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Area Coordinator

Champlain College
Vermont, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 28, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Residence Life
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Full Time
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Area Coordinator

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, private, not-for-profit college in Burlington, Vermont overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Its career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for professional life from their very first semester. For the fifth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2020 regional rankings and listed among The Princeton Review's "The Best 385 Colleges" in 2020. Champlain is also featured in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain and is recognized as a 2020 College of Distinction for its "Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. The College offers 30 undergraduate degrees as well as online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Champlain's Centers of Experience provide students from across all majors with experiential learning environments that guide them in how to take their classroom knowledge and put it to the test in practical applications allowing them to gain real-world experience firsthand. Each Center connects Champlain to the local community and the world, turning theory into practice. The Centers entrust students with responsibility, engage them in ambitious goals and empower them to lead with creativity, confidence, insight, and integrity. At the helms of the Centers are cutting-edge industry professionals who share the goal of providing the most relevant, career-focused education, enriched with hands-on learning opportunities.

Job Description:
Champlain College is looking for dynamic Area Coordinators. This position has 4 main responsibilities and focuses:

  • Manage a residential area of approximately 400 students, 6 residential halls, and 15 Resident Advisors. This position oversees all residence hall activities, programs, conduct, student wellness, and supervision of residential life student staff, as well as, fosters the development of living and learning communities that enhance student engagement, diversity and inclusion, and affinity group development.
  • Participate in an emergency on-call duty rotation related to student emergencies. 
  • Collaborate with a designated department in the division focused on student support, success and retention programs. 
  • Support student success through direct case management of a portfolio of students.


  • Develop and deliver educational programming that supports common intellectual, personal, and group experiences for students and contributes to students' intellectual agility, student wellness, multicultural sophistication, and a global view. Collaborate with colleagues in Student Affairs and academics to ensure intentional, coordinated program development. 
  • Provide outreach counseling, personal assistance, and academic advising for students in residential area(s) and who are being reviewed by Student Care and Response Team (SCART). Identify at-risk students in need of specialized intervention and make appropriate referrals in a timely manner. Follow up with welfare checks, and work in conjunction with faculty concerns.
  • Support the safety and security of assigned residential community by maintaining high visibility and developing professional relationships with residents and staff.
  • Participate in regular on-call duty rotation. Schedule duty rotations for student staff. Be extremely familiar with Campus Public Safety, Counseling, Student Health Center, Physical Plant, and Auxiliary and Event Services.
  • Supervise and lead 12-15 Resident Advisors. Conduct weekly staff meetings to provide information, guidance, and training to student staff. Conduct regular individual meetings with student staff and provide timely, ongoing feedback on performance. 
  • Actively participate in student staff recruitment, selection, placement, and training.
  • Serve as a Conduct Officer for student cases utilizing resolution options that restore the residential community. Be trained by the Office of Community Standards.
  • Assist with housing operations functions including room selection, residence hall openings and closings, roster checks, roommate conflicts and resolution, and summer housing.
  • Lead one or more of the primary residential assignments, e.g. recruitment and staffing, training, student conduct, program and community development, work with special and diverse student populations, wellness, RA Council, residential education, and/or housing operations/summer housing, etc. 
  • Participate in College-wide committees as assigned. Attend all college-wide events such as Admission events, Orientation, Recognition events, Town Halls, and, all Vice President retreats and in-service training sessions.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree and two (2) years of professional experience in Higher Education, specifically in Residential Education or another aspect of student development.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master's degree in Higher Education or related field such as Counseling preferred.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrate experience, skill, and ability in leading one of the primary residential assignments, e.g. recruitment and staffing, training, student conduct, program and community development, work with special and diverse student populations, or wellness.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Excellent customer service skills especially with students, faculty, staff, and parents. 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established goals, objectives, and expectations. 
  • Strong computer skills and systems knowledge, i.e. Adirondack Solutions, Maxient.
  • Planning and effective time management skills. 
  •  Interest in and usage of assessment tools. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Ability to anticipate problems and identify alternatives to solve problems with excellent solutions.

Additional Information:
The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment.

Application materials must include a resume/CV and a letter of interest (Cover Letter) specifically addressing the desired qualifications.

Champlain College does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, religion, age, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, veteran or military service status, HIV -positive status, qualified disability, or on the basis of any other status protected by law, and does not discriminate in the administration of its education and admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, employment practices or co-curricular and other College-administered programs. Champlain College will make reasonable accommodations for otherwise qualified students, applicants for admission or employment, or employees. Please contact the People Center at 802.651.5800 with questions concerning the hiring process or future employment at Champlain College, or if auxiliary aids or services are needed to apply for employment at Champlain College.

Champlain College is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community. Recognizing that diversity is both a reflection of our world and a source of rich education, Champlain strives to be diverse and inclusive in ways that reflect the world in which we live and work. All members of the Champlain community are valued as individuals.

The College seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, teaching or research can contribute to the diversity, inclusivity and academic excellence of Champlain College. Please include information about how you would contribute to these efforts and help to further this goal in your letter of interest/cover letter.

Application Instructions:
In order to be considered for the position, you must upload a resume.

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