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Area Coordinator, Residential Commons

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Staff, Student Affairs Professionals

Who we are

For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Job Summary

In addition to housing, this benefits eligible position pays $48,750 per year.

As a live-in Student Life professional, the Area Coordinator will maintain high visibility with residents and foster the development of living and learning communities that enhance student learning and success. The Area Coordinator will develop and deliver educational programming, provide student advocacy and support, participate in regular on-call duty rotation, supervise staff and serve as a conduct officer of the institution. The Area Coordinator is responsible for ensuring Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students (CLASS) is fully realized through the Residential Commons.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Master's Degree in Higher Education, College Student Personnel or related field and two (2) or more years of experience in Student Affairs directly working with college students, preferably in a residence life setting. Candidates must have the ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus locations within the Capital District as a requirement of on-call duties

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

- Understanding of student development theories and their application to students attending a highly selective, residential research university
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Experience with assessment, budgeting and strategic planning preferred
- Experience advising, coaching, mentoring, and counseling college students
- Demonstrate experience, skill, and ability in leading one of the primary residential assignments, e.g. recruitment and staffing, training, judicial, program development, and/or working with special and diverse student populations.
- Requires excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Requires strong organizational skills
- Requires excellent customer service skills
- Requires ability to work effectively under pressure and meet established goals and objectives.
- Requires planning, organizing and effective time management skills.


Candidates must have the ability to travel to on-campus and off-campus locations within the Capital District as a requirement of on-call duties

Application instructions


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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

As Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students back to campus for an in-person academic experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

In addition, Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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