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Area Coordinator

SUNY Cortland
New York, United States
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Posted Date
Feb 17, 2023

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Area Coordinator

Student Affairs, Division of

Residence Life and Housing Office

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Staff & Administration

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Position Summary

The Area Coordinator (AC) is a live-in position responsible for the overall administration of a residential community of 350-550 undergraduate students. Area Coordinators are responsible for fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment in the halls, retention of residential students, staff supervision, assessment, student conduct, counseling/referral, programming, emergency management, and general building administration.

Major Responsibilities

Job Duties:
Community Development —Build positive connections. Know residents of halls by being available and accessible. Support RA programs. Provide programming to residents based on input. Maintain the safety and security of the residence hall. Proactively address roommate issues and work to resolve roommate conflicts. Create positive and supportive environment to support students’ academic success and the mission of the university. Address issues of bias, discrimination, and sexual assault with residential student populations. Collaborate with other departments/programs on campus to provide support for students. Insure that staff and residents are aware of University and Residence Life policies, community standards, and responsibilities. Hold student conduct meetings. Provide informal counseling and co-curricular education to students. Participate in emergency preparedness and emergency response.
Administration of Halls —Administer residential areas by supervising opening and closing. Reports: occupancy, incident/theft/injury, damages, and daily logs. Oversee furniture and key inventories. Track residence changes and assignments. Maintain officers in a residence hall office. Assess and address damages and damage billing in halls. Balance and maintain budget for hall programming. Maintain up-to-date files. Address quality of life issues in halls, with focus on retention. Perform weekly building walk-through inspections of halls to insure standards are being maintained. Assure halls comply with applicable fire, health and safety regulations in cooperation with various departments on campus and regulation agencies. Coordinate summer operations including facilities, staffing, and building prep.
Assessment and Committee Involvement —Participate in committee, assessment, and special project work related to student concerns and Residence Life. Activity may be within Residence Life or throughout the University.
Supervision —Hire student staff and actively supervise, train, and evaluate RAs. Meet regularly with RAs individually. Hold weekly staff meetings. Supervise Hall Council when applicable. Provide team building, goal setting, and on-going opportunities for staff development.
Training —Assist with leadership, development, and presentation of departmental staff and student training. Participate in training provided by the University and various departments on campus as assigned by the Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing for Training and Development.
Emergency On-Duty Responsibilities —Participate in rotating professional staff on-call providing 24-hour availability and response. First line member of professional response team for student illness, accident, or other campus emergency situations. Requires ability to interpret University policy and protocol, make judgement calls, as well as make clear and critical decisions under pressure. On-duty rotates weekly among live-in staff members.

  • Academic interests and experiences that include residential education, leadership development, a commitment to diversity, civic, and social engagement, and an understanding of the needs of students transitioning to college, especially first year and transfer students.
  • Residence Life and Housing professionals are educators outside of the classroom. By working collaboratively with colleagues both within and beyond the residence life department, ACs help residents foster leadership skills, develop critical reasoning skills, and practice ethical decision-making.
  • As live-on professionals, ACs must have skills in crisis management, problem-solving, administration, organization, supervision, intervention, emergency response, verbal and written communication, public relations, decision making, advising, and counseling.
  • Essential to this position is the ability to be flexible and adapt to a changing environment. ACs consistently adapt to changes.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and continuous learning to improve cultural competency and sensitivity.
  • Build, maintain and foster diverse and inclusive relationships in support of of the mission of the university and the department.
  • Knowledge and understanding of residential life, operations and procedures, administrative and supervisory experiences, student development theory, counseling and conflict resolution, and general higher educational procedures are all critical to the effectiveness of this position
  • Based on the need to respond to crisis situations and serve on a duty rotation, travel within the campus and between campus locations is required

Functional and Supervisory Relationships

Area coordinators report directly to the assistant and associate directors of Residence Life and Housing, and secondarily to the director for Residence Life and Housing. Area coordinators supervise a student staff that consists of resident assistants (RAs).

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Professional residence life experience
This is a live-in professional position and considered “essential personnel”. Must be available to live on campus, work various evening, overnight, weekend, and occasional holidays and respond to emergency/crisis situations that may occur 24/7 on the main campus and satellite apartment complex located approximately 1 mile from the main campus. Candidates must demonstrate ability to meet these transportation needs.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration or related field
  • At least one year of post-baccalaureate (graduate or professional) Residence Life experience or experience in a Higher Education setting.
  • Evidence of training in equity, inclusion, and cultural competency, anti-racism, unconscious bias mitigation, etc., along with a demonstrated level of cultural competency and experience working with a diverse student population.
  • A valid driver’s license to operate a motor vehicle in NYS is preferred, due to the transportation needs of the position.
EEO Statement

The State University of New York Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/ EEO / ADA ) employer. The university actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the university.

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  1. * Please share your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and briefly describe your commitment to treating others, at all levels of the organization with fairness and respect.

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  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Professional References Contact Info. ONLY (minimum of 3)
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