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Area Coordinator

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Nov 10, 2022
About Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts:

At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2023 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.

Job Description:

The Area Coordinator (AC) is expected to be an active and visible member of our residence life staff with management and oversight of designated residence area(s). The AC will support resident student leadership opportunities through Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) & other initiatives. The AC will participate in the administrative functions and efforts of Residence Life & Housing. As the supervisor of residential area(s), the AC will coordinate with other staff members in the Residence Life & Housing office on programs and events as needed. Further, they will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a living-learning atmosphere conducive to student's personal growth and academic achievement. Seen as a role model, facilitator, leader and essential person in the development of an effective living-learning environment for student's residential experience. A successful individual will have the ability to work with a diverse population, able to adapt to change, and have knowledge of and commitment to maintaining a student development focus across campus. The individual will help shape the institution's vibrant living and learning community to help students build a sense of belonging to the College. Due to the nature of the position, ACs are expected to work outside of traditional business hours including participation in an on-call duty rotation. The duties of the Area Coordinator may vary due to the student population who resides in the area assigned.

  • Support the overall management of residence area(s) including but not limited to opening and closing the residence areas, key management, room changes, health & safety inspections, damage assessments and maintenance requests. This includes supporting the central office of Residence Life.
  • Select, train, and evaluate all student staff assigned to the residence areas.
  • Assistance in coordination and development of Resident Advisor (RA) In-Service Program.
  • Select, train, evaluate, & supervise all Residence Area Security Monitors (RASMS) for Department.
  • Contributes to experiential learning initiatives. Is visible and available in the residence areas outside of office hours; visits the residence areas to assist with safety, maintenance, and promote community building. Actively engages in creating strong partnerships within the department and throughout campus to enhance the overall residential experience for students. Commitment to support diversity, equity & inclusion in engagement and leadership opportunities to establish an inclusive residential environment for all residents.
  • Provide leadership and support to staff and residents in the planning and implementation of a wide-range of educational, social and recreational activities that contribute to the personal growth and development of residence area members.
  • Become actively acquainted with the residents of the area as individuals. Advise these students and make referrals to other College offices or community agencies, as appropriate. Mediate conflicts that occur between individuals and groups in the residence area.
  • Guide students toward responsible behavior in the residence area by communicating reasonable standards of behavior and by providing behavioral counseling or referral for students, as appropriate.
  • Serve as the primary Advisor for RHA & NRHH, in collaboration with secondary Advisor as designated.
  • Co-manage departmental presence on social media platform accounts.
  • Serve on the on-call rotation for emergency assistance and crisis intervention.
  • Attend and actively participate in weekly staff meetings.
  • Serve as department liaison for campus initiatives as designated by Assistant Director of Residence Life.
  • Complete other duties and projects as assigned. This job description is subject to changes due to any organizational needs of the division.

  • Bachelors degree required; Master's preferred
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years of relevant experience in Residence Life & Housing or education.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective collaborative partnerships with other campus departments involved in creating a safe and engaging residential environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects and responsibilities working both independently and collaboratively as necessary.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resiliency, creativity, leadership, and supervisory capabilities including demonstrating an active commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to ever-changing needs of a residential campus.
  • Experience working with RHA's & NRHH.
  • Knowledge and background working with NEACURH/NACURH.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, position in the APA bargaining unit. The salary range for this position is $43,000-$45,000.

It is the policy of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster, is required of all individuals hired by MCLA, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that they operate, which extends to admission and employment at MCLA. MCLA is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") to not discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries about the application of Title IX may be directed to each respective MCLA's Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, or both.

Christopher Hays
Interim Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer for Employees
Phone: (413) 662-5597
Mailing Address: 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877) 521-2172

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.

Deadline for applications is December 2, 2022.

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