Title: Coordinator for Residence Life & First-Year Experience
The Bates College Office of Residence Life and Health Education is seeking an empathetic, engaging, and personable individual to join a team of professional and student staff working to support the campus community. Joining an existing team of dedicated professionals at a moment of expansion, this position will work to support students across campus by helping them to engage fully with the opportunities of the College’s residential liberal arts environment. Based in a community to racial and social justice and the development of structures responsive to student needs, this role joins the college at an exciting moment. With a newly established vision for integrating student support into accountability structures, this is a unique opportunity to join a motivated team in developing new policies and strategies for supporting success for students of all identities, experiences, and perspectives.
Serving as a member of the on-call residence life team, this position offers the opportunity to build relationships and support students holistically. Supporting students in accountability practices, policy enforcement, and connection to necessary support services, the coordinator will be deeply embedded in the campus community. The coordinator will also work closely with members of the student residence life staff as supervisor of a residential area of campus, making paraprofessional relationship building an essential focus of this position. Fostering the development of student staff through engaged and affirming mentorship and supporting residents in responding to the developmental opportunities of the college environment will be areas of focus in addition to supervising traditional programming and other residential community-building initiatives.
Additional to their residence life responsibilities, the coordinator of residence life for the first-year experience will specialize in support of the development of first-year experience opportunities. From orientation week through the end of the first year, the coordinator will partner with staff and faculty to create unique opportunities for first-years to develop connections and a sense of belonging on campus. The area of focus will provide a foundation for building strong relationships with both first-year students and upper-class student leaders who support them.
Supports students and families in the transition to residential college living by effectively communicating information and making referrals to appropriate resources.
Supports the Assistant Dean in implementing First-Year Form collection.
Supports the Assistant Dean in designing Orientation.
Supports the Assistant Dean in creating First-Year workshops that provide consistent information to all incoming students.
Host Zoom sessions over the summer for incoming students called Ask Me Anything.
Participates in the strategic design of First-Year acceptance and yield initiatives.
Coordinates with the Assistant Dean to design a summer communication strategy for first-year students and implements this strategy.
Collaborates with campus partners on Orientation program design.
Assists with the in-person first-year experience workshop pilot.
Collaborates with faculty to implement elements of the first-year experience as needed.
Additional First-Year Experience projects as assigned.
Incorporate the tenants of equity, inclusion, access, and educational justice in all areas of work.
Assist departmental colleagues to develop and implement programming opportunities in support of health education, community building, and housing-related initiatives.
Provide leadership, supervision, and development opportunities to a small student staff team to foster personal development, professional growth, and leadership. Implement initiatives designed by or in collaboration with Assistant Director and Associate Dean to foster social justice and racial justice lens development for student staff.
Utilize individual contacts in meetings with staff to appropriately identify and address student concerns.
Mediate student conflicts within residential environments utilizing student development theory.
Converse with student staff to develop clear outcomes associated with programming.
Serve as a Green Dot Bystander Intervention instructor/facilitator.
Collaborate with the Office of Intercultural Education on student events.
Live-in/on Responsibilities - Community Development & Residential Conflict Intervention
Maintain a high level of visibility within the residential community to build relationships with students by conducting rounds when on duty and attending programs and other engagement opportunities.
Considering community health, equity, fairness, and de-escalation techniques - identify, intervene, and document residential conflicts/issues either when completing rounds or when being dispatched by Campus Safety.
Collaborate with student staff and campus partners to build strong residential communities that celebrate difference and support all students in their academic and personal success at Bates.
Empower students to learn conflict management skills when living in a community together through both responsive and proactive opportunities.
Serve as a first-tier responder in a two-tiered on-call duty rotation.
Coordinate incident and behavioral response, including those that are highly complex in nature; e.g., sexual misconduct, alcohol and drug-related behavior, mental health concerns, bias incidents, health and safety concerns, and community conflict.
Complete appropriate, accurate, and consistent documentation of policy violations and residential conflicts in accordance with departmental risk management practices.
Perform on-call responsibilities for the residential system on a regularly scheduled rotation during the year, including all college break periods and holidays - be accessible by cell phone 24 hours per day and remain within the required radius of campus during periods of on-call responsibility.
1-2 years of experience in residence life or higher education (including professional or undergraduate experience in residence life, student government, student activities, student or outdoor leadership positions, other campus offices, etc.).
Demonstrated success in supporting students from underrepresented groups, including students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first-generation-to-college students, LGBTQIAP2+ identified individuals, and low-income students.
Experience working in collaborative and dynamic office environments with frequently shifting tasks and priorities.
Experience in supporting the success of peer-to-peer educational models including implementation of assessment practices.
Experience supporting young adults and their families in the transition to a residential college environment.
Training and experience in facilitating mediation, conflict resolution, or other restorative justice processes.
Skills and Knowledge
Excellent judgment and awareness for interpersonal dynamics
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships with clientele such as students, families, staff, faculty, and co-workers.
Excellent communication (written, verbal & listening) skills.
Ability to effectively engage with diverse personalities and manage difficult situations.
Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
Strong organizational, tracking, and assessment skills including proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, WordPress [website], Google docs, email, and calendaring).
Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to adapt and explore multiple avenues to a solution.
Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism, and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
20 hours a week in office (Monday-Friday), flexible scheduling
1-2 weekend shifts a month and 3 weekends a month on occasion
Weekend shift Friday 10AM to Monday 10AM
Rounds of residential areas
Incident response as needed
Note: Duty shifts for this schedule are covered across 5 positions with two staff members on-call for each shift
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more), and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at email@example.com.
Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.