Area Coordinator

Jul 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About Mills College:

Located in the foothills of Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Since 1852, weve been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit

Position Summary
Under the direction of the Director of Residential Life & Community Standards, the Area Coordinator (AC) position is critical to the development and oversight of the residential community. ACs are 12-month full-time live-in staff members who are responsible for the overall management of a residential area. This position includes working with diverse groups of students, staff, and faculty. Due to the nature of the position, ACs do not operate within the traditional business hours and responsibilities often extend into weekend and evening hours. An AC must be dedicated to educating and engaging students by providing transformative learning experiences grounded in social justice.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Staff Supervision & Development
  • Supervise a paraprofessional student staff to include the planning, training, and development of the staff.
  • Participate in the planning, selection, and implementation of the Community Life training program for all student staff.
Community Development
  • Support paraprofessional staff in coordinating the community development effort for assigned residential area.
  • Develop community identity around specialty housing options; first-year, continuing, theme housing, and academic living learning communities that support a deep sense of belonging.
  • Actively foster an environment that is safe and supportive, including high visibility and interaction with residents.
  • Facilitate mediation between students experiencing conflicts.
  • Assist with the opening and closing of the residential facilities each semester and at all vacation/break periods.
On-Call Rotation
  • Participate in rotating on-call (emergency response) coverage for the campus; including holidays, evenings, and weekends. Respond to emergency situations.
  • Assist, respond, and document personal, facilities, and medical emergencies.
  • Work in conjunction with Department of Public Safety staff regarding safety issues and emergencies.
Administration of Conduct
  • Serve as first level student conduct administrator; communicate policy information, and expectations regarding appropriate behavior to residents.
  • Administer sanctions when necessary that are educational and support the students development while holding them accountable to residential and college policies.
Administrative Functions
  • Oversee the daily operation of a residential community, including check-in and checkout procedures, and facility and security management.
  • Work closely with operations, housekeeping, facility management, and support staff to fulfill department objectives.
  • Maintain programming budgets and track paraprofessional staffs programming requirements, budgets, and assess effectiveness of community building efforts.
  • Support and promote Community Life and the Division of Student Life (DSL).
  • Professionally participate in student events on campus.
  • Serve on Student Life, campus-wide, and/or departmental committees.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
  • Participate (as needed) in a number of DSL workgroups established by the Dean of Student Life in conjunction with the strategic goals of the division and the mission of Mills.

Minimum Qualifications
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of residence life operations, student affairs, higher education administration
  • Interpersonal/human relations skills
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Supervisory skills and abilities
  • Organizational/planning skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work flexible schedule with on-call duty rotation
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and various software programs
  • Ability to enforce safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College, and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies across campus
  • Ability to remain calm and objective and work under pressure while handling student and/or staff crisis situations
  • Ability to respond to the problems and challenges of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of college students
  • Ability to balance representation of the department, Division of Student Life, and Mills College
Education and Training
  • Bachelors degree and related Residential Life experience required; Masters degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Ed Administration or related field preferred.
  • Minimum two years with relevant experience around community development or student leadership/involvement and one-year live-in staff experience in residence life preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in student conduct/judicial affairs.
Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and monitor.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make professional presentations.
  • Speak and listen to others, both in person, by email, and over the telephone.
  • Mobility to move from building to building on campus which requires walking up and down hills and stairs.
  • May occasionally drive a college golf cart and drive off campus for work related business.
  • Office environment, subject to interruptions.
  • May require long days, evenings and weekend work.
  • As needed a reasonable accommodation will be provided so the job function can be effectively performed.
Additional Information:

This is an exempt position; compensation is commensurate with experience. This position includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403b retirement plan[CLE1] ; 10 days of vacation accrued the first year of service with an additional day of accrual each additional year of service up to a maximum of 22 days; 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period.

Amenities also include a furnished apartment with one pet (dog or cat) allowance, a personal parking space, free Wi-Fi and basic cable.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following at
  • resume
  • cover letter
  • Mills application form, and
  • contact information for three references.
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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