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Area Coordinator

The Area Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life (ACHRL) is an innovative full-time, live-in professional staff member in a dynamic department committed to creating supportive learning environments and helping students to reach their curricular and co-curricular goals.


The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.

  • Directly supervises one to two full-time professional staff members (Residence Hall Director)

  • The CHRL and RHD team is responsible for all general administrative and managerial functions of a residence hall(s) housing approximately 350-400 residents

  • Implement student success strategies and initiatives regarding a case manager concept for student success

  • Primarily responsible for recruiting, selecting, training, and supervising paraprofessional staff members

  • Facilitates a programming and community development model designed around a residential curriculum

  • Advises, counsels, and seeks to develop residents in alignment with the department’s Mission, Vision, and Goals to create and sustain a supportive living environment

  • Member of a crisis response/on-call rotation team

  • Adjudicates educational disciplinary conferences for policy violations within the residence hall

  • Directly supervised by a member of the departmental Leadership Team


  • Collaborate with academic and University partners to create and sustain residential communities that foster student learning, development, and academic success

  • Establish rapport and develop mentoring relationships with residents

  • Plan and present residence hall and campus-wide educational and social programs using a residential curriculum model

  • Play an integral role in executing the first-year student orientation program

  • Advise Hall Council by serving as a support, resource, and staff liaison

  • Adjudicate educational disciplinary conferences for alleged policy violations

  • Implement department initiatives, including academic initiatives

  • Collaborate with housekeeping and facilities staff members to maintain a living environment conducive to learning


  • Coordinate all administrative and managerial operations of a residence hall

  • Supervise, train, and evaluate a full-time Residence Hall Director(s)

  • Recruit, select, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 14-20 paraprofessional staff members

  • Maintain and oversee residence hall programming and supply budget

  • Report and keep record of facility, maintenance, and security issues within the hall

  • Serve in active leadership roles for departmental committees, task forces, and recruitment efforts

  • Provide intervention and response for crises and other facilities, safety, and security issues via a rotating on-call schedule

  • Attend to summer duties including but not limited to summer residence hall housing, camps, conferences, and special projects


  • Must be able to create connections with residential students to guide them to success

  • Must possess the ability to maintain an effective, cooperative working relationship with supervisors, supervisees, co-workers, and academic and community partners in keeping with the values and mission of both the Department and the University

  • Must possess above average oral, written, and computer communication skills

  • Must possess above average knowledge of student development theory and its application to meet the needs of today’s college students

  • Must possess demonstrated leadership, supervisory, and managerial skills

  • Must possess above average multi-tasking, administrative, and organizational skills

  • Must possess above average critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills

  • Must demonstrate willingness to serve as a role model for residential students, paraprofessional staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, initiative, attitude, and approach to work

  • Must demonstrate willingness to role model acceptance and advocacy of diverse student populations by creating an environment committed to valuing diversity and social justice

  • Must adhere to the ethical code of conduct governing the Student Affairs profession

  • Must be willing to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed

  • Although the majority of the position will function as described, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving departmental needs



Salary of $35,568

12-Month Renewable Contract

Furnished Apartment with Internet & Utilities*

Pet Friendly


Professional, Full Time Position

Medical Insurance

Dental & Vision Insurance

Life Insurance


Retirement Plan

Partial Tuition Waiver

Designated Parking Space

Parking Permit Purchase Required

Furnished Office Space


Reduced Membership to WKU's Health & Fitness Facility

University Bookstore Discount

Professional Development & Training

Great Networking Opportunities


Can delay beginning coursework for the first semester to allow for transition needs

Serve on Division-Wide Committees


Active Role in Admission Recruitment

Flexibility With Time Off to Attend Conferences


Collateral Assignments in Student Conduct, Retention, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, etc.

Great Contact, Support, and Interaction with the Leadership Team



*Partially furnished, pet friendly, two-bedroom apartment with internet service and utilities (fair market value of approximately $10,000 a year). Apartment use is restricted to the employee, employee’s partner (as defined by guidelines), and employee’s dependent children.

  • Successful applicant must possess a Master’s degree in Student Affairs or a related field with 2 or more years of experience working in the residential setting (at least two years post-baccalaureate)

  • Successful applicant must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check

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Notice: Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance. 


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