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Residential Life Coordinators

Apply now Job no: 492749
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

Kenyon College is conducting a search for qualified candidates to fill the positions of Residential Life Coordinators.

Kenyon College is one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges, a small school where academic excellence and a strong sense of community go hand in hand. Kenyon’s beautiful hilltop campus is located in Gambier, OH, 45 miles northeast of Columbus, OH.  Kenyon enrolls 1700 undergraduate students, all of whom live on campus the entire time they are students at Kenyon.

The Office of Residential Life provides leadership, goals, and program implementation for Kenyon’s residential communities, housing operations, facility and occupancy management, and new student programs.  Professional staff members and student leaders work together to cultivate safe and inclusive living communities. Kenyon’s fully-residential housing program includes 12 residence halls, eight apartment areas, and 10 specialty houses.  

The Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) is a member of the Office of Residential Life, reporting directly to the Assistant Director of Residential Life.  The Residential Life Coordinator supports the mission of the College by overseeing the day-to-day management of a residential area housing 600-1100 students.  This is an eleven (11) month (exempt), live-in position that includes evening and weekend responsibilities.    


  • Serve as a member of the Residential Life management team responsible for providing leadership, goals, and program implementation for 1700 undergraduate students.
  • Oversee the day-to-day management of a residential area, comprising multiple residential spaces and housing 600-1100 students.
  • Hire, train, supervise and evaluate 10-24 undergraduate Community Advisors (CAs).
  • Guide CAs in the development and implementation of community development and co-curricular efforts to build and maintain a supportive living and learning residential environment.
  • Continuously identify and address the developmental needs of students through educational interactions, crisis response protocols, and mediations; advise and provide general support to students.
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative working relationships with co-RLC to effectively supervise CAs and accomplish shared Office objectives and tasks.
  • Allocate and administer community funds and manage student staff payroll.
  • Assist in the implementation and enforcement of college policies and expectations.
  • Participate in the professional, on-call duty rotation for the College’s 1700 students, including 24-hour crisis intervention, on-site emergency response, and support to CAs and other campus partners.
  • Serve as a campus Administrative Hearing Officer, as well as Referring Administrator or Administrative Liaison for Student Conduct Review Board Hearings. 
  • Assist with the coordination and effective implementation of administrative processes, including but not limited to, residence hall openings/closings, health and safety inspections and the housing lottery.
  • Lead and assist with designated office, divisional, and/or College committees, initiatives and processes, including, but not limited to CA training and development, CA selection, evaluation, assessment, and specialty housing.
  • Support other Student Affairs programming efforts including, but not limited to: Orientation, First Year Programs, Weaver Wednesday, Late Night Breakfast.
  • Coordinate with Maintenance to identify and remedy facility issues.
  • Develop and maintain mutually supportive and collaborative working relationships with Student Affairs colleagues, faculty, and other campus partners to accomplish shared objectives and tasks.
  • Develop meaningful connections with students, staff and faculty by being available and visible on campus.
  • Assist with special projects and duties, as needed.


The Residential Life Coordinator must be within 30 minutes of campus while fulfilling on-call responsibilities.  Work is generally performed in an office environment; however, supervision of student leaders and oversight of residential areas requires the ability to navigate between residential facilities, including up and down stairs, moving through long hallways, being in buildings without air conditioning, and being outside in various weather conditions.  Must also be able to lift boxes of items up to 30 pounds, move tables, chairs, and other furniture.  Requires a valid driver’s license and ability to meet campus requirements to drive campus vehicles, in order to transport students and other items.  Must be able to work evenings and weekends, including times when the College is closed; this includes the ability to travel and work during inclement weather or other exceptional conditions.   


  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Previous housing, residential life and/or Student Affairs experience.
  • Committed to and familiar with the values and needs of a small, private, liberal arts college.
  • Ability to maintain strict privacy, including, but not limited to, student interactions, conversations with professional staff and administrative documentation.
  • Sensitivity to and commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Strong interest in working with and mentoring college students.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand and put into practice theories and models related to college-student development.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tasks, often on short notice.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google products; willingness to learn and use Residence, BANNER, and other campus programs to complete office tasks and maintain student records.
  • Successful completion of a background check.
  • Ability and willingness to perform all job responsibilities listed above.


  • Master’s degree in Student Affairs, College Student Personnel, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.
  • 1-2 years Graduate or post-bachelors housing and/or residential life experience.
  • Experience supervising student leaders or employees.
  • Previous experience working at or attending a small, private, liberal arts college.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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