The Area Coordinator (AC) position is a twelve month, full-time, live-in professional in Residence Life, who reports to the Director of Residence Life. An understanding of a private, metropolitan university and the ability to promote the values of Widener are critical for the Area Coordinator position. The Area Coordinator's primary role is to assist students in building an inclusive community to enhance personal and academic growth. The Area Coordinator's work is performed within the framework of the Residence Life mission and requires intentional efforts to interact with students, assess their needs and promote community growth and development. Supervision of Resident Assistant (RA) staff and undertaking various leadership areas are also central to the Area Coordinator role. This includes assisting with room inventories, maintenance work order requests, programming, discipline and peer counseling.
The Area Coordinator will maintain regular upkeep of facilities, including occupancy management and follow up on maintenance requests to ensure timely response to facility concerns. The AC will assist with areas of responsibility including, but not limited to: RA Selection, RA Staff Training, and Special Events. The Area Coordinator will conduct regular student conduct meetings to ensure that university policies and protocols are enforced and supported to enhance student living/learning environments. The Area Coordinator will also participate in an on-call duty rotation with other Residence Life professionals.
The Area Coordinator will assist the Residence Life department in establishing a vision, goals and objectives for the residence hall(s). Participation in Residence Life leadership areas is expected and Area Coordinators are encouraged to participate in other University committees.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (include but are not limited to)
A. STAFF DEVELOPMENT and STUDENT LEADERSHIP
- All Area Coordinators work with central office staff in the annual selection of Resident Assistants.
- All Area Coordinators work with central office staff to develop in-service student staff trainings and workshops.
- Supervises, trains, and evaluates Resident Assistants.
- Selects and trains staff to work with any conferences or student groups housed on- campus as designated by central office staff during Summer or Winter sessions.
B. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Provides resources, advisement, information and referral service for residents as needed.
- Works with Resident Assistants in the development of student relationships and programs that promote community within residential facilities.
- Promotes programs and activities that contribute to academic and personal development of residents and creates a positive atmosphere for residents and guests.
- Supports student conduct programming with an emphasis on education, ethical development and community responsibility in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for Student Conduct.
- Responsible for submitting Incident Reports via Maxient.
- Interprets, communicates, and enforces university policies, rules and regulations.
- Works closely with central office staff to help create and maintain strong and responsive Residence Hall Association.
- Promotes Living Learning Community & Themed Housing programs in collaboration with faculty and the Resident Director.
- Consistently serve as an advocate for diversity and cross-cultural understanding to create a welcoming campus to all students.
- Manages residential housing facilities housing up to 700 students.
- Opens and closes buildings (at the beginning and end of semesters, as well as during break periods) in a well-coordinated fashion and staff them effectively. Preparations include: advertisement postings/notices; database information; room and common area inventories; floor meetings and coordination of staff schedules.
- Utilizes database software for housing assignments, to check-in and check-out residents, conference assignments, billing and facility information.
- Perform room inventories and appropriate check-in/out procedures each time the occupancy changes within a student room. Submit this information and any billing recommendations to the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- Communicates with and supports central office staff with room occupancy, processing room changes and accurately reporting no-shows. All approvals for moves are made by the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- Prepares annual reports for the Director of Residence Life utilizing Resident Assistants' input and Database information; focusing on special developments, routine events, staff and resident needs, conference services and areas in need of attention.
- Provides staff coverage and maintains building security during all times when occupied.
- Reviews staffing, position descriptions and procedures and make recommendations for improvements.
- Crisis intervention, coordination of resources, follow-up and written reports are the responsibility of the Area Coordinator in charge of the area, or second, the ranking staff member available at the time of the incident.
- Promotes fire safety through programming, inspections and scheduled fire drills. Work closely with Environmental Health and Safety Staff to maintain programmatic and facility-related safety standards.
- Promotes a positive working relationship with maintenance, housekeeping, and physical plant staff assigned to the residence halls.
- Works closely with central office staff on routine facility needs, special projects or problems.
- Conducts monthly inventories of all common area furnishings in the building(s) to which they are assigned and reports damaged or missing furnishings to the Assistant Director of Residence Life.
- Responds to maintenance and repair emergencies and contacts appropriate staff for resolution.
- Assists in the development of manuals, educational materials, training programs and procedures for the residence hall staff.
- Attend Office of Residence Life staff meetings and other meetings as assigned.
- Supports university wide programs, such as Widener Days, Accepted Students Days, New Student Registration and Orientation.
D. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- Maintain current working knowledge in the field of student personnel and/or higher education administration. It is the expectation of the Office of Residence Life that the Area Coordinator will grow professionally and develop contacts beyond the office at Widener University. Suggested participatory involvements include:
b.Search committees in other departments
c.Presentation of programs at regional &/or larger conferences related to residence life and/or student development
d.Cooperative programming with other departments
- Works with other campus professionals on matters concerning student development.
- Involvement/exposure to other Student Affairs and Student Life programs on campus are strongly encouraged.
- Conducts and submits evaluations of staff.
E. ADDITIONAL DUTIES
- Assists with Resident Assistants and Area Coordinator search committees or other professional searches within the Office of Residence Life as needed.
- Supports other Area Coordinators and Resident Director when needed and appropriate, i.e. emergencies, building functions, etc.
- Assists the Director and Assistant Director in the performance of central office duties and procedures as assigned.
- Responds to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
- Participates in a rotating on-call duty schedule.
- Provides additional coverage responsibilities for high traffic weekends, i.e. Homecoming, opening, etc.
- Perform additional duties and responsibilities as assigned.
The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.
Bachelor's degree in related field. Master's degree preferred in Student Personnel/ Higher Education Administration or related field, plus one or more years of professional housing experience required. Strong administrative and supervisory skills are required. This is a 12- month, live-in position.
*Qualified candidates must submit resume, cover letter and three professional references for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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