Off-Campus Study - Resident Director, Salamanca, Spain

Off-Campus Study - Resident Director, Salamanca, Spain
Date:  09/13/2012

The Office of Off-Campus Study invites applications for a Resident Director (RD) for its study abroad program in Salamanca, Spain.

The Resident Director is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the on-site operation of the first semester abroad program (fall semester only) as well as the study abroad semester for juniors (both fall and spring semesters).  The RD works regularly with all staff on site and in the U.S. including Colby staff, students, parents, members of the host institution, faculty in U.S. and on site, local vendors and professionals. The RD is responsible for the overall quality of the program as well as long term planning and program development. Specific duties fall within program management, academic affairs, and student services.

Specific Duties:


  • Oversee and coordinate the academic program with the University of Salamanca, our host institution.
  • Insure high quality instruction, standards of grading, appropriate assessment of student work, prepare and send grade reports in a timely manner to home campus. Continually assess overall academic program and recommend necessary changes and improvements.
  • Organize course registration for first year students' return to Colby.
  • Serve as contact for special student requests, complaints, grade appeals, etc.
  • Manage all aspects of the academic program in compliance with Colby College and University of Salamanca policies.
  • Oversee the evaluation process at the conclusion of the program.


  • Provide on-site orientation to students at beginning of the program. Advise, throughout the program, on health and safety issues.  Advise on cultural, political, and environmental conditions of the country.
  • Maintain and develop host family relationships.
  • Maintain and develop appropriate medical and professional services to students.
  • Provide timely information to Colby staff in the U.S. in cases of emergency, serious physical and mental health conditions or injury.
  • Communicate to students appropriate conduct codes, and the consequences of violations of conduct codes. Discipline students in instances of non-compliance with conduct code.
  • Maintain regular office hours for student consultation. Require appropriate staff members to hold regular office hours.
  • Plan for all student service activities and issues, including but not limited to: program excursions, cultural and social activities, airport transportation at entry and exit, internship and community service projects, cross-cultural training, housing and host family issues including conflict resolution, visa issues and legal matters.


  • Develop and oversee program budget. Manage program finances and submit reports and bank statements to the U.S. office.
  • Supervise the resident staff in Salamanca.
  • Maintain and advise on legal matters for the program and its staff.
  • Maintain all program facilities, advise on necessary renovations.
  • Assist in editing of marketing materials and brochures for the program. Attend first-year student panels annually in spring semester when possible.


  • M.A. required, Ph.D. preferred.
  • Native or near native fluency in Spanish and English.
  • 5-7 years' professional work experience, preferably in a study abroad or international program setting.
  • In-depth knowledge of Spanish culture, history, business practices, and higher education environment.
  • Strong leadership skills, commitment to customer service.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills, sensitivity to confidential student matters.
  • Ability and willingness to be on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Travel required, annually to U.S. and within Spain for student excursions.
  • Willingness to live full time (12 months per year) in Spain.
  • Experience working with U.S. students preferred.
To be considered for an interview, please send curriculum vitae, cover letter, names and contact information for three individuals willing to provide references should you be chosen as a finalist. Electronic submissions of all documents in a PDF-formatted file are required and should be submitted via e-mail to: no later than December 30, 2012.

Colby College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college. Colby College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, or age in employment or in our educational programs.

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