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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 3024218
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Residence Life and Housing

Residential Education Specialist 1 (Student Life Coordinator)

Student Affairs is looking for a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team. Penn State and Student Affairs are 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. Be a part of why WE ARE, Penn State.

The Coordinator is a vital part of the team in helping to continue the vision and mission of the department. They are responsible to the Director of Student Affairs for co-supervising a staff of up to 6 Resident Assistants, as well as overseeing the daily activities of buildings housing up to 210 students. This position includes weekend, nights, and evening hours.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Co-Supervises Resident Assistants
  • Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings
  • Collaborate on Resident Assistant performance evaluations
  • Provides support and training for student leaders

Student Development:
  • Plan, implement and evaluate co-curricular programs, student activities, and service-learning opportunities
  • Assists with the development and implementation of campus-wide initiatives
  • Advises student groups
  • Makes referrals to University agencies when appropriate
  • Encourages student involvement in residential and University engagement opportunities
  • 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 Residence and Student Life Offices
  • 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
  • Lead Student Affairs initiatives, services, trainings, and programs in the areas of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • 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

This is a 10-month live-in staff position. 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.

Typically requires a Master's degree. A Master's degree or higher in Student Personnel/Counseling or related area is preferred. Should possess a thorough understanding of the role and purpose of residence hall living as it applies to student development. This is a an 83.3% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Months off are mid-May to mid-July. Full Penn State benefits included.

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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