Under the direction of the Director and Assistant Director, the Area Coordinator is a member of the professional Office of Residence Life staff team. As a member of that team, the Area Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the development and implementation of the Robert Morris University Residence Life program and all housing operations. The Area Coordinator develops and directly oversees the implementation of the residence life program and housing operations for his/her assigned residence hall areas.
SUPERVISION AND STAFF TRAINING
Plan, develop, present and facilitate staff programs and training throughout the year.
Assist in the formulation and implementation of the residence life para-professional staff recruitment and selection process.
Supervise and evaluate the residence life para-professional staff for their assigned area.
Conduct weekly area staff meetings to communicate information concerning residents, programming, administrative matters, staff development and other relevant issues.
Hold individual meetings with area staff to discuss individual progress and development, and to provide Community Advisors with the opportunity to exchange views about the Residence Life program.
Facilitate area staff meetings weekly.
Maintain a safe and secure environment in the residence halls.
Develop a community atmosphere in the residence halls where individual rights are respected, and all residents have the opportunity to fully develop as people and as students.
Develop and maintain caring and constructive relationships with students and student groups who live in the residence halls.
Facilitate the practice of individual and community responsibility among residents and their guests.
ACADEMIC & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Promote and facilitate resident participation in RHA, membership in NRHH, and other University and community organizations and leadership roles therein.
Promote and encourage resident involvement in leadership development programs.
Advise, counsel and provide support to students in aspects of personal and academic pursuits.
Provide support and assistance in the development of residential academic support programs, seminars and related educational programs.
Provide residents with diversified programming using the approved Residence Life Programming Model that is designed to enhance residents’ educational, social, recreational and cultural experiences. Programming should provide the opportunity for each resident to develop a positive self-image, increased interpersonal skills and improved insight and education of self and others.
Directly supervise area Community Advisors in their programming efforts.
Develop and coordinate a living and learning environment, which involves the regular participation of faculty and staff in the residence halls.
Assist in the development and implementation of academic support programming within the residence halls.
Assist in the development and implementation of weekend programming.
Respond to students’ counseling needs by listening and making appropriate referrals.
Respond immediately to crisis situations by taking appropriate actions. Direct the actions of Community Advisor staff and ensure timely and appropriate reporting of information.
Notify the Director of Residence Life and/or Assistant Director of Residence Life of all counseling contacts.
Keep accurate written records of all counseling contacts.
Appropriately and consistently address and resolve discipline situations. Advise and support Community Advisor staff in addressing and resolving discipline situations and other confrontations.
Facilitate educational interventions as appropriate.
Adjudicate discipline cases as designated.
Provide all appropriate information and submit requested reports to the Office of Residence Life and other University offices as necessary and appropriate.
Assist in the coordination and implementation of the Office of Residence Life administrative policies and procedures (including room assignments and room changes, maintenance and housekeeping matters, opening and closing of the residence halls, etc.).
Post and maintain assigned office hours in the Office of Residence Life.
Know residents in the Area and maintain all records essential to working with residents and provide appropriate communication pertaining to residents.
Have a working knowledge of the services that are available on campus; establish open lines of communication so as to ensure the appropriate use of University resources.
Provide system wide on call (duty) coverage year round including during holiday/vacation periods.
Attend all Office of Residence Life staff meetings, additional meetings, workshops, functions, activities, etc.
Participate in Student Life collaboration and campus committees as assigned.
Advise student organizations as appropriate with the consent of the Director of Residence Life and/or Assistant Director of Residence Life.
Attend all Student Life functions, workshops and meetings as required.
Perform additional duties as assigned.
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND GUIDELINES
The Area Coordinator has the primary responsibilities of serving Robert Morris University and its students to the best of his/her abilities at all times.
Each Area Coordinator is governed by and must adhere to all applicable University, employee and Office of Residence Life policies and procedures expressed in both written and verbal form.
The Area Coordinator position, as a live-in position, requires that staff members spend an appropriate amount of weekends and evening in their campus residence.
The Area Coordinator should represent Student Life and Residence Life in a professional and appropriate manner at all times.
The Area Coordinator is expected to be a positive role model for the entire University community at all times.
Performs related work as required.
Master's degree in student personnel, higher education administration, counseling or a related field (individuals in the final stage of a degree will be considered).
This is a live-in position supervising residence halls which includes participating in a campus-wide duty rotation and other weekend/evening requirements.
Residence life work experience strongly preferred.
This position description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by the employee holding this job. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
In performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees are expected to conform with the University’s Policy of Ethical Practice and the following: perform quality work within deadlines with/without direct supervision; interact professionally with other employees, students, customers and suppliers; work effectively as a team contributor; and work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating/coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.
Robert Morris University is committed to increasing diversity in our community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, RMU complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or national origin. EOE
Approximately 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 42 states and 32 nations are enrolled at Robert Morris University, which is located in Moon Township approximately 20 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh.
Robert Morris University offers 60 undergraduate degree programs and 20 graduate degree programs in five academic schools: the School of Business, the School of Communications and Info...rmation Systems, the School of Education and Social Science, the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
RMU’s mission is to change our students’ lives so that they can go out and change the lives of others for the better. We do this through professional experiences, service learning, global experiences, undergraduate research, campus leadership, and cultural experiences. These activities are documented on RMU’s unique Student Engagement Transcript.
More than 100 clubs and organizations help students to develop leadership skills, network professionally and meet friends. Student organizations include varsity, club and intramural sports, sororities, fraternities and student government. RMU has 23 NCAA Division I athletic programs, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s hockey, and men's and women's lacrosse.
The university has 571 employees, which includes 200 full-time faculty members.