Residence Education Coordinator Purdue University

Greetings from the residential Life team

We are excited that you are interested in the opportunity to be a member of our Residential Life staff. Based on your past experiences, we invite you to grow with us at Purdue as we work to provide our students a quality educational experience. Consider joining a team that works to honor the history of University Residences that values relationship building, hospitality, and service as we look forward to an exciting time of growth in our residential population.

While serving on staff in one of our five residential neighborhoods, comprised of traditional residence hall and apartment style housing, you will learn how your role supports our departmental educational priority. You will not only develop relationships with the students and staff you supervise, but also with building service staff, clerical staff and other University Residences partners in Residential Education and Dining. It is important that you bring your previously acquired skills and knowledge to support the foundation of University Residences, as we work to build inclusive communities for a variety of student populations.

This interview process is our opportunity to get to know you and your opportunity to get to learn about us. While you participate in this recruitment process, become familiar with the culture, expectations, resources, and opportunities in Residential Life at Purdue University. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about our organization, our students, and the surrounding West Lafayette and Lafayette communities. I invite you to reflect on the experiences you wish to gain from being a part of our team, and encourage you to ask questions that may help you assess if Purdue is the right fit for you. We hope it will be.

Thank you for taking the time to review this summary of Residential Life at Purdue University. We look forward to getting to meet you. Ever grateful for the work you do to educate and support the growth of resilient students in all areas of our field.

Boiler Up and Hail Purdue!

Educational Priority & LEarning Goals

Educational Priority: Students will engage with learning centered environments that promote self-authorship, connection, and intellectual curiosity.

Residential Life Learning Goals:

Self-Authorship: Self-authorship describes the personal growth which occurs in students as they begin to understand themselves and their values. This continual growth towards self-discovery and understanding enables them to find the freedom to express themselves openly within University Residences, Purdue University, and global society. Residents will explore their passions and future career aspirations through reflection and conversations with peers resulting in their ability to articulate their story.

Connection: Residents will develop a sense of belonging by living in University Residences and experience and participate in inclusive excellence. Through intentional relationships with peers, staff, and faculty, residents will create lasting relationships and recognize the value they and others bring to the University.

Intellectual Curiosity: Residents will experience an academic environment where taking risks and challenging the norm are encouraged where they live. Engaging with faculty and staff about their learning in the classroom and how it impacts the world they live in will be commonplace. As beginning learners, residents will have the opportunity to refine their own views and learn from the views of others.

Job Description

The Residence Education Coordinator (REC) is a full-time, professional, live-in position within University Residences with a 12-month apartment and board plan. RECs facilitate and develop a nurturing residential community and must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Successful candidates will have the skills to: develop strong residential communities; form relationships with individual students; coach and supervise resident assistants; mentor graduate students; lead residence operations in a way that creates and maintains a positive, inclusive, learner-centered community; promote, encourage and reward student learning, academic success and co-curricular participation; foster an atmosphere of respect for individual differences and community values; advise and support student groups.


Supervision & Staff Development: Select, train, supervise and evaluate 14-30 paraprofessional resident assistants in communities housing 600-1000 residents. You will also supervise the upperclassman or graduate level position, Residence Education Assistant (REA), this student will help you coordinate on-going staff training through team building activities, educational in-services and other programs. Coordinate weekly staff meetings as well as one-on-one supervision that update and reinforce training objectives and intentionally focus on individual and staff development. Create a culture of accountability through coaching resident assistants regarding performance, open dialogue on balance of student success and job responsibilities as well as the recognition of hard work and innovation.

Student education & advising: Develop and facilitate learning opportunities that will enhance the experience of all students residing in University Residences. Respond to sensitive issues and foster a supportive environment for high diverse population. Oversee the resident assistant staff in the implementation and coordination of programming efforts. Advise a Club organization, also known as a hall government, consisting of an elected board of residents that will create programming and advocacy within the hall. Co-teach with a fellow REC, the 8-week leadership seminar for first year RAs. Support current programming such as Faculty Fellows, Clubs, Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary. Work to innovate new programs to support student learning and success.

