Residence Life Coordinator

Grinnell, Iowa
Mar 10, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Grinnell College, a highly selective residential liberal arts college, is seeking a Residence Life Coordinator, an essential team member in the Division of Student Affairs. The Residence Life Coordinator is a student-centered, collaborative, and intentional educator who supervises student staff and manages a residential learning community of approximately 250 students. The Residence Life Coordinator is – first and foremost – a residential educator, responsible for creating and sustaining a community of learners that reside in a self-governing environment. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual who is energized by the opportunity to grow as a generalist in Student Affairs and to contribute to a successful department that is focused on student learning and achievement.

Position Description:

Innovative program planning and implementation (including new student orientation), supervision of a highly-talented student staff, frequent personal and group advising, managing small residence hall facilities, and serving in on-call duty rotation/crisis response. Quarter-time professional development opportunity in department or another functional area within student affairs (e.g., academic advising, international student affairs, harm reduction, social justice and civic engagement, student activities, violence prevention, wellness). Other duties as assigned.

This is an 11 month position.  Selected candidate will need to successfully complete a background check prior to the first day of work.


An earned master’s degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling or other area relevant to student affairs.

Experience and skills in: excellent written, verbal, interpersonal, organizational, and time-management skills; ability to work independently, as a member of the student affairs team, and with a highly selective student population within a rigorous academic setting; program development; outcomes assessment; working effectively in a diverse environment; responding to crisis and emergency situations; handling and protecting sensitive and confidential information and records; knowledge of and/or experience with selective, residential liberal arts campuses; understanding of and appreciation for college student development issues, and the student affairs field in general.

Preferred Qualifications:

Live-in experience at a small, residential college or university; knowledge of and experience working with students in transition; knowledge of and appreciation for the Grinnell College tradition of student self-governance.


Salary for a full-time, 11-month position plus furnished apartment (includes cable, high-speed internet and local phone service, washer and dryer), and meal plan for academic year (when dining hall is open). Some small pets allowed, no vehicle parking fee, professional development opportunities, some relocation reimbursement, and other fringe benefits as eligible (TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, vision, etc.).  Reappointments are made annually upon mutual agreement.

Application Process:  

Visit to submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of three references with contact information (including one undergraduate student or former student).

About Grinnell College:

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a highly selective residential liberal arts college that enrolls 1500 students who come from every state and 50 countries around the world. The College's curriculum is founded on a strong advising system and close student-faculty interaction, with few college-wide requirements beyond the completion of a major. Grinnell College is consistently evaluated as among the finest residential liberal arts colleges in the nation. Capitalizing on a student/faculty ratio of 9:1, the College's curricular and research programs incorporate active learning and collaborative work between students and faculty, a strong, growing commitment to undergraduate research, and an increasing focus on interdisciplinary study. There are 19 residence halls – six on south campus, nine on north campus, and four on east campus – varying in size from 40 to 115 students. All residence halls are smoke-free, as is the entire campus, pursuant to Iowa Code. Grinnell College has an attractive campus of 108 acres, with spectacular, well-maintained facilities such as the new Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center, a campus center bringing together offices for student affairs and student groups, dining, post office, classrooms, meeting rooms and informal interaction spaces; the Noyce Science Center, including collaborative spaces that have inspired similar designs nation-wide; the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, acting as a creative hub between the campus and community; and the John Chrystal Center, which houses the offices of the Registrar, Admission, Financial Aid, and Institutional Research. For further information about Grinnell

College, see our Web site at

About Grinnell:

The town of Grinnell provides an appealing setting for living and learning, and was recently named one of the “Coolest Small Towns” in America by Budget Travel magazine. An active local foods movement, well-preserved architectural gems, an excellent regional medical center, well-supported day-care and pre-school programs, the Galaxy teen center, good schools, vibrant community arts organizations, downtown coffee shops and cinema, and distinctive shops and restaurants reflect a strong local commitment to a high quality of life. Abundant local parks, nearby prairie preserves and woodlands, idyllic country roads, and a six-mile bicycle path from town to the lake and trail system of Rock Creek State Park provide opportunities for enjoyable outdoor recreation. It is less than an hour's drive to Des Moines and about an hour to Iowa City, a vibrant community with a renowned state university, well-developed arts scene, and outstanding teaching hospital. The urban amenities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago are all accessible within a four- to five-hour drive.

Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.