Residential Life Coordinator

California, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Residential Life Coordinator


Job Category: Fulltime Regular
Exempt Overtime Eligible: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Benefit Based

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The California Institute of Technology's Office of Residential Experience (ORE) includes Residential Life, Student Activities and Programs and Faculty-in-Residence. Each unit reports to the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Residential Experience. A key group within Residential Life is the team of Residential Life Coordinators, of which there are multiple.

A Residential Life Coordinator is an active and visible live-in professional staff member who provides 24-hour/day leadership and supervision support for a residential community. The RLC facilitates community inclusive of diverse populations; provides non-clinical counseling; takes part in an after-hours emergency response rotation; helps to plan academic and social programming; develops and supervises 6-8 para-professional staff members; serves as a low-level conduct hearing administrator; and administers Housing procedures. Qualified candidates must be able to respond to emergency and crisis situations and make Caltech their permanent residence.

RLCs facilitate and engage with students and communities with the goal of providing an inclusive environment and a rewarding Caltech experience for our students. A successful RLC develops meaningful relationships with students, especially those serving in leadership roles. They play a key role in helping Student Affairs to identify the co-curricular needs of the undergraduate student community. They will also manage special projects for the Institute and for ORE. All members of the ORE are expected to collaborate with the Office of Student Activities and Programs, the Housing office, the Deans' offices, the Student Wellness Center, the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, and other campus partners to support students' academic and psychosocial success.

Job Duties
  • RLCs live on campus, and attend various student functions including, but not limited to regular house meals and activities, evening events, registered parties, and orientation. They hold weekly office or open house hours and make every effort to get to know—and have a meaningful connection to — their own area residents, as well as other students across campus.
  • Undergraduate RLCs advise House Executive Committees (ExComm) and other student leadership on various matters, and are responsible for developing tailored educational programs for their own areas, in partnership with their students, RAs and Peer Advocates (PAs).
  • RLCs supervise the Resident Associates (RAs) in their area, all of whom are Caltech Graduate Students. This includes leading bi-weekly area discussions; attending weekly Residential Life meetings; hiring and supporting area staff; managing the area budget; and aiding in the training of the RAs. RLCs also help to advise the Peer Advocates (in their areas, approving events and addressing conduct issues.
  • Responsibilities further include participation in an on-call rotation for the entire undergraduate/graduate population; emergency/crisis response; individual student interventions; policy enforcement and low-level conduct hearings; and service on the Conduct Review Committee. This position is considered essential reporting for emergencies.
  • The RLC is responsible for supporting and addressing all Covid-19 practices and policies and staying current with changing guidance.
  • The RLCs help manage the administrative functions of the residential area including occupancy, maintenance, check-in, housing policy enforcement and other needs.
  • Continue to participate in and lead addition ORE and campus initiatives that support and engage students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
  • Have or will complete a master's degree by the end of this academic year in Education, Social Work or a related program
  • Two years of paraprofessional or professional experience working with students in higher education.
  • Crisis/Emergency response/management experience.
  • Ability to successfully co-habitat with campus residents in a collegial manner.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to multi-task, prioritize and be flexible.
  • Appreciation of the culture and priorities of a Science and Technology-focused research institution.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional experience working with students in Higher Education.
  • Experience as a student or professional at another academically rigorous institution/university
  • Experience living in as an RA or other similar Residential Life position.
  • Experience working in a diverse community and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Required Documents
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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