The Department of Residential Life at the University of Vermont (UVM) strives to be one of the top housing departments in the country, creating residential environments that do not simply complement the academic mission, but are viewed as an integral and significant part of the entire educational experience. When we reach our vision the result will be a residential experience in which students are healthy, engaged, and successful. The department will do this by offering state-of-the-art facilities and technology to support the needs of on-campus residents year-round. The Department will also recruit, hire, and train a diverse group of staff that are experts in their fields. Through our commitment to intercultural competence, Restorative Practices, communication, teamwork, and evaluation through Results Based Accountability, we will improve and excel in our work as we devote our energy to building positive, and innovative residential communities.
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
We, members of the Department of Residential Life are committed to creating and maintaining safe communities that welcome and accept people of all (dis)-abilities, ancestry, ages, ethnicities, class, gender identities or expressions, genetic information, marital status, nationality of origin, race and color, religions, spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, size, HIV status, and veteran status.
We are committed to confronting situations of intolerance that result from a lack of respect, knowledge, or awareness. Whether these acts of intolerance are public or private, they harm the individual and community as a whole and are irreconcilable with the mission of the University.
I. Basic Position Responsibilities
The Area Coordinator (AC) is responsible for the development and management of a Learning Community in an area housing approximately 700-1200 students. Reporting to an Assistant Director for Residential Education, the AC’s role is to establish an environment that fosters community and civic engagement, enhances learning, advances diversity and inclusion, and promotes student health, engagement, and success. Provide high-level oversight and leadership for a Learning Community. Specific areas of responsibilities are outlined below.
The AC’s goal is to instill respect and foster a sense of community that creates, promotes, and supports a socially just residential environment. Students, faculty, and staff are provided opportunities to understand, accept, and appreciate each other through various means including conversations, programming, advocacy, education, support, reflection, and relationship-building.
II. Essential Position Responsibilities
- Serves as the direct supervisor for two (2) - four (4) Assistant Residence Directors (ARDs) and shares administrative and functional supervision of 16-27 Resident Advisors. The Area Coordinator is responsible for one-on-one meetings which provide constructive feedback about job performance and offer on-going transitional support for new and returning graduate level staff.
- Meets weekly with complex staff -including RAs and ARDs. The AC provides structure and support to the staff by role modeling restorative practices, creating agendas, facilitating staff meetings, one-on-ones, and providing information and guidance to all staff members.
- Provides developmental training and guidance for staff members and students to increase multicultural and intercultural competence, including but not limited to facilitating staff meetings, participating in staff trainings, and facilitating the RA course.
Student Conduct Management (15%)
- Understands, interprets, communicates, and enforces University and Department policies.
- Serves as a University hearing officer. Conducts incident review meetings, restorative circles, and conduct hearings for residents who have allegedly violated the University Conduct Code, Departmental policy, or Community Standards.
- Coordinates administrative processes for both Residential Life incident review meetings and the University conduct hearings. Monitors ARD caseloads and ensures that ARDs are adhering to processes and guidelines set forth by the Center for Student Ethics and Standards.
- Serves as a referral resource for the Center for Student Conduct and an adjudicator for residents who have allegedly violated sections of the University Conduct Code.
- Actively engages student staff members and residence hall students in programming, training and dialogue specific to understanding diversity and inclusion. Actively confronts situations of intolerance and bias that result from lack of knowledge and respect.
Community Development and Programming (20%)
- Works collaboratively as a member of the Learning Community Leadership Team to develop and implement a co-curricular experience for students within their community.
- Builds community with staff members and residential students using the concepts of Restorative Practices and community standards, which create opportunities for student engagement in dialogue, interaction, and perspective-taking within their communities.
- Collaborates with Learning Community staff to support marketing, recruitment, and selection of program participants.
- Works closely with Learning Community staff to implement educational programming that promotes awareness of self and others, community engagement, and learning within the context of learning community’s theme. Attends and supports co-curricular events and programs within the Learning Community.
- Co-supervises and co-advises student staff programming i.e. circles and community development activities (CDAs), as well and student leadership initiatives.
- Manages an area Resident Advisor Programming budget.
- Strives to create and maintain communities that are welcoming and accepting of people of all: (dis)abilities, ancestry, ages, ethnicities, class, gender identities or expressions, genetic information, marital status, nationality of origin, race and color, religions, spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, size, HIV status, and veteran status.
- Co-instructs courses for residents and student leaders within a residential community.
Student Support and Crisis Intervention (25%)
- Provide primary proactive and responsive support for distressed or disruptive students and other students of concern identified by the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team who are in need of in-person residential support within their area of 700-1200 students.
- Responds in person, and coordinates responses via Assistant Residence Directors, to issues related to students of concern (SOC) during and after regular business hours, which include but are not limited to: welfare checks for students of concern, SOC meetings and follow up communication, follow up of parent/family phones calls and communication, and follow up to housing support agreements (HSAs).
- Communicate on a need-to-know basis with Learning Community team members regarding students of concern and major crises within the community to facilitate collaborative support and response.
- Participates in the on call rotating duty schedule for their respective area and responds to emergency calls on a 24-hour basis.
- Serves as resource/referral agent for campus and community resources such as the Counseling Center, and other offices within the Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHWB), as well as Career Center, Academic Support Services, Student Life, Student Financial Services, and the University Police.
Leadership and Community Oversight (10%)
- Provides leadership support for a Residential Education standing committee, departmental task force, or special initiative. As such, helps develop agendas for weekly meetings and provides overall vision to committee members. Co-Manages committee budget.
Administrative Responsibilities (10%)
- Responsible for the recruitment, selection, training, development and evaluation of a diverse and interculturally competent graduate and undergraduate staff.
- Participates in ongoing training, which includes but is not limited to Professional Staff Training and Resident Advisor Training.
- Expected to attend all weekly Professional staff meetings for their respective area and unit.
- Holds scheduled office hours per week in the complex.
- Maintains complex operations, programming, and staff development budgets
- Where applicable, hires, trains and supervises work study students for their complex Fitness Center. Manages operations of the Fitness Center – including coordinating inspection and maintenance of equipment, membership rosters, approval of payroll, and fitness center policies and procedures.
- Coordination of Monthly Health and Safety Inspections
- Ensures that ARDs implement monthly health and safety inspections for all residential spaces.
- Follows up on violations of health and safety standards that are not corrected by residents when requested by staff members.
- Carries out all processes and procedures involved in the opening and closing of residential complex.
- Completes timely and accurate paperwork to ensure the accuracy of records and information systems regarding occupancy, billing, room changes, maintenance, and operations.