About Mills College: Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit https://www.mills.edu/
Position Summary Under the direction of the Director of Residential Life & Community Standards, the Area Coordinator (AC) position is critical to the development and oversight of the residential community. ACs are 12-month full-time live-in staff members who are responsible for the overall management of a residential area. This position includes working with diverse groups of students, staff, and faculty. Due to the nature of the position, ACs do not operate within the traditional business hours and responsibilities often extend into weekend and evening hours. An AC must be dedicated to educating and engaging students by providing transformative learning experiences grounded in social justice.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Staff Supervision & Development
Supervise a paraprofessional student staff to include the planning, training, and development of the staff.
Participate in the planning, selection, and implementation of the Community Life training program for all student staff.
Support paraprofessional staff in coordinating the community development effort for assigned residential area.
Develop community identity around specialty housing options; first-year, continuing, theme housing, and academic living learning communities that support a deep sense of belonging.
Actively foster an environment that is safe and supportive, including high visibility and interaction with residents.
Facilitate mediation between students experiencing conflicts.
Assist with the opening and closing of the residential facilities each semester and at all vacation/break periods.
Participate in rotating on-call (emergency response) coverage for the campus; including holidays, evenings, and weekends. Respond to emergency situations.
Assist, respond, and document personal, facilities, and medical emergencies.
Work in conjunction with Department of Public Safety staff regarding safety issues and emergencies.
Administration of Conduct
Serve as first level student conduct administrator; communicate policy information, and expectations regarding appropriate behavior to residents.
Administer sanctions when necessary that are educational and support the students development while holding them accountable to residential and college policies.
Oversee the daily operation of a residential community, including check-in and checkout procedures, and facility and security management.
Work closely with operations, housekeeping, facility management, and support staff to fulfill department objectives.
Maintain programming budgets and track paraprofessional staffs programming requirements, budgets, and assess effectiveness of community building efforts.
Support and promote Community Life and the Division of Student Life (DSL).
Professionally participate in student events on campus.
Serve on Student Life, campus-wide, and/or departmental committees.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Participate (as needed) in a number of DSL workgroups established by the Dean of Student Life in conjunction with the strategic goals of the division and the mission of Mills.
Minimum Qualifications Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of residence life operations, student affairs, higher education administration
Interpersonal/human relations skills
Written and verbal communication skills
Supervisory skills and abilities
Ability to maintain confidential information
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to work flexible schedule with on-call duty rotation
Ability to operate a personal computer and various software programs
Ability to enforce safety policies, practices, procedures and requirements of the department, College, and Illness & Injury Prevention Plan
Ability to communicate effectively with diverse constituencies across campus
Ability to remain calm and objective and work under pressure while handling student and/or staff crisis situations
Ability to respond to the problems and challenges of the diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of college students
Ability to balance representation of the department, Division of Student Life, and Mills College
Education and Training
Bachelors degree and related Residential Life experience required; Masters degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Ed Administration or related field preferred.
Minimum two years with relevant experience around community development or student leadership/involvement and one-year live-in staff experience in residence life preferred.
Demonstrated experience in student conduct/judicial affairs.
Physical, Mental, and Environmental Demands
Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and monitor.
Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make professional presentations.
Speak and listen to others, both in person, by email, and over the telephone.
Mobility to move from building to building on campus which requires walking up and down hills and stairs.
May occasionally drive a college golf cart and drive off campus for work related business.
Office environment, subject to interruptions.
May require long days, evenings and weekend work.
As needed a reasonable accommodation will be provided so the job function can be effectively performed.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.