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Are you considering joining the Residence Life team at Penn State? There are many opportunities for energetic leaders to become a part of a vibrant, dedicated Residence Life community.

Staff Positions in Residence Life

Penn State Residence Life is comprised of a central administrative office and a variety of distinct residence hall areas at 10 different campuses across the Commonwealth.

Residential Education Specialist 2 (Senior Coordinator)

Responsible to an Assistant Director/Associate Director of Residence Life for assisting with the supervision, administration, and promotion of a diversified residential experience within a residence hall community. Position also includes supervision of full-time professional staff.

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Responsibilities

Supervision

  • Supervises 1 professional staff member and up to 20 Sorority Assistants

  • Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings

  • Evaluates Resident Assistant  or Sorority Assistant performance

  • Provides support and training for Resident Assistants or Sorority Assistants

Student Development and Residence Education

  • Assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a residence education program for the area

  • Assists with the development and implementation of area-wide programs

  • Makes referrals to campus and community agencies when appropriate

  • Encourages student involvement and their programming efforts

  • Acts as an advocate for students by communicating concerns and issues to the appropriate agency

  • Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns

  • Interprets and enforces University and residence hall policies and procedures

  • Mediates conflicts between and among students

Administration

  • Assists with the daily operation and organization of the area and the area office

  • Handles requests for room changes and contract releases in collaboration with Assignment Office and Housing staff

  • Assists in promoting the safety and security of residents

  • Assists in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Police and Public Safety, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Conference Services, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Panhellenic Council, etc.

  • Provides on-call duty coverage over breaks on a rotating basis, including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break, and throughout Summer.

Community Development

  • Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment

  • Encourages Resident Assistants or Sorority Assistants to become well-acquainted with students in their buildings

  • Assists the Resident Assistants or Sorority Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment

  • Demonstrates a commitment to human relations, diversity, equity, social justice

  • Plans and implements community building programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants or Sorority Assistants and students

  • Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of marginalized groups

Other Responsibilities - Provide primary oversight and liaison responsibility on all day-to-day residential issues for one of the following areas:  sorority housing (Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life) or Summer Conferences (Housing Conference Services)

Sorority Residential Community Development

  • Supervision of full-time Coordinators in Sorority area
  • Facilitate recruitment/selection/training of Sorority Assistants
  • Supervise/Evaluate/Support Sorority Assistants in the development of community building programming for residential sorority members
  • Facilitate communication between sorority residential members and relevant chapter officers 
  • Conduct regular assessment regarding the residential and community engagement experience of residential sorority members for continued program development
  • Assist in marketing/promotional efforts to promote on-campus sorority floor living
  • Responsible to an Assistant/Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Attend Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff meetings and Panhellenic Council meetings as appropriate

Conference Services

  • Supervision of full-time Conference Coordinators

  • Interviewing, hiring, training, and supervision of summer conference coordinators and summer conference assistants (SCAs)

  • Schedule SCAs for duty as needed to cover conference groups living in various campus residence halls

  • Be present for check-ins to assist with guest questions and issues that arise

  • Assist in the formulation of conference policies, procedures, and protocols

  • Recommend housing arrangements and contract language to Assistant Director of Conference Services 

  • Respond to card access, behavioral and maintenance issues, emergencies

  • Organize and provide orientation sessions for chaperones, coaches, and parents

  • Responsible to an Assistant Director of Conference Services for assisting with adult conferences and youth/sport camps

Miscellaneous

  • Participates in committees and task force groups

  • Assists in the recruitment and training of professional and paraprofessional staff

  • Performs other duties as assigned

Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator)

The Coordinator is a full-time, professional staff member responsible to the Assistant Director for Residence Life.  They assist with the supervision and administration of a residence hall community.  The Assistant Director, in consultation with the Coordinator, interprets the Coordinator’s job description according to the particular needs of the residence hall area.

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Responsibilities

  • Supervises Resident Assistants, conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings, evaluates Resident Assistant performance, and provides support and training for Resident Assistants.

  • Assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a residential education program for the area and with the development and implementation of campus-wide programs.

  • Advises student groups in the area. Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns.

  • Makes referrals to University agencies when appropriate. Acts as an advocate for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency.

