Area Coordinator

This position is a full-time, live-on professional staff position in the department of Housing & Residence Life, within the division of Student Affairs. Our residential community totals 2,000 students and this position is primarily responsible for an assigned area of on-campus housing. The area coordinator is the primary facilitator in the development of a residential learning environment, facility management, and overall administrative operations. The incumbent in this position must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. Duties include direct supervision of 15-20 paraprofessional student staff including resident advisors, sorority house managers, graduate assistants, advising student groups, and ancillary duties as assigned. Please visit HERE for the full position description and to apply. 

  • Recruit, select, train, develop, support, mentor, and evaluate paraprofessional and graduate-level staff assigned for assigned building(s)/area;
  • Coordinate, conduct, and/or attend meetings with paraprofessional staff, support staff, professional staff, divisional staff, and other members of the University community;
  • Assist in recruitment and selection of professional staff, support staff, and paraprofessional staff.
  • Plan and implement staff development programs and training opportunities;
  • Provide professional development and supervision to paraprofessional staff through goal setting, regular individual consultation, structured developmental experience, and periodic performance appraisals;
  • Provide leadership and direction in the planning, development, and implementation of themed living communities including, but not limited to, Honors, Leadership, Sorority, International, First Year Experience, etc.;
  • Serve as catalyst for student self-governance and a wide range of educational, developmental, social, and recreational opportunities;
  • Study the diverse characteristics of students through participation in workshop presentations, research, and interpersonal relationships;
  • Cultivate successful professional relationships with students, parents, departmental staff, university support staff, campus partners, and other campus departments;
  • Serve on committees as directed, assigned, or voluntarily as a department representative;
  • Oversee the student conduct process within an assigned residential area, assuring due process of all procedures, and that the educational approach is maintained. All conduct cases shall be handled as described in the Student Handbook and in accordance with university policies;
  • Provide general supervision and evaluation of area operations and procedures;
  • Assist in the annual revision of departmental operation procedures and policies;
  • Conduct weekly inspections of all assigned facilities to ensure that proper standards of sanitation, safety, maintenance, and cleanliness are maintained;
  • Work cooperatively in matters related to hall maintenance, environmental services, room assignments, roommate conflicts, verification of occupancy and hall/room/apartment damage issues;
  • Process approved room changes within assigned area, participate in department wide room change time periods, and maintain awareness of roster changes;
  • Oversee opening and closing procedures including, but not limited to, check-in and check-out processes, condition assessments, scheduling, and administrative functions;
  • Understand and disseminate emergency procedures and guidelines to paraprofessional staff, residents, and outside cooperating departments/agencies;
  • Collaborate with local and university authorities in responding to emergencies;
  • Assist with the development and administration of departmental assessment instruments. Interpret and provide written results;
  • Serve in the duty rotation for the on-campus housing system to include, but not limited to, daily coverage, weekend coverage, and break coverage;
  • Oversee special projects and collateral assignments during summer including but not limited to, staff development and training, research and assessment, summer hall, camps and conferences, and recruitment and orientation.
  • Attend conferences, workshops, and trainings as funds provide and present programs when possible;
  • Have knowledge of professional and best practices in the field of student affairs and higher education;
  • Ability to prepare methods of professional and best practices for implementation;
  • Ability to review and maintain knowledge of current publications in the field;
  • Ability to maintain membership in and be involved in a professional association;
  • Excellent ability in critical thinking/analysis;
  • Strong investigative skills;
  • Strong written and interpersonal communications;
  • Ability for sound decision-making in complex cases;
  • Ability to clearly articulate philosophy of community values education;
  • Ability to evaluate crises situations and make sound decisions;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with student issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain effective working relationships in a complex environment;
  • Ability to function independently and as a member of a team in a constantly changing environment.


  • Completion of a bachelor's degree, required;
  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, college and university leadership or related field, preferred;
  • Prior residence hall live-in experience as either student staff or as professional staff is required;
  • Required to live in a university apartment.
  • Professional, Full-Time Position
  • Salary of 35,000+
  • 12-Month Renewable Contract
  • Furnished Apartment with Internet & Utilities
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Partial Tuition Waiver
  • Designated Parking Spot
  • University Bookstore Discount
  • Professional Development & Training
  • Active Role in Admissions Recruitment
  • Collateral Assignments 

University of North Alabama does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Position Posted: Fall 2022

SEAHO: February 28-March 3

Interviews: March/April

Start Date: June 1, 2023

placement-exchange-flyer-2.pngOur graduate assistants live-in, but our Area Coordinators live-on at UNA! What's the difference? Area Coordinators are provided with an apartment in one of our off-campus locations. This allows our AC's to be close enough to foster engagement and community within their assigned residence halls, but also have a more personalized living experience.University of North Alabama is located in the northwest corner of Alabama. We serve more than 10,000 students and offer more than 140 majors. Our residential community has doubled in the last ten years and we have more than 55 countries represented on campus. UNA is also home to Leo III, our live lion mascot that lives on campus!UNA is located within a four-city area on the banks of the Tennessee River known as the Shoals: Florence, Tuscumbia, Muscle Shoals, and Sheffield. The Shoals has a rich history in art, music, and entertainment and some of the finest dining in the south!
"I love being an Area Coordinator at the University of North Alabama for many reasons but to save you from reading a book I'll just to name a few. The first reason I love working here is because of the people that I work with. They are the most genuine and kind people you will ever meet, and they always have your best interest at heart. Everyone here values your thoughts and opinions, which makes it a safe space for you to be comfortable in advocating for yourself and letting your voice be heard. My second reason is the great atmosphere and work environment. Have you ever worked somewhere and been excited about getting up and going to work? If not, this is the place for you! There is always a positive energy in the office that is extremely contagious and makes working here fun. Lastly, I appreciate the freedom and support from my supervisors to shape and mold my staff in my own way. I am able to work closely with my GAs and RAs to best serve the students here at UNA and that gives me great satisfaction."
-Ms. Calviee Tandy, Area Coordinator

"Being an Area Coordinator for the University of North Alabama has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I have gotten to sharpen, grow, and learn valuable skills that will help me in any future career goals. I love the work atmosphere and staff that I get to work with every day. The staff at UNA's Housing are all future focused and easy to get along with. The thing I love the most is getting to work with, interact, and mentor students of all backgrounds every day."

-Mr. Donald Hilliard, Area Coordinator