Area Coordinator for Residence Life

The Area Coordinator for Residence Life is a full-time, live-in professional staff member of a dynamic department committed to creating an atmosphere that encourages personal, social, and academic development by fostering self-responsibility, trust, and respect for others in a comfortable and accepting environment.


The following duties are customary for this position but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on supervisor discretion and institutional needs. The Area Coordinator is a full-time, live-in position and will assume responsibility for the following areas in consultation with the Director of Residence Life:

  • Directly supervise 1-2 professional staff members
  • Responsible for administrative and managerial functions of a residential area housing ~300 residents, including:
    • Supervise 10-12 student staff members
    • Collaborate with University Staff on community-building initiatives
    • Interpretation and implementation of an area programming model
    • Create administrative processes for student arrival and departure
    • Supervise community standards and roommate agreement process
    • Facilitate communication regarding repairs and student damage with the Physical Plant
    • Maintain accurate student roster, room condition, key log, and furniture inventory
    • Mediate and/or appropriately refer student concerns
    • Utilize a risk management mindset to prevent, mitigate, respond, and recover from crisis situations
    • Cooperate with third-party owners by acting as University liaison, if applicable
  • Enforce University policies, as set forth in the Student Handbook
  • Serve as a conduct hearing officer
    • Adjudicate violations of the Student Handbook
    • Develop and implement educational sanctioning
    • Educate students and staff (RD, housekeeping, etc.) on the policies in the Student Handbook
    • Utilize Maxient conduct software
  • Serve on collateral assignments within the Residence Life department in consultation with the Director/Assistant Director with possibilities of acting as committee chair
    • Opportunities include: Student Staff, Professional Staff, Programming, Conduct, Housing, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Government
  • Act as central campus contact in absence of Director and Assistant Director
  • Aid in strategic planning and contribute to the establishment of goals for the Residence Life Department
  • Support planning and implementation of social, educational, and cultural programming sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the department, or by individual living units within the residence life programming model
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of departmental student staff and professional staff
  • Direct supervision of on-campus facilities on a rotating "on-call" schedule including varied hours during evenings and weekends
  • Assist in the procedures of, with an opportunity to oversee Summer Camp Operations and/or Summer Housing Operations, including staff selection, hiring, training, and supervision
  • Cooperate with paraprofessional staff, University Public Safety, and local police in intervening in situations involving violations of school policy and/or state or local law
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Develop personal goals compatible with the mission of the department
  • Serve as a resource person and referral agent for students with personal, academic, judicial and other concerns, and works to develop proactive approaches to dealing with student issues
  • Serve on committees or task forces convened by the University, as assigned
  • Directly supervised by the Director and/or Assistant Director of Residence Life
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must possess the ability to maintain an effective and cooperative working relationship with supervisors, supervisees, co-workers, and academic and community partners
  • Must possess demonstrated leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills
  • Must possess above average administrative, multi-tasking, and organizational skills
  • Must possess above average critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills
  • Must possess excellent verbal, written, and computer communication skills
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to serve as a role model for residential students, student staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, initiative, and attitude
  • Must possess a positive work attitude
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to role model acceptance and advocacy of diverse student populations by creating an environment committed to valuing diversity and social justice
  • Must be willing to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed

REQURIED QUALIFICATIONS:  A successful applicant must

  • possess or be working toward completion a Master’s degree.
  • have 2 or more years of professional post-baccalaureate experience in the residential setting.
  • be willing to agree to a criminal history background check.


  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field
  • Knowledge of student learning and development
  • Proficiency in Maxient and Microsoft Office software
  • Experience in staff hiring, training, and supervision
  • A driver’s license or willingness to get a driver’s license within a few months of start date
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus with Spanish preferred


  • 12-month employee position
  • 40-hour workweek with flexible office hours and ability for overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hours
  • Partially furnished apartment with utilities provided
  • Guest/partner policy
  • Furnished office space
  • Free University parking
  • Pet policy; 2 animal maximum with a combined weight of 65 lbs. or less
  • Professional development and training opportunities within the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Affairs, and the University at-large
  • 10 meal plan per week at the University dining hall during the regular operations in the fall and spring semesters
  • 10 days of vacation per academic year for the first year, sick time accumulates monthly
  • An annual salary of $36,000
  • An excellent benefits package including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, partial tuition waiver and ability to start a Health Savings Plan or Flexible Spending Plan

Interviews will begin immediately. Qualified candidates should complete and submit the McKendree Employment Application and send a letter of interest referencing job #ACRL61 with a resume/CV to the Director of Human Resources at           

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.