  • Encourages student involvement and their programming efforts and promotes area government and their programming efforts.

  • Interprets and enforces University and residence hall policies and procedures.

  • Mediates conflicts between and among students.

  • Assists with the daily operation and organization of the area and the area office.

  • Handles requests for room changes and contract releases.

  • Assists in promoting the safety and security of area residents.

  • Assists in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Safety and Security, New Student Programs, etc.

  • Provides on-call duty coverage over breaks on a rotating basis.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment.

  • Encourages Resident Assistants to become well-acquainted with students in the area. Assists the Resident Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment. Plans and implements programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants and students.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to human relations/diversity/social justice issues. Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups.

  • Participates in committees and task force groups.

  • Assists in the recruitment and training of professional staff and the development and implementation of goals for the area and the residence hall system.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Student Services Associate 5 (Senior Associate Director)

The Senior Associate Director is a full-time, professional staff member responsible to the Senior Director, Residence Life. They are responsible for assisting with the supervision and administration of a comprehensive residence hall program housing 14,000 students. The Senior Associate Director supervises and oversees the tasks of the Assistant Directors at University Park and the Associate Director for Student Conduct. The Senior Director, in consultation with the Senior Associate Director, interprets the Senior Associate Director’s job description according to the needs of the Residence Life program.

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  • Student Services Associate 5 (Senior Associate Director)                             Penn State University Park                                                                                               Log in and apply to job REQ_0000027217

Responsibilities

I. Supervision

· Supervise Associate Director for Student Conduct and four University Park Assistant Directors responsible for thirty-eight professional staff and 300 paraprofessionals.

· Plan and facilitate staff meetings in Director’s absence and as needed.

· Evaluate Associate Director for Student Conduct and Assistant Directors job performance.

· Provide system–wide support and training for para-professional and professional staff.

II. Student and Community Development

· Oversee the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the community standards program including the judicial database.

· Serve as the primary liaison to Office of Student Conduct and University Police.

· Monitor and update the electronic climate report system and Maxient

· Update residence hall polices as they relate to community standards and residence hall contracts.

· Handle student emergencies and crisis response. Be a part of the weekday and weekend on call rotation for the department.

· Support faculty and student involvement programs.

· Demonstrate a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment.

· Demonstrate a commitment to human relations and diversity issues.

· Demonstrate a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups.

III. Administration

· Assist the Senior Director in setting the overall direction for the department.

· Maintain effective working relationships with university departments that are external to Student Affairs including Housing and Food Services

· Lead and oversee strategic plans for the department

· Assist the Senior Director in developing and managing the budget.

· Assist Senior Assistant Director in setting the direction for the department’s living-learning environments

· Oversee the budget of $4 million and assist with a budget of $10 million.

· Serve as primary liaison to the University Police, Assignment Office, and Office of Student Conduct

· Represent Residence Life as part of the CARE team

· Attend Assignment, On-line Contract, and Space Allocation meetings.

· Attend and facilitate new staff mentor sessions.

· Plan and facilitate system-wide meetings, training, and retreats.

IV. Miscellaneous

· Assist the Senior Director in the development and implementation of goals, policies, guidelines, and procedures for the residence hall program.

· Utilize Residence Life and Student Affairs assessment results to measure the department’s effectiveness and to implement appropriate programs and services for students.

· Respond effectively to student emergencies and inquiries from higher-level staff, faculty, parents, and the press.

· Serve as representative for construction and renovation planning and committees for buildings and office spaces

· Represent Senior Director on University and Student Affairs committees when they are absent or unavailable.

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Residential Education Specialist 2 (Assistant Director)

The Assistant Director is a vital part of the team in helping to continue to vision and mission of the department. They are responsible to the Director of Residence Life and Community Standards , supervising a professional staff member and co-supervising up to 10 Resident Assistants, as well as overseeing the daily activities of Lions Gate Residence Hall, which houses up to 400 students. The position works in an apartment style residence hall setting housing undergraduate students. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree or higher in Student Personnel/Counseling or related area preferred. Should possess thorough understanding of the role and purpose of residence hall living as it applies to student development. Small campus experience desired as well as experience as a Student Affairs practitioner. Driver's license preferred. If operating a University vehicle for this position, candidate will be required to successfully complete a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks. This is an annual 12-month live-in. Full Penn-State benefits.

