Tawfiq, Karam Bassam - Residence Life Coordinator

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[edit] Job Title (Karam Tawfiq)

Residence Life Coordinator

[edit] General Overview

The Residence Life Coordinator is responsible for operational duties within a residence at the Undergraduate University level. The operations are: to ensure that there are both academic, and social programming that operates within the residence community (In the Campus Living Centre). In addition, the Residence Life coordinator is responsible to oversee, hire and advise the Residence Life Staff. Finally, the Residence Life Coordinator is responsible for training the Residence Life Staff (Campus Living Centre). RLC is responsible for overseeing the Residence Life Staff, offering support, and reporting back to the Director of Residence (Campus Living Centre).

[edit] Job duties and responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Residence Life Coordinator are a broad. The RLC may promote awareness programs. Awareness programs can cover topics such as: mental health, and healthy living programs (Campus Living Centre). Moreover the RLC must be able to handle misconduct, and for their give out sanctions. A lot of training and crisis management is required of the RLC. Within the RLC duties, the individual must implement crisis training, and crisis management training. Furthermore the RLC is there to assist the Residence Life Staff, by advising and providing guidance (Vancouver Housing).

[edit] Typical workday

Within a typical work the RLC will work 9-5pm, Monday through Friday. They work some weekends, to implement training for the Residence Life Staff, this may include weekend conferences (Brock Careers). Weekends are not considered overtime. Each day consists of answering emails, and meetings with students if needed. In addition, the RLC will also have meetings with the Residence Life Staff, to go through information, relay feedback, and offer support (Campus Living Centre). The RLC requires the use of a phone, and a computer. This ensures that emails, and concerns are answered (Brock Careers). RLC may also be in contact with the Director of residence to whom they report to, and work with colleagues, to implement new training, in addition to working on social, and academic programs for the residence students (Campus Living Centre). These programs can range from social or academic and are created by the RLC, and implemented by the dons (Campus Living Centre).

[edit] Educational Requirements and other qualifications

To ensure that an individual is a qualified candidate, that individual must hold a bachelors degree (Brock Careers). Experience within the residence system is ideal, alongside having conflict mediation, and crisis management skills (Brock Careers). Organizational skills and communication skills must be excellent. Problem solving skills, and being creative are also ideal. Finally, being able to conduct presentations, and to use software, such as Microsoft word, erezlife, and related software is an asset (Brock Careers). RLC’s have to undergo constant developmental training in areas such as mental health and first aid. There are no differences within the province and across the country, the RLC role is similar throughout (Campus Living Centre).

[edit] Related skills, interests, and abilities

RLC is an individual who enjoys working with students, and likes to see growth and development of others. The individual should be an effective communicator, in order to be able to mediate conflict, or to assess an issue. Problem solving skills are useful, being a critical thinker in order to be able to able to assess situations of conflict such as student misconduct, the RLC must use critical thinking skills to examine the situation, and find the root of the problem. The RLC should have abilities such as conflict management, active listening, and also have the ability to understand different perspectives. Perspective taking is important to have within the RLC role because RLC will come across an array of situations in which the individual must be mindful, and able to understand how to come up with a resolution to a given problem.

[edit] Related skills, interests, and abilities

RLC is an individual who enjoys working with students, and likes to see growth and development of others. The individual should be an effective communicator, in order to be able to mediate conflict, or to assess an issue. Problem solving skills are useful, being a critical thinker in order to be able to able to assess situations of conflict such as student misconduct, the RLC must use critical thinking skills to examine the situation, and find the root of the problem. The RLC should have abilities such as conflict management, active listening, and also have the ability to understand different perspectives. Perspective taking is important to have within the RLC role because RLC will come across an array of situations in which the individual must be mindful, and able to understand how to come up with a resolution to a given problem.

[edit] Relevance of Psychology undergraduate degree

There are some skills that can be taken out of psychology courses and applied to this role of RLC. In Health Psychology courses, theories learned, and as a student I was asked to apply them by critically thinking. Critical thinking is taught to students in psychology majors across the country, this is a skill that all students can acquire, that can be applied to this role. The role of the RLC has to be able to look at a situation, think about it, observe and critically think about how to solve a conflict. Using critical thinking, by which one has to analyses the situation, and apply past knowledge and determine the outcome is a skill that the RLC could use. Critical thinking is a huge skill learned within psychology something that is taught to psychology students throughout the four years. Compiling data is a skill psychology students learn within their undergraduate degree. Residence Life Coordinators are constantly compiling data to examine student’s satisfaction, and sending out surveys to look at potential areas of growth within the residence community (Campus Living Centre). Finally a third skill that is learned through an undergraduate psychology degree is the ability to analyze data. Psychology students who collect data for their studies must then compile that information, and make sense of it. This skill is a that RLC also require because after collecting data, the RLC must make sense of it order to be able to take the feedback given and improve the current residence situation.

[edit] Salary Potential

The salary potential of the Residence Life Coordinator varies. Residence Life coordinator may have a salary of minimum 54, 000 dollars, or a maximum of 63,000 dollars (Glassdoor). Other RLC’s may be paid hourly at minimum of 23 dollars and hour and a maximum of 28 dollars an hour (Glassdoor). The broad range is due to where the coordinator is hired, and which institution they work for. The salaries presented above come from different institutions.

[edit] Job Outlook

The projected demand of this particular job is moderate. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Residence Life Coordinator role falls under a social and Human Service Assistant (BLS Gov). Growth rate for all within this category is an average growth of 11 percent from 2012 to 2022 is expected (BLS Gov).

[edit] To know more

University of Waterloo: https://uwaterloo.ca/stpauls/about-st-pauls-university-college/were-hiring/residence-don-job-description

University of Buffalo http://www.ub-housing.buffalo.edu/reslifejobs/positions/13cllpjobp.pdf

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