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Neighborhood Coordinator for Community Engagement

University of Northern Colorado

This is a Contract position in Greeley, CO posted September 11, 2021.

University of Northern Colorado Background:
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado’s leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students – this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next ten years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado’s future.
  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Position:
Housing and Residential Education at the University of Northern Colorado is seeking a Neighborhood Coordinator who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is confident balancing student support with the various administrative responsibilities of the role. We are seeking candidates who have an excitement to be a member of a mid-sized, community connected institution. Someone who appreciates collaboration and building relationships and thrives on a team while being comfortable sharing responsibility. We emphasize building community through a curriculum model that utilizes learning outcomes to focus on connection, support, diversity, and collaboration and are looking for someone who emphasizes student learning in their work. We hope to find someone flexible, innovative in their approach, committed to the ideas of equity and inclusion, and experienced with organizational change. A recent restructure has left our team lean and responding to the ever-changing needs of a global pandemic. Our department has seen significant change and while some may see a challenge, we see opportunity and need others who share a similar outlook.

The Neighborhood Coordinator is a full-time, 12-month, live-in position. This position works closely with a Neighborhood Coordinator peer for the overall management of a neighborhood comprised of multiple undergraduate residence halls of up to 1,200 students. Each neighborhood is comprised of two Neighborhood Coordinators working in conjunction for the successful management of the area while also focusing on their own functional area as either the NC for Community Engagement or a NC for Community Standards. The functional areas account for about 20 percent of the role, whereas responsibilities that all Neighborhood Coordinators have for the management of their neighborhood consist of about 80 percent of the role.

Who we are:
Division of Student Affair’s Mission Statement: Through a social justice lens; the Division of Student Affairs exists to enhance student learning through a diverse array of purposeful services and learning opportunities leading to graduation and career readiness.

Housing and Residential Education Mission Statement: Our central mission is to equip students with the tools to engage in the transformative power of personal relationships and communities. We work with students, families, and our campus community to create a sense of home through intentional programming, one on one interactions, and serving as a connection point for students to campus resources. Through a social justice lens and experiential learning, we empower students to grow, learn, lead, and achieve.

What you will do (80%):
·        Staff supervision, selection, training, and development of 5-15 RAs
·        Establish effective administrative processes to support student services
·        Manage neighborhood occupancy utilizing housing management software (HMS),
·        Direct the operations of the front desk and navigate and coordinate various administrative processes to ensure departmental procedures run effectively (including openings, closing, room selection, incident reporting, front desk management, and communication with residents).
·        Utilizing a curriculum model and learning outcome approach to foster student connection, learning, and development
·        Co-lead the overall management of multiple facilities in a neighborhood
·        Serve in an emergency on-call rotation to respond, evaluate, notify, and direct staff around student crisis
·        Maintain effective working relationships with university staff, students, support people, and guests.
·        Demonstrate quality decision making and evaluative skills.
·        Demonstrate good communication both written and oral and listening skills.
·        Demonstrate an active commitment to social justice initiatives and department and institutional goals surrounding equity and inclusion.

What you will focus on (20%)
Community Engagement
·        Oversee the community engagement center within the neighborhood
·        Establish and maintain relationships with campus departments to create and continue ongoing services within the neighborhood community engagement center
·        Assess and adjust the residential education model to maintain learning outcomes and strategies to encourage connections through campus events, leadership opportunities, and intentional programs
·        Supervise the Graduate Intern for community engagement
·        Be available and visible in the community and the community engagement center

Type: Full-time.