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Residential Education Coordinator, Residential Life

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
7 Mar 2023

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Job Description:

The Residential Education Coordinator (REC) is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in professional staff position responsible for providing leadership and supervision for a residence hall housing approximately 300-500 residents. Reporting to an Assistant Director of Residential Education, Residential Education Coordinators oversee the daily operation of a residence hall and serve as an active and visible Residential Life staff member. RECs lead educational and community-building initiatives within a residence hall through supervision of staff, building relationships with and assisting residents, enacting community standards procedures, and serving on an on-call duty rotation. RECs are also instrumental in contributing to the success of Residential Life and the FIT Division of Student Success through department-wide and campus activities including move in/out, student leadership retreats, summer housing, departmental committees, assessment, and more. RECs perform other duties as assigned are expected to contribute to a positive, team-oriented, energetic, and flexible work atmosphere. Responsibilities and areas of oversight are subject to change based on the needs of the department and the campus community.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions:

  • Supervise and evaluate Resident Assistants on a regular basis, including providing guidance, feedback, and professional development through weekly staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and staff evaluations
  • Oversee staff performance/progress outlined by the residential curriculum and assist in continued assessment and development of the curriculum
  • Facilitate staff development, foster staff unity and teamwork, motivate student staff and empower them to promote student learning and development
  • Assist with the selection and training of student staff members
  • Advise student leaders in the Residence Hall Association (RHA), including providing guidance, feedback, and professional development through weekly meetings, one-on-one meetings, and trainings

Administrative Responsibilities
  • Coordinate department processes within assigned area, including hall openings and closings, health and safety inspections, maintenance requests, overnight visitation, damage billing, and room consolidation
  • Oversee building and committee budgets and approve staff expenditures with adherence to College purchasing guidelines
  • Produce monthly reports related to residence hall operations, student and staff progress, and curriculum implementation
  • Walk through building(s) on a regular basis for cleanliness and maintenance needs identification
  • Chair/Co-chair a departmental committee and provide leadership to an assigned area
  • Work to advance the College, Division of Student Success, and Residential Life's strategic plan and goals through participation in goal setting, program implementation, committee/task force work and assessment efforts
  • Attend various meetings on a weekly/biweekly basis including, but not limited to: Residential Life staff meetings, professional development sessions, building staff meetings, committee meetings, and weekly meetings with students and supervisors
  • Assist with the housing selection process for new and returning students as needed
  • Maintain clear, consistent communication with department and college staff on a variety of topics, ensuring a timely response to concerns, exceptional support of students and a commitment to the college, division and department missions
  • Serve as a point of contact for students, staff, and family members, providing information and maintaining appropriate communication with a wide variety of constituents

Community Standards and Student Support
  • Develop relationships with students through one-on-one contact and community development methods, serving as an educator, resource and advisor for students with academic and personal growth concerns
  • Advocate for resident and community needs, establishing an active presence and availability within assigned residential community
  • Role model appropriate behavior, personal integrity, and responsible conduct both on and off campus
  • Maintain close communication and positive relationships with residents, students, and staff
  • Communicate, interpret and enforce department and college standards and policies
  • Ensure staff members are appropriately confronting and documenting behavioral issues and concerns
  • Respond and process alleged policy violations as reported by staff, students, Public Safety, or community members with adherence to departmental and College processes
  • Maintain due process and a restorative, learning-centered philosophy when sanctioning and engaging in the conduct process
  • Provide programs and other proactive educational interventions to minimize behavioral issues
  • Serve as an advisor and resource for individual residents through conflict resolution and roommate mediations

Emergency and Crisis Response
  • Take part in a 24/7 on-call duty rotation and oversee the implementation of duty and crisis response protocols
  • Effectively respond to emergency situations and assist in resolving resident and facilities concerns and needs
  • Provide appropriate post-crisis referrals and follow-up with students and staff as needed
  • Serve as a liaison with Public Safety, Health Services, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Title IX and Affirmative Action staff, and emergency personnel
  • Share responsibility in maintaining health, fire, and safety standards
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority and assist in reporting incident information as needed
  • Serve as a responsible employee for allegations regulated under Title IX

