Resident Assistant Job Description
The Resident Assistant (RA) is an undergraduate upper-class student under the
supervision of an Area Director/Resident Director (AD/RD), who aids with the
comprehensive student life program in the residence hall or apartment complex
and has specific responsibilities for working with students on a particular
The RA is generally responsible for assisting students individually
and in groups. In working with a floor/area, the RA is the primary facilitator
of student development within that community. It is important to note that
because of the dynamic nature of the position, the department may need you to
fulfill additional responsibilities at different points throughout the semester
(extra duty coverage, staff support for University/community events, etc.).
Individual Student Contact
Know names and pertinent information about the residents;
maintain contact with the residents.
Maintain a high profile in the hall and floor; be approachable
Promote an awareness of cultural diversity and an inclusive
environment among residents in
Encourage involvement of residents in activities.
Confront and document inappropriate behavior which violates
the Student Code of Conduct and Housing and Residence Life Contract and
Mediate conflicts between residents.
Observe and respond to student behavior which may be
indicative of personal, social, or academic problems.
Encourage students to seek additional help from campus
Student Group Activities
Plan and conduct effective community development programs
(i.e. social, educational, recreational, and diversity).
Involve residents in program planning.
Support floor and hall student leaders; assist in the
recruitment and development of student leaders.
Communicate regularly with residents through bulletin boards,
floor meetings, and informal contact.
Assist residents in establishing floor expectations and in
accepting responsibility for floor/individual issues.
Assist students in maintaining community norms.
Assist with Management Functions in the Hall.
Complete room condition reports for all assigned rooms.
Investigate and report room and common area damages.
- Know and communicate the room change procedures.
- Know and communicate the living options available in halls and on campus.
- Inform supervisor of student/floor concerns regarding facilities and
You are expected to complete the programming requirements set forth by the
department. Your activities should reflect and be guided by an active
assessment of the needs of your floor. During the first months of the Fall
and Spring semesters, there will be a specialized community development project
that may require weekly activities for your floors.
- Attend all hall and building staff meetings, and one-to-ones as scheduled.
- Participate in RA Selection as directed by the department.
- RAs are encouraged to be members of the RAC (Resident Assistant Committee). This committee meets
periodically to recognize staff
members who excel at the position, discuss current trends in the RA position
and plan social activities for staff members.
- Professional development opportunities are available for staff to
participate in the planning and implementation of fall and winter
training sessions and select Resident Director candidates, in addition to
the committees above.
- You are expected to inform your AD/RD if you are leaving for more than 24
- You are required to be on campus and visible at least two weekends per
-One weekend you will sit night duty at the front RA
-Second weekend you will be on back-up duty.
Half of the building staff must be present each weekend. The AD/RD will be
responsible for monitoring this and will give permission to leave on a first
come, first serve basis. RA's who live within an hour to a half-hour away
need to be conscious of asking for half weekends away more than two weekends
per month. It's simply not fair to out-of-area staff and puts the AD/RD in a
- Availability to your staff and residents is crucial within the RA
position. Therefore, it is expected that you sleep in your assigned room
from Sunday through Thursday each week throughout the year.
Terms of Employment
- Your RA contract is for one academic year (August-May), and your pay is roughly
equivalent to room and board in the residence hall to which you have been
- You are required to pass the Resident Assistant class
offered for first time RAs in the Spring
- RAs are expected to return to campus in Mid-August for fall staff training and
a few days prior to the start of the spring semester for spring staff
- All RAs must be present for the Group Process Day during RA Selection.
This day is typically scheduled during the first few weeks in February.
- Some weekend activities are required. A detailed
calendar will be provided for you upon start of the position.
- There may be restrictions
for accepting leadership roles outside of Residence Life.
The Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life will
determine your participation in outside activities.
- The RA contract is renewable upon the successful completion of the rehire
process for returning staff.
- Sea Gull
Square RAs: Your contract is from August 2013
through July 2014 (typically the
duration of your Sea Gull Square Housing Contract).
- All RAs must be a full-time student and maintain a 2.2 GPA at all times
(fall, spring & cumulative). If a deficient semester occurs, job probation
will result. Should a subsequent deficient semester occur, your contract
will not be renewed. If the cumulative average falls below the 2.2
requirement, the current contract may be terminated.
- Should you earn a semester GPA below a 2.0 your current contract may be
- Any RA placed on academic dismissal will be terminated.
- No evening courses are permitted on Tuesdays unless approved by the
Assistant Director for Residence Life. Only one 3-credit evening class or
the equivalent is permitted with the approval of your AD.
- Courses should not conflict with times identified for staff training,
in-services, duty, or other areas of employment.
- You will be evaluated by your AD/RD twice a semester: a performance review
at mid-semester and a formal evaluation at the end of the term. The mid-term
evaluation is an informal conference where you and your supervisor will
discuss performance, strengths and weaknesses, and determine goals and
strategies to improve performance and provide holistic growth. The formal
evaluation at the end of the term will utilize the RA evaluation form, at
which time a rehire decision is discussed for the next year.
- You will have the opportunity to evaluate your supervisor in the same
manner: an informal conversation at mid-term and formally at the end of the