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Residence Life Coordinator

University of South Carolina

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details


Posting Number:


Job Family:

Residential Living

Job Function:

Residential Life

USC Market Title:

Residential Life Coordinator

Link to USC Market Title:

Job Level:

P2 - Professional

Business Title (Internal Title):

Residence Life Coordinator



Work County:



Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support


SAAS Residence Life Employees

State Pay Band:


Approved Starting Salary:


Advertised Salary Range:

$41,258 - $46,000

Location of Vacancy:

Columbia, SC

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:


Work Schedule:

Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Must be available to work outside of normal hours.

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Student Services

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

Residence Life Coordinator

  • Do you love working with students?
  • Did you enjoy your time in the Residence Halls as a college student?
  • Do you want to be a mentor and guide for college students?
  • Do you love something new every day you go to work?
  • Do you love free housing?

Look no further!The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) is a full-time staff member of University Housing who is responsible for the quality of living in a designated residence hall(s) at the University of South Carolina.

Primary duties
  • Supervision of Resident Assistant Staff
  • Support for student learning and development
  • Residential program development and implementation
  • Administration and building management
  • Crisis management
  • Student counseling
  • Advising student groups

  • Apartment style housing in the Residence Hall you will supervise
  • Competitive Salary + Some of the BEST benefits you can find!
  • 15 Paid Vacation Days
  • 15 Paid Sick Days
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Work-Life-Balance: Full-time pay with a 37.5 work week
  • An engaging and collaborative environment.
  • Our Residence Halls are close to the iconic USC Horseshoe, surrounded by amenities, so you’ll love where you work!

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree
Valid Driver’s License required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Masters degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.
Prior residence hall experience preferred.
Teaching experience preferred.


Strong written and verbal skills are essential. Training/teaching abilities in a work setting. Exceptional skills in inter-personal relationships and a sincere concern for others. Able to organize and work with student groups, both formal and informal. Managerial skills, including the ability to organize and supervise staff. Ability to work with faculty, parents, and other staff. Able to pass required criminal background check.

Job Duty:

Provide leadership in the development and implementation of residential learning communities designed to enhance students’ academic progress, awareness of self, and awareness of their responsibilities to others. Be knowledgeable of USC academic structures and support systems and work with academic support services to provide effective delivery of services (academic advising, career exploration, tutoring, etc.). Facilitate working partnerships with campus partners to collaboratively lead each learning community. Coordinate Community Education Teams (CETs) involving students, a variety of departmental staff, faculty and academic staff to plan, implement and assess learning experiences for residential students. Provide leadership and direction for area staff in related program development and program evaluation. Develop an understanding of the Common Courses program and provide guidance for its implementation in the hall, particularly in terms of integration with other educational efforts of the CET and integrating each cluster of residents into the larger residential environment. Advise individual residents on personal, academic, and social matters, and assist students in resolving issues that may impede their academic success. Maintain a continual awareness of resident concerns through regular student contact. Promote and ensure that student staff Resident Mentors (RMs) develop personal one-on-one relationships with residents through frequent individual meetings. Support, interpret, implement, and enforce University and departmental policies and procedures. Serve as a housing hearing officer for alleged policy violations. Conduct interviews and hearings with charged students, issue sanctions, and administer referrals. When appropriate, work with the University Police Department, Counseling Center, and other agencies on immediate response to incidents in hall. Follow-up with individual students and the community as appropriate.

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Community Enhancement:
Create and implement inclusive, supportive communities that foster and enhance students’ learning, development and academic success. Promote diverse and appropriate developmental activities to meet the needs of residents through community introduction, interaction, involvement, influence, investment, and identity. Provide leadership and direction for hall staff in related program development and assessment of whether efforts effectively contributed to students’ learning and growth . Promote study group formation and similar strategies in accordance with initiatives designed by Residential Learning Initiatives and the Academic Centers for Excellence. Advise hall government, floor governments, and student groups in the residence hall(s) to develop and maintain effective community governance and to foster leadership opportunities for the greatest number of students. Contribute to the effectiveness of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) by promoting resident participation in sponsored activities. Advise CET and community leadership in conducting discussions on damages and vandalism. Be visible on floors talking informally with residents about academic, personal or community success/issues/concerns. Serve on the professional staff duty rotation. Liaison with other Student Affairs and Academic Support services and individuals.

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Responsible for the recruitment, selection, and evaluation process for Resident Mentors and Conference Assistants (CAs) to meet the needs of each learning community. Facilitate and participate in departmental training programs and provide for the on-going training of RMs/CAs through planned departmental and in-house staff activities and through daily supervision. Instruct a one-hour Resident Mentor course. Supervise RMs/CAs in the performance of their responsibilities through regular individual contact, through conducting weekly staff integration in Community Education Teams(s), and through on-going evaluation of their performance. Supervise office Desk Assistants (DAs). Supervise break housing (Fall, Winter, and Spring Break) staff in assigned building/area. Supervise summer RMs/CAs in completing duties related to summer conference programs. Supervise Office Assistants. May include: 15-27 Resident Mentors, Conference Assistants, 15-40 Desk and Office staff, Graduate Assistant(s).

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Administrative and Building/Area Management:
Coordinate the thorough, timely and accurate completion of all reports and other administrative functions per departmental standard operating procedures. Support area and departmental staff in monitoring and administering resident occupancy, desk operations and general office procedures and systems. Maintain regular/scheduled office hours. Serve as an advocate for quality management of residence hall facilities by reporting maintenance issues to facilities staff. Assist with design and implementation of residence hall/area and departmental assessment initiatives. Maintain effective desk operations through the recruitment, selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of desk staff. Coordinate and conduct health and safety inspections. Facilitate the opening and closing of the residence hall(s). Accountable for the management of hall government budget(s) and learning community budget(s). Coordinate summer conference/summer school activities and services in assigned area. Coordinate break housing services for assigned area. Support the Admissions Office, Visitor Relations, academic units, University Housing Marketing and Communications Office and Residential Learning Initiatives in recruitment initiatives. Serve in the capacity of the Assistant Director when so designated.

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Perform other duties as assigned by a supervisor, including, but not limited to, administrative projects and team assignments. Serve on departmental and division teams and committees as assigned.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Click here to learn more about why you should work at UofSC.
Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

We are only accepting applications submitted by March 1, 2024.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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