The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential, college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry (www.imsa.edu).
The faculty and staff of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) invite you to join them in shaping and implementing the next generation of innovative and engaging learning experiences. IMSA is actively seeking applications for the full-time position of Area Coordinator in the Office of Residence Life. The Office of Residence Life is a part of the division of Student Affairs and strives to provide students with a safe, healthy, and comfortable living environment. Students live on campus in residence hall communities, which fosters their personal, social, intellectual and ethical leadership development. The Residence Life staff is composed of the Associate Director of Student Affairs, 2 Assistant Directors of Residence Life, 2 Area Coordinators, 28 Residential Counselors and 3 Day Hall Monitors.
Area Coordinators are full time, live-in, professional staff members. Key responsibilities include the supervision, mentoring, and training of Resident Counselors, assisting with the development of the residential student leadership program, housing, facilities, hiring, and implementation of the Residential Life Curriculum. The Area Coordinators work with the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Assistant Directors of Residence Life to provide structure, leadership, vision, and development to the Office of Residence Life. The Area Coordinator’s work hours vary and include evening and weekend responsibilities as the Administrator on Call.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.
IMSA is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.
This Equity and Excellence work is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.
Train, supervise and evaluate 8 professional Resident Counselors
Participate in Administrator on Call rotation, supervising on-call Resident Counselors and providing crisis and emergency response in accordance with Academy policies
Fulfill assigned operational responsibilities, which may include:
Residential Student Leaders (RSLs) - conduct the RSL selection, training and evaluation process annually, develop programming resources
Hiring - coordinate the hiring and onboarding of RC Staff
Professional Development - develop professional development opportunities and coordinate trainings for RC staff
Building Managers - ensure supply needs are met in the halls
Peer Tutor Program - conduct Peer Tutor selections, training and evaluation process annually
Academic Support - monitor at risk students, represent the department at weekly strategy meetings, communicate student needs and concerns within the academy.
Facilities Liaison - represent department at weekly facilities meetings, communicate department needs and concerns, follow up with work orders and changes as necessary.
Oversee all Resident Counselor administrative processes, including but not limited to weekly reports, check sheets, attendance in halls, PowerSchool and Footprints recordkeeping, and email listservs; regularly assess practices for effectiveness, revise processes as needed, and train staff on revisions as they occur
Conduct monthly walk-through of residence halls to identify maintenance needs, assess damages, ensure building cleanliness, and confirm overall building safety
Supervise and assist with building openings and closings
Enforce Academy policies throughout the campus
Conduct student disciplinary hearings as assigned by the Chief Hearing Officer
Maintain up-to-date budget records and submit budget-related paperwork in a timely manner
Develop and maintain the Residential Life Curriculum based on research and best practices; maintain an inventory of programming resources for staff and student leaders
Active engagement with best practices and emerging issues in higher education, gifted student learning, student housing and student affairs
Maintain cooperative working relationships with offices on campus, including but not limited to security, maintenance, faculty, and the front desk
Establish positive relationships with students through informal interactions
Represent the Department of Residence Life on designated committees
Assist in recruitment of Residence Life team members
Assist with divisional and campus-wide events, such as Preview Day, Convocation and Graduation
Attend weekly staff and department meetings
Other duties as assigned
Salary and Benefits:
Salary for this position is $31,500 ($33,000 with a master’s degree) for a 10-month plus 10 work day term of employment. IMSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, vision, dental, and prescription) and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS). Live-in accommodations include a furnished apartment (limited occupancy based on apartment size) and meal plan.
Skills and Experience:
The required skills and experience for this position include:
Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
Experience supervising professional staff
Previous professional experience working with adolescents and/or residential experience
Demonstrated crisis management skills and ability to respond to emergency situations requiring use of stairs, quick movement and administration of first aid/CPR
Effective oral and written communication skills
Comfortable using technology to communicate and increase efficiency
Strong service orientation and ability to relate effectively with diverse individuals and groups at all levels of the organization
Demonstrated ability to be productive, deliver high quality work, take initiative, use good judgement, and problem solve
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.