Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a student member that directly interacts with residents. The RA serves as a catalyst to enable the residents to create and maintain a community environment.  One of the most rewarding aspects of the job is the opportunity to meet and interact with different types of people and encounter new ideas.  It is the expectation of all RAs to become involved with and get to know all of their residents.

As a staff member, he/she will work to build community, maintain communications between management and residents, and assist in a multitude of administrative tasks.  The Resident Assistant is responsible for the development of a residential community that enhances the total collegiate experience and facilitates resident growth. These goals may only be accomplished through RA availability on their floors, in their building(s) and around the community. One of the most important RA responsibilities is to be available to, and spend time with, all residents living in the community.  Additional responsibilities include maintaining communication between Management and the residents, as well as supporting policies, procedures and regulations.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must:

  • Be enrolled at least part-time
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Make their job as RA first priority, second only to school
  • Be able to commit 18-22 hours of office work per week

Responsibilities

The majority of the RA's responsibilities involve direct contact with residents. Other responsibilities may include:

  • Working in the office
  • Guiding tours
  • Completing lease paperwork
  • Cleaning the clubhouse
  • Conducting inspections
  • Planning events

Compensation

RAs are paid hourly and receive an attractive discounted rent.

Term

Appointments as a RA are by semester. We typically hire in December/January and May/June, but vacancies may occur at any time. RAs may work over holidays such as winter, spring and summer breaks.

Benefits

As an RA, you will learn many aspects of business, marketing, sales, customer services and conflict resolution. Gaining this experience may be helpful to you in your future career.

Core values

  • Know and Care for Residents
    Knowing residents is critical to Resident Assistant success. Promoting ongoing interaction and cooperation is essential to resident satisfaction. Resident Assistants will act as a resource and referral agent for all residents.

  • Build Community
    The total value of a college education can only be realized when a resident involves him/herself in many aspects of the collegial experience (e.g. leadership activities, volunteering, student government). Resident Assistants raise resident’s level of awareness of what is available to them at the community and how to participate. Resident Assistants will maintain a high profile on the property and be approachable and receptive. RAs create enthusiasm and interest in community events.

  • Share Knowledge
    Resident Assistants are knowledgeable about community policies and University resources. Resident Assistants play a vital role in directing residents to the appropriate community staff members. Resident Assistants provide accurate information about the community to residents. Resident Assistants are informed and familiar with important services on campus.

  • Promote Learning
    Resident Assistants foster personal responsibility through supporting community policies. Resident learning is enhanced through the staff’s programming efforts, RA's interaction with residents, and by supporting personal accountability.

  • Lead by Example
    Resident Assistants are held to high standards of academic achievement and behavior and as a result are considered community leaders and set the example for conduct and attitude. RAs will observe all community and University policies, rules, and regulations.

  • Embrace Diversity
    An important aspect of promoting learning is demonstrating an appreciation for cultural differences and opposing intolerance and bigotry concerning these differences. Resident Assistants are committed to assuring fairness for all residents within the community.

Other details

Second jobs are discouraged and only allowed with the permission of your supervisor. If a second job is permitted, then the job as an RA must come first under all circumstances. We do allow RA's to have co-op or internships as long as you meet your required hours per week and are able to balance both.

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