Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), one of the world’s leading
institutions of art and design education, located in historic
Providence, RI, is seeking a Community Coordinator to join its
Residence Life Department. RISD’s Residence Life provides a safe
and supportive environment empowering students to create inclusive
communities that foster their artistic and personal development.
RISD’s students are diverse, coming from a wide range of
geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds, representing
all forms of diversity. The College strives to cultivate a
culturally competent campus environment that advances principles of
social equity and inclusion, environmental and climate justice, and
equal access to resources and opportunities.
The Community Coordinator is a full-time, 12-month, live-in
position that provides front-line leadership and direction to a
residence life area housing art and design students. Community
Coordinators (CC) are responsible for fostering and developing
vibrant and inclusive communities primarily through the direct
supervision and implementation of the co-curricular experience. CCs
are each responsible for supervising the daily performance of
paraprofessional Resident Advisors (RA) and paraprofessional
Advocate for Inclusion in Residence (AIR). CCs also assist with
departmental processes, programs, and special projects as assigned.
This is a term position expiring at the end of each fiscal year.
Community Coordinator terms may be extended on an annual basis
allowing for consecutive service of up to 3 years. RISD employs
four Community Coordinators with different residential areas of
- Supervision: Select, train and supervise assigned RAs,
and AIR. Conduct periodic formal evaluations of RA and AIR
performance and monitor progress toward goals for performance
improvement. Oversee community development of area through
implementation of co-curricular experience, and support RAIRs’
efforts to maximize resident development through provision of
programs and referrals. Responsible for regular area staff meetings
and assisting with periodic all-staff meetings and training.
Participate in the selection and training of all levels of
Residence Life staff.
- Co-curricular Planning and Implementation: Intentionally
plan and implement relevant co-curricular experience through
careful supervision of student staff, creation of true educational
experiences in residence halls led by CC, writing of learning
outcomes and lesson plans, and learning assessment. Provide
continued development on the co-curricular experience to student
staff and attend and support student staff programming.
- Student Outreach: Develop and maintain a rapport with
residents through visibility and co-curricular experience
implementation. Follow up with students of concerns, facilities
issues, and meet with residents experiencing issues in the
residence halls. Actively engage in community, conduct regular
community walkthroughs, and attend student staff floor meetings and
- Specialty Area + Collateral: In partnership with Student
Affairs partners and the Residence Life team, provide weekly
leadership for specific focus assigned to position (e.g. First Year
Experience, Sophomore Experience, or the Upper Class Experience ).
Research, benchmark, plan, and implement innovative new strategies
within residence halls associated with specialty areas to meet the
needs of the residential population.
- Administrative Tasks: Complete day-to-day administrative
tasks associated with the management of the residential community
including tracking RA and AIR budget expenses and alerting to areas
of need and/or opportunity; reconciling RA and AIR procurement card
spending; completing and responding to email correspondence;
processing room change paperwork. Manage community opening and
closing. Oversee and coordinate the environmental health &
safety inspections of students’ rooms/apartments carried out by RAs
at least once a term.
- Housing Operations: Provide support and implement
various housing operations processes in coordination with the
Housing Operations Coordinator, including room changes,
environmental health and safety inspections, opening and closing
procedures, and other tasks as assigned.
- On-Call Rotation: Provide, in rotation with other
residence life staff, 24-hour, seven-day, Residence Life On-Call
(RLOC) coverage for approximately 1400 residents and follow up with
residents who experience crisis situations. Support residents’
academic success and personal growth through individual discussion
and crisis intervention and make referrals as appropriate. Meet
with student residents to resolve roommate issues. Serve as a
liaison with the Department of Public Safety. On-call on weekends
and some holidays should be expected.
- Conduct: Respond to and process alleged policy
violations as reported by staff, students and Public Safety. Serve
as a hearing officer and develop sanctions using a restorative and
educative lens. Ensure residents’ compliance with policies outlined
in the Residence Life and Student Handbook. Recommend other actions
to the Director of Residence Life or the Associate Director of
Residence Education as appropriate. Serve as a liaison with the
Director of Student Conduct.
- Committees: Assist in the creation and implementation,
under the direction of the Assistant Director for Community
Development and Associate Director of Residence Education, of a
departmental process or program including student staff selection,
student staff training, Pre-College staff selection, curriculum
development, student staff appreciation, etc.
- Summer: Assume responsibility for administrative,
operational and programmatic aspects of a wide variety of
residential summer programs serving a complete range of age groups
and levels of experience in a very active summer schedule. These
groups include Pre-College, Summer Studies and Conferences.
Coordinate these efforts with program sponsors such as Continuing
- Divisional Support: Actively support and participate in
the work of the Division of Student Affairs and its different
departments to realize the goals of the Division including but not
limited to committee membership and presence at divisionally
- Additional Responsibilities: Perform other related
duties as deemed appropriate.
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in student
personnel, higher education administration, counseling, or related
field of study preferred. Demonstrated success working with a
diverse group of students needed.
- Previous supervisory experience, an awareness of social justice
principles, and an appreciation for art and design developed
through employment, education or personal interest are highly
- A positive attitude and the ability to create enthusiasm,
demonstrate flexibility, and maintain composure in stressful
- Physical ability to respond to crises or emergency situations
in all buildings necessary (many areas are not wheelchair
- Past Residence Life experience preferred. Familiarity and
understanding of curriculum, facilitation, and assessment best
- Familiarity with common office software and/or college
information management systems such as Workday and housing
management systems such as StarRez preferred.
Please see “On-Call Rotation” above in Essential Functions.
Will disclose more details during the interview.
Documents Needed to Apply:
Cover Letter (required)
Salary Grade Structure
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload
all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our
pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its
learning community and integral to an art and design education. We
welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute
to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal
Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard
to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability,
veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,
genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by
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