Residence Life Coordinator
University of Oregon - Eugene, OR

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Closes : Open Until Filled –To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, May 30, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Oregon is currently accepting applications for Residence Life Coordinators – Positions available in the Residence Halls and one position in Family Housing & University Apartments.

Positions offer a competitive salary with excellent benefits on a great campus located in the desirable city of Eugene, Oregon.

The Division of Student Affairs supports the university’s academic mission through comprehensive programs and services that promote and advance student learning and success while fostering an inclusive and vibrant campus community. The Division is comprised of eight departments: Career Center, University Counseling and Testing Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Erb Memorial Union, University Health Center, Holden Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, University Housing, and the Department of Physical Education and Recreation.

General Description of the Position

University Housing, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, is an educational enterprise of the University of Oregon. University Housing supports the academic mission of the University through residence halls, apartments and family housing, and student programs and services. University Housing employs a number of Residence Life Coordinators, which may be assigned to various residence halls or Family Housing & University Apartments, play a leading role in the creation and implementation of an academic environment for the residents residing within their communities. The Residence Life Coordinator is an essential services live-in professional staff member is responsible for developing a community that enhances the academic experience of each student and provides for personal and community development in collaboration with other staff in University Housing, the Division of Student Affairs, and other campus partners.

A community may vary in size; residence halls range from 300-800 students, while family housing includes 450 units and up to 950 residents. To assist in implementing a sense of community amongst residents, the Residence Life Coordinator supervises a staff of 4-20 student staff, and may also assist in the daily supervision of up to 9 Freshmen Interest Group (FIG) Academic Assistants. Dependent on placement in University Housing the Residence Life Coordinator may also supervise a full-time professional Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, or have an additional advising and program development opportunity. The Residence Life Coordinator will collaborate with the Residence Life Leadership Team and reports directly to one of the Assistant Directors of Residence Life.

Description of Specific Duties and Percentage of Time

  • Participates in Residence Life recruitment and selection processes for student staff

  • Trains, supervises, and evaluates a student staff team

  • May supervise a full-time professional Assistant Residence Life Coordinator

  • May assist in the daily supervision of up to 9 student Freshman Interest Group Academic Assistants (FAs) and FIG Academic Programs

  • Participates in the selection, orientation, and training processes for student, professional, and other departmental staff

  • Plans and presents on-going staff development and in-service activities for the purpose of continued training and opportunities for personal development for student staff

  • Advises student staff and residents in academic success planning

  • Advises, supports, and promotes the hall government or community housing boards, and the executive officers

  • Provides advisement by chairing or co-chairing a Residence Life committee, contributing knowledge and practice of student development theory

  • Involves staff in the goal-setting process and in the development of learning outcomes and action steps to achieve Residence Life’s learning objectives: intellectual connections, global citizenship, integrity & intention, self authorship, and leadership & community

  • Provides leadership in creating and managing student involvement, social justice, leadership, and community building initiatives within the community

  • Assesses and provide support for the unique student needs of college students (students with families, and sophomore, international, graduate, transfer, and traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented students)

  • Collaborates with student affairs and academic colleagues to provide program opportunities

  • May assist in the development and implementation of Academic Residential Programs (ARP), and/or Community PLUS Halls

  • May work with Faculty-In-Residence, Resident Scholar, or Residential Librarian to connect students with faculty

  • Initiates follow up regarding community academic environment, and outreaches to individual students who are struggling academically

  • Participates in an on-call duty rotation and responds to emergencies as they occur within the residence halls and family housing units

  • Manages student behavior by responding to incidents, meeting with students, clarifying policies & procedures, conflict mediation, resource referral, and applying appropriate sanctions

  • Provides crisis intervention, emergency management, and necessary follow-up

  • Serves as a referral source for student staff during counseling and crisis issues

  • Assists in the development of processes and systems that engage and involve students in providing feedback and perspective regarding Residence Life initiatives, practices, policies and processes

  • Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with University Housing, Student Affairs, Faculty, and the university community to effectively meet the needs of the communities

  • Participates in the complex/building/hall management team to ensure efficiency and quality living for residents, which includes maintenance, housekeeping, and dining issues as needed

  • Coordinates, maintains, and monitors the administrative and operational functions associated with the management of a residence hall (occupancy management, reapplication, administrative budgets, etc.)

  • Works collaboratively within University Housing and with various University agencies to ensure that department, divisional and University goals are achieved

  • Promotes appreciation for diversity and contributes toward maintaining University Housing & Student Affairs as a Multicultural Organization

  • Participates in regularly scheduled Residence Life meetings, supervisory meetings, and may serve on University committees

  • For Family Housing & University Apartments (FHUA) RLC:

o Engages in processes congruent with Oregon Landlord-Tenant Law

o Provides recommendations to the department regarding civil court matters, and represents the University in civil court

o Writes and updates to the University Housing website on behalf of FHUA

o Collaborates on messaging regarding maintenance and/or construction in FHUA to residents

o Manage FHUA budget, including rate and fee increase justifications, and maintaining current data about local apartment complex rates and services
  • Other duties as assigned

Number of employees supervised

0 Classified 35 % of time spent in supervision

0-1 Officer of Administration, dependent on placement

4 - 29 Students, dependent on placement

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs or higher education or related field (or Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years' equivalent professional experience in Student Affairs or higher education or related field)

  • Experience supervising staff

  • Experience with student conduct and/or conflict resolution

  • Experience with crisis management, crisis intervention, and emergency response

  • Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, in support of an inclusive and welcoming environment

Additional Required Qualifications
  • Experience with team building and group dynamics

  • Experience working with student leadership and advising

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice

Preferred Qualifications
  • Additional professional work experience

  • Knowledge of student development theory and its application in a residential environment

  • Understanding of living-learning communities and/or residential academic programs

  • Experience with program development and assessment

  • Experience leading and/or participating in staff recruitment and training

  • Experience collaborating with faculty in creating an academic residential environment

  • Experience serving traditionally underrepresented and underserved students

  • Experience supervising graduate and/or professional staff

  • Knowledge of and experience with Graduate and/or Family Housing (specifically for the Family Housing & University Apartments area)

  • Knowledge and ability to communicate in a second language (specifically for the Global Scholars Hall)

The finalist for this position is required to complete a criminal background check.


Annual starting salary of $29,000 to $35,000 based on qualifications and experience; includes a furnished apartment, meal plan during the time the halls are open, and Officer of Administration benefits, including medical insurance, retirement, and reduced tuition.

Application Procedures:

Please note: Cover letter, résumé, and answers to supplemental question(s) should clearly demonstrate how applicant meets the requirements of the position. Please send all documents as separate email attachments, not in the body of the email.

For full consideration, applicants must submit:

  • Cover letter which expresses your interest in the position.

  • Current resume, which includes dates of employment.

  • Complete Unclassified Employment Application, available at

  • Name, address and phone number of at least three professional references, one of which must be current or most recent supervisor (if not currently employed). Candidate will be notified prior to references being contacted.

  • Answer to the following supplemental question(s):

    • The Division of Student Affairs is intentionally creating a multicultural organization that actively includes and engages everyone. What does this mean to you, AND if you are selected as a Residence Life Coordinator, how will you help University Housing achieve this goal?

    • Please indicate your interest in either the Residence Hall or Family Housing & University Apartments position.

    To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Friday, May 30, 2014. The position will remain open until filled . You may submit application materials by email to: (Preferred)

    Or by U.S. Postal Service mail to:

    Marla Dodson

    University Housing

    1220 University of Oregon

    Eugene, OR 97403

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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