Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college
located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines
academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong
institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and
nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment
practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the
goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the
nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College
is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and
world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with
gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in
the Crum Woods.
Who We Are:
As a residential college with over 96% of its students living in
campus-owned housing, the Office of Student Engagement (OSE)
supports the mission of Swarthmore College by fostering living
environments that value shared responsibility, consensus decision
making, and personal accountability. The Office of Student
Engagement aspires to create and support an engaged, evolving, and
inclusive campus community by fostering holistic student
development and success. Combining the Office of Residential Life
with the Student Activities & Leadership office in 2014, the
Office of Student Engagement aims to link learning inside the
classroom with learning outside of the classroom. The OSE expects
that students will actively participate in their residential co-
curricular experience and will take ownership for creating the
communities in which they want to live.
The Area Coordinator (AC) will work with the Office of Student
Engagement (OSE) to supervise the residential community, which
includes student staff supervision and training, crisis response,
and community development. The AC will also provide substantial
support to Student Activities programming through a collateral
assignment and programming support.
The AC is a 12-month live-in position that collaborates with
students, faculty, and staff in developing residential experiences
that foster a sense of community and opportunities for personal
growth of community members. As a member of the Office of Student
Engagement, ACs commit to developing student leaders that are ready
to engage in a diverse, global world.
The AC position reports dually to the Director of Residential
Communities for position aspects related to residential life and to
the Director of Student Activities position for aspects related to
student activities and collateral assignments.
The AC will serve in many capacities including: community builder,
educator, supervisor, event programmer, and collaborator. In these
roles the AC helps to shape the quality of the co-curricular
experience for all students.
- Actively participate in student staff selection process,
training processes, and staff development activities.
- Supervise residential and campus-wide programming efforts by
- Assist with recruitment, training, and supervision of student
Resident Assistants in coordination and accordance with the Office
of Student Engagement guidelines. Monitor work performance for
accuracy and completeness in accordance with OSE goals and
- Assess the performance of Resident Assistants staff members on
a regular basis and formally once a semester in a departmental
- Advise students and staff on proper procedures and policies, in
order to ensure appropriate requirements are met.
- Promote leadership development, self-governance opportunities,
as well as civic engagement through resident involvement.
- Serve as a support resource for staff and students in dealing
with specific residence hall problems, including roommate
conflicts, personal and emotional problems, diversity issues, and
other developmental concerns.
- Answer common student, staff, faculty, or parent questions, in
order to provide correct and timely information, guidance, and
assistance. Appropriately refers to, or seeks assistance from,
other OSE, dean’s staff members, administrators, or faculty
members, in order to ensure that students, staff, faculty members
or parents’ complex or unusual questions are answered in a correct
and timely fashion.
- Adjudicate student conduct issues and cases within the
residence halls and those associated with student events on
- Maintain regular office hours and visible presence within
assigned residential community.
- Coordinate and administer the Office of Student Engagement
program for a residential community cluster under the
co-supervision of the Director of Residential Communities and
Director of Student Activities as outlined in the Residential
Communities Coordinator Manual.
- Meet weekly with directors to receive guidance, feedback, and
discuss pertinent issues pertaining to the residential communities
and/or student activities.
- Oversee residential conflict mediations.
- Provide leadership and direction for a residential area and
collaborate with maintenance, custodial, dining, and administrative
- Carry-out move-in and move-out procedures.
- Communicate and follow-up on facilities related concerns in
- Conduct weekly building walkthroughs and inspections and assist
in monitoring and completing individual Facilities and Maintenance
requests and overall building management.
- Assist with the opening and closing of residence halls.
- On-Call Responsibilities.
- Participate in the Division of Student Life on-call crisis
response rotation (typically Tier 1, approximately once every 4
weeks). Respond promptly and appropriately, often in-person, to
security, behavioral and crisis situations.
- The AC will be considered essential personnel and may be
required to help carry-out the College’s emergency preparedness
- Coordinate student support with the Deans Staff.
- Serve on a crisis duty rotation and take part in the crisis
response team. When needed, respond in person to campus after-hours
to assist students or campus partners with on-call needs.
- Provide event programming in their residential community that
is open and welcoming to the entire campus.
- During the COVID-19 global pandemic, ACs must be CSERT trained,
willing to be fitted for PPE, and support the College’s Quarantine
and Isolation protocols and the Garnet Pledge expectations for
Office of Student Engagement Support
Who you are:
- Support campus-wide OSE and dean’s division programming
initiatives, with particular attention given to large all-campus
event weekends including Orientation, Welcome Weekend, Winter
Formal, Halloween Large Scale Event, Worthstock, Senior Week, and
- Perform campus event checks during on-call weekends, to support
SwatTeam and student hosts with successful program management.
- Maintain a collateral assignment within the Student Activities
and Leadership Office, in order to support divisional programming
and departmental initiatives across campus and within the
residential community clusters.
- Provide administrative, purchasing and budget reconciliation
assistance to Student Organizations, Student Government and the
Student Budget Committee.
- Serve as a mandated reporter for Title IX issues and Clery Act
What you bring:
- Demonstrated commitment to personal and departmental
development, professionalism, diversity, equity and inclusion
education, creativity, collaboration, and initiative.
- Discretion and sound judgment required in dealing with
confidential and sensitive student issues and communication with
all campus constituencies and outside constituencies (including
- Strong attention to detail; strong organizational skills;
ability to handle multiple tasks, often under deadlines; ability to
work as a team member to build strong working relationships within
the OSE and greater the Dean’s division, across campus and in the
broader community; ability to write clearly and concisely with
great attention to detail.
- Preference will be given to individuals with previous
demonstrated student leadership experience within a college liberal
arts setting, training in intergroup dialogue, and/or conflict
- An advanced degree in counseling services, higher education
administration, social work, or a related field is very strongly
- At least two (2) years of experience in residential life or
managing residential spaces or with student development in a
college/university setting, with a preference for a liberal arts
- Frequently required to move about inside the office and
throughout residence halls.
- Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work in a
standard office environment.
- Must be able to occasionally lift, move or transport objects
weighing up to 20 pounds.
What You Will Get:
- 12-month live-in position.
You’ll work at one of the world's most renowned liberal arts
Colleges, with incredible benefits, a stunning 420-acre campus and
collaborative work environment. Come join a team of passionate,
creative people who work hard and have fun supporting the College
students, faculty, and staff.
Applicants - Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement
Swarthmore Benefits Guidebook
, we offer benefit plans starting
at $0 per month! Upon benefit eligibility, the College contributes
10% of an employee’s salary to their retirement account. Employees
are 100% vested in their accounts on the date participation
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Paid Time Off (Staff)
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from
candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with
demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.
Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and
minorities are encouraged to apply.
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