Soka University of America is offering a full-time Residence Hall Coordinator position.
Under the general supervision of the Director of Residential Life, the Residence Hall Coordinator directly oversees the implementation of a comprehensive residence hall program that meets the goals of the Office of Residential Life and Soka University of America. The Coordinator will serve as a full time, live-in, on campus Residential Life team member and will be responsible for helping to build and support a community that allows a diverse group of residents to grow and develop individually and collectively. The Coordinator will manage the effective general administrative operation of up to three residence halls of approximately 150 residents. The Coordinator will actively support the development and implementation of the mission, goals, principles, strategic direction, and evaluation of university housing and Residential Life.
The Coordinator will oversee the day-to-day operation of the hall office including nights and weekends; oversee the daily work of paraprofessional staff; supervise desk coverage on nights and weekends; perform crisis intervention, mediation and advisement for residents. The Coordinator will develop, implement and evaluate co-curricular programs for resident and community development, coordinate Resident Assistant Selection and leadership trainings. The Coordinator will serve as project manager for administrative projects during the academic year and summer including Room Selection coordination and student placement; summer residential programs; budget management and content development for digital media and online digital signage.
Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.
Essential duties include but are not limited to:
Developing, marketing and implementing co-curricular programs and working closely with Residential Life staff in guiding the development of Residential Life co-curricular programs;
Serving as project manager for administrative projects of co-curricular programs during the academic year and summer programming period;
Guiding community wide assessments and compiling an annual assessment report;
Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the hall office and supervising desk coverage including nights and weekends;
Assisting in room selection coordination and student placement;
Developing Residential Life marketing and publication materials, and creating and maintaining a social media presence for the department;
Serving as a programming liaison to the Office of Student Activities;
Overseeing the daily work of paraprofessional staff, which includes planning and facilitating RA selection and leadership trainings;
Administering and monitoring budgets;
Performing crisis intervention, providing leadership, and advising.
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in college student personnel, student affairs/higher education, counseling, or closely related field.
Minimum of two years of housing experience, or three years recent professional experience in a student services area or related field.
Experience coordinating or directing collegiate level activities (preferably involving residential life aspects).
Experience working with diverse populations with a strong understanding and experience in cultural competency.
Experience in supervising and training, leadership development, and advising student groups.
Experience in co-curricular programming development and special interest communities.
Proven experience in providing counseling and referrals.
Commitment to mutual respect, service orientation, student development, and raising social awareness, diversity, equity and inclusion, community service and institutional excellence.
Demonstrated knowledge and skills in student development including leadership, diversity, life skills programming, crisis intervention, housing management, needs assessment, conflict resolution, and group dynamics.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of students and staff as part of a team.
Demonstrated skills in group dynamics, flexibility, and programming in a residence hall setting.
Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education; multicultural issues and relevant legal issues.
High proficiency in personal computer systems utilizing databases, word processing, graphics, spreadsheets, to include MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook and other Microsoft applications.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Soka University of America offers excellent benefits. Also included for this position is a rent-free furnished 2-bedroom apartment and a meal plan (while in-person classes are in session).
This is a 2-year contract. Application review will begin immediately. The position will remain open and applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Employment is contingent upon the completion of a successful background check.
To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to:
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. Soka University is nationally ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 15 Best Value Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2019." SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries.