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Area Coordinator, Be Well

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Student Life/ Involvement

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 37.5   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm with some nights and weekends 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

The Area Coordinator is a 12-month live-in position. The Area Coordinator is responsible for the overall functioning of a student residence area of campus consisting of 6 to 8 residence halls, including direct supervision of Senior Community Advisors and Community Advisors. Area Coordinators work with the Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life and Associate Director of Residential Life to develop an environment where individual responsibility and respect for differences are fostered and valued. In addition, the Area Coordinators are responsible for planning and promoting programmatic initiatives that will support community development. Special preference will be given to those with experience working in living learning communities. This is an ideal position for a new professional. Bachelor’s Degree is required, Master’s Degree is preferred.

The Mount Holyoke College Area Coordinator position is a 12-month position with a salary of $44,000 and includes a partially furnished 1-2 bedroom on-campus apartment.  Partners and pets are welcome and you’d have a free reserved parking spot.  The position has a flexible start date of July 15.  Please direct questions to the person who would be supervising this position, Sam Benson, Associate Director for Residential Life & Orientation, at  We can’t wait to read your application!  (Why work at a gender diverse women’s college?  Read more here!)

Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Train, supervise, support, and evaluate 4 to 6 Senior Community Advisors and 25 to 35 Community Advisors through one-on-ones, group meetings, and other office communications.
  • Advise and support Senior Community Advisors in the mentoring of the Community Advisor staff in their respective area.
  • Oversee the budget for each building under your supervision, as well as an area budget for programming initiatives equivalent to one dollar per person in your area Participate in the Professional Staff on Call rotation and provide crisis intervention in emergency situations including contact with Campus Police, Health and Counseling Services, and direction to paraprofessional staff. ACs should expect to be on call approximately one week per month. As essential personnel, report to campus to assist during crisis or other situations as requested by the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life Set weekly office hours and be available during this time.
  • Check and return voicemail, email, and other correspondences in a timely fashion.
  • Collaborate with and make referrals to other departments as appropriate (Campus Police, Counseling Services, AccessAbility Services, Health Services, Student Involvement, Religious and Spiritual Life, etc.).
  • Enforce campus residential, social, community, and alcohol policies as mandated by Mount Holyoke College and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Serve as a judicial/conduct officer, handling College response to student violations of college policy. Plan, develop and implement formal and informal educational and social programs for student staff, area- and campus-wide to promote visibility and community development.
  • Manage requests from individual students as well as 110 student organizations for use of residence hall common space through the EMS event reservation system. Assist the Associate Director of Residential Life with housing processes (i.e. room assignments, room changes, roommate mediation, and housing lottery).
  • Participate on various committees on campus and perform other duties as requested by the Associate Dean of Student & Director of Residential Life and the Vice President of Student Life/ Dean of Students.
  • Front Desk/ Office Management Hiring of student assistants Training of student assistants Supervision of Assistants Timesheets Serve as a resource for students, parents, and other departments.
  • Serve as the primary Residential Life liaison to the sophomore class and participate in events specific to that population
  • Oversee staff appreciation events such as birthday cards, appreciation week, and end of semester celebrations, as well as other moments to increase morale as desired
  • Schedule, coordinate, and oversee weekly staff in-service training
  • Send out weekly email with the student staff duty schedule as well as common room reservations
  • Plan and implement programs for November, January, and March breaks
  • Serve as the Residential Life liaison to No Study Zone, coordinating a trail mix bar Collateral Assignment-
  • Be Well Responsibilities: Assist in the development and/or implementation of the Be Well Strategic Plan Serve on any Be Well advisory committees or groups
  • Serve on the Be Well, Eat Well and Alcohol Drug Awareness Committees Assist with the development, coordination, and evaluation of activities for a Be Well Break Week each semester
  • Oversee the Alcohol and Other Drugs and Sexual Assault Prevention online training including: In collaboration with the Be Well Director and Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life, set a rollout schedule including dates for follow up and accountability
  • Collaborate with the Title IX Coordinator and ADAC as needed to set customizations for each module
  • Develop communications to students about the modules
  • Ensure the training is sent to all students required to complete it and follow up with students who are not in compliance
  • Answer student questions regarding access to the module
  • Other duties as assigned
  • The ideal candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to students and their growth. They need a positive attitude and excitement towards their work and be able to share that with others. They must have the ability to take initiative, work independently and be a strong team member. In addition, the ideal candidate must have strong communication skills and be able to exercise sound judgment. A good sense of humor and the desire to have fun and laugh often are highly valued. 
  • To help us further build these holistic community care experiences, we seek candidates committed to leading, learning, and sometimes unlearning with an equity and justice mindset.  Candidates who are eager to reflect upon and grow through their own progress and setbacks, while simultaneously coaching students through these same things during a small liberal arts college experience, will thrive and find a supportive team atmosphere here.  We seek candidates with direct experience supporting historically excluded students of many intersecting social identities and who are ready to start creating a track record of action to shape a more equitable college experience. Candidates must have a commitment to understanding and acting upon social justice at a gender diverse women’s college. 


  • Bachelor’s degree is required, Masters’ Preferred
  • Must have an understanding of values and expectations of a women's college that is a gender diverse, research liberal arts college.
  • Demonstrate intercultural, diversity and inclusion competencies and a commitment to working with diverse populations.
  • Working knowledge of principles, practices, and theories of student learning and development; understanding of the cultural, social, and educational needs of students in residential communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to creatively and efficiently solve problems, using sound judgment, assuming ownership of a problem, and resolving challenges in a collaborative manner.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting the department's goal in creating and engaging in inclusive, compassionate, and authentic communities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in higher education/student affairs or equivalent is preferred.
  • Agility and familiarity with Google suite, Canva, database systems such as Residence, Starfish, Colleague, and computer literacy preferred.
  • Experience working with living-learning communities and international students.


  • Valid Drivers License allows the employee to be certified to drive one of the vehicles in Mount Holyoke College's small fleet for departmental use. Not a requirement.

Compliance Requirements: none

Physical Demands: 

  • Light lifting (25lbs or less) related to event set-up
  • Walking around campus

Working Conditions: 

  • Some nights and weekends required

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include

  1. A cover letter summarizing interests and qualifications
  2. A complete resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Contact information for 3 professional references

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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