Resident Director, API for Parsons

Program or University Name: API for Parsons

Job Title: Resident Director

Job Type: French CDI

Location : Paris – Rue Saint Roch - 75002

Job Responsibilities:

The API Resident Director serves as API ́s administrator and liaison for the program and coordinates communication between Parsons Paris, students and the API office in Austin.

S/he is responsible for undertaking all tasks necessary for the smooth and successful operation of the program and will be responsible for developing and implementing student housing and student services activities for all Parsons Paris students (degree-seeking, graduate and mobility/study abroad).

The Resident Director will develop, organize, and direct the day-to-day operations of this customized program in Paris in collaboration with the Student Success Office at Parsons Paris. The API Student Life team handles most non-academic concerns including student housing; student services (advice and assistance on questions concerning immigration & visas, banking, transportation, health, safety & student wellbeing, counseling & mental health, etc.); cultural activities; and excursions.

Primary responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

- Facilitate the acclimation to life in Paris for a diverse group of students by offering student services (advice & guidance) for non-academic concerns
- Communicate via email, phone and other outlets and meet with students on a regular basis
- Contribute to the planning and delivery of semester on-site orientation sessions
- Manage relationships with the housing partners (to include student dorms, host families, and apartments), and resolve any issues
- Plan and lead cultural activities and excursions designed to introduce and integrate students into Parisian life
- Oversee the lists of student contact details and execute emergency response and action plans as needed in collaboration with Parsons Paris
- Coordinate and manage all on-site immigration status verification and visa registration (OFII) and renewal (Prefecture) as needed

- Plan and execute short-term summer programs (including hiring and supervision of temporary staff)
- Supervise two (2) Assistant Resident Directors to assure the delivery of high quality student services during all open office hours
- Manage program budgets and account for all funds spent
- Act as the liaison between Parsons Paris and API Texas to ensure a successful operation that meets the needs of students, faculty, API and Parsons administrators


MA in a relevant discipline (preferred)

Bilingual French/English

First-hand knowledge of French culture and familiarity with the city of Paris

Flexibility and willingness to collaborate closely with others

Excellent management and organizational skills

Attention to detail and superb ability to multitask

A demonstrated sensitivity to diverse student needs and cultural differences

Effective problem-solving skills

Customer service orientation

Strong communication skills

Ability to resolve conflicts and identify solutions to problems

Self-motivated and ability to work without direct supervision

A commitment to education and study abroad

Experience managing student groups

Professional or academic experience working with Americans

A willingness to wear different hats

Work Conditions (Travel, On-call, etc.):

EU work permit

On call

Documents Required from the Candidate:

Resume (CV) and cover letter (in French and English)


Marie de Rocca-Serra,