Administrative responsibilities: Provide timely and clear verbal and electronic communication with internal and external constituencies. Assist with recruitment, selection and training of resident assistants. Coordinate resident assistant responsibilities such as duty scheduling, front desk operations and program tracking. Manage judicial affairs and performance management software.

Team member of university residences: Know and support the mission of University Residences as well as the vision of residential life. Work to provide a safe and inclusive environment. Be aware of professional standards with regards to timeliness, appearance, work quality and communication. Serve as a role model for your RAs and your residents. Be approachable and visible to your hall staff, your RA staff, and your students.

Collaborate with key internal constituents and campus partners including but not limited to University Residences: centralized assignments office, facilities, dining, conferences, operations, strategic planning and the marketing department; UR Global, RHA, learning communities, University Residences Parent Association, Dean of Students, Student Access, Transition and Success Programs, Purdue University Public Safety (PUPD & PUFD), Student Affairs, Admissions, Athletics and other campus partners.

Crisis response/serve on-call: Participate in a rotating duty schedule, providing on-call/on-duty emergency and crisis response for students and family members for an area that houses approximately 2,000-3,000 students. Provide facilitation for conflict resolution issues, assist student struggling with mental health and personal issues, and refer students to appropriate University and community resources.

Student Learning

Faculty Fellows: The Faculty Fellow program promotes a personalized experience for students by associating with faculty and staff on an informal basis outside the classroom. This program offsets the degree of depersonalization, which is inherent in any institution, satisfies the need for student to have individualized time and attention, and promotes student awareness for intellectual, social, cultural, and personal growth. Faculty Fellows come from all walks of the University: vice presidents, deans, department heads, administrators, faculty, and staff. Acting upon reviews and recommendations by the residence hall students and residential life staff, faculty fellows are appointed to a particular residence hall.

UR Global: Purdue University has one of the largest international student populations in the country, providing students an opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures in the heart of the Midwest. UR Global capitalizes on this opportunity by pairing students together to initiate cross cultural learning.

Women's Leadership Series: University Residences offers a special series dedicated to the development and empowerment of women leaders at Purdue. This provides the opportunity for students and staff to connect and build a legacy of leadership. This also inspires members to empower all women to realize their full potential and demonstrate how, together, women can contribute enormous talents to Purdue and the greater community.

NRHH & RHA: RHA is the representative body for all students living in the residence halls. RHA allows for students to learn valuable leadership and community development skills through group decision-making, programming, and serving as the voice of the students of the residence halls. NRHH is an honorary dedicated to recognition and leadership development of residents. Both organizations have frequent interaction with the Residential Life staff.

Learning Communities: Learning communities allow for the classroom to be brought back to the hall and the floor. Research results here and at programs across the United States show that students who take part in a learning community earn higher grades, make friends faster, and graduate at higher and faster rates than students who don't participate. There are many Learning communities to choose from across many different academic departments. Learning communities allow for students to find a small community with their same interests at such a large university.

Executive In Residence: The Executive-in-Residence program exists to provide opportunities for students to make connections with successful Purdue alumni. While executives are serving "in residence,” students will engage with them in a variety of ways through both formal presentations and informal interactions. Executives will live among the students, immersing themselves in the student experience rather than in limited engagements. The hallmark of the program is students learning about how executives developed their approaches to leadership and forged a pathway from student to success story.


Purdue University Residences houses approximately 14,000 residential students, one of the largest collegiate on-campus residential communities in the country. University Residences created neighborhoods in order for students and staff to feel they are a part of smaller community making it easier to know people and “feel at home.” Buildings in each neighborhood share commonalities such as similar physical presence and location on campus. In addition, there are common traditions and themes that are apparent in each neighborhood. Structurally, an Assistant Director is responsible for the vision and direction of a neighborhood with other residential life professional staff helping support the neighborhood development.

