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Residential Life Coordinator

Department: Residential Life
Reports to:  Associate Director of Residential Life
Status: Full time, salaried
Class: Administrative Exemption
Date Last Revised: April 2019

Illinois College is a residential, private liberal arts college located in historic Jacksonville, Illinois, 85 miles north of Saint Louis, Missouri, and 30 miles west of Springfield, the Illinois State Capital. True to its founding vision in 1829, Illinois College is a community committed to the highest standards of scholarship and integrity in the liberal arts. Illinois College promotes academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity through an increasingly diverse student population.  The College develops in its students, qualities of mind and character needed for fulfilling lives of leadership and service, fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success.

The Residential Life Coordinator supports the success of the residential life experience at Illinois College as well as the summer camp and conference program. Living on campus is a requirement of this position; housing is provided. The Coordinator works closely with the professional and student staff in the residence halls to serve students and develop effective programming.

Essential Functions

  • The following list of duties is meant to be representative of the work performed in this position.  The omission of a specific duty or responsibility will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical extension of position responsibilities.
  • Support the residential life staff including attending weekly staff meetings, supporting the development of effective programming, and serving as a resource for student issues
  • Provide direct support to students facing challenges in their personal or academic lives
  • Assist professional and student staff in addressing issues that arise in the residence halls, including disciplinary infractions
  • Assist in the planning and executing of staff selection
  • Facilitate and manage student access to the residential facilities through the campus access system, Velocity
  • Serve as a role model and supportive presence for student staff as well as all residential students
  • Data entry into the College’s database system (Jenzabar), housing management software programs (eRezLife), and access control database (Velocity and SMS)
  • Conduct evening rounds through residential buildings 2-3 times weekly
  • Coordinate the summer camp and conference program in collaboration with facilities management, dining services, and the director of campus events
  • Supervise the summer conference staff
  • Basic administrative tasks and using various computer programs such as MS Office suite and Google productivity products such as Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc.
  • Assist the Associate Director of Residential Life in projects and programming
  • Supervise the campus house and College Ave. Apartments managers
  • Respond to emergencies and be available by phone as a resource for Hall Directors and Public Safety
  • Organize break housing as well as late stay and early arrival requests throughout the school year
  • Assist in the planning and implementation the bi-annual student staff trainings and professional development in-services throughout the year
  • Assist with the coordination of campus wide social and educational activities sponsored by the Office of Residential Life
  • Attend meetings and activities at night and some weekends


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Previous experience working in residential life (as a Resident Assistant, Residence Director, or the equivalent); preference given to applicants with previous supervisory experience
  • An understanding of and respect for the private, Liberal Arts college experience
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with students, faculty, and staff within all areas of the College
  • Basic counseling skills and ability to build rapport with students of different backgrounds 
  • Basic programming and event management experience
  • Elevated public speaking or teaching experience
  • Previous practice in supervising college students is preferred 
  • Elevated understanding of, and ability to assist in the develop of conflict management skills in traditional-aged college students
  • General knowledge of student development theory 
  • Possess organizational and management skills
  • Ability to manage several tasks at once and respond quickly and effectively to emergency or unforeseen situations
  • Ability to set appropriate professional boundaries with students
  • Aptitude in working with diverse populations; possess intercultural competence
  • Excellent computer and data entry skills
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with students as well as parents
  • Capacity to work independently, with motivation to seek out ways to help the department/program function more effectively and efficiently
  • Possess sensitivity and maturity because of the confidential nature of student information that arises 
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to obtain college vehicle driving certification

To apply submit a cover letter, resume and list of references to the Office of Human Resources by email to or by mail to:

Office of Human Resources
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Illinois College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from underrepresented minorities and women.