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
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
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
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.
As part of the online application, candidates will upload a cover letter and resume.
Hope’s campus is nestled in the heart of downtown Holland, just miles from Lake Michigan. We’ve been part of this community for more than 150 years, growing from the 10 students who enrolled in 1862 to more than 3,100 students on campus today.
From the beginning, Hope College has looked to the future. Here, historic architecture fits comfortably with world-class facilities: Van Vleck Hall, built in 1857, is just a block from our Pelletron particle accelerator.
Our commitment to our Christian heritage (founded in partnership with the Reformed Church in America) points us to the deepest engagement in academics and in life.
This rare combination of deep roots and rigorous preparation for the world of tomorrow equips Hope students to go into the world and make an impact in their communities.