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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.

Administrative Support Assistant (Level 2)

The Administrative Support Assistant (Level 2) is a full-time, professional staff member responsible to the Assistant Support Coordinator for Residence Life.  This position requires additional specialized training beyond the high school level or completion of a formal high school vocational program or equivalent, plus one year of work-related experience. In addition, computer, data management, and word processing experience is required. Good interpersonal skills are needed as well.

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Responsibilities

  • In regular academic year, assist in providing support for the Central Office with all administrative tasks. Serve as secondary receptionist to answer phones, greet visitors, and take messages.

  • Assist in maintaining electronic staff calendars for Senior Associate Director, schedule and cancel meetings, and make appointments.

  • Compose and type correspondence, reports, and memos

  • Make referrals to other offices

  • Maintain student conduct files through Maxient and refer to the Office of Student Conduct. Schedule hearings and appeals along with monitoring the progress of cases and maintain incident report log

  • Complete access requests for all staff

  • Assist in creating and maintaining student files and records

  • Open, sort and distribute mail and post notices

  • Assist with special projects and run office errands and perform other duties as assigned

Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator: 10 Month)

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.

  • LIVE-IN POSITION

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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 residence 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.

Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator: 12 Month)

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.

  • LIVE-IN POSITION

Apply Now

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 residence 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.

Apply to vacancies

Residence Life also posts positions on some or all of the following sites:

Residence Life may also recruit at the following large conferences:

“ 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

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 opportunity, experiences, and comfort. 

  • 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

    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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