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  • Residential Education Specialist 2 (Assistant Director)
    Penn State Abington Campus                                                                                           Log in and apply to job REQ  0000026870

Responsibilities

I. Supervision

• Supervises professional staff member(s) 

• Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings.

• Provides support and training for Resident Assistants.

• Co-supervision of overnight desk attendants.

• Facilitate optimal group dynamics and evaluate employee performance on difficult work assignments and recommend appropriate developmental opportunities

 

II. Student Development and Residence Education

• Coordinates the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a residence education program for the area.

• Development, coordination, and implementation of campus-wide programs.

• Makes referrals to campus and community agencies when appropriate.

• Encourages student involvement and their programming efforts.

• Acts as an advocate for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency.

• Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns.

• Interprets and enforces University and residence hall policies and procedures.

• Mediates conflicts between and among students.

• Serves as the advisor the Residence Hall Council

 

III. Administration

• Oversees the daily operation and organization of the area and the area office.

• Handles requests for room changes and contract releases in collaboration with Housing staff.

• Promotes the safety and security of residents.

• Develops and maintains effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Police and Public Safety, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, etc.

• Provides on-call duty coverage over breaks on a rotating basis, including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break.

• Publish newsletters and web pages

• Act as a liaison and ensure customer service

 

IV. Community Development

• Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment.

• Encourages Resident Assistants to become well-acquainted with students in their pods.

• Assists the Resident Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment.

• Demonstrates a commitment to human relations/diversity/social justice issues.

• Plans and implements programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants and students.

• Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups.

 

V. Summer Responsibilities

· New Student Orientation

· Summer School

· Welcome Week Initiatives

 

VI. Miscellaneous

• Participates in committees and task force groups.

• Assists in the recruitment and training of professional and paraprofessional staff, including overnight desk attendants.

• Assists in the development and implementation of goals at Lions Gate.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

Administrative Support Assistant 2 (Office Manager)

The Office Manager is a vital part of the team in helping to continue the vision and mission of the department. They are responsible for providing administrative support for the Assistant Director, Area Coordinators, and Coordinators of a residential area housing up to 4,000 students.

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  • Administrative Support Assistant 2 (Office Manager)
    Penn State University Park Campus                                                                              Log in and apply to job REQ  0000028262
  • Administrative Support Assistant 2 
    Penn State Behrend Campus                                                                                       Log in and apply to job REQ  0000029991

Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary receptionist which includes answering telephones, greeting visitors, taking messages, opening, sorting, and distributing mail and scheduling appointments
  • Make appropriate referrals to other offices
  • Create duty schedule for professional and paraprofessional staff and distribute on a routine basis to various University offices
  • Assist in maintaining staff calendars
  • Assist in maintaining student files and records
  • Process room reservation requests and forward for signatures
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate office administrative support assistant/receptionist
  • Select, supervise, train, evaluate, and determine work schedule for student office employees
  • Type correspondence and reports while maintaining files and budget records
  • Provide reports and balance sheets to Assistant Director
  • Maintain calendars; this includes scheduling and canceling meetings and appointments for area office
  • Oversee and assist in Community Standards data input and maintain confidential student records
  • Process room reservation requests
  • Maintain office equipment
  • Inventory and order office supplies
  • Assist with Summer School and summer projects. 

Typically requires a High School diploma or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Microsoft Office software experience preferred. Must demonstrate a commitment to a community where diversity and sustainability are valued. In addition, excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task, and outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with other departments are necessary. Experience with computer software required. Good interpersonal skills needed.

