Job Description Sarah Lawrence College is seeking a full-time, live-in Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) to directly support and engage residential students while working collaboratively to engender a positive living community conducive to students' academic success and personal growth. The individual selected for this role will be the chief Residential Life staff member responsible for supporting the College's COVID-related housing processes and outreach for 2022-2023. It will require a flexible work schedule and continuous on-call responsibilities specific to COVID-related circumstances including transporting of students for purposes of isolation as needed. The number of COVID-related cases on campus will dictate the degree of flexibility needed in working hours and days. The RLC is a temporary position (at least 10 months through May 31, 2023) with the potential to become a permanent full-time position moving forward. While the temporary position will help coordinate COVID-19 prevention, preparedness, and response for the entire residential community, other department priorities and tasks will be the focus of this position whenever cases are moderate to low on campus and in any future/permanent role. Developing positive relationships with students and creating opportunities to enhance their campus belonging, inclusion, and persistence is central to the work of this position. Reporting to the Director of Residential Life and co-supervised by the Associate Director, the Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) will directly oversee residential engagement for 400-600 students living on campus. The RLC will be responsible for promoting the development of communities that are supportive of all aspects of identity. Working together and with colleagues, they will develop strategies in line with The College's mission, vision and Principles of Mutual Respect that will help ensure residents' needs are continually met in a supportive, caring manner.
Directly supervise and evaluate 1-2 Assistant Residential Life Coordinators (part-time paraprofessional graduate students) and directly or indirectly supervise up to 16 Resident Assistants (RAs).
Facilitate an environment of personal growth, leadership development, and academic success through staff training sessions and meetings, one-on-ones, and staff development opportunities.
Support and implement COVID safety directives related to residential life and student health.
Collaborate with Residential Life and Health & Wellness staff to address quarantine, isolation and student care needs related to COVID prevention and management.
Oversee essential service logistics for any students in quarantine or isolation, including but not limited to food and mail delivery/ trash and laundry collection.
Serve on-call to coordinate student relocation to isolation or quarantine buildings as directed by Health & Wellness Center clinicians and communicate proactively with Dean of Studies to coordinate academic work and notification for these students.
Remain current on best practices related to COVID prevention and management in residential settings and serve as a resource to students to explain general processes, contact tracing, and COVID related information.
Support ARLCs and RAs individually and collectively to develop their skills in relationship and community building, leadership, and student development.
Assist in the planning, development, and implementation of Fall and Spring training for all paraprofessional staff.
Establish meaningful relationships with residents, providing guidance and appropriate referrals as needed and offering support in conflict resolution.
Communicate and clarify Residential Life and College objectives and expectations to paraprofessional staff and students.
Intervene and assist in the resolution of interpersonal and inter-group conflicts which are disruptive to the learning environment.
Provide individual and group mediation to resolve roommate or community conflicts which may be beyond the scope of paraprofessional intervention.
In conjunction with Dean of Studies and Student Life staff, advise ARLCs and RAs on the development and implementation of learning strategies in the residential environment.
Perform a variety of administrative duties including but not limited to: managing communications, budgeting, providing administrative reports, facilitating check-in/outs and room changes, and sharing information with supervisors and colleagues as appropriate.
Assist in assessing student and departmental needs in order to determine appropriate responsibilities, training and professional development opportunities.
Address behavioral concerns and emergencies appropriately and provide follow up as needed to maximize student learning and ensure the safety and wellbeing of those involved.
Serve as a conduct officer for incidents reported within the assigned residential community, issuing appropriate sanctions which meet educational and restorative objectives.
Serve on a campus-wide evening and weekend on-call response duty rotation alongside fellow live-in professional staff.
Respond to a variety of needs such as crisis and emergency intervention, facility maintenance, health and safety concerns.
Proactively help build a culture of safety, respect, engagement, and responsibility.
Other duties as assigned.
Comfort working in a residential setting during pandemic and post-pandemic periods.
A valid state drivers license and comfort driving college passenger vehicles as needed.
Experience working within residential communities.
Bachelors degree in a relevant field and two years of experience in planning, coordinating or directing college-level activities.
Computer and database literacy and ability to effectively utilize software technology.
Keen understanding of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Scheduling, attending and facilitating meetings as well as time management, organization, and strong communication skills are vital to this role. Successful candidates will possess a working knowledge of student development theory, group dynamics, and current issues and trends in higher education. RLCs must demonstrate understanding of ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies. Using initiative and resourcefulness in planning and executing will be essential to successfully carrying out this role along with the ability to make reasoned and balanced decisions in moderately complex situations.
Additional experience as live-in staff and Masters in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Counseling, Sociology, or a related field.
Demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience.
Experience advising student groups and supervising students.
Experience with Jenzabar One and/or Adirondack Solutions software.
Bilingual or multilingual
Requirements for Employment Effective October 15, 2021, all employees of Sarah Lawrence College must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions to this requirement will only be considered for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and submission of proof of vaccination.
Posting Number: S00286P Open Date: Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes
Sarah Lawrence College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has as one of its goals the recruitment and retention of a racially and culturally diverse administration, staff and faculty. To that end, every job opening is seen as an opportunity to increase diversity and every effort will be made to expand the applicant pool in accordance with these goals.
Sarah Lawrence College is located in southern Westchester County, 25 minutes by train from midtown Manhattan, NYC. For information on Sarah Lawrence College, our curriculum, teaching methods, and philosophy of education, please see our web site at https://www.sarahlawrence.edu/.