Area Coordinator

first_imgBard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is aprivate institution working in the public interest.Employer Website: College seeks an Area Coordinator for our Annandale-on-Hudsoncampus. Area Coordinators (ACs) play a significant role in theoperation of Bard College’s residence halls. They are responsiblefor creating and maintaining a supportive educational environment,which promotes students’ individual growth, communityresponsibility, and academic achievement. A safe and healthy livingenvironment is promoted through oversight of day to day facilityoperations as well as supervision of student staff. Through theirwork, ACs support the academic philosophy inherent in liberal artseducation at a small college with a vibrant, dynamic studentpopulation. ACs report to the Director of Residence Life andHousing.The Area Coordinator position is a 12-month, live-in position.Compensation includes salary, partially furnished apartment, basicutilities, work cell phone and laptop, medical benefits, recreationcenter and library access, and tuition remission for undergraduatecourses after the first semester of employment. The successfulcandidate will excel at working in a community that is broadlydiverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status,gender, gender identity, nationality, sexual orientation andreligion.Essential Duties:Provide support and guidance to residents through programming,counseling, and referral designed to encourage the academic,emotional, and social development of each student. This includesoverseeing, implementing, and participating in floor, hall, area,and campus-wide programs. Each AC is required to implement onecampus-wide program/service project per academic year.Assist in the operation of residence halls in a manner thatprovides for a comfortable, safe and healthy environment. Thisincludes maintaining a positive working relationship with Buildings& Grounds, Housekeeping, and Security personnel, and making, atminimum, weekly rounds through the buildings to identify facilityissues that require attention.Communicate and maintain community standards as described bythe Student Handbook. This includes informing students of collegepolicy and procedures and encouraging students to monitor theirenvironment. Investigate, enforce, and follow-up with students’behavioral violations, inclusive of common area vandalism, damagesand safety/security violations.Counsel and refer students to appropriate professional staffmembers and campus resources (e.g., Office of Housing &Residence Life, Health and Counseling Services, Dean of StudentAffairs Office, etc.). Communicate concerns about individualstudents with the Dean of Student Affairs staff.It is expected to maintain an average minimum of 35 hoursweekly. This time includes meetings, maintaining office hours inthe central office, an area office and providing a visible presence(during programs, walk-throughs, on duty, etc ) in residence hallareas.Coordination of annual projects [e.g., Peer Counselor (PC)Selection, Room Draw, Peer Counselor Training, Opening/Closing,Room Changes, Publications/Website, etc.Peer Counselor SupervisionProvide guidance and support to Peer Counselor staff. Thisincludes developing camaraderie among the PC staff through groupactivities, staff development and informal contact.Conduct weekly staff meetings and weekly or bi-weeklyone-on-one meetings with PCs.Work with the Director of Residence Life and Housing, and otherArea Coordinators to plan engaging and informative PCtrainings.Consistently hold staff accountable for all responsibilitiesstated in the PC job description and employment agreement byproviding formal feedback and evaluating PCs each semester.Coordinate the Peer Counselor programming efforts in theresidence halls and maintain a programming budget. Offerinformation, support, and suggestions regarding the planning andpresentation of programming. Generate programming in the residencehalls, preferably with the involvement of Bard faculty.Personal and Professional Growth ResponsibilitiesAttend and facilitate professional staff development sessionsfor the Peer Counselor, Residence Life and Student Services Staffand/or regional and national professional conferences andworkshops.Facility and OperationsAttend weekly staff meetings, on duty meetings and professionaldevelopment meetings with the Office of Residence Life and Housing,Dean of Student Affairs Office and Student Services Staff. Attendweekly one-on-ones with the Director of Residence Life andHousing.Recommend residence hall renovations and improvements to theDirector of Residence Life and Housing. At the beginning and end ofeach semester, conduct and document residence hall inspections ofall public areas, lounges, halls, and physical structures forproblems, damage, and needed improvements.Work with appropriate personnel to conduct fire drills andinspections each quarter.Student Services and Staff ResponsibilitiesSupport the activities sponsored by the Dean of Student AffairsOffice and Student Services staff. Participate in variouscommittees created and supported by the Dean of Student AffairsOffice.Participate in the emergency on duty rotation and serve as theprimary point of contact in crisis situations. Administerappropriate follow up.Interpret, support, and communicate the goals and policies ofthe Office of Housing and Residence Life, Dean of Student AffairsOffice, and Bard College to students, parents, and otherconstituents.Submit an end-of-semester and end-of-year report reviewingevents and outlining accomplishments and goals throughout thesemester.Work with the Director of Residence Life and Housing toidentify a collateral assignment (10-15 hours per week) withanother department on campus. The collateral assignment is requiredto begin within 6 months of being hired.Other duties as assigned by the Director of Residence Life andHousing.Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:Master’s degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs, orrelated field preferred, Bachelor’s degree required.A valid drivers’ license is required for on-dutyresponsibilities.A commitment to student advocacy and an interest in dailyinteraction with a variety of creative and independent students isa must.Flexibility with non-traditional hours is imperative.Physical Demands:Must be able to sit for extended periods of time and work instandard office environmentMust be able to occasionally lift 20 poundsMust be able to work weekends and evenings as neededPlease submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of threereferences through at: College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomeapplications from those who contribute to our diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physicaldisability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, andreasonable accommodation for all individuals in employmentpractices, services, programs, and activities.AA/EOElast_img read more

