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Residential & Student Life Coordinator

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Job Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Life and Housing


Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school and museum of fine arts. Located in center city Philadelphia, PAFA is intimate in scale with a strong sense of community. PAFA’s undergraduate degree offerings include a BFA in Studio Art and a coordinated BFA with the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate programs include an MFA and Low-Residency MFA degree, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate. PAFA’s museum has an outstanding collection of American art, and the museum actively collects and exhibits contemporary art, including work in new media. Additionally, PAFA is home to the Brodsky Center, a print and papermaking center focused on the creation of innovative editions by contemporary artists.


Because we were the nation’s first art museum and art school, we believe PAFA has a moral obligation to ensure that every member of our community can study and work in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging. We have the additional obligation of ensuring that our community reflects that rich tapestry of beauty and diversity that surrounds our world. We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts, cultural and educational sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all. PAFA is committed to maintaining an inclusive learning environment, and a diverse community of students, faculty and staff.

PAFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply to work in our pluralistic community.

POSITION: Residential and Student Life Coordinator

A full-time (12-month) live-in position and a member of the Student Life team, the Residential and Student Life Coordinator will collaborate with key operational partners on maintaining an active student life at PAFA – including a supportive meaningful co-curricular development of all students. The selected candidate supports programming, student leadership, community involvement, and serves as a PAFA family liaison. They will reside in on-campus housing and serve as the professional staff member on duty for evening, weekend, and holiday on call emergency response rotation.

The Residential and Student Life Coordinator is the point person for housing and residential services – managing our affiliated residence, coordinating summer occupancy needs, and supporting students in navigating the off-campus housing search.


  • With Student Life team, facilitate student engagement, community building and involvement, and leadership development through coordination of services and student programming.
  • Supervise and train student leaders.
  • Together with the Assistant Dean of Student Life and the Student Life Team, coordinate student programming – planning, logistics, outreach to other departments, publicity and promotion; attend events and provide on-site assistance.
  • Stays abreast of, and communicates to students, information regarding community, academic and cultural events across PAFA and around Philadelphia.
  • Collaborate with Student Life team on developing, promoting, and managing logistics for year-round campus programming and events, in addition to assisting with large, annual events such as Orientation, Graduation, Parents Weekend, and the Annual Student Exhibition.
  • Serve as information resource for all students and families.
  • Assist in updating the Student Handbook and Residential Life policies and procedures. 
  • Position is live-in and requires nights/weekends, with pre-approved and scheduled time off.


  • Responsible for oversight of affiliated residence space – room and roommate assignments, housing contracts, promoting a welcoming, healthy and safe residential community for PAFA students; encouraging involvement, communication and collaboration
    • Central PAFA liaison with Drexel University Housing and Stiles Hall staff.
    • Supervise, train and evaluate Resident Assistants (RA).
    • Share on-duty responsibilities with Resident Assistants, ensuring continuous evening and weekend coverage; coordinate residential programming together with RA.
    • Handle critical residential issues including conflict mediation, facilities issues, and disciplinary problems; refer students to appropriate resources.
    • Respond to and document/report violations. Participate in adjudication of violations in conjunction with Assistant Dean of Student Life, Dean of Student Life, and Director of Safety and Security as needed.
    • Support students with off-campus living: become familiar with various neighborhoods around Philadelphia, communicate with area realtors and management companies; provide current, local rental links and helpful resources for a successful living experience.
  • Oversee and support the residential needs of summer programs.
  • Update residence life and housing manuals. 
  • Contribute to daily activities as needed in the Student Life Office


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education or equivalent highly desirable.
  • Minimum of two-years’ experience in a college/university setting; and with at least one-year in residential programs. 
  • Demonstrated experience with leading and supervising students.
  • Excellent customer service skills, including interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact productively with students, faculty staff, parents, and other constituents.
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail-oriented and the ability to multi-task and set priorities.
  • Must be flexible and able to work independently.
  • Strong commitment to teamwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, implement and coordinate projects and services


  • Live-in working environment; housing included in compensation package
  • Evenings and weekends
  • Scheduled and pre-approved time-off requests


The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts accepts digital applications only. A complete application should include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

When submitting your application online, please save your documents as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) files. To help us process your applications as efficiently as possible, please save your files with the following filename format:

  • LastName_FirstName_Resume
  • LastName_FirstName_CoverLetter

*Due to the amount of potential applicants, we do not respond to voice calls or messages about the status of your application. Based on the criteria for the position, the most qualified candidates will be contacted directly. Thank you for your interest in PAFA.

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