Coordinator, HRL - Living Learning Communities

Bowling Green, Kentucky
Commensurate with Experience
Mar 11, 2019
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU): Founded in 1906, WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, an ethnically and racially diverse city of 61,500 people, about 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville. More than 50 different languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green and people from 35 nationalities call the area home. We seek to attract research- and teaching-active faculty, as well as staff members, from academically and culturally diverse backgrounds. The university's population of approximately 20,000 students includes 35% first generation university/college, 15% underrepresented minority and 6% international students. A regional comprehensive university, WKU is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state and nation.

Western Kentucky University, Housing and Residence Life (HRL), is seeking applicants for an LLC Coordinator.  The LLC Coordinator is an innovative full-time, professional staff member in a dynamic department committed to creating supportive learning environments and helping students to reach their curricular and co-curricular goals.

Please view our current openings to see how you can be a part of the Western Kentucky University community. We offer a very attractive benefits package including health, dental, life and long-term-disability insurance; retirement; flexible spending accounts; EAP services; and generous vacation, medical and holiday paid time off. We also offer an outstanding tuition remission policy for employees, their spouses and dependents.

Job Description:

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.

General Living Learning Community Responsibilities

  • Provide direction in the creation and expansion of Living Learning Communities
  • Initiate assessment that tracks student retention and success in the Living Learning Communities
  • Supervise a graduate student that is dedicated to programming for the communities
  • Indirectly oversee Living Learning Communities resident assistant programming efforts
  • Serve as the main point of contact for questions from parents, students, faculty and staff regarding the Living Learning Communities program
  • Create campus wide community based initiations for on campus students
  • Oversee marketing, website and social media efforts in collaboration with the Housing and Residence Life Marketing Coordinator
  • Plan large scale socials and programs during the academic year and the orientation program
  • Coordinate special projects within Housing and Residence Life

Collaboration with Academic Partners

  • Work with academic and university partners to establish and maintain Living Learning Communities
  • Oversee programming collaboration efforts between Housing and Residence Life and the academic partners.
  • Provide training regarding programming, recruitment, and marketing endeavors for academic partners
  • Work with academic and university partners to assess needs and goals for each Living Learning Community


  • Manage Living Learning Community budget
  • Maintain accurate records of funds in order to prioritize monetary needs of the Living Learning Communities
  • Update and maintain Living Learning Communities application information within StarRez
  • Work with Associate Director of Housing Operations to plan and place students into their Living Learning Community assignments

Creating a Supportive Learning Environment

  • Create and sustain supportive residential communities that foster and enhance student learning, development, and academic success
  • Establish rapport and develop mentoring relationships with residents
  • Participate in ongoing developmental first-year student orientation program
  • Provide an active leadership role on departmental and programming committees
  • Implement department initiatives, including academic initiatives

Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:

  • Ability to communicate effectively with professional staff, student staff, faculty, parents and visitors
  • Ability to possess a positive image of Housing and Residence Life
  • Must possess the ability to maintain an effective, cooperative working relationship with supervisors, supervisees, co-workers, academic, and community partners in keeping with the values and mission of both the Department and the University
  • Must possess above average oral, written, and computer communication skills
  • Must possess above average knowledge of student development theory and its application to meet the needs of today's college students
  • Must possess above average leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills
  • Must possess above average multi-tasking, administrative, and organizational skills
  • Must possess above average critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
  • Must be willing to serve as a role model for residential students, paraprofessional staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, initiative, attitude, and approach to work
  • Must be willing to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed
  • Must consistently treat residents, student staff members, academic and community partners, and colleagues with dignity and respect
  • Must model a positive attitude regarding diversity
  • Must adhere to the ethical code of conduct governing the Student Affairs profession 


  • Graduate degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration or a related field
  • At least three of experience working in the residential setting.
  • Demonstrate direct professional experience in student housing, student life or student activities
  • Experience in supervision, advising, and leadership development
  • Successful applicant must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check

Additional Information:

  • 12-month, renewable contract
  • Furnished office space
  • Professional development and extensive training opportunities within the Department, the Division of Enrollment and Student Experience and the University at-large
  • Salary range is $40,000 to $42,000, commensurate with experience with no housing provided
  • Salary range is $31,000 to $34,000, commensurate with experience with 2 bedroom on campus apartment provided.

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted by visiting  

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

You will receive email confirmation that your submission has been received. The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about June 3, 2019.