Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Area Coordinator at Southern Oregon University

Position: Area Coordinator for Residential Life (Job Post #A00315)

Institution: Southern Oregon University (SOU)

Salary & Benefits: $27,500 Salary, plus a meal plan and a two-bedroom furnished apartment with in-unit laundry.

SOU Job Website Link: https://jobs.sou.edu/postings/6972

About the Position:

University Housing supports the educational mission of the University by providing a safe, secure, and educational living environment for students. Many educational and social learning opportunities are provided to the students while living in University Housing. In addition, University Housing also provides educational groups the means to stay on campus and utilize the university facilities, services, and experience through our Conference Services. During the academic year University Housing has approximately 1,200 students living in the halls and apartments. Conference Services accommodates over 10,000 guests throughout the full year.

University Housing is a self-supporting auxiliary enterprise with an annual operating budget of over 14 million dollars.

The Area Coordinator (AC) is primarily responsible for student staff supervision, community development, and operations management within the University Housing department. The person coordinates the work of staffs assigned to their functional areas to accomplish the goals of the University Housing department at Southern Oregon University (SOU). The AC will provide a supervision philosophy that encourages creativity and provides motivation for student staff. The AC is supervised by, and reports directly to the Assistant Director of University Housing for Residential Life.

The Area Coordinator must be accessible to residents and guests on a regular, daily basis.
Some evening and weekend work and occasional travel is required. The person will serve in the primary professional staff on-call rotation for University Housing.

Additionally, the Area Coordinator is expected to:
-Adapt and respond appropriately to new and challenging circumstances.
-Act as a role model and professional representative of SOU and University Housing.
-Always act in a mature and appropriate professional manner in dealings with students, parents, staff, and other University officials.
-Support the mission, goals, and policies of University Housing and SOU.
-Encourage academic achievement, student satisfaction, and retention through personal contact, community development, and operational management.
-Ensure accurate and positive representation of SOU to the public.
-Maintain ethical relationships with colleagues and students.
-Represent SOU in an appropriate manner at all times, including at conferences or other events as requested.

The AC will also be responsible for building interpersonal relationships to:
-Develop a sense of community and a basis for positive interpersonal relationships.
-Be aware of problems and concerns.
Mediate conflicts and work to resolve problems.
-Establish a rapport with residents and guests.
-Be receptive and open to different values and lifestyles.
-Be available for consultation with students, parents, staff, and conference groups.
-Respect the confidence of residents, guests, and staff.
-Display appropriate flexibility and a positive perspective in various situations.
-Promote an atmosphere of cooperation.
-Demonstrate interest and enthusiasm.

Minimum Qualifications:
-A Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable field.
-Two years of experience at the undergraduate level in either Housing/Residential Life or Student Life/Involvement.
-This is a required live-in position with some evening & weekend work and emergency on-call responsibilities.
-Must be willing and able to live in campus provided housing.

Preferred Qualifications:
-A Master’s Degree in the social sciences or higher education administration
-Direct, progressive experience in Housing/Residential Life

Southern Oregon University Diversity Statement:

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

Priority Consideration Deadline: March 29, 2018

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