Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator)

Penn State University

Penn State Abington
Campus City:
Abington, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
01 – G – Exempt
Work Unit:
Student Affairs
Residence Life
Full/Part Time:


Residence Life Office at Penn State Abington is looking for a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team. Penn State and Residence Life is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. The Residence Life Office, housed in Penn State Abington's Student Engagement and Leadership's (SEAL) unit, is committed to the development of a safe and inclusive living-learning community that fosters academic, social, cultural, and personal growth. We strive to enable residents to develop respect and responsibility for themselves and their community. The Coordinator is a vital part of the team in helping to continue to vision and mission of the department. They are responsible to a Senior Residence Life Coordinator of Residence Life for supervising a staff of up to 10 Resident Assistants, as well as overseeing the daily activities of Lions Gate Residence Hall, which houses up to 400 students. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Supervision: Supervises 10 Resident Assistants; Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings; Evaluates Resident Assistant performance; Provides support and training for Resident Assistants; Assists in supervision of overnight desk attendants. Student Development and Residence Education: Assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a residence education program for the area; Assists with the development and implementation of campus-wide programs; Makes referrals to campus and community agencies when appropriate; Encourages student involvement and their programming efforts; Acts as an advocate for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency; Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns; Interprets and enforces Penn State and residence hall policies and procedures; Mediates conflicts between and among students. Administration: Assists with the daily operation and organization of the area and the area office; Handles requests for room changes and contract releases in collaboration with Housing staff; Assists in promoting the safety and security of residents; Assists in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Police and Public Safety, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, etc.; Provides on-call duty coverage over breaks on a rotating basis, including Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. Community Development: Demonstrates a commitment to students and the quality of their life in the residence hall environment; Encourages Resident Assistants to become well-acquainted with students in their pods; Assists the Resident Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment; Demonstrates a commitment to human relations/diversity/social justice issues; Plans and implements programs in conjunction with Resident Assistants and students; Demonstrates a commitment to staff and student retention and recruitment efforts, particularly as they impact members of underrepresented groups. Miscellaneous: Participates in committees and task force groups; Assists in the recruitment and training of professional and paraprofessional staff, including overnight desk attendants; Assists in the development and implementation of goals at Lions Gate; Performs other duties as assigned. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Penn State ( is a comprehensive, multi-campus research university serving all regions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as the nation and the world in instruction, research, and service roles that require responsiveness to and support from society's public and private sectors. As a land-grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire, with excellent possibility of re-funding. This is an 83.3% full-time equivalency (FTE) job. Months off are mid May to mid July. Full Penn State benefits included.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088