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Area Coordinator

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Job Location:
Aurora, Illinois
Residence Life and Housing

The faculty and staff of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invite you to join them in shaping and implementing the next generation of innovative and engaging learning experiences. IMSA is actively seeking applications for the full-time position of Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life. The Office of Residence Life is a part of the division of Student Affairs and strives to provide students with a safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment. Students live on campus in residence hall communities, which fosters their personal, social, intellectual and ethical leadership development.

Area Coordinators are full time, live-in, professional staff members. Key responsibilities include the supervision, mentoring and training of resident counselors, assisting with the development of the residential student leadership program, housing, facilities, hiring, and implementation of the Residential Life Curriculum. The Area Coordinators work with the Assistant Director of Residence Life to provide structure, leadership, vision, and development to the Office of Residence Life. The Area Coordinator’s work hours vary and include evening and weekend responsibilities as the Administrator on Call. 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence Model is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative. 


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Train, supervise and evaluate 8-12 professional Resident Counselors
  • Participate in Administrator on Call rotation, supervising on-call Resident Counselors and providing crisis and emergency response in accordance with Academy policies
  • Fulfill assigned operational responsibilities, which may include:
    • Residential Student Leaders (RSLs) - conduct the RSL selection, training and evaluation process annually, develop programming resources 
    • Peer Tutor Program - conduct Peer Tutor selections, training and evaluation process annually
    • Academic Support - monitor at risk students, represent the department at weekly strategy meetings, communicate student needs and concerns within the academy.
    • Facilities Liaison - represent department at weekly facilities meetings, communicate department needs and concerns, follow up with work orders and changes as necessary.
    • Class Club Support - oversee class club operations and support the students in activities and fundraising
  • Conduct weekly staff meetings, meet one on one with Resident Counselors weekly or bi-weekly
  • Facilitate student moves and room changes throughout the year by working with the Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Oversee all Resident Counselor administrative processes, including but not limited to weekly reports, check sheets, attendance in halls, PowerSchool and Footprints recordkeeping, and email listservs; regularly assess practices for effectiveness, revise processes as needed, and train staff on revisions as they occur
  • Manage assigned residence hall buildings, including conducting walk-through of residence halls to identify maintenance needs, assessing damages, ensuring building cleanliness, and confirming overall building safety
  • Supervise and assist with building openings and closings
  • Enforce Academy policies throughout the campus
  • Conduct student disciplinary hearings as assigned by the Chief Hearing Officer
  • Maintain up-to-date budget records and submit budget-related paperwork in a timely manner
  • Oversee Residence Life curriculum programming
  • Active engagement with best practices and emerging issues in higher education, gifted student learning, student housing and student affairs
  • Maintain cooperative working relationships with offices on campus, including but not limited to security, maintenance, faculty, and the front desk
  • Establish positive relationships with students through informal interactions
  • Represent the Department of Residence Life on designated committees
  • Assist in recruitment of Residence Life team members
  • Assist with divisional and campus-wide events, such as Preview Day, Convocation and Graduation
  • Attend weekly staff and department meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Experience:

The required skills and experience for this position include:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Experience supervising professional staff
  • Previous professional experience working with adolescents and/or residential experience
  • Demonstrated crisis management skills and ability to respond to emergency situations requiring use of stairs, quick movement and administration of first aid/CPR
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable using technology to communicate and increase efficiency
  • Strong service orientation and ability to relate effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated ability to be productive, deliver high quality work, take initiative, use good judgement, and problem solve
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular hours
  • Valid driver’s license


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements.


Compensation for this position includes a salary of $31,500 ($33,000 with a master's degree) for a 10-month term of employment. Area Coordinators also receive furnished apartments, free parking, utilities, and internet access year round. A meal plan is also provided while school is in session. IMSA offers a comprehensive state benefits package (major medical, dental, and vision) and retirement plan through the State University Retirement System (SURS). Academy stipends and summer program opportunities for additional remuneration are also available.

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