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Western Kentucky University

Coordinator Position

Coordinator Position

The Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life (CHRL) is an innovative full-time, live-in professional staff member in a dynamic department committed to creating supportive learning environments and helping students to reach their curricular and co-curricular goals.

The CHRL directly supervises an Assistant Residence Hall Director (ARHD) and a Residence Hall Director (RHD). The CHRL, in conjunction with an ARHD, is responsible for creating and sustaining a living environment conducive to student learning. The CHRL and ARHD team is responsible for all general administrative and managerial functions of a residence hall housing approximately 350-400 residents. The CHRL has oversight function of an additional residence hall housing approximately 300-350 residents managed by a Residence Hall Director. The CHRL is directly supervised by a member of the departmental Leadership Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Creating a Supportive Learning Environment
    • Create and sustain supportive residential communities that foster and enhance student learning, development, and academic success
    • Collaborate with academic and University community partners to create a hall environment conducive to student learning
    • Establish rapport and develop mentoring relationships with residents
    • Plan and present residence hall and campus-wide educational and social programs using a residential curriculum model
    • Participate in ongoing developmental first-year student orientation program
    • Advise hall council
    • Provide an active leadership role on departmental and programming committees
    • Adjudicate educational discipline conferences for alleged policy violations
    • Implement department initiatives, including academic initiatives
    • Collaborate with housekeeping and facilities staff members to maintain a living environment conducive to learning
  • Administrative and Managerial Functions
    • Coordinate all administrative and managerial operations of a residence hall
    • Supervise, train, and evaluate a full-time Assistant Residence Hall Director
    • Supervise, train, and evaluate a full-time Residence Hall Director
    • Recruit, select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 14-20 paraprofessional staff members
    • Maintain and oversee residence hall and Departmental committee programming budgets
    • Provide intervention and response for crises and other facilities, safety, and security issues via a rotating on-call schedule
  • Requisite Knowledge and Skills
    • Must possess the ability to maintain an effective, cooperative working relationship with supervisors, supervisees, co-workers, academic, and community partners in keeping with the values and mission of both the Department and the University
    • Must possess above average oral, written, and computer communication skills
    • Must possess above average knowledge of student development theory and its application to meet the needs of today's college students
    • Must possess above average leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills
    • Must possess above average multi-tasking, administrative, and organizational skills
    • Must possess above average critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
    • Must be willing to serve as a role model for residential students, paraprofessional staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, initiative, attitude, and approach to work
    • Must be willing to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed
    • Must consistently treat residents, student staff members, academic and community partners, and colleagues with dignity and respect
    • Must model a positive attitude regarding diversity
    • Must adhere to the ethical code of conduct governing the Student Affairs profession
  • Conditions of Employment
    • Successful applicant must possess a Master's degree in Student Affairs or a related field with 2 or more years of experience working in the residential setting
    • Successful applicant must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check
    • Preference is granted to applicants with extensive residence life experience
  • Compensation and Benefits
    • 12-month, renewable contract
    • Partially furnished apartment with cable, internet service, utilities, local phone service (fair market value of approximately $10,000 a year). Apartment use is restricted to the employee, employees' spouse, and employees' dependent children
    • Reserved parking space
    • Professional development and extensive training opportunities within the Department, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University at-large
    • Salary of $30,000 to $32,004 with excellent benefits package including: medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, University Bookstore discount, and reduced membership to the University's health and fitness facility.

When positions are available, applications for employment will be accepted electronically only. Interested candidates must submit a letter of application addressing the required qualifications, resume, and the names, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and daytime telephone numbers of three professional references using the online application process.

Please refer to the following website to apply:

For further assistance and questions, contact Housing and Residence Life at (270) 936-2316. The position will remain open until filled.


CHRL Position Description Revised 10/2011

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 Last Modified 9/24/14