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Area Coordinator - Residential Life (152081)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois
Residence Life and Housing

Area Coordinator

Residential Life - University Housing

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Applications are now being accepted for the mid-level, live-off Area Coordinator position within University Housing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Area Coordinator is a member of the Hall Supervision and Staffing team within Residential Life - University Housing. Area Coordinators are responsible for the implementation of a residential curriculum model focused on educating students in a residential area (areas range in size from 1,800 - 2,800 students in a total resident population of approximately 8,500) in the areas of academic success, interpersonal competence, engage citizenship, and social justice exploration. This is accomplished

via the direct supervision of full-time professional staff and overall management and leadership within Residential Life, including the development of policies and procedures for the area and unit. This position is a full-time, salaried non-exempt, twelve-month regular Academic Professional appointment.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision, Recruitment, and Curricular Development (50%)

  • Directly supervise 4 to 5 full-time professional residence hall directors and 1-3 desk supervisors, conducting regular one-on-one supervisory meetings to meet the learningneeds of each staff member.
  • Participate in the recruitment, selection, and indirect supervision of student staff with the ability to implement residential curriculum strategies as well as operational duties, including Resident Advisors, Office Assistants, Senior Clerks, and Desk Clerks.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a broad range of cultural, educational, and inclusive training and development sessions that support the diverse needs of professional staff, support staff, and paraprofessional staff in support of the mission of the University and University Housing.
  • Role model a scholar-practitioner approach via engagement with student development research and participation in educational training and development opportunities.
  • Lead staff in the creation and implementation of lesson plans to achieve the goals and learning outcomes of the residential curriculum in the areas of Academic Success, Social Justice Exploration, Personal Growth and Community Engagement.
  • Oversee the evaluation and assessment of curricular strategies within the area.
  • Assist in recruitment and selection of professional and support staff with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement our curricular model. Serve as chairpersons for various professional staff selection committees as needed.
  • Conduct informal and formal performance appraisals for professional and support staff.
  • Provide leadership for area staff on all hall operations and administrative duties.
  • Report directly to one of the two Assistant Directors of Housing for Residential Life Hall Supervision and Staffing.

Community Development and Leadership (25%)

  • Provide leadership, guidance and support to staff, students, and student groups in the ongoing development and implementation of our residential curriculum model.
  • Assume a leadership role in the area in promoting social justice education and inclusivity in policy and program development.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for members of area or campus student groups through structured advising and mentoring focused on educational opportunities that develop competencies that equip Illinois students to lead in a global community.
  • Provide educational opportunities for staff and students to consider strategies for the development of intellectually engaging inclusive communities that meet curricular goals and outcomes.
  • Provide guidance to Residence Hall Directors as they consider restorative and educational measures to address student behavior, judicial procedures, and emergency response as hall/campus judicial officers.
  • Serve as a University level judicial officer and conduct appeal agent for Residence Hall Director sanctioning, utilizing educational strategies to help students develop an understanding of social responsibility and their individual impact within a larger community.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with staff and faculty in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
  • Work collaboratively with Program Director(s) of Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in the area, facilitating relationship building and understanding of shared roles and responsibilities between the Residence Hall Directors and the LLC staff as it relates to the implementation of the residential curriculum model for LLC communities.
  • Serve on the University Housing Hate/Bias Incident Response Team, developing restorative educational response measures for implementation.

Administrative (25%)

  • Supervise, lead and manage Residential Life/University Housing operational processes (i.e. opening, closing, damage billing, fire inspections, key inventories, etc.).
  • Serve on and lead Residential Life committees focused on strategic planning, and operational processes.
  • Provide oversight of area/hall offices, ensuring the provision of learning-centered customer service to students.
  • Collaborate with various Housing units (such as Business Services, Facilities, Family & Graduate Housing, Marketing, Housing Information Office, Inclusion & Talent Development, and Dining) to support all of Housing's programs and services.
  • Attend and/or facilitate regularly scheduled meetings (weekly Area Professional Staff, monthly Residential Life, quarterly Housing and Area Team, weekly Area Coordinator, monthly Central Staff, and monthly Desk Operations staff meetings.)
  • Serve as crisis response back up / on-call for Residence Hall Directors during the academic year and participate in a rotation of on-call coverage during university break periods for break housing, summer school, and conference season.
  • Coordinate response from all Housing Staff in the area (Residential Life/Conferences, Building Services, Dining Services, Maintenance, etc.) during emergencies.
  • Review and update Building Emergency Action Plans annually.
  • Prepare and monitor program and administrative budgets.
  • Coordinate and approve the use of area common facilities for meetings, programs, and other activities.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:


Required: Master's degree

Preferred: Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education Administration or a related field.


Required: Three (3) years of full-time experience in residential life, college or university conference services, any campus housing environment, student affairs involvement and/or leadership experiences or work in a related field (Higher education, counseling, diversity education, social work, etc. (Graduate assistantships are considered part-time work and do not count toward full-time experience). Experience directly supervising staff. Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred: Current work in residential life or university or college housing. Advanced supervisory skills, demonstrated leadership and management of day-to-day residence hall operations, successful community building strategies, conflict mediation skills, extremely strong interpersonal skills, and sound decision-making and evaluative skills. Preference is also given to those who demonstrate openness to constructive feedback and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and students. Demonstrated leadership in working successfully with diverse college student populations and engaging in social justice educational strategies. Experience implementing a residential curriculum.

Training, Licenses or Certifications: No required or preferred training, licenses or certifications.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required: Knowledge of student learning, student development, and identity development theories.

Preferred: Knowledge of residential curriculum philosophy and strategies. Ability to speak other languages in addition to English is a plus. Excellent verbal and written skills. Ability to speak other languages is a plus.

Environmental Demands: This position requires the ability to multi-task and move around campus effectively in a busy and unpredictable environment. It also requires some lifting. Work will take place in office and residence hall environments including but not limited to student common and meeting spaces and various administrative offices/spaces on campus.

Physical Requirements: This position requires the ability to multi-task, move around campus effectively in a busy, fast-paced and unpredictable environment.

Working Environment: Work will take place in an office environment including but limited to, student common and meeting space, various administrative offices/spaces on campus. The person in this position is typically expected to work standard business hours with some nights and weekends required for duty and other programmatic or operational responsibilities.

For full consideration create your candidate profile at and upload pdf versions of a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by November 1, 2021. Screening interviews may begin before that date, but all applications received by that date will receive full consideration.

The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 12-month, 100 percent time Academic Professional appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please contact c with any questions you may have. We encourage all applicants to learn more about the Department, University Housing at the University of Illinois and the Urbana-Champaign community by visiting our candidate website:

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