William Paterson University invites applications for the
full-time, 12-month, live-in professional position of Area
Coordinator for Residence Life. There are two (2) open
Reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Residence life,
the Area Coordinator supervises a staff of up to five (5) Graduate
Hall Directors and assists in the oversight of approximately 40 –
60 undergraduate staff including Resident Assistants, Desk
Assistants and Office Assistants in primarily new student
This position oversees department initiatives that support
divisional and University goals related to Student Success, Student
Well-Being, Diversity and Leadership and administers a variety
departmental functions. The Area Coordinator works extended hours,
evening and weekends and has Residence Life on-call
The Residence Life Department is dedicated to supporting the
mission of William Paterson University and the Division of Student
Development by providing a living atmosphere that enhances student
academic success and personal growth.
The dedicated professionals in this department provide
opportunities for students to develop by taking responsibility for
themselves and their living environment. Community values,
diversity, and mutual respect are at the top of the list!
For more information, please visit https://www.wpunj.edu/reslife/index.html
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Develops student engagement opportunities related to student
success including programmatic efforts and virtual learning
- Oversees a collaborative and engaging first year
- Oversees the management of the Academic Success in Residence
Center and collaborates with Academic Support Center to develop
initiatives for Academic Success in Residence.
- Manages the process for addressing Starfish alerts for resident
- Assists with the hiring, training and supervision of Peer
- Plans large-scale social engagement opportunities for students
as well as opportunities for student feedback.
- Researches and implements assessment techniques for student
learning and engagement outcomes.
- Oversees Special Interest Communities that support the
interests and needs of resident students.
- Supports department efforts related to student recruitment and
retention, such as participation in Open House, Admitted Student
Days and other department and university initiatives.
- Collaborates with Center for Diversity and Inclusion and
Counseling, Health and Wellness to plan, develop and implement
- Helps oversee Special Interest Communities that support the
interests and needs of resident students.
- Collaborates with Student Conduct on the integration of
restorative justice principles into our policies and conduct and
- Represents Residence Life on university celebration committees
and oversees the implementation of events and collaborations to
support celebration plans.
- Creates and maintains on-going development plans for Residence
Assistants and Graduate Hall Directors.
- Helps coordinate training for Resident Assistants, Desk
Assistants, Desk Managers, Office Assistants and Graduate Hall
- Plans and executes the Annual Staff Recognition and Awards
Banquet; coordinates on-going staff recognition initiatives.
Residence Life Administration
- Directly supervises Graduate Hall Directors and indirectly
supervise Resident Assistants, Desk Assistants and Office
- Supports housing operations and facilities management including
but not limited to: residence hall opening and closing; summer
housing operations and conferences; health & safety
inspections; key and roster management.
- Participates in on-call duty rotation.
- Facilitates a section of Will. Power. 101/102 or other
programming for freshmen as required.
- Oversees a Residence Life committee and various department
- Serves as a Hearing Officer in collaboration with Student
- Participates in the selection, training and development of
- Attends or represents Residence Life and Student Development at
staff meetings, orientations, training programs and other
university events or functions.
- Serves on university, divisional and departmental committees as
- Performs other duties as assigned that are appropriate for the
- Master's degree from an accredited college or university in
student affairs, higher education, counseling, educational
leadership or a related field.
- Three (3) years or more of graduate and/or professional work
experience in residence life and/or student development, one (1)
year of which will have included supervising staff.
- Experience working with diverse populations, handling crises
and addressing behavioral issues.
- Availability to work evening and weekend hours.
- Valid driver's license required for work related travel.
- Experience as a hearing officer.
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office software.
- Experience supervising graduate level employees.
- Experience using housing and conduct management software.
Personal Attributes and Traits:
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both oral
and written formats in a complex organization with competing wants
- Capable of working independently and collaboratively to achieve
agreed upon goals.
- Ability to prioritize, organize, and delegate work in order to
meet stated deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to see others as individuals and listen
- Capable of appearing rational and in-control when faceting
problems or crises.
Invitation to apply:
Interested candidates will be prompted to:
Complete an application
Submit a cover letter & CV
Provide names/contacts of three
Review of applications will commence immediately and continue
until the position is filled. General questions related to this
application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
About William Paterson:
William Paterson University is the third most diverse public
university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic
Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been
designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving
Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be
designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The
University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic
programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to
pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls over 9,000
students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The
University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in
Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City.