Area Coordinator

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Area Coordinator

Residence Campus - Boston, MA

Position Overview:

The Office of Residence Life at Simmons University seeks passionate, student-centered applicants to serve as an Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinator provides leadership and management of a residential area of several residence halls, and supervises 1-2 Graduate Resident Directors (GRDs) and up to 10 Resident Advisors (RAs). The Area Coordinator contributes to the development of the Simmons University student population through a variety of experiences including developing social, educational, and leadership initiatives. The position provides high-touch student support, serves as a conduct officer, and participates in the on-call rotation (including during the summer months).

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership for residential area, including supervising 1-2 Graduate Resident Directors (GRDs) and Resident Advisor (RA) staff;
  • Provide direct support and guidance to residents through programming, counseling, and referral designed to encourage the academic, emotional and social development of each student;
  • Host office hours in buildings, attend meals in the dining hall and host programs to be a visible and available member of the Simmons community;
  • Coordinate the development of programs in the residential area by working with GRDs and RAs to create high-quality, educational and impactful programs; oversee programming budget and track programmatic efforts for area;
  • Conduct on-going weekly supervisory meetings and staff meetings;
  • Attend weekly supervisory and Prostaff meetings;
  • Participate in the after-hours on-call duty rotation and serve as the primary point of contact in crisis situations; Must be available to respond to situations that arise during holidays, weekends, evenings and during the summer;
  • Monitor and support the implementation of the student conduct process by hearing cases and making appropriate referrals;
  • Coordinate the opening and closing of the residence hall in conjunction with the opening and closing of the academic year and various vacation periods;
  • Perform inspections of student rooms and buildings to maintain appropriate standards of health, safety, and maintenance;
  • Responsible for assisting in the planning, development and evaluation of RA Spring and Summer Training and on-going RA training series held throughout the academic year;
  • Assist central office staff with office operations when needed, i.e., Housing Selection;
  • Oversee Office of Residence Life Staff Appreciation initiatives;
  • Plan, coordinate and execute sessions during Summer and Fall Orientation to highlight the Office of Residence Life responsibilities and services;
  • Establish effective and positive working relationships with other campus offices and departments;
  • Represent the University and department on various committees and events including Admission Open Houses, Accepted Students Day, etc.;
  • Submit end-of-year report reviewing all events and accomplishment throughout the year;
  • Participate in projects related to the departmental goals;
  • Attend division-wide meetings as needed;
  • Be available during nights and weekends for office hours, programming, campus-wide events, etc.

  • Bachelors degree required. Masters degree in College Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education, or related field or a combination of education and experience are preferred;
  • Two or more years of professional residence life/housing experience required;
  • Ability to interact effectively with students, staff, and campus partners from diverse backgrounds;
  • Commitment to community development and programming;
  • Understanding of and commitment to principles of social justice and inclusion;
  • A genuine interest in team membership;
  • A sense of humor and positive attitude a must.


This is a 12 month, live-in position requiring frequent night and weekend work. A partially furnished apartment is provided as well as a meal plan during the academic year.

Salary commensurate with experience

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Applicants are encouraged to apply before July 23

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Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Boston’s historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

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