Residential Life Coordinator

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Residential Life Coordinator

Tracking Code390-280 Job Description

Being a Residential Life Coordinator at Stetson University means that you are driven to create and lead a vibrant residential community where learning and values meet through engaged learning beyond the classroom and meaningful relationships. You are a passionate, engaging and creatively driven individual who strives to actively provide experiences that foster the development of students as they rise to reach their full potential and authentic selves. You also have a desire to be a progressive professional who can balance multiple priorities including supervision, community development, social justice education, facility management and operational functions in an effort to provide a significant residential environment reflective of the Residential Living and Learning mission. You value working in a campus environment that dares its students to go beyond success - to significance as a live on professional staff member.


  • Provide leadership to a highly intentional residential program for an area of residence halls or apartment-style buildings of approximately 300-600 students.
  • Directly supervise, train and evaluate approximately 10-21 student staff members (Resident Assistants).
  • Advise 1- 2 departmental committees on a yearly rotational basis while supporting all committee work and other initiatives as assigned.

Residential Engagement:

  • Design and creatively execute a community engagement plan designed with educational strategies to advance the departmental learning outcomes and address the needs of the specific area student population.
  • Work closely with assigned theme based communities and a team of identified partners in developing a comprehensive program that complements the general education requirements (GEOs) and university values.
  • Responsible for proactively maintaining a visible presence in the residential area and engaging in positive, professional interactions with students after business hours to promote residential engagement and building affinity. This essential job function requires the ability to climb stairs.
  • Link student development theory and practice in interpersonal connections with students, parents, colleagues, and other constituencies.
  • Intervene and assess student concerns through the engagement in developmental conversations and referrals to other agencies as appropriate to address student behavior.
  • Utilize departmental assessment (EBI, residential feedback surveys) in addition to design strategies to guide and direct student learning, success of the department initiatives as well as student satisfaction within the residential area.
  • Own, maintain, and serve as a fiscally responsible budget manager.


  • Drive all aspects of building operation administration (includes: hall open and closing, health and safety inspections, room changes, key control, damages).
  • Manage all residential area follow up including but not limited to work order, incidents, students of concern, and student retention interventions. Maintain and ensure documentation of pertinent interactions with residents for area.
  • Perform monthly building inspections and report back assessment of the physical condition/appearance of supervising residential area.
  • Develop positive working relationships with facilities and custodial personnel to facilitate overall functioning of residential area.
  • Responsible for the management of occupancy through Residence by Symplicity.
  • Aid in departmental initiatives in sustainability and assessment.

Execution & Administration:

  • Serve as a primary judicial hearing officer for the university.
  • Lead and aid in implementation of departmental initiatives including, but not limited to, facilitation of staff recruitment, training, programming, social justice initiatives, housing operations, and technology.
  • Maintain liaison relationships with a variety of offices and academic departments.
  • Provide insight and critical updates on individuals to the Students of Concern team.
  • Responsible for completion of the monthly and annual reporting mechanisms.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provide success coaching to students in an effort to empower students to be independent, successful, and confident learners.
  • Serve in a weekly on call emergency response rotation for Campus Life and Student Success to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. This essential job function requires the ability to climb stairs.
  • Designated as essential personnel for the purposes of emergency management.
  • Assume leadership for summer specific assignments and projects related to Residential Living and Learning and/or the division of Campus Life and Student Success. Summer specific projects and assignments will be identified in early spring.
  • Required to attend overnight training/professional development experiences.
  • This position requires significant weekend, evening, and early morning time commitments.
  • Others duties as assigned.

This position will report directly to the Associate Director for Residential Education and Community Programs.

YOUR TEAM: Campus Life and Student Success is driven by transformational leadership and continuous improvement. We seek team members who are highly motivated, strategic thinkers and relationship builders who thrive on shared governance. Our high expectations are matched by a robust professional development curriculum which promotes achievement and significance through self-assessment, reflection, and holistic goal setting. We actualize a philosophy of challenge and support grounded in liberal learning and development as it relates to student persistence and success. We are committed to facilitating student discovery and exploration consistent with the aims of a broad liberal arts education; offering impactful learning opportunities based on current research and empirical data; cultivating the unique strengths and perspectives of individual students; fostering global awareness, social justice values, and civic engagement; and providing a healthy and vibrant educational environment conducive to holistic well-being. The Residential Living & Learning team consists of an Executive Director, an Associate Director of Residential Education and Community Programs, 4 Residential Life Coordinators, an Associate Director for Housing Operations and Administrative Services, a Coordinator of Assignment Processes and Communications, and an Administrative Assistant. This team services a residential community consisting of over 2000 students who are supported by 69 Resident Assistants who are charged with enhancing and building a genuine and authentic community centered driven by the University's Values.


Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with over 4,100 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 2,800 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1954, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves over 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Educational Leadership, Reading Education, and Counseling. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

Stetson University is located in DeLand, Florida, one-half hour’s drive from Daytona Beach and from Orlando’s northeast suburbs, offering easy access to both outdoor recreational opportunities and the amenities of a larger city. DeLand, Florida is the county seat as well as a college town with Stetson University’s campus classified as a National Historic District. The award-winning downtown, known as Mainstreet DeLand, is lined with local gift and antique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues hosting several festivals and special events.

Minimum Education: Master's Degree

Required Skills
  • Computer literate
  • Mediation, intervention, problem solving, decision making, and emergency response skills
  • Excellent communication skills

Required Experience
  • Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education, or related field preferred.
  • Previous residence life/housing/student affairs experience
  • Experience utilizing technology
  • Advising within a residence life or student affairs program
  • Demonstrated ability to train, supervise and evaluate undergraduate student staff, teach job skills, and advise students

As a live on professional, the incumbent will be required to live on an on-campus apartment within a residence hall or student apartment complex.

Job Location DeLand, Florida, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular




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Posted: 7/17/2019
Application Due: 10/15/2019
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