The Residence Life Coordinator for Outdoor Adventures is a 12-month live-in, professional staff member responsible for leading a vibrant and engaging outdoor recreation program. The team member will lead a team of 8-10 paid student leaders to host 20-30 outdoor programs each year. Outdoor Adventures comprises 30-40% of job duties. 12% of Berea students participated in Outdoor Adventure programs in 2021-22!
Berea College owns over 9,000 acres of forest, with 3 multiple-use trail systems open to the public. The "Pinnacles" hike was named the #1 hike in Kentucky by Outdoor Magazine. Over 5 miles of trails can be accessed directly from campus, via the Brushy Fork Trails. Owsley Fork Reservoir, also owned by the College, is a popular spot for students to enjoy the water aboard college-owned canoes or kayaks. Berea College is located 40 minutes from the world-famous Red River Gorge climbing area.
Berea College is committed to sustainable living and the outdoors. Since 1875 The college has been canceling classes on Mountain Day to spend a fall day enjoying the outdoors. The RLC for Outdoor Adventures has the opportunity to collaborate with the vibrant Berea College Forestry Outreach Center and a popular Health & Human Performance Department with classes in outdoor recreation.
The RLC also serves as a member of the Residence Life Office, where the seek to provide welcoming residential environments that facilitate student engagement and involvement within the residence hall and greater campus community. The Residence Life Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the safety, security, and well-being of residential students living on campus. The Residence Life Coordinator will oversee core housing and residence life responsibilities while also maintaining Student Life goals, policies, and administrative processes.
In support of Berea College’s eight Great Commitments, the Residence Life Coordinator will seek to foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces that support educational opportunity and an understanding of the dignity of labor. This individual must have the ability to multi-task, work in integrative team structures, and be autonomous.
Foster a vibrant and inclusive residential community by employing innovative ideas and approaches.
Promote resident development as interdependent responsible community members who respect diversity and differences. Work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor, and support dynamic needs. Employ educational principles to address concerns and encourage conflict resolution through mediation.
Proactively develop opportunities to engage diverse communities and build inclusive environments. Invest in relationships and programs to celebrate and support culturally diverse student populations.
Facilitate student belonging and safety in gender-inclusive and co-educational residential communities, fostering inclusive and equitable environments for LGBTQ+ residents.
Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at College events.
Supervise and provide coaching, development, and for up to three full-time Hall Directors.
Provide developmentally appropriate training, supervision, and evaluation of student staff, prioritizing community development, inclusion, and well-being.
Collaborate with other campus departments to enhance students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences as a way of supporting students’ transition to college, retention, academic success, social development, and overall wellness.
Maintain up to date and accurate databases and systems (e.g., keys, rosters, etc.). Oversee maintenance, custodial services, and safety in assigned residence halls in collaboration with Facilities Management and Public Safety.
Effectively manage all financial resources for assigned hall(s).
Provide leadership and support in crisis management situations, which includes rotational 24-hour on-call duty.
Assume administrative responsibility for an assigned Student Life collaborative assignment, encompassing 10+ hours per week developing programs, processes, policies, and procedures in the functional area. Functional area assignments are designated by the Associate Dean for Student Life and are subject to change.
Evaluate and assess programs, services, and curricula to match student learning outcomes and the mission of the Department and College. Design and implement results-based improvements.
Serve as a member of a collaborative and team-oriented Campus Life staff while supporting the mission and vision of Berea College and the Student Life division.
Role model the college motto, “God has made of one blood, all peoples of the Earth”.
Support and uphold Berea College’s policies and procedures and all aspects of the Student Handbook.
Promote and model all Student Life professional standards.
In support of Berea College’s great commitments this position requires student supervision. The fourth great commitment is to promote learning and serving in community through the student labor program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well done. The Supervision would include scheduling, assigning and approving work performed. Developing students about common workplace acumen and giving them tangible work experience is an expected outcome.
Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.
Experience required to ensure success in this position:
• One year work experience in Higher Education Student Affairs related to student and program development OR a combination of relevant education and student leadership experience.
• Experience working with college students.
• Experience working with diverse groups, including support for LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and students from Appalachia.
• Wilderness First Aid and additional certifications are encouraged, but not required.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
• Strong desire to build relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners.
• Strong organizational, interpersonal, problem-solving, and communication skills.
• Commitment to inclusion and desire to work with diverse groups of people. Experience working with culturally diverse populations.
• Integrity, sound judgment, and the ability to make values-based decisions.
• Ability to work as part of a collaborative team. Strong desire to build relationships with students, colleagues, and college partners.
• Knowledge of accounting principles (i.e., constructing and balancing budgets).
• Must be punctual and follow through on commitments.
• Ability to provide good customer service.
• Ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
• Ability to work effectively in a team.
• Ability to manage technical software systems such as StarRez, Banner, and basic Microsoft Office.
• An understanding and appreciation for the liberal arts and residential colleges.
• A propensity for creativity and innovation, positive attitude, cultural competence, and creative problem-solving.
License, certification, or registration necessary:
• Valid Driver’s License
• Ability to work flexible and extended hours, including evening and weekend work hours.
• Must have the physical dexterity and visual and auditory acuity to freely navigate various campus facilities and areas as required and to respond to and provide leadership in crisis situations (e.g., fire, tornados, acts of violence, etc.)
• The position has a live-in requirement and requires completion of a lease agreement
• The position has regular evening and weekend office hours and on-call responsibilities.
• Must be willing to work in shared office space environment as part of team structure.
Founded in 1855, Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $178,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the Southeast; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and T...uition Free Schools. Berea College is ranked #148 by The Princeton Review – the highest-ranked Kentucky college, and the #3 “Best Value College” in the nation. Berea is one of only two private institutions ranked in the Top 10 for Value in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings. The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #13 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, recognizing Berea for maintaining “consistently high rankings thanks to their economic diversity, relatively strong graduation rates, and commitment to meeting students’ financial need.” U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #30 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, including ranking Berea #1 in Service Learning, #2 for Most Innovative Schools, #3 in Co-ops/Internships, #4 in First-year Experiences, and tied for #13 in Best Undergraduate Teaching.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.