Residence Director – Coordinator of Student Engagement & Programming


Lake Erie College, a small, co-educational, four-year, independent liberal arts college located in Painesville, OH, 30 miles east of Cleveland, invites applications for the part-time position of residence director – coordinator of student engagement & programming. As a member of the Student Life staff, the residence director (RD) is responsible for the general welfare of all students, encouragement to maximize their intellectual growth and personal development. The RD is expected to positively influence, contribute to and improve the quality of life of the residential student through programming, enforcing College policies and procedures and forming personal relationships with each student in his/her residential community. The residence director (RD) is a part-time live-in position that reports directly to the director of residence life & housing and the director for student life & new student orientation.


Residence Director Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages a residential living community ranging from 120-250 residents, varying from residence hall living to apartment living.

  • Supervises and assesses 3-5 paraprofessional resident assistant (RA) staff members.

  • Participates in 24 hour on-call responsibilities along with fellow RDs (including break periods).

  • Administers weekly RA staff meetings, monthly RA one-on-one meetings and attends weekly RD meetings.

  • Attends weekly staff meetings and weekly one-on-ones with the directors. Submits weekly and on-call reports to the director.

  • Serves as the liaison between the residential students and the directors.

  • Assists in the training, selection, and evaluation of RA staff.

  • Facilitates resident check-in and check-out process.

  • Assists in supervision of the summer RA staff.

  • Assists with the check-in and check-out process of summer residents and outside groups/summer campus that are using the residential facilities.

  • Supervises summer student worker staff and leads these individuals in the completion of special projects, including but not limited to assessment of rooms and common spaces in the residence halls and apartments, replacement and installation of apartment amenities and moving furniture.

  • Provides crisis intervention when needed and makes appropriate referrals.

  • Intercedes regarding policy violations and make appropriate referrals.

  • Provides sensitive, responsive, and well informed guidance to residents regarding individual and collective concerns.

  • Is visible and accessible to residents within your community.

  • Facilitates the Six Week Programming & Jump Start Storm Challenges and plans recognition event.

  • Oversees and implements the Resident Assistant Merit Based System.

  • Represents the Student Experience Suite at College functions and events.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the director of residence life & housing or associate vice president for student affairs & Title IX coordinator.

Coordinator of Student Engagement and Programming Responsibilities:

  • Maintains weekly office hours within the Student Experience Suite, 15 to 20 hours per week.

  • Co-coordinates large scale College traditions, including but not limited to Homecoming Week, Family Weekend Field Day, Mountain Day, Senior Week, Late Night Breakfast, Welcome Week and Orientation.

  • Co-coordinates large scale Student Experience Suite programs such as Casino Night, Intramural Program, Alcohol & Drug Awareness Week, Health & Wellness Week, Leadership Development Week, Bystander Awareness Week.

  • Coordinates community service opportunities, both campus-wide and with the resident assistants.

  • Creates programs to assist specific populations, including but not limited to commuter students, graduate students, first generation students, NCAA student athletes, international students, etc.

  • Assists with the scheduling and care of Stormy mascot.

  • Assists with the advising of student organizations.

  • Serves as a co-advisor for the Campus Activities Board.

  • Streamlines facility and budgetary requests for programs and student organizations.

  • Assesses student programming interests and needs and performs semester evaluations of programs and events.

  • Maintains RA programming database to ensure that requirements are met.

  • Facilitates the Six Week Programming & Jump Start Storm Challenges and plans recognition event.

  • Tracks RA bulletin board changes and themes.

  • Oversees and implement the Resident Assistant Merit Based System.

  • Assists the assistant director of student life & engagement with programming initiatives and events and serve as contact person for such events.

  • Collaborates with other offices for programming purposes such as Office of Residence Life & Housing, Academic Affairs, Career Services, Financial Aid, Athletics, etc.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by the director of residence life & housing and director of student life & new student orientation or associate vice president for student affairs & Title IX coordinator.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required (currently enrolled in a graduate degree seeking program preferred)

  • Possess a valid driver’s license and insurable driving record.

  • Strong communication, computer and organizational skills; solution oriented.

  • Conflict mediation knowledge.

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to develop, initiate and actively participate in developmental student programming.

  • Ability to work within a residence life team.

  • Able to work with a diverse student population.

  • Sound administrative and supervisory skills.

  • Sense of humor.

  • Due to the nature of the position, flexibility to at times work unpredictable work weeks, including nights and weekends, and some weeks requiring more than the usual 15-20hrs.


Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to: (preferred method for applications) or Residence Director – Coordinator of Student Life & Programming Search, Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington St., LEC Box 358, Painesville, OH 44077. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Subject to a criminal background check prior to employment. Learn more at EOE