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Area Coordinator

Residence Life

The Area Coordinator (AC) is a professional staff position that serves as live-in, primary manager for multiple on-campus residence halls in support of the college’s academic mission. The AC provides support, programming, information, and referrals to the Reed student community. The AC is responsible for hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating up to 15 House Advisers; maintaining a high visibility presence in the residence halls and across campus, including regular office hours; and assisting and supervising student staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of residence hall curriculum. They also advise students on matters related to Residence Life, which includes mediating conflicts and making referrals to appropriate campus resources for specialized assistance; and follow-up on resident concerns.

ACs at Reed are encouraged to use creativity, critical thinking, good judgment, professionalism, and a commitment to student development in order to support relationships and activities in a community governed by Reed’s Honor Principle. The institution places a strong emphasis on relationship building and conversations, rather than disciplinary action. Residence Life’s approach is based in harm reduction, motivational interviewing, student autonomy, and restorative practices. Visit our Area Coordinator recruitment webpage for more information about the position. 

This is a 12-month live-in full time exempt position with an annual salary of $47,435. This includes a fully furnished apartment, housing for the entire year, washer/dryer, and a meal plan. Partners and a pet are welcome. Reed College offers an excellent benefits package including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays and many other campus amenities, such as membership to the campus fitness center for employee and partner and discounted Trimet transit passes. 

Who You Are

  • You are drawn to roles oriented to help and support others as they develop a sense of self and how their identity and morals interact with their communities.
  • You are a continual learner and comfortable asking questions when you don’t know the answer.
  • You are open to engaging in difficult discussions about race, religion, culture, nationality, gender, and gender identities. Others would describe you as open-minded.
  • You prefer working in a diverse environment where you can support students and colleagues from all backgrounds.
  • You are the person that people turn to with a problem or crisis because they can rely on you for a calm and thoughtful response.
  • People would describe you as adaptable in new situations and environments and you are comfortable with change.
  • You demonstrate proactive behaviors in solving problems, and you bring your unique perspective when determining a solution.
  • You enjoy working in collaborative and creative teams but are highly self-motivated.
  • You care about details. You’re the person who has a backup system to make sure that you don’t miss important components.
  • You can juggle multiple processes and tasks at the same time and you always make sure to follow-through.
  • You are clear about setting and communicating appropriate professional boundaries and your work ethic supports that.

What You'll Do

  • Student staff supervision: hire, train, and evaluate House Advisers.
  • Manage a community of approximately 250-300 students. Be available, approachable and responsive to students.
  • Provide and/or facilitate educational opportunities that enhance student learning and growth in areas connected to the division’s educational priority .
  • Case manage students in respective areas group, which includes conducting meetings with residents as follow-up to violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and other disruptive and/or harmful behaviors; Advise and refer individual students and groups regarding personal and academic needs, Residence Life procedures, and College policies.
  • Crisis Management: serve in an after hours on-call capacity and triage students of concern in collaboration with the on-call team.
  • Housing Operations: manage ongoing facility maintenance, complete room inventories, assist with opening and closing, support main office operations.
  • Departmental Initiatives: participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and provide input in the development of policies and procedures.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Two years of full-time professional experience post baccalaureate degree preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competencies
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills


Campus apartment is within a residence hall and the AC  is visible to students during their non-scheduled hours. This position is exempt and work schedules are influenced by student, staff, and community needs. Work outside of traditional hours may include consultative assistance to staff, students, attendance at special events and functions, staff training and development participation, and on-call responsibilities.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?
  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • All members of Reed's community are expected to contribute to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus. Employees who experience the most success at Reed are comfortable interacting with a diverse group of students, colleagues and community members. How would you use your skills and experience to contribute to inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Housing will be provided approximately two weeks before the start date. 

Reed College’s goal is to reply to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.