Area Coordinator - University Housing (A1700562)

Champaign, IL
Sep 14, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Area Coordinator

Residential Life, University Housing, University of Illinois

Applications are now being accepted for the Area Coordinator position within University Housing at the University of Illinois.

We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds who can help create and foster communities that strive toward our vision. This includes supporting the academic mission of the university by developing environments conducive to student learning and academic success, respecting, appreciating, and advocating for the diversity of our student population, and encouraging engaged citizenship in the residence halls and beyond the campus boundaries, and the holistic development of all of our students. The diversity of our campus student population currently includes 44,880 total students: 33,467 undergraduate and 11,413 graduate and professional students, 54% men, 46% women, 5% African-American, 9% Latinx, 15% Asian, .08% Native American, 3% Multiracial and 24% International.

Summary of the Position

Directly supervise staff and day to day programs and operations in a residential area (areas range in size from 1,700 to 2,800 students in a total resident population of approximately 8,500) while assisting with the overall management and leadership of Residential Life including development of policies and procedures for the area and unit. Area Coordinators further the values of the unit as outlined in the vision, Residential Curriculum educational plan and the priorities in Housing's Strategic Plan.

Staff Supervision, Recruitment, Training, and Development
  • Directly supervise 4 to 5 professional residence hall directors and 1-3 area secretaries (Chief Clerks).
  • Indirectly supervise paraprofessionals. In addition, the Area Coordinators are involved in the supervision of student hourly employees in their respective areas including Desk Clerks, Senior Clerks, and Office Assistants.
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of student staff, including Resident Advisors, Multicultural Advocates, Program Advisors, Office Assistants, Senior Clerks, and Desk Clerks for the unit.
  • Assist in recruitment and selection of professional and support staff for the unit. Serve as chairpersons for various professional staff selection committees as needed.
  • Assist with unit centralized training, and plan and implement in-area training and staff development programs for student staff, professional staff, and support staff.
  • Participate in all staff training and development programs.
  • Conduct informal and formal performance appraisals for direct reports.
  • Report directly to one of the two Assistant Directors of Housing for Residential Life Hall Supervision and Staffing.
Community Development and Leadership
  • Provide leadership, guidance and support to staff, students, and student groups in the ongoing development and implementation of the Illinois Residential Experience (residential curriculum).
  • Assume a leadership role in the area community in promoting social justice education and inclusivity in policy and program development.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for members of area or campus student groups through structured advising and mentoring.
  • Train staff and students in community building strategies.
  • Provide guidance to Residence Hall Directors in matters of student behavior, judicial procedures, and emergency response as hall/campus judicial officers.
  • Serve as a University level judicial officer and conduct appeal agent for Residence Hall Director sanctioning.
  • Develop collaborative relationships with staff and faculty in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.
  • Work collaboratively with Program Director(s) of Living Learning Communities in the area by facilitating relationship building and understanding of roles for LLC communities between the Residence Hall Directors and LLC staff.
  • Work collaboratively with the Program Director(s) for Social Justice and Leadership Education by facilitating relationship building and understanding of shared roles and responsibilities for the Multicultural Advocates in the area and student engagement opportunities.
Administrative Responsibilities
  • Ensure that area/hall offices provide maximum customer service to students.
  • Collaborate with various Housing units (such as Business Services, Facilities, Family & Graduate Housing, Marketing, Housing Information Office, and Dining) to support all of Housing's programs and services.
  • Prepare and monitor program and administrative budgets.
  • Coordinate and approve the use of area common facilities for meetings, programs, and other activities.
  • Attend and/or facilitate regularly scheduled meetings (weekly Area Professional Staff, monthly Residential Life, quarterly Housing, weekly Area Coordinator, monthly Central Staff, and monthly Desk Operations staff meetings.)
  • Attend and/or facilitate Area Team meetings with members of University Housing staff.
  • Coordinate response from all Housing Staff in the area (Residential Life/Conferences, Building Services, Dining Services, Maintenance, etc.) during emergency situations.
  • Serve as crisis response back-up / on-call for Residence Hall Directors.
  • Participate in a rotation of on-call coverage during university break periods for break housing, summer school, and conference season.
  • Participate in the Housing and Residential Life strategic planning process and projects.
  • Update and review Building Emergency Action Plans annually.
  • Supervise, lead and manage Residential Life/Housing processes like opening, closing, damage billing, fire inspections, key inventories, etc.
Education, Service to Students, and Student Development
  • Through the job responsibilities, Area Coordinators are key mid-level managers in Residential Life whose work leads their hall staff in striving to achieve the educational priorities outlined in the Residential Life Educational Plan.



Required: Master's degree

Preferred: Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Higher Education Administration or a related field.


Required: 3-5 years of full-time experience in residential life, college or university conference services, any campus housing environment, student affairs involvement and/or leadership experiences or work in a related field (Higher education, counseling, diversity education, social work, etc. (Graduate assistantships are considered part-time work and do not count toward full-time experience). Experience directly supervising staff. Experience working with diverse populations.

Preferred: Current work in residential life or university or college housing. Advanced supervisory skills, demonstrated leadership and management of day to day residence hall operations, successful community building strategies, conflict mediation skills, extremely strong interpersonal skills, sound decision-making and evaluative skills. Preference is also given to those who demonstrate openness to constructive feedback and the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and students. Demonstrated leadership in working successfully with diverse college student populations and engaging in social justice educational strategies. Experience implementing a residential curriculum.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: n/a

Preferred: n/a

Knowledge Requirements:

Required: Knowledge of student learning, student development, and social identity development theories.

Preferred: Knowledge of residential curriculum philosophy and strategies.

For full consideration create your candidate profile at and upload pdf versions of a cover letter of application, a resume, and the names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references by October 11, 2017. Screening interviews may begin before that date, but all applications received by that date will receive full consideration. There is currently one confirmed opening for this position; if additional positions become available while the search is open multiple positions could be filled from this candidate pool. The starting date will be as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 12 month, 100 percent time appointment. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please contact a Housing Human Resources Representative at with any questions you may have. We encourage all applicants to learn more about the Department, Housing, the University of Illinois and the Urbana-Champaign community by visiting our candidate website:

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: University Housing
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Area Coordinator - University Housing (A1700562)
Open Date: 09/13/2017
Close Date: 10/11/2017
Organization Name: Hsg-Res Life Admin


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