Residential Life Coordinator - First Generation Student Support Specialist

Juniata College invites applications for a Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) – First Generation Student Support Specialist position. Juniata is a co-educational, liberal arts college, highly regarded for its academic excellence.

Juniata College embraces a liberal arts lifestyle and as such, we believe that all people bring valuable perspective to contribute as citizens in an increasingly global and diverse community. We encourage and seek mutual benefit through diversity of thought and approach which enriches our academic community, as well as the lives of our students and colleagues. Juniata College is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive community where members with different perspectives and backgrounds can learn, contribute, and thrive. Therefore, our relationships are based on mutual respect and support. Please join us…

Occupational Summary:

The RLC – First Generation Student Support Specialist is a critical contributor within student life, working individually and collectively with Student Life colleagues and collaborators to design, promote, implement and assess programs and services that contribute to and support student learning and personal development. Student life leadership is collaborative, critical and constructive, and aligns with the division’s mission:
We foster inclusive campus learning environments where Juniatians thrive and engage with purpose and meaning in citizenship practices characterized by empathy, empowerment and respect for all.

The Residential Life Coordinator – First Generation Student Support Specialist position is responsible for the welfare and development of students living in College housing. The primary goal of this live-in position is to develop a residential community that is conducive to personal growth, academic excellence, and the inclusion of others. The RLC strives to foster this type of environment through individual and group advising; staff supervision and training; appropriate role modeling; performance of administrative functions; and participation as a fully functioning member of the Residential Life staff team. This position reports to the Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life.

Specific Residential Life Duties and Responsibilities Include:

•Maintain personal contact with residents through daily social interaction, maintaining office hours and attendance at hall meetings and events.
•Serve as a role model, resource person, and support agent for students and staff.
•Facilitate the development of hall programs and living-learning communities based on the learning outcomes of the Residential Compass (residential curriculum model).
•Maintain a secure and satisfying physical environment.
•Oversee a programming budget for their assigned residential area.
•Communicate, clarify and enforce college, departmental and hall policies.
•Conduct bi-weekly staff meetings and provide ongoing staff development sessions that serve critical training needs and promote opportunities for personal and professional growth.
•Select, train, and evaluate Resident Assistants (RAs) and Community Advisors (CAs) in their respective residential areas.
•Maintain regular communications Dean of Students Office, QUEST, Public Safety, Health Services, Counseling Services, and Facilities Services.
•Staff the central office as assigned and serve on a rotation basis as the initial point of contact for visitors to the office.
•Serve on campus committees, like QUEST, student conduct, academic hearing board, etc. In the summer months, there is an expectation to assist with new student orientation.
•Assist the Associate Director with tasks related to housing operations, like safety checks, work orders, key distribution and return, check-in/check-out, and room changes.
•Assist in the implementation of departmental initiatives associated with the college’s strategic plan.
•Adjudicate non-academic conduct cases as assigned by the Dean of Students office.
•Serve on the after-hours on-call consultation team.
•Other pertinent duties as assigned by Residence Life and Dean of Students offices.
Specific First Generation Student Support Duties and Responsibilities Include:
•Lead outreach and engagement efforts for first generation students for the broader Juniata campus
•Provide support and information for first generation students and families
•Connect first generation students to campus resources and support structures; develop self-advocacy of students when utilizing these resources
•Develop and implement programming to enhance the success and sense of belonging and connection of Juniata’s first generation students
•Coordinate and implement the College’s annual Jun1ata First Generation day of programming
•Create and implement an annual ceremony celebrating graduating first generation students


This 12-month live-in position includes:
•A campus apartment
•Meal plan during board plan operations
•Competitive salary
•Benefits including health insurance, retirement fund, etc.

Position Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree and professional student affairs experience required; master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Personnel, Counseling, or similar program preferred
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills
•Ability to work effectively in a diverse and inclusive team
•Demonstrated leadership and supervisory abilities

Interested candidates are asked to submit the following materials via our on-line application system: Cover-letter, resume and list of references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

It is the policy of Juniata College to conduct background checks. A valid driver’s license is required.

To apply, please click on "on-line application" below.

Online Application