Residential Education Specialist 1 (Coordinator)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, 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:


The Residence Life Office 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 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 the vision and mission of the department. They are responsible to an Area Coordinator for supervising a staff of up to 10 Resident Assistants, as well as overseeing the daily activities of buildings housing up to 400 students. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Supervision: Supervises Resident Assistants; Conducts regular individual and group supervision meetings; Evaluates Resident Assistant performance; Provides support and training for Resident Assistants. 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 initiatives; Advises student groups in the area; Makes referrals to University agencies when appropriate; Encourages student involvement in residential and University engagement opportunities; Promotes area government; Advocates for students by communicating their concerns and issues to the appropriate agency; Advises individual students with academic, career, and personal concerns; Interprets and enforces University 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; Assists in promoting the safety and security of area residents; Assists in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with Housing and Food Services, Safety and Security, New Student Programs, 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 the area; Assists the Resident Assistants in developing and promoting a positive living environment; Demonstrates a commitment to diversity and 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 staff; Assists in the development and implementation of goals for the area and the residence hall system; Performs other duties as assigned. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree or higher in Student Personnel/Counseling or related area preferred. Should possess thorough understanding of the role and purpose of residence hall living as it applies to student development. Driver's license preferred. If operating a University vehicle for this position, candidate will be required to successfully complete a motor vehicle records check in addition to standard background checks. This is a live-in position typically funded for up to four years with mid-May to mid-July off. Appointments will be made on an annual basis based on continued satisfactory performance. 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 Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and New York City. 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 a 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