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Resident Advisor Information

Qualifications 

The ideal applicant should posses the following qualifications.

  • A 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • Must be a full-time (12 credit hours minimum) student.
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours.
  • Have completed one semester living on campus.
  • Must have a clean Student Conduct Record.

Characteristics

The ideal applicant should posses or be able to develop the following characteristics.

  • Sense of responsibility / Accountability
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of personalities
  • Leadership ability
  • Effective interpersonal and small group communication
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of diversity and cultural differences
  • Positive attitude
  • Dedication to the mission and goals of Residence Life
  • Self-confidence
  • Ability to work as an effective and productive team member
  • Timeliness / Flexibility / Patience

Compensation

  • Receive a private room for the semi-private room rate.
  • Paid hourly for the time they work the front desk and floor hours in the halls, not to exceed 20 hours per week.

General and Specific Duties

  • Reside in University housing throughout the semester and until the official closing date for the semester.
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and development workshops, as well as a one-week staff training before the semester begins.
  • Announce, post, and observe at least sixteen “on-duty” hours per week, during which time you will conduct safety inspections and constantly monitor your respective building and be available for residents.  Schedule to be determined by your supervisor.
  • Complete room inventories and conduct check-ins and check-outs.
  • Report and document incidents immediately.
  • Enforce University and Residence Life rules and regulations.
  • Maintain confidentiality of resident information and records.
  • Preserve the safety and security of the residents by assisting in fire drills and evacuations.

Communication

  • Conscientiously maintain an up-to date bulletin board relaying campus information and activities to residents.
  • Keep residents informed of deadlines and other pertinent information concerning academic matters.
  • Acquaint residents with student services on and off campus, such as counseling and health services, financial aid and tutorial offices, campus and community organizations, etc.
  • Serve as a liaison between staff and residents, relay information regarding policies, administrative matters, and activities to residents and share concerns of residents with the professional staff.
  • Promote a working relationship between the staff and Resident Housing Association in relation to one another’s activities, concerns, and mutual goals.

Resident Awareness and Guidance

  • Know residents by name and room location, insuring you are available to talk with residents about concerns, interests, and needs.
  • Identify residents with special talents and encourage them to become active in residence life and campus activities.
  • Identify and assist residents with personal, social, academic, or health related concerns (current or potential).  Keep the Director of Residence Life and Hall Directors informed accordingly, sharing information and discussing appropriate responses.

Programming

  • Plan welcome activities at the beginning of each semester to assist residents in getting to know and interact with one another.
  • Work with students and other staff members to identify interests and needs, and plan programs in response to these needs.
  • Must be present and encourage resident participation at staff presented activities, as well as campus activities.
  • Complete an Activity Proposal and Activity Summary for each event, and provide Activity Evaluations to residents for events.

Student Conduct

  • Know, understand, and abide by Residence Life and University regulations.
  • Communicate policies and their rationale to residents and establish behavioral expectations accordingly.
  • Work with other staff members to promote a responsible living/learning atmosphere within the Residence Halls.
  • Inform the Director of Residence Life and Hall Directors of actual and potential problems that may interfere with the living/learning atmosphere and work with the Director of Residence Life and Hall Directors to take appropriate action.

Application

To apply to be a Resident Advisor, complete the Resident Advisor Application.

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