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Area Coordinator

The Area Coordinator (AC) provides year-round leadership and direction for one specified area of campus. The AC supervises and maintains a comprehensive inclusive residential living program for students and summer conference guests as well as a developmental program for professional staff. Area Coordinators are mid-level professionals that supervise up to 5 Residence Hall Coordinators, 1 Service Area Coordinator and 1 Administrative Support Staff and indirectly up to 5 Graduate Assistants. ACs serve in a 24/7 on-call rotation responding to professional staff inquiries and major campus crises, chair a standing departmental committee, and become competent in a computer software used by UHS among other responsibilities.

Kiley Portrait

"Everyone has great pride in what they are doing, the relationships they are building, they students they are serving, and what the institution is achieving."
- Kiley, AC

Essential Duties

  • Responsible for the administration and management of a residence hall complex housing 2,200 students during the academic year and a residence hall complex during the Summer Conference season.
  • Provide leadership, supervise and evaluate full-time Residence Hall Coordinators, Service Area Coordinators (Bachelors Level), and Area Administrative Support.
  • Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate full-time Conference Coordinators, an Area Secretary, and student staff during the Summer Conference season.
  • Establish goals or coordinate goal setting for the year and the development of a strategic plan by which to achieve these goals using the Educating Illinois document and University Housing Services Strategic Plan as a foundation.
  • Recruit diverse candidates through mentoring at least two candidates like themselves and two not like themselves through the Resident Assistant selection process in the fall and one Resident Assistant and one Service Area Coordinator through the selection process in the spring; coordinate the recruitment, selection, and training of Service Area Coordinators.
  • Promote the department's area team through regular contact with Campus Dining Services, maintenance and custodial personnel, night management personnel, and other administrative staff within the department.
  • Provide training and development for professional and paraprofessional staff members, particularly in the areas of Learning Organization philosophy, community building, emergency procedures/crisis management, diversity, and policy implementation; manage area programming, printing and office supply budgets.
  • Supervise a standing professional staff committee for University Housing Services or oversee other Central Office administrative tasks; serve as a member on a university-wide committee as needed
  • Guide staff's community planning efforts through the utilization of student development and wellness models.
  • Facilitate regularly scheduled business meetings; serve as a resource person for students and staff; assist with 24-hour on call/duty coverage for residence halls.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree (or US equivalent)
  • At least three years full-time (post Masters) experience in residence hall management.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to provide direct supervision and leadership to full time residence hall staff members
  • Office administrative skills; competent computer and Microsoft Office skills.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to provide student-centered and customer service orientation.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and active listening skills.
  • Ability to accept change with a positive attitude.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to shift from one task to another.
  • Sensitivity to multi-cultural issues and supports a diverse environment.


This is a 12-month exempt position with starting salary at $3,875/month with benefits. This is a live-in position and staff is provided with a furnished apartment and 100 meal swipes a semester.

Application Instructions

This position is currently filled. Please check back here soon!