Coordinator for Residence Education (CRE)

Why be a CRE?

Summary

The CRE, is an integral component to the success of the residence education area of University Housing. The CRE is responsible for creating a community where academics, diversity and community involvement are honored.

The CRE facilitates an environment within the residence hall that contributes to the development of students and staff academically, socially, physically and culturally.

Additionally, the CRE provides leadership for the day-to-day management of the hall or complex to create a safe, clean and comfortable environment for students and staff.

CRE Recruitment Guide

Download our CRE Recruitment Guide to learn more.

Tailor Your Experience

The coordinator for residence education (CRE) position is one of transition and growth. Many team members utilize their professional development resources to focus on a specific area or career path. Some of the focus areas that come up naturally for a CRE are:

  • Student Conduct
  • Supervision
  • Student development
  • Customer service
  • Programming
  • Event planning

University Housing values the input that comes from a team with diverse areas of expertise committed to life-long learning. Each CRE works with their supervisor to craft a development plan that focuses on professional goals and growth.

Each CRE has an annual discretionary professional development fund of $1,000.

Reading and Research Days

CREs have a unique opportunity for individualized growth and development through “Reading and Research Days”. CREs have eight hours each month to devote to readings, visits, shadowing, and research on the topic of their choice. This time can be taken in addition to other professional development opportunities.

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Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology, public administration, or a related field; one year in a higher education environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling or a directly related field of study
  • Graduate or full-time experience with community living and leadership development
  • Three years of experience in program administration or related area.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of how to plan and organize events for students. Strong oral and written communication skills and strong organizational and administrative skills.

Job Duties

  • Incorporates residence education purpose statement into daily work as a CRE
  • Utilizes educational philosophy in intentional conversations and programming with residents
  • Communicates students’ rights and responsibilities and assists students in developing skills to address interpersonal conflicts
  • Serves as a student conduct hearing officer
  • Coordinates student engagement programming including assigned campus-wide events
  • Recruits, trains and develops student leaders through the promotion and advising of hall government, Residents’ Interhall Congress, and/or National Residence Hall Honorary.
  • Serves in the CRE on-call duty rotation working directly with the crisis protocol and response system for the resident assistant and CRE level
  • Assists in the coordination of assigned Living Learning Communities
  • Works collaboratively with faculty and academic partners
  • Supervises a staff of resident assistants
  • Supervises after hours and weekend front desk operations
  • Provides leadership to staff by communicating, interpreting and administering residence hall and University policies and procedures
  • Maintains visibility through office hours, regular floor visits and attendance at programs
  • Participates in departmental workgroups and committees
  • Manages assigned program and development and signature program budgets
  • Collaborates with University Housing's Residential Facilities unit for building maintenance and capital improvement requests
  • Performs administrative duties including
  • Maintaining records
  • Overseeing check-ins, check-outs and moves
  • Working with maintenance and housekeeping
  • Processing work orders
  • Maintaining hall-specific forms
  • Provides leadership, mentoring and role modeling for student staff and hall residents
  • Maintains an awareness of student and staff concerns through formal contacts (i.e., office hours, appointments) and informal interactions
  • Maintains positive working relationships with University partners
  • Presents workshops and seminars to staff and students

Compensation and Benefits

The salary for the Coordinator for Residence Education (HEI Program Coordinator) position is $30,713.

CREs are provided a partially furnished apartment which includes a bedroom set (queen-size bed, mattress/box springs, night stand and dresser), dining table and chairs, washer/dryer and kitchen appliances.

In addition to the benefits provided by the University, Coordinators for Residence Education also receive a meal plan for their use and a reserved parking space near their hall (the department covers a significant part of the cost for the space).

CREs are permitted to have one cat or one dog (breed restrictions may apply).

This position requires the use of a cell phone in accordance with the cellular communications policy, Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 306.1.

Background Checks

To foster the safety and security of residents of University Housing, authorization for any adult to reside in an on-campus apartment with the successful candidate for this position is contingent on that adult’s satisfactory completion of the same background check requirements prior to move-in: criminal background and sex offender registry checks and substance abuse screening.

Any adverse findings will be used solely for the purpose of determining whether the accompanying adult shall be permitted to reside in University Housing.

Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

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Undergraduate Institution and Major: Murray State University, Non-Profit Leadership Studies

Graduate Institution and Major: Murray State University, Human Development and College Student Personnel

Favorite part about living in NWA: NWA is beautiful. There is a lot to do outside and many fun places to go! There is always something to do here.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: I love the professional development you can get working with University Housing.


