Fairfield University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution located on the scenic southwestern Connecticut coastline approximately one hour from New York City. Approximately 5,000 under-graduate and graduate students from 42 states and 45 countries are enrolled at the University's six schools. The University was founded in 1942 and is focused on leadership, service, and educational excellence. The University’s 220-acre campus serves 2600 residential students.
At Fairfield University, education within the residence halls, townhouses and apartments occurs in the context of the Jesuit philosophy which recognizes the vital need to develop the whole person. While it is the goal to provide a safe, comfortable and efficiently run residence system, our primary efforts will be directed to the well-being of the student.
Fairfield University is committed to providing residential communities that effectively integrate classroom learning experiences and personal reflection into the residential environment. During the four year residential experience, all students have the opportunity to engage in living and learning housing options. The Residence Life staff member is an integral team member in organizing and implementing living and learning programs within our communities working along side with our Jesuits, student leaders, faculty members, student development staff, and campus ministers.
Fairfield University is a residential community with about 87% of undergraduate’s students living on campus. Students are housed in community by class year in a variety of housing options: six traditional residence halls, three suite style residence halls, three apartment buildings, and one townhouse complex. We also oversee our beach community where traditionally 500 of our senior students live. The Residence Life department is an integral part of the living and learning experience for all students living.
We are currently searching for candidates who are committed to working as part of a leadership team in our residential living and learning communities. The Area Coordinator is a vital member of the team, responsible for the development of the living and learning communities within their building. The Area Coordinator at Fairfield University has primary responsibility of the management of the residence hall facilities on and off campus. They are responsible for 200- 400 residents and dedicated to the student growth and development outside of the classroom.
In this role, Area Coordinators are seen as role models, facilitators, leaders and essential persons in the effective operations of the Residence Life program. This on-campus, live in position can be demanding of personal time especially during peak hours. The duties of the Area Coordinator may vary in each area due to the student population who resides in that area. However, the following are standard expectations with additional responsibilities based on the area you are placed.
Master’s degree in Student Personnel Services, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling or related field and previous residence life experience or other related experiences are required. Particular emphasis will be placed on candidates who have experience with, and demonstrated and ability to facilitate, effective living and learning environments within residential communities.
The compensation package includes a furnished apartment, meal plan, local phone, cable, utilities, Ethernet, retirement with matching (TIAA/CREF), comprehensive medical plan, & tuition remission. Salary is highly competitive. This is a live in position for 11 months.
Driver License required
1. Supervises and manages residential communities dedicated to specific living and learning communities. This involves:
- Supervision, training, selection and staff development of five to nine Resident Assistants
- Being a live-in presence for 200-400 residents within your community working day, weekend and evening hours
- Mentoring and advising student concerns and appropriately referring students to resources on campus, e.g., Public Safety, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Health Center, Campus Ministry, Academic Deans etc.
- Creating a safe community through policy enforcement and awareness
- Opening and closing of the Residence Halls throughout the academic year and summer
- Managing their residential facility, including conducting health and safety instructions, facilities management, room changes, etc.
- Participating in rotating on-call duty responsibilities for crisis management
2. Coordinates and develops specific residential living and learning programs
- Assist Resident Assistants in developing programs to meet the holistic needs of the students in the living and learning programs
- Encourage staff and students in planning and developing programs to meet the diverse needs of the residence hall population
- Manage the programming budget
- Work collaboratively with supervisors and other campus partners within the LLC to achieve specific learning goals and outcomes
- Oversee the planning, implementation, and assessment of living and learning programs
- Utilize electronic media to create and publicize promotional materials for the LLC
- Assist in living and learning programs application process (program application, housing application, selection and placement process).
- Oversee initiatives to increase social and academic resources in the residence halls
- Provides leadership to student staff by communicating, interpreting, and administering program goals and learning outcomes, and residence hall and University policies and procedures
- Maintains visibility in the halls through regular hall visits and attendance at student leaders programs
- Maintains a working knowledge of and collaborates with campus departments
- Administer the departmental programming model including program approval, reviewing program proposals, providing program feedback, and tracking program requirements
- Serve as a partner in the holistic development of students by working with Assistant and Associate Directors and other campus partners
3. Develops and facilitates Community Building within their residential community
- Serving as a mentor and positive role model for our students by living out the Jesuit mission of Fairfield University
- Participate in the spiritual and religious formation of students through collaborative work with Resident Jesuits and campus ministers particularly in hall worship services, small group and individual discussions, etc.
- Advises, mentors and trains the Residential Hall Association (RHA) within their community including attending all meetings, programs and training sessions
- Coordinates all developmental programming that complements our programming vision statement that occurs within their communities.
- Plans and Implements late night weekend programming for all residential students
- Oversee the budgets of the community
- Holds students accountable for code of conduct actions within their community
4. Participates and supports the Office of Residence Life on such projects as:
- Student leader development and training
- Recruitment for other key Residence Life initiatives (Resident Assistant Recruitment Sophomore Residential Colleges, Build-A-House, etc.)
- Housing Assignments and Lottery
- Participating on committees designated by the Director of Residence Life
- Other duties as assigned
Student Affairs - Admin Academic Year
All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.
Load a resume or CV first, then upload supporting documents including a cover letter at the bottom of the third page under the "My Experience" section where it says to upload a Resume/CV. You will be able to upload up to 5 other documents in this section. You will be unable to edit your application, so please have all documents available before applying. Faculty Positions : If you need to upload more than 5 documents, please either combine them to upload or email the additional documents to the applicable contact in the job description. Staff positions : If you need to upload more than 5 documents, please either combine them to upload or email them to email@example.com