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Area Coordinator and International Student Adviser (INTERNAL ONLY)

Residence Life

The Area Coordinator and International Student Adviser (AC/ISA) is a professional staff position that serves as a 10 month live-in, primary manager and educator for the language house residence hall communities. In addition to working in Residence Life as an Area Coordinator (AC), this position has a dual role working in International Student Services (ISS) to support the international student community as an International Student Adviser.

This position provides support, programming, information, and referrals to the Reed student community, maintaining high visibility in the residence halls and across campus, including regular office hours. The AC/ISA is responsible for supervising and evaluating their House Adviser staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of residence hall educational and social programs. They also advise students on matters related to Residence Life, which includes mediating conflicts, responding to emergency crisis situations, making referrals to appropriate campus resources for specialized assistance, case management as well as follow-up to resident concerns and/or violations.

In addition, this position provides support and advising to F-1 and J-1 international students on immigration regulations. They assist in supporting a number of different programmatic efforts and initiatives within ISS, including social, cultural, academic, and life skills programming. This role serves as a resource for international students navigating college life in the U.S., adjusting to a new culture, and facilitates connection to resources and supports to promote international student success. This position advises the International Student Advisory Board and supports ISS programs such as the Host Family Program, the InterConnect Mentor program, and International Student Orientation.


  • 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 demonstrate intercultural humility and desire to increase your learning around this idea.
  • 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 love planning events and are unflappable when there are inevitable last minute changes.
  • 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.


  • Manage a community of approximately 50 students
  • Case manage students in respective area 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
  • Crisis Management
  • Serve as a programmatic liaison for the Language Houses and ISS
  • Provide and/or facilitate educational opportunities that enhance student learning and growth in areas including academic and personal success, honor, community, diversity and inclusion, social justice, and wellness
  • Assist with centralized recruitment, selection, training and evaluation of student staff in Residence Life and ISS
  • Advise and refer individual students and groups regarding personal and academic needs, Residence Life procedures, and College policies

International Student Services Support

  • Assist with immigration advising for F-1 and J-1 international students in the role of Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO)
  • Support programmatic efforts of the office including the Host Family Program, InterConnect Peer Mentor Program, International Student Orientation, and social, cultural, academic, and life skills programming
  • Serve as adviser to the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB), oversees the activities of the board, including the planning of the annual International Festival

 Housing Operations

  • Manage operational and administrative functions for Language Houses including room changes, departures during the semester, and the inventory process
  • Participate in the overall planning and management of the residence hall system and provide input in the development of policies and procedures
  • Communicate directly with other College departments pertaining to building maintenance and housing accommodations
  • Administer budget for area group, including programming, staff development, supplies, and other budgetary needs and demonstrate leadership over an assigned initiative, such as student staff selection, student staff training, programming, or professional staff recruitment


Bachelor's degree required; Master’s degree preferred. Two years of full-time professional experience post baccalaureate degree; Demonstrated commitment to intercultural competencies. Experience working with people from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds. Experience in University or College setting preferred.

Working Conditions

Campus apartment is within a residence hall and the Area Coordinator 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.


This position is open to current Reed employees only. 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:  
  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The application deadline is Monday, February 11, 2019, 11:59 pm. Application review will begin immediately after the deadline.

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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.