Community Development Coordinator

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 10, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Amherst College

Amherst Campus
Amherst Staff
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)
Full time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Community Development Coordinator position. The Community Development Coordinator is a full-time, one-year term position, job group and level PT-1. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Members of the Residential Life team work to help create a seamless, consistent and holistic experience for our students. The office focuses on the creation of communities that emphasize holistic student development for all in an environment that is challenging and supportive. The Community Development Coordinator (CDC) is a full-time, 12-month position, and a member of the Residence Life professional staff and supervised by an Assistant Director of Residential Life. The CDC provides leadership and supervision to approximately 5-25 student staff members. The CDC takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment.

As on-campus housing is a position requirement, the CDC is provided a semi-furnished one-bedroom apartment including all utilities and a 14-meals/week plan throughout the academic year. Due to the nature of the work, daytime, on call, and non-traditional hours including nights and weekends are required . CDCs are expected to work from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. five nights per week (Monday through Friday) to offer more availability to students. Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Residence Life Leadership:
  • Participate in the Administrator-on-Call rotation schedule and respond to crisis situations.
  • Provide direct supervision for a cluster of residence halls (ranging from 5-15 areas) and the students who live within.
  • Supervise a staff of 5-25 student staff members.
  • Assist the Director and Assistant Directors in the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, leadership development, and evaluation of residential life student staff.
  • Be present and develop familiarity and community with residents in our communities as leaders and mentors, maintaining regular contact with residents, participation and coordination of residence hall events, and campus-wide initiatives.
  • Work with student staff and the broader student community to set high community standards.
  • Uphold College policies governing residence hall communities.
  • Intervene with matters of student concern. Mediate roommate conflicts and disputes.
  • Co-facilitate room changes in StarRez under the direction of Residential Life Operations staff.
  • Effectively coordinate, implement and assess high-quality residentially-based programs.
  • Collaborate with Assistant Directors and the student staff to develop and implement residential programming that meets the needs of our student population.
  • Attend regular meetings, trainings, and retreats within the department and the division of Student Affairs.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled individual meetings with student staff and supervisor.
  • Serve as a liaison with Facilities department to help maintain a safe and effective living environment for students.
  • Regularly liaise with various administrative partners such as Amherst College Police, Facilities, and Custodial Operations occasionally outside normal business hours.
  • Devise a plan for weekly regular walk-throughs of residence halls.
  • Assist the Assistant Director for Housing Assignments and Occupancy in maintaining inventory and compiling damage billing information.
  • Submit annual reports to the Director of Residential Life each year outlining goals, progress, assessment, residential programs, and developing opportunities.
  • Participate in a wide range of discussions with regards to strategic planning for the department and the Office of Student Affairs.

Community Standards :

The Community Development Coordinator enforces community standards by addressing incidents directly and the generation of effective documentation. The CDC creates and shares all corrective community correspondence, mandatory meetings, and low-level adjudications (as deemed appropriate by the Office of Community Standards.) The CDC will also facilitate educational disciplinary meetings and assign appropriate sanctions as a co-adjudicator with their Assistant Director.

Case Management :

Work closely with the Case Management team, Keefe Student Health Center, and the Counseling Center to support the health, safety, and wellbeing of Amherst students. The CDC will take direction from the Director and Assistant Directors about in-hall interventions and support that are needed during the CDC's hours of operation.

  • Bachelor's degree and at least one-year experience, or a Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Development, Counseling, or a related field
  • A valid driver's license and successful credentialing in order to drive College-owned vehicles
  • Experience in student affairs, residential life, orientation, or a closely related area.
  • Knowledge of college student development theory and practice
  • Demonstrated experience with conflict resolution
  • Robust understanding of academic priorities, the educational mission of institutions, and ways in which residential life, programs, and functions can promote student engagement, advance student learning, and contribute to achieving desired learning goals.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in using administrative, supervisory, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong skills in written, verbal, and electronic communication, including the effective use of social media and the ability to foster cohesive interpersonal relationships
  • Evidence-based commitment to supporting a diverse student community. Commitment to fostering inclusive communities through leadership and programming
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other Student Affairs departments and faculty in the College community
  • Strong supervision and programming experience
  • Excellent organizational, problem resolution, and customer service skills
  • Strong attention to detail and proficiency with computer systems and software
  • Successful completion of CORI records check

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information .

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at . Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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