 

    Cocurricular Programs Coordinator 4 (LLC Coordinator)

    The Coordinator is a vital part of the team in helping to continue the vision and mission of the department specifically around the Living Learning Communities (LLC). They are responsible to the Senior Assistant Director for maintaining and establishing relationships with Faculty and Advisers, implementing strategies to assess effectiveness of Living Learning Community to student success. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

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    Responsibilities

    Supervision:

    · Advise, or co- advise with Faculty Associates multiple LLC student organizations

    · Provide support and training for Resident Assistants

    · Provide support and training for LLC student organizations

    Student Development and Residence Education:

    · Plan, implement, and evaluate the Living Learning Communities residence education program for the department

    · Makes referrals to University agencies when appropriate

    · Encourages student involvement in residential and University engagement opportunities

    · Advocates for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency

    · Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns

    · Interpret and enforce University and residence hall policies and procedures

    Administration:

    · Responsible for the daily operation and organization of the Living Learning Communities

    · Assist in promoting the safety and security of area residents

    · Develop and maintain effective working relationships with Faculty Associates, Assignments, Housing and Food Services, Safety and Security, New Student Programs, etc

    · Administrator the LLC records (contact information for faculty/staff/students involved in the LLC, active status process, LLC traditions, etc.) to ensure a smooth transition

    Community Development:

    · Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment

    · Assist the LLC E-boards in developing and promoting a positive living environment

    · Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and social justice issues

    · Plans and implements programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants and LLC student leadership

    · Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups

    Miscellaneous:

    · Participates in committees and task force groups

    · Assists in the recruitment and training of professional staff

    · Assists in the development and implementation of goals for the area and the residence hall system Performs other duties as assigned

    Requires a Master’s degree or higher or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree or higher in Student Personnel/Counseling or related area preferred. Should possess thorough understanding of the role and purpose of residence hall living as it applies to student development. Driver's license preferred. If operating a University vehicle for this position, candidate will be required to complete a motor vehicle records check in addition to the standard background checks. This is a live-in 83.3 % full-time equivalence (FTE) job with mid-May to mid-July off. Full Penn State benefits included. Full Penn State benefits included. Start date will be July 11, 2022.

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    “ Penn State has opportunities around every corner and taking advantage of them is only matter of choosing which to engage in first. With time and effort, one’s Penn State experience can be the beginning of a path towards greatness. ”
    Suraju Jolaoso, Residence Life Coordinator

    Job Descriptions

    Penn State Residence Life offers many different positions throughout the department. Some may not be available right now but we want you to know about the opportunities for excelling within the department.

    Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator) 

    Residential Education Specialist 1
    (Coordinator) 

    • 10-12 month appointments 

    Responsible to an Area Coordinator/Assistant Director of Residence Life for assisting with the supervision, administration, and promotion of a diversified residential experience within a residence hall community.  

    Residential Education Specialist 1 (Living Learning Communities Coordinator) 

    Residential Education Specialist 1
    (Living Learning Communities Coordinator) 

    • 10 month appointments specifically working with Living Learning Communities 

    Responsible to an Senior Assistant Director of Residence Life for assisting with the supervision, administration, and promotion of a diversified residential experience within a residence hall community.  

    Residential Education Specialist 2 (Senior Coordinator) 

    Residential Education Specialist 2
    (Senior Coordinator) 

    Responsible to an Assistant Director/Associate Director of Residence Life for assisting with the supervision, administration, and promotion of a diversified residential experience within a residence hall community. Position also includes supervision of full-time professional staff.

    Residential Education Specialist 3 (Area Coordinator, University Park Campus) 

    Residential Education Specialist 3
    (Area Coordinator, University Park Campus) 

    Responsible to an Assistant Director of Residence Life for supervising a staff of up to five coordinators, as well as overseeing the daily activities of a residence hall area housing up to 4,400 students.  

    Residential Education Specialist 3 (Assistant Director, Commonwealth Campuses) 

    Residential Education Specialist 3
    (Assistant Director, Commonwealth Campuses) 

    Responsible to an Associate Director/Director of Student Affairs for supervising a staff of up to two coordinators, as well as overseeing the daily activities of a residence hall area housing up to 2,000 students.  

    Residential Education Specialist 4 (Assistant Director) 

    Residential Education Specialist 4
    (Assistant Director) 

    Responsible to a Senior Associate Director of Residence Life for assisting with the administration of a residence hall community housing up to 4,300 resident students. Assist in the development and implementation of the Residence Life strategic plan.  

