At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our students. As a 2023 Top Ten Public College, classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.
The Area Coordinator (AC) is expected to be an active and visible member of our residence life staff with management and oversight of designated residence area(s). The AC will support resident student leadership opportunities through Residence Hall Association (RHA), National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) & other initiatives. The AC will participate in the administrative functions and efforts of Residence Life & Housing. As the supervisor of residential area(s), the AC will coordinate with other staff members in the Residence Life & Housing office on programs and events as needed. Further, they will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a living-learning atmosphere conducive to student's personal growth and academic achievement. Seen as a role model, facilitator, leader, and essential person in the development of an effective living-learning environment for student's residential experience. A successful individual will have the ability to work with a diverse population, able to adapt to change, and have knowledge of and commitment to maintaining a student development focus across campus. The individual will help shape the institution's vibrant living and learning community to help students build a sense of belonging to the College. Due to the nature of the position, ACs are expected to work outside of traditional business hours including participation in an on-call duty rotation. The duties of the Area Coordinator may vary due to the student population who resides in the area assigned.
DETAILED STATEMENT OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Support the overall management of residence area(s) including but not limited to opening and closing the residence areas, key management, room changes, health & safety inspections, damage assessments and maintenance requests. This includes supporting the central office of Residence Life.
Select, train, and evaluate all student staff assigned to the residence areas.
Assistance in coordination and development of Resident Advisor (RA) In-Service Program.
Select, train, evaluate, & supervise all Residence Area Security Monitors (RASMS) for Department.
Contributes to experiential learning initiatives. Is visible and available in the residence areas outside of office hours; visits the residence areas to assist with safety, maintenance, and promote community building. Actively engages in creating strong partnerships within the department and throughout campus to enhance the overall residential experience for students. Commitment to support diversity, equity & inclusion in engagement and leadership opportunities to establish an inclusive residential environment for all residents.
Provide leadership and support to staff and residents in the planning and implementation of a widerange of educational, social and recreational activities that contribute to the personal growth and development of residence area members.
Become actively acquainted with the residents of the area as individuals. Advise these students and make referrals to other College offices or community agencies, as appropriate. Mediate conflicts that occur between individuals and groups in the residence area.
Guide students toward responsible behavior in the residence area by communicating reasonable standards of behavior and by providing behavioral counseling or referral for students, as appropriate.
Serve as an Advisor for RHA or NRHH, in collaboration with secondary Advisor as designated.
Co-manage departmental presence on social media platform accounts.
Serve on the on-call rotation for emergency assistance and crisis intervention.
Attend and actively participate in weekly staff meetings.
Serve as department liaison for campus initiatives as designated by Assistant Director of Residence Life.
Complete other duties and projects as assigned. This job description is subject to changes due to any organizational needs of the division.
Serve as a conduct officer for lower-level violations of residence area policies.
Interested candidates must apply electronically and should submit a letter of interest and resume by applying on our website.
Deadline for applications is March 31, 2023.
Bachelors degree required; Master's preferred
Minimum of 1 to 3 years of relevant experience in Residence Life & Housing or education.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective collaborative partnerships with other campus departments involved in creating a safe and engaging residential environment. Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of projects and responsibilities working both independently and collaboratively as necessary.
Demonstrate flexibility, resiliency, creativity, leadership, and supervisory capabilities including demonstrating an active commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly to ever-changing needs of a residential campus.
Experience working with RHA's & NRHH.
Knowledge and background working with NEACURH/NACURH.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ continued commitment to an excellent, affordable education is reflected in the 2022-2023 U.S. News and World Report rankings: The College is #7 on the list of Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges for the second year in a row, ranks #33 as a Top Performer on Social Mobility among national liberal arts colleges, and first among all Massachusetts liberal arts schools. MCLA also continues to appear on the list of Top National Liberal Arts Colleges.
MCLA has appeared on U.S. News’ list of Top Public Colleges for 10 of the past 12 years. The College has also been acknowledged in its list of National Liberal Arts Colleges for Social Mobility since the organization adopted this ranking in 2019. This list measures how well institutions graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, typically awarded to students whose families make less than $50,000, though most Pell Grant money goes to families with income below $20,000.
Slightly more than 42 percent of MCLA undergraduate students receive Pell Grants, and 51.4 percent are the first in their families to go to college. Overall, 93.1 percent of students receive some kind of financial aid.
“As we once again appear in the Top Public College rankings, I feel immense gratitude toward my colleagues who support our Trailblazers in achieving their academic goals,” said MCLA President James F. Birge, Ph.D. “From faculty and staff strengthening and growing programs, to the exceptional student body striving for academic excellence and fulfilling lives, I am grateful to work at an institution with a mission of advancing equity, social mobility, and serving under-resourced students.”
“I am incredibly impressed by MCLA’s continued success – an institution that is consistently recognized as a Top Public College,” said Brenda Burdick, Chair of the MCLA Board of Trustees. “The work that has been done to remain in the top 10 standings is extraordinary. With our excellent faculty and staff dedicated to growing and strengthening the College’s programs, I am proud to see affordable and accessible college education at the forefront of the College’s mission.”
U.S. News ranks colleges based on indicators that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution achieves its mission of educating students.
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At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly 93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is brimming with young, creative energy and the regional economy is booming as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the world.