Student leaders who want to make the residence life experience the best it can be for resident students!
Resident assistants, known as “RAs,” are upperclass students who live on each floor in the residence halls to be a resource, guide, and role model for the students who live on the floor. They are part of the Residence Life staff and receive compensation for their role. “RAs” are student leaders who have a strong desire to contribute to the overall betterment of the residential community. They are trained in a variety of skills from hall programming to emergency response. The “RA” is a key component to facilitating a diverse, meaningful, and exciting community atmosphere!
Thinking about applying to be a resident assistant? Review the job description below, then click on the downloadable application and submit to the Residence Life Office. Typically, hiring of RAs for the upcoming year occurs in the spring semester. You can check with Residence Life staff for pertinent dates and deadlines. However, sometimes an opening occurs during an academic year—so feel free to submit your application anytime.
Resident Assistant Job Description:
Resident Assistants are the primary contact on their floor, a community builder, maintain a safe community, and be a role model, mentor, mediator and all around resource person for students to go to. The Resident Assistant will also be expected to follow all the Residence Life policies and to enforce those policies while maintaining their other key roles on campus. The Duties that RAs are expected to meet are below.
- Participation in staff trainings
- Coming back early to campus to prepare for openings and staying late for closings (check-ins and check-outs)
- Duty night 7:00pm-7:00am
- Remain on campus/in building during the entire time on duty
- Rounds on campus or in designated area on their duty night/ weekends
- Desk shift 7:00pm-11:00pm on the night on duty in their area
- Carry the RA Phone for the duration of their duty time in order to respond to any incidents which might occur
- They will all be able to call professional staff as needed for back up
- Weekend Duty
- Three RAs
will be on-call on the weekends
- 1 will hold the RA Phone and be primary staff member on call
- 2 will cover the main desks 7:00pm-12:00am (Siena/ Aquinas) and will do the rounds and respond to any incidents or lockouts that occur.
- The primary staff member will call them if needed, act as back up and will cover the desk when they do rounds.
- One professional staff member will be on-call with the RAs and will be there for advising and backup in case of emergencies
- Three RAs will be on-call on the weekends
- Three office hours per week will be required of each RA
- Programming for their floors/hall
- One community development program per month
- One social program a semester
- One passive program a month (see bulletin board)
- Maintain a monthly bulletin board which meets the program model requirements
- Door tags for your area twice a semester
- Conduct floor meetings with residents as needed
- Staff meetings
- One-on-ones with your supervisor(s)
- Perform Lockout
- Attend In-Services-one per semester and as needed with the professional staff
- Potential participation in the Health and Safety Inspections of residential facilities.
- Duties as assigned