Area Coordinator -Essential

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Area Coordinator -Essential

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

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 student's 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 staff's 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

Candidates must first and foremost demonstrate a commitment to the Mills student population and to learning/understanding about the communities and backgrounds of the school's students.
  • Knowledge of residence life operations, student affairs and 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
  • Commitment to providing culturally affirming support and programming to historically marginalized groups including students of color, including Black students, first generation college students, LGBTQIA+ / transgender and gender nonconforming populations, and students of all abilities
  • Personal commitment to anti-racism work

Education and Training
  • Bachelor's degree and related Residential Life experience required; Master's 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.

This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Applicants of diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, are strongly encouraged to apply: the Ohlone peoples, all Indigenous peoples, Black and Latinx folx, People of Color, folx who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community including Transgender and Gender Nonconforming and First Generation college graduates. We recognize that many of these identities intersect and may have historical and/or current barriers to equity; we value the experiences that each person brings, and are committed to ensuring full and equitable engagement for all in our community.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members 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. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

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

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

This is a search for an anticipated opening. Please submit a resume and cover letter to apply for this anticipated job opening. Cover letter should highlight candidate's commitment to and experience in development of on-campus residential communities through an equity based lens.

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:
  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

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Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Posted: 11/9/2020
Application Due: 11/9/2032
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