Posting Number: R0003516
Location: Salem Campus
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The Area Coordinator will be responsible for the overall operation of one to seven residence halls or apartment buildings (280-390 students) and a functional area such as coordination of the First-Year Commons, Living-Learning Communities, student-staff recruitment, selection, training, and evaluations with Residence Hall Association (RHA) advising, or campus-wide programming. With these responsibilities, the Area Coordinator will advance the development of residential procedures and programs that support the mission of a liberal arts education, and provide leadership that builds communities that promote academic success and are culturally rich, socially robust, and inclusive.
Reasonable Accommodations Statement:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following functions, which are not listed in any particular order of significance:
- Provides leadership for staff and students in developing
- support students' personal, academic, and social
- respect the rights of others and promote multicultural
understanding and consideration of individual needs in a group
- promote responsible citizenship and development of leadership
and personal life skills.
- Maintains visibility in the community by regularly interacting
with residents, attending programs, visiting staff and residents in
their rooms, and eating meals in the campus dining facility,
- Advises hall councils and assists in the development of the
concepts of self-governance and community participation. Meets
regularly with student leaders.
- Supervises eight to eighteen Resident Advisors and indirectly
assists in supervising the remaining Housing student staff. Meets
weekly with student staff as a group and at least bi-weekly with
individual staff members. Provides on-going feedback to student
- Provides the resources, guidance, and support necessary for
staff to be successful in their positions. Provides for on-going
staff development opportunities for staff.
- Establish a sense of unity and teamwork among the staff
members. Provides team-building opportunities to promote good staff
- Confronts inadequate performance and, when necessary,
terminates the appointment of any student staff member (in
cooperation with the Director of Housing and
- Along with residents and other staff, develops and implements
regular educational, social, and recreational programs and
activities tied back to department goals. Promotes student-faculty
contacts. Coordinates the programming within the complex and across
- Supports staff in programming efforts through training,
attendance, resources, and guidance.
Advising and Referral of Students
- Is available, approachable and responsive to students. Advises
and refers individual students and groups regarding personal and
academic needs and University/Housing procedures.
- Mediates conflicts between students or staff as
- Promotes student rights and responsibilities through the fair
and consistent administration of the University code of conduct,
policies, and procedures.
- Serves as Hearing officer for assigned area. Includes
conducting Administrative Hearings and writing related conduct
letters. Serves as advisor to a conduct board.
- Oversees student staff responsibilities in communication of
community expectations of students and response to behavioral
General Program Administration
- Coordinates, in conjunction with other Area Coordinators, a
special assignment during the academic year such as advising the
Residential Hall Association, Living-Learning Communities, staff
selection, and/or staff training.
- Communicates departmental needs and instructions to staff and
students. Solicits staff and student input in decision making, as
appropriate. Facilitates effective communication between all staff
- Keeps supervisor informed regarding hall activities, staff
efforts, and student concerns. Updates staff on administrative
issues that are relevant to residents - safety, assignments,
maintenance, housekeeping, etc.
- Shares responsibility with other live-in administrative staff
for responding to medical, safety, and security emergency needs and
to students experiencing personal crises after hours. Works with
and refers to appropriate campus services. Along with other live-in
administrative staff, provides on-call coverage when any
residential facility is occupied.
- Executes assigned administrative tasks thoroughly and
- Coordinates area staff efforts to achieve departmental goals
and administrative tasks in a timely manner.
- Maintains harmonious working relationships with students,
faculty and other University staff.
- Implements procedures outlined in Housing and Conferences staff
manual. Along with other professional staff, updates the
- Attends weekly staff meetings with other Housing and
Conferences professional staff. Meets weekly with
- Effectively manages financial accounts. Disperses departmental
monies responsibly and prudently.
- Safeguards the confidentiality of discussions with students and
of departmental administration by exercising discretion in
communication and handling of all confidential information and
Additional Responsibilities of the Area Coordinator
- Assists in overall administration of the housing program.
Assists in development and evaluation of departmental policies,
procedures, and goals.
- In cooperation with the Director of Housing, develops and
presents student staff training sessions and other developmental
meetings for the student staff.
- Orients incoming Willamette and Tokyo International University
of America students to the hall and campus. Provides programs and
activities which supports cross-cultural understanding.
- Educates staff and residents on safety and security concerns
and appropriate emergency response procedures.
- Reports unsafe conditions, damage and other facilities issues
to appropriate University staff.
- Represents Residence Life on University committees as needed.
Provides leadership for committees and/or special projects as
- Provides accurate accounting of budgetary
- Assumes other duties as assigned by the Director of
- A Bachelor's degree is required.
- One year of residential staff experience is
- Possess a sound background in student/human development theory.
Ability to articulate philosophy of residential life programs.
Committed to expanding knowledge and understanding of student
development and social awareness issues (e.g. alcohol and other
drugs, sexual harassment and assault, gender issues, international
and multicultural issues, eating disorders, mental health,
- Demonstrate a commitment to social justice, inclusion and
equity with experience in providing support and advocacy for
diverse communities (includes but not limited to race, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, ability, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, and socioeconomic status.)
- Ability to communicate effectively in English. Ability to
articulate ideas clearly and concisely. Ability to model open,
direct, and honest communication. Possess well-developed assertion
and confrontation skills.
- Possess interpersonal and counseling skills. Possess excellent
basic helping skills and display empathy and regard for other's
concerns. Ability to demonstrate sensitively to the diversity of
individuals' needs, backgrounds, life and work styles. Ability to
practice a developmental approach to behavioral problems. Ability
to develop strong rapport.
- Ability to successfully facilitate student groups of various
sizes. Teach students and staff skills necessary to be effective
leaders. Provide guidance to group leaders and coordinate efforts
of group's members. Generate enthusiasm and motivate members to
achieve group goals. Encourage and consider different points of
- Ability to develop and maintain a staff team. Ability to
coordinate staff efforts so that departmental goals are met
efficiently. Ability to motivate staff members to excel in their
job responsibilities. Ability to provide support while holding
- Ability to function competently under pressure and effectively
diffuses crisis situations. Ability to demonstrate sound
- Ability to manage time and tasks to accomplish responsibilities
in a timely manner. Ability to work independently as well as accept
- Ability to pay attention to details and to track operational
processes key to housing on a university campus, including but not
limited to, facility and maintenance issues, contractual language,
and administrative processes.
- Ability to advise students in programming and present needed
recreational, social or educational programs. Ability to be an
effective designer and presenter of programs.
- This position is subject to a criminal conviction record
- A Master's degree in Student Personnel or related discipline is
- Two years residential staff experience is preferred. Experience
with residential commons/colleges or First Year Experience is
- Desirable training in any specialized areas pertinent to higher
education (e.g. leadership development, alcohol education,
multicultural education, community service, counseling, etc.) is
Typical Work Schedule:
Because primary functions of the position include programming, advising student groups and to responding to student emergencies after normal working hours, it is a live-in position requiring significant evening and weekend availability.
Physical Demands & Working Conditions:
As most work is performed indoors, incumbent has minimal exposure to hazards or adverse environmental conditions. However, special activities may require incumbent to operate outdoors and experience inclement conditions. Incumbent must also be able to navigate stairs up to seven floors.
Application Review will begin on April 25. Position will remain posted until filled.
All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.
You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:
- Cover letter addressing the required/desired qualifications and presenting any other applicant characteristics which deserve emphasis
- Current Resume
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.