Area Coordinator

Date Posted: 08/13/2021
Type/Department:Administrator in Dean of Students
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department:  Residence Life and Student Engagement                  

Job Title: Area Coordinator

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 35 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $38,000 - $42,000 / Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst

Reports to: Senior Director, Residence Life and Student Engagement

Anticipated Start Date: September 27, 2021

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 600 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The mission of residence life and student engagement at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic program with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth. As part of the student life team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


The residence life area coordinator is a full-time, 12-month, live-on professional staff member in the office of residence life and student engagement. The area coordinator reports directly to the director of residence life and student engagement and shares in the responsibility for all facets of the Residence Life program for students living in traditional and apartment style housing. Administrative responsibilities include but are not limited to managing budget for community building, programming, and student staff development. This position supports housing operations functions, including opening and closing of residence halls, access control, and follow-up on facilities and housekeeping concerns. The residence life area coordinator will have the opportunity to lead and manage key operational aspects of residence life such as student staff recruitment, student staff annual and in-house training or the Identity Based Housing Program.

The residence life area coordinator is a student development practitioner who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, open to new and challenging experiences directed towards professional growth and committed to creating and contributing to an inclusive campus community.

The area coordinator coordinates 24-hour/day support and resources to student residents. This position provides non-clinical counseling to students in a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency situations, assessing for safety in each case. Provide crisis management and response as the first-line of emergency on-call personnel. Develop and supervise up to 10 residence life student staff. Collaborate with campus partners to intervene with and support students of concern and students at-risk.

This position will collaborate with the residence life and student engagement team, particularly the assistant director of campus leadership and activities (CLA) to provide co-curricular and social activities for students throughout the academic year (evenings and weekends) and encourage community development within the student residences. The area coordinator will oversee targeted outreach to promote these activities to students of the community in which they live in.

The area coordinator will contribute to campus-wide educational initiatives, for instance the ENGAGE Day of Learning, new student orientation, community orientation, and community education day that advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Participates as a committed member of the student life team in college and division committee work, projects, meetings, retreats, and overall community development: assists in the coordination and facilitation of academic courses, co-curricular activities and services for students. Availability to work occasional nights and weekends required.


Understanding of Student Development Theory

Strong supervisory skills

Strong problem-solving skills

Strong collaborative skills

Ability to pay close attention to detail for budget tracking

Familiarity with computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Information management (Datatel), social media applications

Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Strengthens Hampshire College’s climate for diversity, equity & inclusion.

Demonstrates and supports a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.


Advanced degree with one year of job-related experience

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.



Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin on August 27, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.