Area Coordinator for Upperclass Housing

Position Summary:
The Area Coordinator for Upperclass Housing at Columbia College will work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to envision and implement a dynamic residential program for approximately 300 sophomore, junior and senior women. In this live-in position, the Area Coordinator will serve as a supervisor, educator, counselor, and administrator. The successful candidate will serve as a visible, active leader on campus committed to fostering a vibrant residential community characterized by an appreciation f’or diversity, active involvement, and engaged learning. She or he will apply knowledge of student development theory to the upperclass population in a way that encourages the students’ academic, personal, and social transition to Columbia College. The Area Coordinator will report to the Director of Residence Life and Housing supervise undergraduate Resident Assistants, supervise the student desk staff, and serve as part of the Student Affairs team with involvement in programs and events sponsored by other departments in Student Affairs, as well as relevant institutional committees.
Essential Job Functions:
  1. Supervise, train, and evaluate student staff. Directly supervise nine Resident Assistants.
  2. Work with the Area Coordinator for the McNair First-Year Center in monitoring the actions of the desk staff and operations in three residence halls.
  3. Oversee desk operations for all of the residence halls.
  4. Provide leadership in residence hall programming designed to create a community atmosphere through a focus on academic, social, diversity, and wellness programs.
  5. Work collaboratively in planning and implementing programs and events which involve faculty and administrators in living-learning experiences for students.
  6. Make appropriate referrals of students with personal and/or academic issues.
  7. Respond proactively to student and parent concerns.
  8. Conduct mediation interventions with students in conflict as needed.
  9. Engage students in the process of developing an academically and socially supportive community and addressing community issues as they arise.
  10. Manage all aspects of the upperclass living environment including damage assessments, space reservations, storage, etc.
  11. Adjudicate student conduct issues.
  12. Work closely with campus constituents to address facilities and safety issues.
  13. Conduct regular Health and Safety Inspections.
  14. Successfully complete administrative assignments and tasks (i.e. submitting service requests, programming reports, etc.).
  15. Serve on various campus committees.
  16. Participate collaboratively in staff selection and training, the spring Room Lottery and Selection process, Orientation programs, and other large scale processes.
  17. Advise the Residence Hall Association.
  18. Serve on the on-call staff rotation schedule and crisis response team.
  19. Conduct Early Alert meetings with at risk students.
  20. Complete other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life and Housing.
Education, Experience, & Skills Required:
  1. Bachelor’s degree required. with Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, or Counseling strongly preferred.
  2. Previous work experience or involvement in Residence Life or Student Affairs is required.
  3. Experience living and/or working in a multicultural college or university residence hall preferred.
  4. Excellent communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills arc essential, as is the ability to make sound judgments and think critically about issues that arise.
  5. A strong interest in women’s development, learning, and leadership.
The College:
Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia College is a private liberal arts women’s college with a legacy of developing women leaders with the courage, commitment, confidence, and competence to build a better world. Established in 1854, the College embraces its affiliation with the United Methodist Church. ln addition
to the Women’s College, coeducational evening, graduate, and online programs are also offered. Columbia College enrolls 1200 students f om 22 states and 8 countries. At Columbia College, we value excellence in teaching and a close rapport among students, staff, and faculty.
The compensation package includes a competitive salary, full college benefits including medical and dental
insurance, a partial meal plan and a furnished on-campus apartment.
To Apply:
lf interested in applying, please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references all in one document, along, with the Columbia College application to Sue Gerdes by mail at Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College
Drive, Columbia, SC 29203 or electronically at The Columbia College application
can be found at Hire Employment Application.pdf. Review of
applications will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified.
Application review will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is identified. Start date is flexible, but preferably August 1, 2017 or as soon after that date as possible.
Application and Affirmative Action form