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Residential Life Coordinator

Hope College invites immediate applications for this full time position. RLCs are provided with a competitive salary and benefits; spacious furnished apartment; academic year meal plan; and access to ongoing professional development opportunities. Hope College is a selective residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Located in Holland, Michigan, the 3,000+-student campus is a ten-minute drive to Lake Michigan; a thirty-minute drive to Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids; and a two-hour drive to Chicago. Holland is a city of 35,000 enriched by a significant Hispanic population and growing Asian-Pacific Islander and African American populations.

Job Description:

The Residential Life Coordinator (RLC) is a community builder and engages students in opportunities to participate in a dynamic environment that develops, fosters, and promotes academic success, personal growth, intercultural competence, and exploration of the Christian faith. The RLC serves on the Residential Life Leadership Team (comprised of the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life and Housing, Associate Director of Residential Life and Housing, and three RLCs). This team develops and implements appropriate changes to a comprehensive residential program that engages the mission of the College, the goals of the Student Development Division, and the objectives of the Residential Life and Housing Department. The RLC supervises professional and paraprofessional staff. Consequently, the RLC serves as a leader of the area of campus for which he or she is responsible.



  • Develop relationships with students and student-staff, colleagues, faculty, and staff that are based in care, respect, and Christian hospitality
  • Assess and respond to needs of Resident Directors, Student Leadership Team members, Resident Assistants, and the campus community
Student Development
  • Present educational programs that respond to the developmental needs of residents
  • Link theory and practice in interactions with students, parents, colleagues, and other constituencies
  • Engage in developmental conversations with students and make referrals to other agencies as appropriate
  • Operate a residence hall including, but not limited to, oversight of student staff members, student engagement, community development, and address of facility needs
  • Serve as Judicial Hearing Officer within an education-based campus judicial process
  • Confront policy violations and take appropriate and timely action (e.g., referral to campus judicial process, one-on-one conversation)
  • Seek ways to integrate in-classroom and out-of-classroom experiences within the context of a Christian, residential, liberal arts college
Community Development
  • Create a community that fosters the development of relationships between members steeped in understanding and respect
  • Teach students and colleagues in areas such at ethical decision-making, vocation and calling, conflict transformation, and collaboration
  • Develop and implement specific programs and events to celebrate the richness of diversity and promote the active engagement of all students
  • Meet regularly with individual staff members, groups of staff members, or entire staff to solve problems, implement programs, and address emergent issues
  • Mediate conflicts within floors, neighbors, roommates; utilize a variety of approaches to effectively address emergent conflicts (e.g., roommate agreements, behavior contracts)
  • Interpret and proactively educate students, parents, and others on various policies and procedures
  • Supervise professional (Resident Directors) and paraprofessional (Resident Assistants and Student Leadership Team members) staff members. Resident Directors assume responsibility for the day-to-day operation of smaller residence halls. Student Leadership Team members are student employees who oversee the work of other student staff members. Resident Assistants are student employees who work directly with residents of a particular living community.
  • Oversee and support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs by student staff throughout the academic year
  • Design and implement pre-service and in-service training covering a variety of topics pertinent to residential life and student development for professional and student staff (e.g., policies and procedures, campus resources, leadership development)
  • Oversee programming budget for individual hall as well as budgets for residence halls within supervision area

Institutional Citizenship

  • Serve on division-level and campus-wide committees
  • Assist with and/or support divisional programs and events (e.g., Advising student groups, judging the Pull or Nykerk Cup competition, staffing Student Life events)
  • Engage with the life of the College (e.g., attend institutional events such as speakers, performances, athletic contests, and worship services; participate in Spring Break mission trips)
  • Be present in the College community allowing for the development of planned and unplanned relationships with students and colleagues


Master's Degree in College Student Personnel, Counseling, or a related field preferred. Residential life experience strongly preferred.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and names of three references to:
Subject: RLC

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.