Residential Life has developed a total of 5 neighborhoods. This is an exciting time as these neighborhoods have been named with student support and visions for each unique neighborhood are being created.

Home to more than 1,800 residents, Cornerstone includes a variety of suite-style, single sex, apartment, and traditional residential spaces. Students, staff, and faculty casually and formally interact with each other beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom with such activities as our annual Neighborhood Block Party, visiting scholar forums, and participating in our Faculty-in-Residence and Executive-in-Residence programs. With these ideas and concepts, Cornerstone residents live in an interdisciplinary educational environment where life, leadership, and learning come together to form a foundation for student success.
The Mosaic Mile houses just over 3,300 students from all classifications in housing ranging from traditional style residence halls to suite style and apartments. Many international students call the Mosaic Mile home, as do graduate students and students with families. Because of Mosaic Mile’s diverse range of residents, programming and initiatives are often focused on inclusivity and learning real-world basic skills to take students beyond graduation. The biggest neighborhood tradition, however, is the West Side Block Party which takes place every April in collaboration with the Legacy Lane Neighborhood.
District of Tradition has approximately 2,800 students. Neighborhood Traditions include the Madam Carroll Dinner/Dance Cruise at the start of the fall semester, DOToberfest around Halloween, and the DOT send off in April in which the hall with the most points from a year-long competition wins the DOT Neighborhood Trophy. The neighborhood is known for traditions in which returning residents pass on the information to the incoming first year residents.
Legacy Lane houses around 3,500 students. The vision of the neighborhood is ‘Creating a Legacy that Matters’ and the mission is ‘Impact + Experience = Legacy’. Legacy Lane is known for helping students make a lasting impact on Purdue’s Campus and in the West Lafayette community. Traditions include Legacy Olympics, Resident Appreciation Week, Leave Your Legacy Service Event and Westside Block Party with Mosaic Mile.
Champion Heights neighborhood houses approximately 2,800 students and includes one of the largest all men’s residence halls in the country and two undergraduate apartment communities. The creed of the neighborhood is ‘Lead Serve Transform’. Champion Heights provides event and activities centered around service and servant leadership. Traditions include Hillapalooza, Ross-Ade Welcome Back event, Rock The Quad, Recess In The Heights, and a service learning series culminating in a banquet recognizing residents who participated.

Residential Life Staff

Neighborhood Staff

Each of our five neighborhoods include one Assistant Director of Residential Life, 3-4 Residence Education Coordinators, 3-5 Residence Education Assistants and around 70 Resident Assistants. Neighborhoods also work with one of two Residential Learning Specialists on a continual basis to help in the formation and execution of hall and neighborhood residential curriculums.

Student Leadership Staff

Student leadership staff include an Associate Director for Student Leadership and a Residential Student Leadership Coordinator. RHA and NRHH are both overseen by student leadership and REC staff assist with advising both organizations. Student leadership also oversees the President’s Round Table and hosts numerous leadership retreats throughout the year, including the Jay Severson Student Leadership Retreat.

Student Conduct & Advocacy Staff

There are several positions within the department that focus solely on Student Advocacy and Conduct. This small unit of professionals works to maintain community standards, support students’ mental health and collaborate frequently with campus partners to ensure our students are able to be successful. This team is currently comprised of the Associate Director for Student Conduct, the Associate Director of Student Advocacy and Title IX, two Residential Advocacy and Conduct Coordinators, and one graduate student.

Notable Benefits

  • Parking Pass
  • Partner Friendly Benefits
  • Full Meal Plan
  • Pet Friendly
  • Generous professional development funds and opportunities
  • Live-in and Live-on Housing Opportunities


Email: ResLife@purdue.edu

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Twitter: @ResLifeatPurdue



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