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Area Coordinator

Residence Life

The division of student life Student and Campus Life cluster is looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of Reed College and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.   The Area Coordinator to support the Office of Residence Life within the Student and Campus Life cluster. As an Area Coordinator, you will lead a team of talented student leaders. The Area Coordinator (AC) is a professional staff position that serves as a 10-month or 12-month live-in role that has primary responsibility for managing the daily operations of one or more of our residence halls on campus and is the primary manager and educator for those communities. The Area Coordinator reports directly to either the Assistant Director of Residence Life or Director of Residence Life. 

Reed is a residential college that provides on-campus housing in small residential communities for a majority of its students in order to sustain vibrant social and intellectual exchange outside of the classroom and laboratory.  The residence life team fosters a residential experience where students are supported in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and belonging in the Reed community.  We support academic belonging, diversity and respect for human dignity, and student success. In alignment with the division of student life, we embody the values of EDI in programming, practice and culture as we work collaboratively to become an Anti-Racist organization.  

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, administrative half-day Fridays in the summer (reviewed and approved annually) , and many other campus amenities. This is a full-time, exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. Salary for this position is $42,567 for 10 months and $51,287 for 12 months per year. 

Reed College employment opportunities are in person and on campus. Therefore we do not offer remote positions.

Who you are

  • You are self aware and understand and possess an awareness of the concerns, pressures, and inequities of first-generation students in higher education and other marginalized communities.

  • You have a demonstrated commitment to advancing equity. You are self-aware and comfortable working on teams with varying gender, racial, socio-economic, ability, sexual orientation, and cultural identities.

  • You are an advocate. You focus on the advancement of available services and programs to underrepresented populations. 

  • You enjoy analyzing and conducting evaluations to improve and create initiatives and programs.

  • You have crisis response and on-call experience and the ability to work routine evening and weekend hours. 

  • You are committed to the development of students. Your passions lie in fostering the growth of the next generation of leaders. Your previous work has demonstrated your commitment to this calling. 

  • You hold strong communication skills and have the  ability to facilitate, develop and execute trainings.

  • You are  resourceful. You are able to connect with the greater community. You enjoy collaborative relationships with administrative offices, academic departments, and student groups.

  • You have strong interpersonal skills and the  ability to be effective in developing rapport and working with students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural backgrounds.

 What you'll do

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate a student staff of House Advisers (HAs). 

  • Coordinate individual professional and personal growth opportunities for student staff. 

  • Be available, approachable and responsive to students. 

  • Provide and/or facilitate educational opportunities that enhance student learning and growth in areas including academic and personal success, honor, community, inclusion, and wellness. 

  • Case manage students in respective areas group, which includes conducting meetings with residents as follow-up to violations of the AOD Policy and other disruptive and/or harmful behaviors.

  • Provide support and advising to students encountering academic, adjustment and/or personal hardships. 

  • Advise and refer individual students and groups regarding personal and academic needs, Residence Life procedures, and College policies 

  • Operations and facilities management. 

  • Weekly professional staff meeting.

  • Housing processes support.

  • Participate in ongoing personal and professional development in an effort to build and contribute to a thriving community.

  • Leverage self-awareness, lived experiences and intersecting identities when building effective relationships with students, staff, and faculty.

  • Engage and promote health and wellbeing practices for self and community care.

  • Create inclusive experiences for accessible, experiential, integrated learning and social interactions with students.

  • Embody the values of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in programming, practice, and culture; create inclusive experiences for accessible, experiential, integrated learning and social interactions.

  • Serve in an after hours on-call capacity rotation in collaboration with a weekly on-call team. 

  • Triage students of concern utilizing protocols or making relevant referrals. 

  • Email correspondence, scheduling, preparation, and follow-up for meetings and miscellaneous tasks. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an academic discipline, higher education administration, or another directly applicable field; or Enrolled in a Master’s degree program with one year of completion remaining.

  • One to three years experience in residence life/education, can include one year of graduate experience.

  • Must be willing to work in-person and able to keep regular hours, perform emergency on-call duty, and work some evenings and weekends.


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

Apply for this job

Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.