non-profit with more than 89,000 student alumni who hail from 90 countries. We offer day and residential summer programs for clever and curious students in grades 4 through 12 on three of the most beautiful college campuses on the East Coast of the U.S. For many, EXPLO is a life-changing experience. Our students sometimes describe it as the place where they feel like the truest version of themselves. We know you’ll transform the lives of our students. We hope the experience will transform yours, too.

EXPLO’s summer programs run this summer fromJune 30th to August 9th, 2024, with staff orientation beginning on June 22nd. This role is available at:

  • EXPLO Junior, for students in grades 4-7 at Regis College in Weston, MA.

Residence Directors are members of the Office of Student Life, the summer team charged with creating community on campus and ensuring that students have a safe and wonderful experience while at the Program. Residence Directors work in pairs to oversee all aspects of dorm and student life, including student conduct, discipline, health, and safety. They supervise and provide support for Student Advisors as they mentor their student advising groups. Residence Directors also spend a significant amount of time communicating with caregivers, both via email and on the phone, regarding student experiences at the program. In addition to their primary job responsibilities, Residence Directors will also perform a variety of other tasks that contribute to the Program’s success, which may include chaperoning weekend trips, teaching an elective, leading student activities, or assisting with event setup.

Residence Director Responsibilities

  • Supervise, advise, support, and provide regular performance feedback sessions for a group of Advisors
  • Support students and staff as they navigate social and emotional challenges
  • Establish and maintain a healthy, safe, and engaging living environment for students
  • Communicate proactively with caregivers to share student experiences, challenges, and progress
  • Partner with caregivers of students to support their child when the need arises
  • Effectively and justly respond to student behaviors and actions when they are not aligned with community expectations
  • Assist the Dean and Assistant Dean(s) with the coordination, planning, and implementation of student life initiatives

Campus Operations + Student Life

  • Assist the Office of Student Life with operational tasks such as handling student mail, serving as a liaison between the program and college maintenance staff, and ensuring that student birthdays are celebrated
  • Provide leadership in all aspects of the summer program, including off-campus trips, activities, workshops, and evening events
  • Live on campus and support operational and programmatic tasks as needed, which will include a variety of tasks, as they may be assigned to you, that are necessary to program function

About You

You’ve got:

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A basic understanding of childhood development and how to work with kids of this age group
  • Availability to live and work on campus for the duration of the summer program

Ideally, you’ve also got:

  • At least one year of residential life experience and/or teaching experience
  • Some experience with kids and/or adolescents
  • Some experience in a leadership role of an organization

Compensation + Benefits

This is a seven week, seasonal position. Remote training for this role may begin as early as January 2024. In person training begins in mid-June 2024. Compensation for this role starts at $6400 plus room and board.

Other benefits include:

  • Room and board for the duration of 7-week program including all meals
  • Staff-only affinity spaces and other professional support and development opportunities
  • A week-long, hands-on orientation and job training
  • Best in the industry staff to student ratios
  • Daily time off that typically includes every other night off and one weekend day per weekend off
  • Openness to working with your college or university to support internship or practicum credit for your EXPLO work
  • EXPLO offers two certifications for summer staff members to honor and illustrate the skills built throughout the program. Certifications include: “Experiential Learning: Student-Centered Teaching” and “Coaching for Growth”

Interested in learning more? Apply now! You can learn more about other positions, the application process, or read about former EXPLO faculty at our Faculty Hiring website or by contacting us at 781-762-7400 or

EXPLO is an equal opportunity employer. EXPLO, as a part of the Exploration School, does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, or other social programs. It affords all students the rights and privileges that are generally made available at the School.

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: Up to $6,400.00 per year

Work Location: In person


Norwood, MA
Elementary, Middle School, High School
Boarding, Day
All Gender