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Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Arkansas, Social Work

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Arkansas, Social Work

Favorite part about living in NWA: I really enjoy the inclusive and active community of NWA. There is always something to do and new places to discover!

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: I enjoy knowing the students on a holistic level. This job gives me insight on the real struggles our students deal with on a daily basis and gives me access to provide them with support and resources.


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Maddie Debucce

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Hometown: China Township, Mich.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Oakland University, Mathematics

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Central Arkansas, College Student Personnel Services and Administration

Favorite part about living in NWA: There is always a new, pleasant surprise of what is offered. There is something for everyone and a supportive community to guide you to trying new things.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: The ability to personalize my own professional development and be able to bring it to my CRE peers and student leaders in my hall. You can take time to delve into research you are passionate about each month or take time to participate in a multitude of online seminars and be supported by the department when you go to conferences.


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Mitchell Foster

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Hometown: Orange County, Calif.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Saint La Salle, Business Administration and Economics

Graduate Institution and Major: California State University, Chico, Public Administration and Sexual Diversity Studies

Favorite part about living in NWA: The green hills, the Fayetteville Square, and the vibrant and active concert/art scene. (We have an IMAX too) #important

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: The community of highly intelligent and socially aware professionals who stay true to the department’s and university’s mission and seek ways to make things better and move it forward.


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Hometown: Canton, Ga.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Kennesaw State University, Civil Engineering

Graduate Institution and Major: Mercer University, Higher Education Leadership

Favorite part about living in NWA: The food! If you are eating at a chain here, you are doing it wrong.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: I love being able to work with students and have a positive impact on their college experience.


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Laura Kilpatrick

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Hometown: Fayetteville, Ark.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Arkansas, Journalism

Graduate Institution and Major: Arkansas Tech University, College Student Personnel

Favorite part about living in NWA: Love the weather, the people and the natural beauty of the area

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: I enjoy helping people and planning exciting events.


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Cole Ludolph

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Hometown: Elkins, Ark.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Criminal Justice

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Arkansas, Higher Education

Favorite part about living in NWA: My favorite part about living in NWA is its natural beauty and outdoor activities. I love to be outside doing things like hiking and fishing and nowhere is better than NWA.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing: Working with like-minded individuals who are all striving to make the college experience and education amazing for our students.


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Eric Peltier

Coordinator for Residence Education

Hometown: Castleton, Vt.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: New England College, Political Science: International Relations

Graduate Institution and Major: New England College, Management: Strategic Leadership

Favorite part about living in NWA: Being able to go from a city setting to a more peaceful setting of the trails and the surrounding areas

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing:I really like the ability to work and focus on some areas for which I have a strong passion.


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Keauno Perez

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Hometown: Joshua, Texas

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Tarleton State University, Communication Studies

Graduate Institution and Major: Tarleton State University-Fort Worth, Communication Studies

Favorite part about living in NWA: The natural beauty of Fayetteville, including the hills, and how every season visits.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing:My favorite part about working in Residence Education at the U of A is the multiple roles the CRE position is responsible for, from crisis management, to programming, to conduct hearings, every day brings something new. Another highlight of working in ResEd is the opportunity to work with the incredible student leaders who serve as Resident Assistants.


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Hometown: Hillsboro, Ore.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Corban University, Business Management & Leadership

Graduate Institution and Major: John Brown University, Business Administration: Organizational Behavior

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Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing:I really enjoy the opportunity to work alongside students and develop their leadership skills. In addition to working with students, I really appreciate the overall diversity of Residence Education. We have a lot of different expertise, experiences and backgrounds that contribute toward a well-rounded team. I've really enjoyed working with this group of professionals.


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Sommer Shirley

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Hometown: Lafayette, La.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Business Management

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Central Florida, Educational Leadership

Favorite part about living in NWA: Coming from places that are very flat, it’s been nice experiencing hills and the gorgeous views they provide. Additionally, the people here are incredibly friendly and welcoming.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing:The ability to work with and develop student leaders, such as RAs.


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Jake Talley

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Hometown: Beebe, Ark.

Undergraduate Institution and Major: Arkansas Tech University, Health and Physical Education/Wellness Science

Graduate Institution and Major: University of Central Arkansas, College Student Personnel Services and Administration

Favorite part about living in NWA: Attending concerts at the AMP.

Favorite part about working in Residence Education or University Housing:Working with so many different students and having the opportunity to learn from them.