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in a college residential setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in higher education, student development or related field preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Strong interpersonal skills required. Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally and effectively in both written and verbal form with a variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Excellent supervisory, teamwork, conflict resolution, project management, and organizational skills.
  • Knowledge in the areas of residential curriculum, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, student and leadership development theory, student conduct administration, and restorative practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability, equity, and social justice; experience working with a diverse student population, supporting the needs of marginalized students, and engaging students and staff on issues of diversity and social justice.
  • Ability to work effectively and positively in an environment characterized by change, including the ability to acquire new knowledge and utilize that information to develop new programs and services.
  • Knowledge of FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act and other state and federal laws as they relate to residential life administration.
  • Engagement in the field of student affairs and higher education administration with an interest and willingness to learn, implement, and share best practices and new approaches.
  • Capacity to work in a 24-hour/7 day environment with the ability to quickly respond to and handle situations for the entire residential campus.
  • A genuine interest and satisfaction in working with students, families, faculty, and staff and in supporting the mission of higher education and student affairs.

Read Comprehend- Frequent; Perform Calculations- Occasional; Communicate Orally- Constant; Reason & Analyze- Constant; Write- Frequent

Office; Other- Residence Hall

Sit- Frequent; Stand- Occasional; Bend- Occasional; Walk- Frequent; Climb- N/A; Pull- Occasional; Push- Occasional; Lift

Additional Information:

The Residential Education Coordinator (REC) is a full-time, twelve-month, live-in professional staff position.
  • RECs will keep regular office hours. Evening and weekend commitments will be required to fulfill duties of the position.
  • While serving on-call, RECs will remain within close proximity to the campus. RECs are expected to serve on call during holidays, weekends, and evenings as needed to ensure 24/7 coverage.
  • RECs are expected to make their on-campus apartment their primary residence.
  • This position is considered to be an essential personnel position for the department, and as such, RECs may be required to report to work/remain at work even if classes are cancelled, and/or the campus is working on limited operations in an emergency.
  • RECs may serve in one or more residence halls during their time in the position and may be reassigned due to departmental or college needs.

Staff in Residential Life are employees of the FIT Student Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) entity. Compensation and benefits are determined through the Housing Corporation governance process and are subject to change as such.

Total Compensation:
  • Starting Salary: $55,000.00 per year
  • Furnished, studio apartment, which includes all utilities, and internet located on campus
  • Small contribution to declining balance through the College's dining plan
  • Full-Time Benefits
  • Employee Holiday and Work Schedule

Days/Hours: M-F, 9am-5pm, in person; evenings and weekends, work schedule subject to change based on needs of the department.

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.

Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this position once an offer has been made.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • A list of three references with telephone numbers and email addresses

Returning Applicants- Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your completed application.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT's website at: .

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

EEO/ Affirmative Action Statement

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212.217.3360,

The Fashion Institute of Technology is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is strongly and actively committed to diversity within the community.

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), part of the State University of New York and an internationally renowned college of art, design, business and technology with a strong emphasis on liberal arts, invites nominations and applications for a Residential Education Coordinator.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.


The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for 70 years. Providing a blend of hands-on experience, classroom study, and liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college grants associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

Among our wide variety of Art and Design programs are Accessories Design, Interior Design, and Toy Design; Business and Technology majors range from Fashion Business Management to International Trade and Marketing to Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing. Our outstanding faculty offer students experiences that mirror the marketplace and give them a competitive edge.

Notable alumni designers include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, and Ralph Rucci. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of Bare Minerals; international hotel and restaurant designer Tony Chi; Nina Garcia, creative director, Marie Claire; Edward Menicheschi, chief marketing officer, Condé Nast; and Joe Zee, editor in chief and executive creative officer, Yahoo Style.

The Museum at FIT, one of the world’s leading collections of fashion and textiles, houses more than 50,000 garments and accessories and more than 300,000 textiles and swatches.

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