The Student Activities, First-Year Residential Life and Living-Learning Community Coordinator will develop and implement student activities and events, and generate student engagement in co-curricular activities, with particular focus on the University of Minnesota Rochester’s (UMR’s) resident first-year students, all in support of the Student Success, Engagement, & Equity (SSEE) team vision, values and mission and UMR’s student outcomes. UMR is an innovative campus devoted to all students’ success through relationships as they pursue health care and health sciences degrees in the downtown Destination Medical Centers area of Rochester, MN. UMR has a current enrollment of over 750 students and is among the most diverse STEM populations in the University of Minnesota system with over 36% students of color and close to 50% first generation for the Fall 2019 class. The Coordinator is a vital part of our commitment to student relationships and reflects the importance of student engagement in co-curricular activities to enhance not only the quality of student learning and development but also student retention. As such, the Coordinator is expected to live in the professional apartment-style student housing at 318 Commons. Over 90% of UMR’s first-year students live at 318 Commons and the Coordinator is expected to model UMR values of respect, community, diversity and inclusivity through a community of wellness lens.
The Student Activities, First-Year Residential Life and Living-Learning Community Coordinator has three primary arenas of responsibility working in collaboration with the Residential Life Director including:
1) Coordination of Student Activities including Management and Advising of Student Government, Clubs, Organizations and Leadership (50%);
2) First-year residential life programming (including logistical coordination of summer Registration and Orientation and Fall Welcome Week), live-in student residential support including on-call crisis response rotation, resident advisor support and Living-Learning Community coordination (40%);
3) SSEE Communication & team collaboration (10%).
The Student Activities, First-Year Residential Life and Living-Learning Community Coordinator is a member of the Student Success, Engagement, & Equity Team, reporting to and working in close collaboration with the Residential Life Director who reports directly to the Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Student Success, Engagement & Equity. This position requires frequent attendance at evening and weekend activities and, preferentially, the Coordinator will live in-residence at UMR’s professional apartment-style student housing (318 Commons).
Duties and Responsibilities:
Coordination of Student Activities: 50%
Align student activities with the Student Success, Engagement & Equity Team Mission, UMR Vision/Values, the Five-Year Enrollment Management Plan, UMR student outcomes, and other strategic planning documents, along with the needs and interests of students, to ensure programming is intentional.
Coordinate and support traditional campus activities.
Provide annual review of activities through evaluation and student feedback and make recommendations to the Assistant Vice-Chancellor and appropriate student clubs as organizations regarding the continuation or discontinuation of specific activities and events based on a) sustainability (e.g. given limited human and financial resources) and b) student participation and feedback.
Manage funds related to student activities including relevant student fees and COKE funds.
Attendance at the annual National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Conference with at least two students.
In collaboration with the Residential Life Director, manage and advise Student Government, Clubs, and Organizations
Manage funds related to student clubs and organizations including relevant student fees.
Serve as a leader and liaison for UMR faculty/staff and community advisors to student clubs and organizations by providing relevant training and ongoing support.
First-year residential life programming and Living-Learning Community coordination: 40%
Serve as the primary advisor for Community Council in UMR’s residence hall, 318 Commons.
Provide in-residence support and supervision of student Residence Advisors (RAs)
In collaboration with the Residential Life Director, work with the Living Learning Community (LLC) Program Coordinators and specific RAs assigned to the LLCs with the delivery of LLC-based programs for those residential communities and the broader UMR community.
Assist with the development, implementation, and execution of student programming within 318 Commons that reflects Student Success, Engagement, & Equity goals and UMR values.
In collaboration with Residential Life Director and other SSEE staff, provide logistic coordination of New Student Orientation and Transition Programming, including summer advising and orientation and Raptor Ready Week.
Manage funds related to student orientation and transition, including relevant student fees.
Serve in an on-call capacity in a rotation with professional staff, while also serving as a primary initial point of contact for incidents occurring in the residence hall.
With RAs and Residential Life Director, mediate student concerns and conduct issues.
Communication and Team Collaboration: 10%
SSEE staff member with primary responsibility for coordinating with colleagues and student employees to disseminate information in the Raptor Report, digital signage, fliers/posters, table-tents, A-Frame signs, banners, and other available mechanisms to share information about SSEE, student activities and student club and organization events
Manage calendar of student engagement team activities and initiatives through coordination and advising with Student Success, Engagement & Equity Team colleagues as they offer programming and activities specific to their arena of focus, with the consideration of the community of wellness model.
Serve as a liaison to Marketing Communications, providing a) relevant student activities materials pre and post event and b) student club information (training student club leaders and advisors to do the same).
Supervise the SSEE student employee responsible for event promotion
Serve on a limited number of UMR and SSEE committees, working groups, and/or search teams, to support the aims of the position and the Student Success, Engagement, & Equity Team.
Participate in relevant professional development (e.g. OED diversity certification, second year Community of Practice, etc.), as determined in annual review goal-setting and/or given emerging priorities as determined in collaboration with the Assistant Vice-Chancellor.
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
At least three years’ experience in a college-level student development role.
Demonstration of UMR values: human potential, diversity and inclusivity, community, evidence-based decision making, and respect.
A commitment to inclusive practices and experience working with diverse populations.
The desire and ability to work in a collaborative, team environment.
Innovation and the ability to operate in a sometimes ambiguous environment.
Excellent oral and written communication competence.
Initiative, excellent time management, and organization skills.
Experience utilizing a diverse range of technologies.
Willingness to work evenings and some weekends, necessary to fulfill job responsibilities.
Master’s degree in student personnel or related area.
Three or more years of relevant higher education activities experience, including student government advisement, leadership development, residential life programming or orientation programs.
Ability and interest in living in on-campus apartment.
Experience working with students interested in health care professions and/or work experience in the healthcare industry.
Knowledge of mental and emotional health needs of college students.
Experience tracking and interpreting data relevant to their work and using that information for work and process improvement.
Internal Number: 332045
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