Where the Mortgage Market Falls Short

first_imgWhere the Mortgage Market Falls Short Self-employment may provide some professionals a sense of freedom and control they may not feel in full-time salaried positions; but when it comes to purchasing a home, these professionals may have fewer options than their salaried counterparts.In the years leading up to the Great Recession, self-employed households had higher homeownership rates than salaried households; but today the tables have turned, according to new research from the Urban Institute.The housing crisis took a greater toll on self-employed households than on salaried households. Homeownership and mortgage use fell more among the self-employed than among those earning regular salaries, according to the research.“The mortgage market is not adequately meeting the lending needs of self-employed households,” stated Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman in a blog post on the Urban Wire.With 8.5 percent of all U.S. households headed by a self-employed professional, the researchers stated, “self-employed Americans are too large a segment of the economy to be left behind in mortgage access.”Looking back, we see that the self-employed households had higher incomes, higher homeownership rates, and identical mortgage use rates to salaried homeowners. The housing crisis caused a shift the self-employed haven’t fully recovered from.Between 2001 and 2007, the median income for self-employed households was $71,800, compared to $55,300 for salaried households. While incomes of salaried households are nearly back to their 2007 levels, self-employed households have not recovered as much ground.Over the same time period, from 2001 to 2007, self-employed households had a homeownership rate of 79.2 percent, a notable 13.4 percentage points higher than that of salaried households.As of 2016, that gap narrowed to 10.2 percentage points, and the homeownership rate for the self-employed was 72.9 percent.Also, while mortgage use declined for both salaried and self-employed households, the Urban Institute found that it has declined more among self-employed households.In 2007, 80 percent of both salaried and self-employed homebuyers obtained a mortgage loan. As of 2016, 74 percent of salaried homebuyers used a mortgage compared to just 67 percent of self-employed buyers. That’s a 13 percentage point drop for self-employed compared to a 6 percentage point drop for salaried buyers.While the researchers do not have data on how self-employed homebuyers who do not obtain a mortgage finance their homes, Kaul said in an email, “One possibility is they are wealthy self-employed folks (restaurant or gas station owners types) who may not need to borrow.”While lower incomes might account for some of the drops in homeownership and mortgage use among the self-employed, the researchers point out that even when taking a look at just higher-income households, mortgage use has declined more for self-employed buyers than for salaried buyers. Comparing 2007 to 2016, mortgage use is down 5 percentage points for salaried homeowners earning more than $70,000 per year and down 9 percentage points for self-employed owners in the same income bracket.The culprit, according to the researchers, is “tougher mortgage availability or requirements” faced by self-employed homebuyers when applying for mortgage loans.“Absent major changes to mortgage eligibility rules, the homeownership gap between salaried and self-employed households will likely persist or even widen in the coming years,” Kaul and Goodman said. January 15, 2019 1,042 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Originationcenter_img Homeownership Housing Market mortgage Mortgage Access Self-Employed Urban Institute 2019-01-15 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more