Washington College is seeking qualified applicants for an Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinator is a twelve-month administrative position with the Office of Residential Life. This position directly supervises and coordinates the development of the FYRE halls comprised of approximately 350 first year students and 12-14 RAs. Serves as a positive role model in the position, of the department, and of the College. FYRE halls are traditional, corridor style halls comprised mainly of doubles with some triples and singles.
Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of student staff
Supervise, and evaluate the Resident Assistants
Provide training and ongoing development opportunities for all supervisees
Conduct weekly staff meetings that update and reinforce staff development
Conduct regular one on one meetings with RAs
Collaborate with student staff to develop action plans for growth
Participate in department meetings, including weekly Residence Life meetings
Facilitate the development of a positive and inclusive community, working particularly with the Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Office of Wellness and Prevention
Develop marketing and outreach for FYRE
Develop meaningful connections with students and staff by being available during office hours and visible in the FYRE buildings
Coordinate, implement, and assess the FYRE programming model and the freshmen residential experience
Facilitate use of roommate and community agreements to identify student expectations and encourage development
Encourage and actively structure processes, programs and outreach to increase student involvement and participation in activities, student councils, and other student organizations on campus
Conduct wellness checks of students when needed in collaboration with Student Affairs office to ensure well-being of students and help identify and address issues impacting academic progress
Serve as a hearing officer for the student conduct process and provide facilitation for conflict resolution and mediation
Collaborate with faculty and academic support staff with initiatives in the residence halls and promote the academic success and overall development of students
Identify and address the developmental needs of students through educational interactions, crisis response protocol, and mediations
Assist in management of student retention efforts
Demonstrate commitment to the development of students and student groups. Provide counsel and advice in the broad areas of academic, career, and personal concerns, or refer them to the appropriate office
Serve in on-call crisis response duty rotation after business hours
Respond to crises, incidents, and facility needs in residence halls
Coordinate and oversee the administrative responsibilities of the assigned area, including room changes, damage billing, incident reports, conduct paperwork, etc.
Hold regular office hours for student and student staff walk-ins
Conduct weekly walk-throughs/inspections of all halls in assigned area
Conduct exterior building inspections twice a month
Report and follow up on facility and maintenance issues until resolved and share student needs and recommendations
Acts as the on-site liaison to the Department of Public Safety regarding issues affecting the safety and security of resident students.
Facilitate Health and Safety inspections with student staff in accordance with Residential Life policies and protocol
Consistently enforces policies which prevent and react to damage and vandalism in order to decrease occurrences
Education and Experience:
A genuine interest in Residence Life and the multifaceted lifestyle required to manage residence halls
Required to live in apartment in the residence halls. Accommodations vary dependent on assignment
Flexible time management skills
Master’s degree preferred
Prior residential life or similar staff experience required
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal at https://highereddecisions.com/wcm/current_vacancies.asp. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.
About Washington College
Washington College is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who will support the College’s mission to challenge and inspire students to discover lives of purpose and passion. Washington College ranks among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is composed of a diverse student body of 1,450 undergraduates from 33 states and 22 nations. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12-1 and of our 98 full-time faculty members, 94% hold a Ph.D. or equivalent. Faculty and students are supported by a staff of roughly 500 employees.
Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College was the first college chartered in the new nation. An intellectual and cultural hub now in its third century, Washington College holds a significant place in the history of American higher education. The 120-acre campus is located in Chestertown, Maryland a residential community with a population of just over 5,000. Chestertown is less than 90 minutes from Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.