Area Coordinator, PNCA

Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Area Coordinator, PNCA

Posting Number: R0003642
Location: Portland Campus

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Position Summary:
The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is the premier college of art and design in the Pacific Northwest and recognized for an experimental and conceptual approach to education in the pursuit of socially impactful work. Although PNCA will maintain its name, faculty and campus in Portland, PNCA will become part of Willamette University on June 30. It is an exciting time to join the Willamette/PNCA community as we develop collaborations and initiatives that enhance the educational experiences and opportunities for both the Willamette students in Salem and at PNCA as a result of this partnership.

The Area Coordinator will assume responsibility for the overall operation of ArtHouse, an apartment-style residential facility in downtown Portland that houses 130 first-year students. The Area Coordinator oversees the recruitment, training, and supervision of 4-6 Resident Assistants; administers student conduct for 1st year students, and helps facilitate educational and social initiatives that are culturally rich, socially robust, inclusive, build community, and promote academic success. This position reports to the Associate Dean of Students at PNCA and works in very close coordination with the Director of Residential Life and Housing on the Salem Campus. Because primary functions of the position include programming, advising student groups and responding to student emergencies after normal working hours, it is a live-in position requiring evening and weekend availability. The position requires a high degree of interpersonal and communication skills.

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:

Community Development
  • Ensures the development of a residential community that supports students' personal, academic, and social development, respects the rights of others, and promotes multicultural understanding and consideration of individual needs in a group living environment.
  • Maintains visibility and engages regularly with residents, attends campus and community programs and is available to students, faculty, and staff as needed.
  • Advises hall council and meets regularly with student leaders.
  • Supports the development and implementation of educational, social, and recreational programs and activities that meet department goals and student learning.

  • Appoints and supervises 4-6 Resident Advisors. Meets weekly with RAs 1-1 and holds weekly staff meetings. Provides on-going feedback to student staff.
  • Provides the resources, guidance, and support necessary for RAs to be successful in their positions. Provides for on-going development opportunities for RAs.
  • Establishes a sense of unity and teamwork among RAs. Provides team-building opportunities to promote good RA relations.

​Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
  • Promotes student rights and responsibilities through the fair and consistent administration of the University code of conduct, policies, and procedures.
  • Serves as a Conduct Hearing officer. Includes investigating incidents, conducting Administrative Hearings, determining responsibility, providing sanctions, and writing related conduct letters.
  • Oversees RA responsibilities in communication of community expectations of students and response to behavioral issues.
  • Mediate conflicts between students or RAs as necessary.

Facilities & Operations
  • 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 Residential Life and/or Associate Dean of Students, develops and presents RA training sessions and other developmental meetings for RAs.
  • Coordinates facility management, housing operations, and communication with residents with PTLA property management group
  • Educates RAs and residents on safety and security concerns and appropriate emergency response procedures.
  • Reports unsafe conditions, damage and other facilities issues to appropriate PTLA and University staff.
  • Assumes other duties as assigned by the Director of Residential Life and/or Associate Dean of Students.


  • A Bachelor's degree is required;
  • 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, etc.)
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and an ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures and backgrounds.
  • A demonstrated commitment and passion for professional growth in the areas of student learning and development, community development, supporting students' well-being, and best practices in residence life programs and operations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to expand knowledge and awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion, understanding cultural differences, social identities, and historical inequalities, and strategies for interacting effectively with people different from oneself and providing support and advocacy for diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated experience using diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in delivering programs and services practice (i.e., staffing practices, supervision, training, policies, programs) and working effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Must be an effective communicator, educator, and able to implement counseling skills.
  • Must be an effective team builder and able to build rapport
  • Ability to 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 staff accountable.
  • Ability to function competently under pressure and effectively diffuse crisis situations. Ability to demonstrate sound judgment.
  • Ability to manage time and tasks to accomplish responsibilities in a timely manner. Ability to work independently as well as accept direction.
  • Ability to pay attention to details and to track operational processes key to housing, 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.

Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis until the position is 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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