Area Coordinator for Residence Life

Feb 24, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
General Description of Position: The Area Coordinator for Residence Life (ACRL) position is a professional position responsible for one or more residential complexes with a combined population of approximately 1700-2500 students. This position directs and oversees the operations of the residence hall(s) including supervision of full-time professional staff; student development; training; advising student groups; administrative and managerial responsibilities; facilities management; and professional development. The ACRL assesses, contributes to, and oversees the implementation and enhancement of student learning outside of the classroom through a wide range of programmatic opportunities and provides leadership for their communities for the implementation of retention efforts, student conduct proceedings and occupancy management. The ACRL also serves on and chairs departmental and university committees. Information about the Department:

More than 6,000 students call the K-State campus home. Why? This "home away from home" meets more than the basic needs of students living with Housing and Dining Services— we provide affordable, safe and engaging accommodations for our residents, while finding unique ways to support them in their academic pursuits. We work hard to create an environment that fosters diversity, leadership, academic success and personal growth. Housing and Dining Services is a self-operated auxiliary department comprised of four functional areas: administrative services, dining services, facilities management, and student living.

Housing and Dining Services offers:

  • Three dining centers, ten residence halls, a female leadership/scholarship house, an honors house and a large apartment community that provide many opportunities to meet new friends and be part of a dynamic and supportive community
  • An award-winning dining program that offers several meal plans and menu options
  • Many retail establishments, including convenience stores, a restaurant, a bakery and a coffee shop
  • Fun activities and leadership programs that help students get involved and stay connected
  • A student success center where students can get free tutoring, computer/printer access and more

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Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description:

The ACRL is a 12-month full-time, live-off, unclassified, FLSA exempt, benefits eligible position available immediately. 

Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Residence Life, the ACRL serves as part of a dynamic Area Coordinator team alongside the Area Coordinators for Apartment Living, Student Development, and Student Recruitment and Academic Support.  The ACRL enacts a vision of enterprising innovation and initiative in student affairs work.  The position demonstrates leadership abilities to help facilitate student success, involvement, multicultural awareness and personal growth. The position directs and oversee the operations of the residence hall(s) including: supervision of 3-4 full time Community Coordinators (master's level), 3-6 Assistant Residence Life Coordinators (graduate assistants) and indirectly 42-55 Resident Assistants.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs, oversees, and administers the operations of 1-2 residence hall complex communities. Prepares reports; maintains records; approves student charges for damages or maintenance work and hears appeals for charges; manages program account and Social and Educational funds. Coordinate weekly meetings with Community Coordinator (CC) team as well as individual meetings with each CC.
  • Works collaboratively with apartment living and initiatives team staff on selection of graduate assistants and student staff.
  • Assists staff with student issues concerning academics, peer conflicts, personal problems, etc. Provides leadership for educational, recreational, cultural, and social programs that complement student and community development goals within the residence hall community. Attends weekly meetings and sponsored community activities. 
  • Participates in departmental and university committees, task forces, and other professional development activities and special projects.
  • Selects, trains, supervises and evaluates CC's and oversee those processes for graduate assistant(s) and hourly student employee(s) to ensure staffing for student residents. Follows all affirmative action, human resources, and university policies and procedures as prescribed by departmental, state and federal requirements. 
  • Coordinates with CC's, graduate assistant(s) and hourly student employee(s) to provide programming activities; education, training, advising and assisting residents, student group members, and staff regarding policies and rules.
  • Collaborates with university and departmental staff to ensure student needs are met. Works closely with departmental initiatives team and university academic affairs staff and staff in from academic colleges to ensure the academic needs of residents are met. 
  • Maintains positive relationships with the university and Manhattan community, campus leadership, students, faculty, staff, parents and guests.
  • Participates in the recruitment, selection, training, supervision and evaluation of the CC's, Assistant Residence Life Coordinators (ARLC), Resident Assistants (RA), Community Assistants (CA), and hourly student employees.
  • Coordinates one of three major functional processes for department (student conduct, professional/graduate assistant training and professional development, and hiring) and work collaboratively with Area Coordinators from Apartment Living, Student Development, Student Recruitment and Academic Support and other members of the Student Living leadership team.
  • Educates, trains, advises and assists residents and staff concerning all policies and rules; provide oversight of upper level conduct and contract hearing cases.

Serves in 24 hour, year round, on call rotation including participating in week-end and holiday coverage, and respond to any situations that may arise during those times offering immediate support and resources to students and staff involved.  Performs all duties in a manner that promotes a harmonious work environment that espouses civility and the University Principles of Community. 

Required Minimum Qualifications: A master's degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or related field and three years of full time experience in residence hall leadership or related field. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with community living, leadership development, programming, teaching, or training.  Proven ability to integrate and implement current student development theory and practice with quality customer service. Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates should submit the following as one PDF:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three references

Questions?  Contact Nick Lander, Associate Director (interim) for Residence Life, K-State Housing and Dining Services  Email: Phone: 785-532-7659.  Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment. 

Screening of Applications Begins: Screening will begin March 13, 2017.  Applications received after that date will be reviewed if needed.   Salary Range / Pay Rate: $47,500 Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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