Residence Life Coordinator

Job description

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).




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Posted: 2/9/2018
Application Due: 4/10/2018
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