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Residential Life Coordinator

Hope College
Job Location:
Holland, Michigan
Residence Life and Housing
Location: Hope College Holland, MI

Job Type: Administrative Full Time

Division: Student Development

Job Number: 2021-00129


The Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) at Hope College oversees one of our largest residential halls creating community by engaging students in a dynamic environment. We strive to create opportunities that develop, foster, and promote academic success, personal growth, intercultural competence, and exploration of faith. The RLC also serves on the Residential Life Leadership Team collaboratively developing and implementing the mission, objectives, and program for the Office of Residential Life and Education in alignment with the missions of Student Development and the college.

Hope offers robust hall, house, and apartment living options and employs over 150 Resident Assistants (RAs) and nine part-time professional staff Resident Directors (RDs). RLCs provide leadership and oversight to a cluster of halls, supervising the RDs while also supervising their own building RA staff. RLCs are provided with a competitive salary and benefits; spacious furnished apartment; academic year meal plan; and access to ongoing professional development opportunities. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop relationships with students, colleagues, faculty, and staff that are based in belonging, growth, dignity, respect, and care
  • Assess and respond to needs of Resident Directors, Student Leadership Team members, Resident Assistants, and the campus community
Student Development
  • Present educational programs that respond to the developmental needs of residents
  • Link theory and practice in interactions with students, parents, colleagues, and other constituencies
  • Engage in developmental conversations with students and make referrals to other agencies as appropriate
  • Oversee operation of residence hall including, but not limited to, supervision of RAs, student engagement, community development, and addressing facility needs
  • Serve as Judicial Hearing Officer within an education-based campus judicial process
  • Confront policy violations and take appropriate, timely, and developmental-based action 
  • Actively seek ways to integrate in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences within the context of a Christian, residential, liberal arts college
Community Development
  • Create a community that fosters the development of relationships between members steeped in understanding and respect
  • Teach students and colleagues in areas such as ethical decision-making, vocation and calling, conflict transformation, collaboration, intercultural competence, and faith exploration/formation/engagement
  • Develop and implement specific programs and events to celebrate the richness of diversity and promote the active engagement of all students
  • Meet regularly with individual staff members, groups of staff members, or entire staff to solve problems, implement programs, and address emergent issues
  • Mediate conflicts within floors, neighbors, roommates; utilize a variety of approaches to effectively address emergent conflicts (e.g., roommate agreements, behavior contracts)
  • Interpret policy and procedures for students, staff, parents, and others
  • Supervise Resident Directors, Resident Assistants and Student Leadership Team members. Resident Directors are part-time bachelors level employees that assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of smaller residence halls. Student Leadership Team members are RAs who oversee the work of other student staff members. Resident Assistants are students who work directly with residents of a particular living community.
  • Oversee and support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs by RAs throughout the academic year
  • Assist in the design and implementation of pre-service and on-the-job training covering a variety of topics pertinent to residential life and student development for RDs and RAs (e.g., policies and procedures, campus resources, leadership development)
  • Manage programming budget for individual hall as well as budgets for residence halls within supervision area
Institutional Citizenship
  • Serve on division-level and campus-wide committees
  • Assist with and/or support divisional programs and events (e.g., Advising student groups, judging the Pull or Nykerk Cup competition, staffing Student Life events)
  • Engage with the life of the College (e.g., attend institutional events such as speakers, performances, athletic contests, student programs and initiatives, and worship services)
  • Be present in the College community allowing for the development of planned and unplanned relationships with students and colleagues

Master's Degree in College Student Personnel, Counseling, or a related field preferred. Residential life experience strongly preferred.

Application Instructions

As part of the online application, candidates will upload a cover letter and resume.

About Hope College

Hope College is a four-year liberal arts college where academic excellence and vibrant Christian faith join together in a supportive and welcoming community. Hope offers an academically rigorous, co-educational and residential education to more than 3,050 students from 37 states and territories and 30 countries. Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America since its founding in 1866, Hope College is known for its invitational ecumenical Christian atmosphere, friendly campus community, and well-balanced academic and co-curricular offerings.
Hope's beautiful campus is located just steps from award-winning downtown Holland, Michigan, and fewer than seven miles from Lake Michigan. At Hope College, accomplished faculty and staff mentor students to recognize the interconnectedness of the world and cultivate the skills, perspectives and habits that help them flourish inside and outside the classroom. Recognized as a national leader in undergraduate research and scholarship, Hope provides exceptional professional preparation and life-changing educational experiences that equip students for success after graduation. The college has consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives.
Hope College is financially sound, with an endowment of over $200 million and no deferred maintenance, and over $140 million invested in the construction of new facilities during the past 12 years. Since 2015, the college has completed four new buildings - the Kruizenga Art Museum (2015), the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts (2015), the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center (2017), and the van Andel Huys der Hope home for the college's Campus Ministries programs (2019). In 2015, Hope College launched its 10-year strategic plan, Hope for the World: 2025, which consists of six goals, focused on: academics; Christian formation; global engagement; community; reputation and influence; and value. Developed by the campus community, the strategic plan supports the college's mission, "to educate students for lives of leadership and service in a global society through academic and co-curricular programs of recognized excellence in the liberal arts and in the context of the historic Christian faith."
Hope College is a community that aspires to be faithful, welcoming and transformational. Accordingly, the college is committed to being a place where all experience a sense of belonging. Students of all faiths -- and no faith -- are welcome at Hope, as are students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. During the 2019-20 academic year, 18 percent of the student body identified as a race other than white. On Hope's campus, there is broad understanding that, in order to best prepare students for lives of leadership and service in a global society, the college must have diversity among its faculty and staff. Twenty-four percent of Hope's tenure-track faculty are from underrepresented groups, coming from both the U.S. and abroad.
Holland, Michigan is located in the heart of West Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Macatawa. The city is known for being a friendly college town, a beautiful vacation destination, and annual host of both the Tulip Time Festival and Tulipanes Latino Art and Film Festival. With a city population of 33,000, Holland resides within the greater Holland-Zeeland area populated by 100,000 -- 30 minutes from Grand Rapids, 2.5 hours from Ann Arbor and Chicago and 3 hours from Detroit. Holland features a picturesque downtown just steps from the Hope College campus -- home to restaurants, cafes, shops and a popular farmer's market -- as well as miles of sandy beaches, nationally ranked school districts and charming parks throughout the surrounding area. In recent years, Holland has earned recognition for being one of the "Best Beach Towns to Live In" (WalletHub, 2018), "Prettiest Towns" (Architectural Digest, 2018) and "Best Cities for Global Trade" (Global Trade Magazine, 2017) as well as the #1 "Best Small City to Start a Business" (WalletHub 2018). The City of Holland has also earned several top honors for the "America in Bloom" competition, including awards for "Environmental Efforts" and "Coolest Downtown." The Holland area is strengthened by its diversity, with people of color comprising 33% of the city's population. The Latino community is particularly vibrant, accounting for 24% of Holland residents. For more about neighborhoods, recreation, businesses and life in Holland, visit the city's "Live in Holland Michigan" website.
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