Northwest Association of College & University Housing Officers

Residence Life Coordinator at Seattle Pacific University

About Seattle Pacific University:

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University has a long and distinguished history in Christian higher education. Located just minutes from downtown Seattle, SPU seeks to be a premier Christian University fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Seattle Pacific University seeks applicants committed to its Christian mission.

Job Description:

The Residence Life Coordinator (RLC) is a professional live-in position. As a member of the Residence Life Staff, the RLC is responsible for creating a safe, inclusive, fun, and transformative residential learning experience for undergraduate students at Seattle Pacific University and managing the day-to-day operations of their living area.  The RLC must have a demonstrated Christian faith, a commitment to diversity and inclusion and enthusiasm for developing college students.

Staff Development

  • Train, supervise and evaluate 11-12 undergraduate Resident Advisors in a primary residence area in partnership with another professional staff member. RLCs may supervise one part-time graduate assistant.
  • Contribute to the overall training of the Resident Advisor and Hall Council staffs, including fall training, fall RA GS 3418 class, and staff in-services.
  • Assist in recruitment and selection or hiring processes for undergraduate student staff, graduate students, and full-time staff.

Student Learning & Support

  • Develop meaningful relationships with students and maintain a high degree of visibility and availability in the residential community.
  • Facilitate student learning around Student Life learning outcomes through relationships and programs, including the areas of community & leadership development, faith formation & Christian service, cultural understanding & engagement, vocation & calling, health & wellness, and integrated learning and academic success.
  • Engage students in the areas of personal values, relationships, wellness, decision-making and positive citizenship through mediation and student conduct processes.
  • Conduct regular wellness checks with students and provide coaching, strategies and resource referral related to student success.

Community Development

  • Establish and maintain a Christ-centered community that supports a safe, inclusive, fun and transformative residential learning environment for undergraduate students.
  • Advise the residence Hall Council (in residence halls) and serve on Hall Council Advisors committee, with a focus on community development through student advocacy and programs.

Residence Administration

  • Conduct openings, closings, inventory inspections, and room changes/withdrawals.
  • Provide support for undergraduate housing selection process.
  • Collaborate with campus partners such as Housing, Facility & Project Management, and Dining Services to sustain and improve residential environments.
  • Manage a residence hall front desk, including hiring, training, and supervision of student staff.
  • Learn and use technology platforms, including but not limited to Microsoft Office, StarRez, Banner, and Confluence.

Safety & Emergency Response

  • Participate in on-call rotation throughout the academic year to respond to incidents and emergencies for a residential population of approximately 1,700 students.
  • Serve as a Building Emergency Coordinator for the primary residence area and participate in overall response to campus emergencies.

Collaborative Residence Life Work

  • Collaboratively engage the Residence Life staff in a manner that fosters and invites trust, humility and respect, constructive critical feedback, focus on solutions and commitment to team and department decisions.
  • Serve on committees within Residence Life and the University as assigned.
  • Maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with other University departments.

Collateral Assignment

  • Responsibility for one area that assists in the overall function of Residence Life program and operations. Area of responsibility will be chosen yearly based on individual interests and abilities and department needs.

Professional Development

  • Ongoing personal and professional work that enhances staff member’s capacity for supporting historically underrepresented student populations and engaging all students related to cultural understanding and engagement at a predominantly white institution.
  • Ongoing professional engagement with the field of Student Affairs.
  • Participate in annual and ongoing departmental professional staff trainings.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

In coordination with their area partner, RLCs will generally either Advise Hall Council OR take primary teaching assignments in the fall RA class and manage the area front desk.


  • Bachelor’s degree and training in student development and/or counseling-related issues.
  • 1-2 years of graduate or professional experience working directly with college students.
  • An understanding of and demonstrated commitment to engaging underrepresented and majority culture students in issues of diversity and inclusion and supporting underrepresented student success at predominantly white institutions.
  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs Developmental Psychology, Education or a related field is preferred.
  • 2-3 year professional experience working directly with college students is preferred.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, 10 month position.

Targeted start date: August 9, 2018

Priority application deadline is Friday, April 16, 2018.

Salary: DOE

Application Instructions:

In addition to the online application, cover letter and resume, please upload your answers to the following questions. You may choose how to allocate space to each individual question.

  1. The Residence Life Coordinator position works on a collaborative team within Residence Life. What do you think are the most important elements of working on a professional staff and providing leadership for student staff?
  2. What do you see as the most important aspects of serving undergraduate students in a residential setting? What strengths or skills do you have that would aid in fostering a strong residential community at SPU?
  3. SPU is a historically orthodox, evangelical, distinctively Wesleyan and genuinely ecumenical University that is committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  How does your faith inform your Student Affairs philosophy and practice?
  4. Describe how you would foster an inclusive residential learning environment. What have you done in the last year to develop and expand your capacity to serve and engage culturally and ethnically diverse and historically underrepresented students at SPU?

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