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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 4099047
  • Location: Erie, PA
  • Position Type: Residence Life and Housing

Residential Education Specialist 1

The Residence Life Office at Behrend campus is looking for a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team. Penn State and Residence Life is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. The Residence Life Office is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive living-learning community that fosters academic, social, cultural, and personal growth. We strive to enable residents to develop respect and responsibility for themselves and their community.

The Coordinator is a vital part of the team in helping to continue the vision and mission of the department. They are responsible to an Area Coordinator or Assistant Director for supervising a staff of up to 16 Resident Assistants, as well as overseeing the daily activities of buildings housing up to 400 students. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervises Resident Assistants
  • Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings
  • Evaluates Resident Assistant performance
  • Provides support and training for Resident Assistants

Student Development and Residence Education:
  • Assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a residence education program for the area
  • Assists with the development and implementation of campus-wide initiatives
  • Advises student groups in the area
  • Makes referrals to University agencies when appropriate
  • Encourages student involvement in residential and University engagement opportunities
  • Promotes area government
  • Advocates for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency
  • Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns
  • Interprets and enforces University and residence hall policies and procedures
  • Mediates conflicts between and among students

  • Assists with the daily operation and organization of the area and the area office
  • Handles requests for room changes and contract releases
  • Assists in promoting the safety and security of area residents
  • Assists in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Safety and Security, New Student Programs, etc
  • Provides on-call duty coverage

Community Development:
  • Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment
  • Encourages Resident Assistants to become well-acquainted with students in the area
  • Assists the Resident Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and social justice issues
  • Plans and implements programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants and students
  • Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups

  • Participates in committees and task force groups
  • Assists in the recruitment and training of professional staff
  • Assists in the development and implementation of goals for the area and the residence hall system Performs other duties as assigned

The position may work in a traditional residence hall setting or in a diverse apartment setting with graduate students, international students, undergraduate students, and families. Summer responsibilities include either New Student Orientation, Housing Operations, Conferences, Assignments, Desk Operations or Summer School. New Student Orientation and Conferences staff also report to an Assistant Director of Housing/senior coordinator for assisting with Summer Conferences and Institutes. Summer responsibilities could include interviewing, hiring, and training of summer staff to assist conference guests or summer school; supervision of student employees and make disciplinary recommendations, as needed; schedule duty as needed to cover various campus residence halls; be present to assist with general questions and issues that might arise; respond to behavioral and maintenance issues/emergencies; resolve issues or contact appropriate staff or University offices as needed; attend meetings with conference planners, customers and other University departments as requested.

Typically requires a Master's degree or higher. A Master's degree or higher in Student Personnel/Counseling or related area is preferred. Should possess thorough understanding of the role and purpose of residence hall living as it applies to student development. This is a live-in 91.7 FTE position with mid-June to mid-July off. Appointments will be made on an annual basis based on continued satisfactory performance. Full Penn State benefits included. Start date is projected for January 2023.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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