RA/CA Position

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Resident Assistant

(Crossroads, Big Haus, Farside, Outback and Fort Awesome)

 

General Responsibilities

All RA’s share a set of general responsibilities with the addition of specialties depending on their living area.

 

Availability

  • Meet regularly with residents to explain and promote the residence community, disseminate information, articulate policy, and encourage group interaction.
  • Maintain general availability, which is necessary for the success of the community, in addition to the regular duty schedule.
  • Staff is expected to spend part of their evening in their room Sunday through Thursday.
  • RA’s are generally expected to be available on weekends.  The Residence Coordinator must approve any weekend spent off campus
  • Additional employment should be limited to less than 10 hours per week to increase the paraprofessional’s visibility on campus.
  • Positions in campus organizations or on-campus employment positions requiring a large time commitment should be discussed with the supervising Residence Coordinator.
  • Maintain sign on room door indicating availability (ex: “Where is [Name]?” followed by choices such as “class,” “studying,” “here,” “off campus,” etc.)

 

Administrative Duties

·         Submit work orders, occupancy reports, and other assignments in a timely manner and follow up on requests and complaints.

·         Participate in the improvement of student facilities, health, and safety by assisting with periodic inspections, maintaining Room Property Reports, monitoring and investigating vandalism, and other Residence life operations as necessary.

  • Assist in the Opening and Closing of assigned residence area at the beginning and end of each semester, Thanksgiving break, and Spring break.  Arrive prior to openings and remain after closing until administrative work is complete.
  • Plan at least one floor meeting per month.
  • Check mail regularly in the Complex Office; distribute information to residents in a timely manner.
  • Assist with check-in and checkout procedures as required. 
  • Distribute and collect completed roommate contracts with all residents at the beginning of the year, and whenever a new roommate is placed in the room.  Follow up on and assist with these contracts when necessary.
  • At the beginning of each semester, meet with all residents living in suites and assist them with the completion of a suite living contract.  Follow up on these contracts when necessary.
  • Assist with mediating suite/roommate conflicts when necessary.
  • Participate in and assist with Residence Life processes, Housing Selection and Resident Assistant selection process.

Programming

·         RAs are expected to meet programming requirements as outlined and fitting with position requirements and resident’s needs.

Duty

  • RAs must be in the building when duty begins and in the duty area (i.e. complex office or room when not on rounds.
  • RAs must follow all duty expectations as outlined by their RC.
  • When there is a registered party in the area, the duty RA will perform at least one round at the onset of the party and one round at the ending time of the party.
  • Duty includes a period of time when the RA must sit desk coverage in their complex office, and remain in their room during overnight.

 

Residence Halls Duty Rotation
Weekday Office Duty (Sunday-Thursday) 8 pm – 12am
Weekend Office Duty (Friday& Saturday) 9 pm - 2 am
Overnight in their room 12 am-10 am /2 am - 10 am

 

  • Resident Assistants (Big Haus and Fort Awesome)

RAs are student employees of the department whose primary responsibility is to provide assistance, guidance, and direction to sophomore, junior, and senior residents in their residence hall.  RAs work as part of a team within the department to build a community in and among the residence areas through programming and policy enforcement.  They provide support and referrals to residents, and provide nightly duty coverage to help with emergencies and student assistance.

 

  • Wellness Resident Assistant (Outback)

Wellness RAs are student employees of the department whose primary responsibility is to provide assistance, guidance, and direction to sophomore, junior, and senior residents in their residence hall. In addition Wellness RAs participate in specialized ongoing development and training in Wellness in the following areas: Physical, Intellectual, Vocational/ Occupational, Emotional, Social (Cultural, Societal, Family, and Community), Environmental and Spiritual.

 

  • First Year Experience Resident Assistant (Farside, Crossroads, and Big Haus)

FYE/RAs are student employees of the department whose primary responsibility is to provide assistance, guidance, and direction to first-year residents in their residence hall.  In addition, FYE/RAs participate in specialized training sessions to help them better understand and meet the complex needs of first-year students.

 

 

REMUNERATION:  All Resident Assistants are given a bed waiver for a single in a Purchase residence and a $425 stipend per semester of employment.