    Administrative Support Assistant 2 (Staff Assistant/Office Manager) 

    Administrative Support Assistant 2
    (Staff Assistant/Office Manager) 

    Serve as primary receptionist. Schedule appointments on staff calendars. Print rosters and find student information using E-Living. Attend professional development sessions. Manage area office and supervise wage and work-study employees when office manager is out for the day. Serve as back up for the Housing Office when needed.  

    Student Services Associate 5 (Senior Associate Director)

    The Senior Associate Director is a full-time, professional staff member responsible to the Senior Director, Residence Life. They are responsible for assisting with the supervision and administration of a comprehensive residence hall program housing 14,000 students. The Senior Associate Director supervises and oversees the tasks of the Assistant Directors at University Park and the Associate Director for Student Conduct. The Senior Director, in consultation with the Senior Associate Director, interprets the Senior Associate Director’s job description according to the needs of the Residence Life program.

    Residence Life at Penn State

    Penn State is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions. With 11 residential campuses across the Commonwealth, Penn State residential living has something for everyone. From the small-town feel of State College to the city life at Greater Allegheny or Abington, our campuses offer a wide range of opportunities, experiences, and comfort.

    Abington

    Abington

    Penn State Abington is in a suburban campus, just minutes from center city Philadelphia. It is nestled in a quiet, residential, neighborhood and the campus has a charming and historical feel. Current enrollment is around 4,000 students and the residential population will be approximately 400 students. 

    Altoona

    Altoona

    Penn State Altoona is located in central Pennsylvania, just a 45-minute drive to State College a 2-hour drive to Pittsburgh; and a 4-hour drive to Philadelphia, PA. Penn State Altoona has an enrollment approaching 4,000 students and the residential population is approximately 900 students. 

    Beaver

    Beaver

    Penn State Beaver is located just 40 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. It is a quiet campus located in the suburb of Monaca, PA. One of our smaller campuses, Penn State Beaver enrolls about 700 students and the residential population is approximately 200 students. 

    Behrend

    Behrend

    Located on a wooded 854- acre campus, Penn State Behrend is just minutes away from the heart of Erie, PA. Penn State Behrend is one of the largest Penn State campuses with an enrollment just over 5,000 students and a residential population of approximately 1,700 students. 

    Berks

    Berks

    Penn State Berks is set on 258 beautifully landscaped acres next to Gring’s Mills Recreation Area near Reading, PA, about 60 miles from Philadelphia. Penn State Berks enrolls around 2,800 students with the capacity to house around 800 students. 

    Brandywine

    Brandywine

    One of our brand new facilities, Penn State Brandywine opened in Fall 2017. The campus is Philadelphia’s “next door” neighbor - just 20 miles west of the center of the city. Penn State Brandywine has an enrollment of about 1,600 students and the residential program houses approximately 250 students. 

    Greater Allegheny

    Greater Allegheny

    Penn State Greater Allegheny is a cozy campus located in McKeesport, PA - the closest campus to Pittsburgh. Close-knit partnerships exist between faculty, staff, and students here. One of our smaller campuses, Penn State Greater Allegheny enrolls about 600 students with the capacity to house 200 residents. 

    Harrisburg

    Harrisburg

    Penn State Harrisburg is a 218-acre campus located in Middletown, PA, just eight miles east of Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, and about 2 hours from Philadelphia. Penn State Harrisburg enrolls around 4,600 students and has a capacity to house approximately 400 residents. 

    Hazleton

    Hazleton

    Penn State Hazleton is a 125-acre scenic campus overlooking the Conyngham Valley. This dynamic community is mostly first-year students but upper-division students are also part of the engaging environment. Penn State Hazleton enrolls around 900 students and has a capacity to house around 450 residents. 

    Mont Alto

    Mont Alto

    Penn State Mont Alto is a 103 acre campus located near Chambersburg, PA. The quaint campus borders the beautiful Michaux State Forest and is within driving distance of many historical tourist areas and metropolitan cities. Penn State Mont Alto enrolls about 1,000 student and has a capacity to house approximately 450 residents. 

    University Park

    University Park

    Penn State University Park is located in quaint State College and is home to over 45,000 students. Located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, Penn State combines the academic focus, culture, diversity, and excitement of a Big 10 University with a small town setting. 

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    201 Johnston Commons
    University Park, PA 16802
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