Utica College — Area Coordinator

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for an Area Coordinator. The Area Coordinator at Utica College is a twelve-month, full-time professional staff member in the Office of Student Living and College Engagement and the Student Affairs Division. Area Coordinators are responsible for the planning and delivery of a Student Living program for the area they supervise. Each area contains two or more coeducational residential buildings, housing 250-500 students. They reside in a residence hall to facilitate the personal, social, and educational growth of students and Resident Assistant staff through the application of student development theory to create significant and purposeful residential learning experiences.

Through personal contact, staff supervision, and hall/campus programming, the Area Coordinator assists residents in their personal development to become well-rounded individuals. The Area Coordinator is responsible for creating an active and engaged atmosphere throughout the area that they oversee. A primary goal of the Area Coordinator is to assist both the individual members and the community as a whole in building connections to the larger campus community in order to foster an enhanced living environment. Though the Area Coordinator is responsible for multiple residential areas of campus, they assume a joint responsibility for the administration and quality of both the Student Living and College Engagement programs. Specific responsibilities include: supervision, development, and evaluation of student staff; student behavior; area/college-wide programming; development of an area-wide sense of community and pride; serve as a member of the professional on-call rotation for the residential campus.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

A) Staff/Student Leadership Development

  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and training of new professional and paraprofessional staff.
  • Assist in presenting August and January training for the student staff.
  • Hold regular one on one and staff meetings to keep staff up-to-date on campus issues.
  • Use student development theory to provide support and motivation for student staff.
  • Directly supervise 7-16 Resident Assistants and hold them accountable for agreed upon building and departmental expectations.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to and conduct performance evaluations of student staff.

B) Programming and Community Development

  • Programming
    • Coordinate programming of student staff according to the current programming model, including maintaining records and holding student staff accountable for meeting programming requirements.
    • Assist the student staff as needed with programming and support staff programs by attending them.
    • Encourage student involvement and participation in programming, the Residence Hall Association, and other student organizations.
    • Coordinate and develop intentional, programmatic initiatives and services that positively impact the recruitment, retention, and enrichment of students throughout the area they oversee.
    • Responsible for assisting the Office of Student Living and College Engagement with one campus wide programming event.
  • Community Development
    • Maintain office hours Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.
    • Do daily rounds throughout respective area buildings.
    • Initiate contact on a regular basis with students in all area buildings. Be aware of and report problems and individual concerns of residents.
    • Develop and foster a sense of community and pride throughout area.
    • Serve as a resource person for information about campus services, events, policies, and procedures.
    • Provide support for students concerning educational, career, and personal issues, and refer when necessary.

C) Intervention and Referral

  • Crisis Management
    • Participate in on-call duty rotation, and respond to crises and emergencies.
    • Be familiar with established emergency protocols, and be prepared to implement them when necessary.
    • This position is considered essential and will be required to work during severe weather closings/delays or emergency situations, regardless of whether or not the College is closed.
  • Student Behavior
    • Enforce and educate students regarding College and residence hall regulations and policies.
    • Meet with students for Code of Student Conduct violations as a hearing officer and maintain appropriate records..
    • Provide direction to staff and students in communicating, interpreting, and administering residence hall and College policies and procedures.

D) Administrative Responsibilities

  • Facilities management
    • Work with facilities staff to ensure the facilities are well maintained.
    • Report and track all work orders in assigned residence halls through online work order system.
    • Work with appropriate offices and students to promote a safe and secure environment.
    • Maintain accurate records for damage billing, to be performed on a semester basis as required.
  • Area Administration
    • Work with the Assistant Director for Student Living to complete appropriate paperwork necessary to maintain accurate occupancy records.
    • Work with Assistant Director of Student Living to complete student check-in and check-out processes, including maintaining up to date Room Condition Reports, responsible key management, and accurate student census data.
    • Coordinate monthly Health and Safety Checks.

E) General Responsibilities

  • Assume responsibility for at least one major departmental process or activity.
  • Support and encourage building staff in their large scale programming.
  • Participate in the preparation and operation of the new and returning student housing selection processes.
  • Participate in all College orientation programs.
  • Demonstrate interest in campus life by actively participating in campus functions and events.
  • Participate in various campus-wide committees or governing boards as assigned or requested.
  • Assist with Campus Programming and Leadership Initiatives.

F) Departmental Expectations

  • Share input for policy making and implementation. Participate in the development and implementation of goals and priorities for the Office of Student Living and College Engagement, the Division of Student Affairs, and Utica College.
  • Attend staff meetings and retreats.
  • Participate in Area Coordinator training before each semester and weekly staff development sessions, usually held one afternoon per week.
  • Be available to students during evening hours.
  • Be on campus for all major weekends.
  • Assist office as needed, and be familiar with office procedures.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned.


A Master’s degree in College Student Development/Higher Education/Counseling or similar degree required. Conferred by May 2019; One year full-time residence life experience preferred.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: http://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/2469

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.