Search for University Jobs in Staff & Non-Managerial Professionals

Job ID: 133272

Area Coordinator
Simmons University

Date Posted Nov. 11, 2019
Title Area Coordinator
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Area Coordinator
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Coordinator
  • Counseling Services
    Student Services
Area Coordinator

Residence Campus - Boston, MA


Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved to become a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all.

You're joining our community at an especially exciting time as one of our strategic goals is to become the most inclusive campus in New England. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion, we encourage applications from all under-represented groups and are focused on inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Summary
Simmons University is looking for an Area Coordinator to join the Office of Residence Life. Reporting to the Director, the Area Coordinator contributes to the development of the undergraduate student population through a variety of robust social, educational, and leadership experiences. From providing high-touch student support, serving as a conduct officer, as well as participating in the on-call rotation, the Area Coordinator provides leadership and management of several residence halls.

We seek passionate, student-centered candidates with experience building and maintaining a comfortable, welcoming, and inclusive community that fosters engagement and personal development for residents. As a University committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we seek candidates who embody these values and have proven experience successfully working with individuals across a broad range of identities and perspectives.

  • Provide leadership for residential area, including supervising 2 Graduate Resident Directors (GRDs) and Resident Advisor (RA) staff;
  • Provide direct support and guidance to residents through programming, counseling, and referral designed to encourage the academic, emotional and social development of each student;
  • Host office hours in buildings, attend meals in the dining hall and host programs to be a visible and available member of the Simmons community;
  • Coordinate the development of programs in the residential area by working with GRDs and RAs to create high-quality, educational and impactful programs;
  • Oversee programming budget and track programmatic efforts for area;
  • Conduct on-going weekly supervisory meetings and staff meetings;
  • Attend weekly supervisory and Prostaff meetings;
  • Participate in the after-hours on-call duty rotation and serve as the primary point of contact in crisis situations;
  • Monitor and support the implementation of the student conduct process by hearing cases and making appropriate referrals;
  • Coordinate the opening and closing of the residence hall in conjunction with the opening and closing of the academic year and various vacation periods
  • Perform inspections of student rooms and buildings to maintain appropriate standards of health, safety, and maintenance;
  • Responsible for assisting in the planning, development and evaluation of RA Spring and Summer Training and on-going RA training series held throughout the academic year;
  • Plan and develop, and facilitate and execute RA Selection Process;
  • Assist central office staff with office operations when needed, i.e., Housing Selection;
  • Oversee Office of Residence Life Staff Appreciation initiatives;
  • Plan, coordinate and execute sessions during Summer and Fall Orientation to highlight the Office of Residence Life responsibilities and services;
  • Establish effective and positive working relationships with other campus offices and departments;
  • Represent the University and department on various committees and events including Admission Open Houses, Accepted Students Day, etc.;
  • Submit end-of-year report reviewing all events and accomplishment throughout the year;
  • Participate in projects related to the departmental goals;
  • Attend division-wide meetings as needed;
  • Be available during nights and weekends for office hours, programming, campus-wide events, etc.;
  • Other responsibilities as necessary.

  • Master's degree in College Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education, or related field;
  • 2+ years of professional residence life/housing experience required;
  • Ability to interact effectively with students, staff, and campus partners from diverse backgrounds;
  • Experience in community development and programming;
  • Understanding of and commitment to principles of social justice and inclusion;
  • Ability to handle difficult situations with a calm and professional approach and response;
  • Experience creating and contributing to a positive and fun environment that motivates residents and colleagues to do and be their best;
  • A genuine interest in being a part of a team;
  • Ability to respond to situations that arise during holidays, weekends, evenings and during the summer.

Position Summary:
This is a full-time, 12 months, live-in position requiring frequent night and weekend work. In addition to standard benefits, a partially furnished apartment is provided as well as a meal plan during the academic year.

Required Application Materials:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the "Resume/CV" box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

To apply, visit

Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.

Please reference in your cover letter when
applying for or inquiring about this job announcement.

Contact Information

Please see the job description for contact details
pertaining to this university job announcement.


Refer this job to a friend or colleague!

New Search | Previous

Looking for a higher education job?