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Area Coordinator-Residence Life- UM Western

University of Montana
Dillon, Montana, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 5, 2024

Job Details

Area Coordinator

Department: Residence Life
Position: 12-month contract with complete benefit package
Salary: $36,000 + Apartment + Meal Plan
Union Affiliation: None
Starting Date: ASAP
Benefits Include:
* Insurance package.
* Mandatory retirement plan.
* Dependent partial tuition waiver.
* Faculty/staff tuition waiver.
* Wellness program.


The Area Coordinator plays a pivotal role in fostering a vibrant and supportive residential community within the college. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Residence Life, this position involves overseeing a designated area or cluster of residence halls. This a 12-month live-in position.


  • Residential Community Management:
    • Supervising and supporting a team of Resident Assistants (RAs) within the assigned area.
    • Implementing and upholding residence hall policies, ensuring a safe, inclusive, and conducive living environment.
    • Collaborating with maintenance and facilities staff to address housing-related issues promptly.
    • Managing the day-to-day operations of the residential area, including hall openings and closings, room assignments, and occupancy management.

  • Student Support and Advising:
    • Providing guidance and support to students living in the residence halls, addressing their concerns, and fostering a sense of community.
    • Advising residents on personal, social, and academic matters, connecting them with appropriate campus resources when needed.
    • Conducting regular meetings with RAs to discuss resident concerns, programming initiatives, and policy enforcement.

  • Programming and Community Development:
    • Planning, coordinating, and executing diverse programming initiatives to enhance the residential experience, including educational, social, and cultural events.
    • Collaborating with RAs and student leaders to organize community-building activities, workshops, and initiatives that promote engagement and inclusivity.
    • Facilitating learning communities or specialized interest housing, creating opportunities for shared interests among residents.

  • Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution:
    • Responding effectively to emergency situations within the residential area, working in conjunction with campus security or emergency services when necessary.
    • Mediating conflicts among residents and facilitating conflict resolution processes when disputes arise.
    • Serving as a conduct hearing officer as needed, ensuring fair and consistent enforcement of residence hall policies.
    • Actively engaging with the Dillon Police Department regarding safety concerns

  • Participating in on-call duties for at least one week monthly.

  • Administrative Duties:
    • Maintaining accurate records, reports, and documentation related to residential operations, incidents, and programming efforts.
    • Collaborating with higher administration on initiatives, budget management, and strategic planning for residential life.

  • Required Qualifications
    • Associate/Bachelor’s degree required
    • Previous experience in residence life or student affairs.
    • Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.
    • Knowledge of student development theories and best practices in residential life.
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse and dynamic campus environment.
    • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and respond to emergencies as needed.
    The Area Coordinator role is integral to creating a supportive and engaging residential community, ensuring a positive and enriching experience for students within the college's housing facilities.

    Preferred Qualifications

    · Master’s degree in higher education, counseling, education, or a related field.

    The University & Dillon Area

    The University of Montana Western is a dynamic, innovative, undergraduate university with over 70 full-time faculty and more than 1,200 students. It is located in Dillon, Montana in the scenic Rocky Mountains and has been awarded numerous top national rankings for delivering high quality, affordable education.

    Montana Western is the only public four-year college in the nation offering Experience One (X1), experiential learning delivered on the block schedule. Class sizes are small and students take a single course at a time, three hours each day for 18 days, before moving on to the next course. Each course is four credits and four blocks are offered each semester. The block schedule facilitates field and lab work, undergraduate research, study travel, and interdisciplinary teaching. Montana Western’s faculty strongly believe in mentoring and inspiring students, and assisting them in the transition from university life to professional careers.

    The University of Montana Western is an integral part of the Dillon Community. With a population of 5,000 people, Dillon is known for outstanding public schools, safe environments, recreational opportunities, and an excellent quality of life.

    The University of Montana Western is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from qualified women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities. Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References : References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing : Individual hiring departments at UMW may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility : All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UMW, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).


    Review of applications will begin immediately, but will remain open until the position is filled.

    A complete application Includes:

    1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.

    2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience.

    3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

    Questions regarding this position should be directed to Michael Piazzola via email at or by calling 406-683-7565.

    Job Location Dillon, Montana, United States
    Position Type Full-Time/Regular


     University of Montana.

    At UM, we approach everything with creativity because that’s what this evolving world needs. We are stewards of this place, its history and our future. We are driving forward together, affecting change that is right for our place and people. We know of no better place than Montana and its university to make a lasting impact on the common good.

    As Montana’s flagship university, we set a high bar for academic studies, creative accomplishments and scientific exploration which benefit our students, our community and the world at large.

    The University draws a diverse, global population to Missoula – our home and the state’s second-largest city with about 80,000 residents – and helps cultivate an educated, engaged and vibrant community. Our students receive a world-class education in a broad range of subjects that include the arts, sciences, trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

    Our main campus, nestled in the heart of western Montana’s stunning natural landscape, spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel and along the Clark Fork River, and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites, one just across the river from the main campus, and one on the southwest side of Missoula.

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