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Residence Life Coordinator

Grinnell College
Grinnell, Iowa
Date posted
Jan 4, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details


Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa and is ranked #11 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. 

Grinnell College is a top ranked Liberal Arts institution that values diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, intellectual freedom, and social responsibility. We seek candidates that align with these values and have the ability and desire to advance our values and belonging within our community and the communities we engage. Ideal candidates will be prepared to collaborate and contribute to the mission and values of the college across all constituencies.


The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) position at Grinnell College is part of a two-year career development track. The RLC is a student-centered, collaborative, and intentional educator who supervises student staff and manages a residential learning community of approximately 250 students. The Residence Life Coordinator is – first and foremost – a residential educator responsible for creating and sustaining a community of learners that reside in a self-governing environment. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual who is energized by the opportunity to grow as a generalist in Student Affairs and help shape a thriving department focused on student learning and achievement.

Residence Life Coordinator responsibilities include day-to-day management of a residential community of approximately 250 students, supervision of high-achieving student staff, innovation program planning and implementation, personal and group advising, cooperative management of residential facilities, facilitation of the Grinnell College First Year Experience course, and serving in an on-call and crisis response rotation.

This is a 12-month position with a salary of $41,700.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leadership training, advising and development
  • Administration
  • On-call and crisis response

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university in Student
  • At least one year of housing or residence life experience
  • Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills are important
  • The ability to work independently, as a member of the student affairs team, and with a highly selective student population within a rigorous academic setting; program development; outcomes assessment
  • Working effectively in a diverse environment
  • Responding to crises and emergencies; handling and protecting sensitive and confidential information and records
  • Knowledge of and experience with selective, residential liberal arts campuses
  • Understanding of and appreciation for college student development issues, and the student affairs field in general

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, hotel management, or another area relevant to student affairs
  • Live-in experience at a small, residential college or university
  • Knowledge of and experience working with students in transition
  • Knowledge of and appreciation for the Grinnell College tradition of student self-governance
  • Knowledge of the development and implementation of residential curriculums is a plus


Grinnell College

Founded in 1846, we’re a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Our community embraces intellectual journeys of all kinds, and provides the individualized guidance to dive deeper, define new directions, and follow their passions across the world. We call ourselves Grinnellians.

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