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The area coordinator at UMass Lowell is a senior staff member in the Office of Residence Life who is responsible for the overall management and supervision of a residential complex. This includes the supervision of student and graduate staff, development of programs, student behavior management, occupancy management, and response to needs of a large building or area. In addition to this the area coordinator serves as the leader to an assigned departmental initiative, process, or committee.
Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, college student personnel administration, or related field
2 years of professional experience in Residence Life
2 years of student staff supervision experience
2 years of experience as a student conduct hearing officer
Starting salary: $47,500 for 12 month contract
Furnished apartment & University meal plan
The resident director at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a senior staff member who supplements and complements the formal education process by enhancing the quality of life in the residence halls; enhancing the educational environment by creating a living and learning experience that will optimize individual growth and foster community development. Working in unison with the student affairs staff, residence hall staff, and student leaders the resident director creates an environment conducive to the intellectual, psycho-social, moral, and cultural growth and maturation of the resident population. Specific responsibilities will depend upon the individual needs of the particular residence hall and the needs of the developing Residence Life program.
Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
Previous residence life experience
Previous experience supervising student staff
Starting salary: $41,000 for 12 month contract
Furnished apartment & University meal plan
Professional Employee Benefits
In addition to the compensation listed under each position type, professional staff are entitled to the following benefits.
Resident directors and area coordinators are allocated one reserved parking space and must purchase a staff parking permit. Resident directors and area coordinators may also purchase additional parking permits for any live-in partners.
As a full time employee at UMass Lowell, you can choose from a variety of medical plans available from the Group Insurance Commission (GIC). Spouses and dependents may also be covered by benefits packages in accordance with insurance plan guidelines. Dental insurance is provided through the professional union.
Employee Union SEIU 888:
All full time, professional staff positions in Residence Life are members of the
SEIU 888 Professional Union
. The Union is available for any questions employees have regarding staff contracts.
Meal Plan & Housing:
All resident directors and area coordinators receive a fully furnished one or two bedroom (depending on area) apartment. Apartments include all utilities, internet, and cable television. Resident directors and area coordinators may choose between a silver (100 meals, 350 dining dollars) meal plan or gold (unlimited meals, 200 dining dollars) meal plan.
Vacation, Sick Days, and Paid Holidays:
Full time employees accrue vacation time at a rate of 20 days per year and sick time at a rate of 15 days per year. In addition to this full time employees also receive three personal days and 13 holiday days (during holidays when university is closed).
Professional Staff Selection and Recruitment Timeline
March: NASPA Placement Exchange
April: Campus Interviews
April/May: Anticipated Offers
July: Contract Start Date
A completed application consists of a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.
Candidates must apply through the
UMass Lowell Human Resources Website
Sample Interview Schedule
Meeting with the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Residence Life
Meeting with the Dean of Student Affairs
Meeting with Students
Lunch with current Resident Directors/Area Coordinators
Open interview with Student Affairs colleagues
Meeting with Residence Life Leadership Team
UMass Lowell will cover travel expenses in advance, including airfare or mileage reimbursement
Candidates will be given a room at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
All meals will be included during the interview
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