Area Coordinator
Office of Residential Education


The Area Coordinator for Residential Education is a 12-month, live-in position, responsible for supporting the departmental mission through the supervision of 9-14 paraprofessional staff members and the administration of a residence area of approximately 400-600 students. Special emphasis is placed upon the role of the Area Coordinator as an educator, promoting a meaningful integration of academic and residential life. Each Area Coordinator is responsible for a unique neighborhood of residences. These neighborhoods may include a mixture of traditional residence halls, apartment-style housing and/or themed houses. The Area Coordinator reports indirectly to the Associate Dean of Students and directly to an Associate Director of Residential Education.


  • Supervise, evaluate and develop 9-14 resident assistants, which includes one senior resident assistant.
  • Actively participate in recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of paraprofessional staff.
  • Oversee a specific neighborhood of residences ranging from 400-600 undergraduate students.
  • Act as liaison with the faculty, deans, community, and appropriate college offices through attendance at community functions and professional committees.
  • Participate in campus-wide programming efforts by professional and student staff.
  • Collaborate with other offices to engage students in campus programming initiatives.
  • Coordinate openings and closings, maintain occupancy records, develop building inventories, facilitate room changes, and manage damage billing for the area.
  • Serve as a judicial hearing officer for students referred for policy violations.
  • Respond to students and parents with issues and concerns.
  • Serve as a mediator for roommate conflicts.
  • Participate in a 24-hour, Monday through Sunday, on-call duty rotation between 2-3 times per semester.
  • Participate in a collateral assignment with an office outside the Office of Residential Education for up to ten hours per week.
  • Actively participate in at least two interdepartmental committees each year (RA Selection, RA Training, Professional Staff Training, Professional Staff Recruitment, Housing Selection, ACUHO-I Intern Search ).
  • Perform duties pertaining to fire safety including fire drills, fire safety checks, building walkthroughs, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate will have a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling or a related field and one to three years residence life experience preferred; or a bachelor's degree and experience in residence hall administration required. Energy and enthusiasm for working in a collaborative, vibrant and creative environment is a must. Sense of humor and flexibility with the day-to-day activities and demands of a residential campus will be beneficial.


This is a full-time, 12-month, live-in, benefits-eligible administrative position. Compensation includes: salary, a furnished apartment, local phone, cable, assigned parking space, campus gym membership, meal plan during the academic year, and the Colleges' comprehensive benefits package. The Colleges allow a partner/spouse to reside in housing and also allows for approved pets (one dog, cat, caged bird, or maximum 50 gallon aquarium). Professional development funds are also available. This position description is not all-inclusive, as other tasks or responsibilities may be assigned. Review of resumes will begin immediately. The start date is July 1, 2014 and is flexible.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and the names with contact information of at least three references to:

Office of Human Resources
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
email: ferran@hws.edu

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and supporting faculty and staff that fully represent the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek applications from under-represented groups. The Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or any other protected status.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a highly  selective residential liberal arts institution located in a small, diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  With an enrollment of approximately 2,200, the Colleges offer 62 majors and minors from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must be an interdisciplinary program.  Creative and extensive programs of international study and public service are also at the core of the Colleges’ mission.