Resident Assistant Job Description

SUMMARY

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time student paraprofessional position within the Office of Residence Life and Housing, a unit of Student Affairs. The Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) and Graduate Assistant (GA) supervise the RAs.

The RA is responsible for community building, administrating, and participating as a team member. The RA is responsible for office functions, administrating, and participating as a team member within their residence hall.  The RA is responsible for performing a variety of front desk, clerical, and customer service functions.

The description of duties, which follows, provides a general outline of the responsibilities of Resident Assistant.  The RA is assigned to one of the University residence halls.  Specific duties assigned vary depending on the needs of the residence hall and student population.

COMMUNITY BUILDING

  • Assists with getting to know the students of the assigned residence hall.
  • Creates video messages for the Internet, digital signage, and social media.
  • Performs other related duties as may be assigned by your professional supervisor including evaluating programs and projects and representing the Office of Residence Life and Housing at off-campus and on-campus events.

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

  • Maintains and enforces residence hall and university policies on a continuing basis, and prepares necessary reports and records of incidents.
  • Assists in opening and closing of the residence hall in December and May.
  • Follows-up on maintenance reports, updates key inventories and floor plans.
  • Assists in room inspections and prepares rooms for campus visitors.
  • Supports emergency evacuations.
  • Responsible to maintain the security of the key box and control over the master keys as well as reporting lost/non-returned keys to the CRE.
  • Refers all maintenances requests to Facilities Department and safety-related requests to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Serves as planner, sponsor, coordinator, and supervisor for floor, hall, and campus-wide educational and social activities.
  • Coordinates with Residence Life and Housing staff in areas of mutual responsibility.
  • Maintains office supplies and equipment.
  • Serves office duty hours, roam duty hours, and overnight duty hours as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by the CRE and GA.
  • Advises and/or refers students with the limits of RA training and ability concerning academics, personal, and social matters.
  • Maintains awareness of problems residents may be experiencing and assists as appropriate.
  • Responds to personal and medical situations; assuming responsibility to campus-wide emergency situations on a continuing basis.
  • Possesses a working knowledge of campus facilities, services and resources.
  • Serves as a mediator when a roommate conflict arises. Works with students in resolving floor/wing related problems. Assists in crisis management.

PARTICIPATING AS A TEAM MEMBER

  • Participates in fall and winter Residence Life Paraprofessional Staff training sessions before each academic semester.
    • Fall Training Session in August
    • Winter Training Session in January
    • Specific training dates will be communicated after hire
  • Communicates on a regular basis with your Coordinator of Residence Education, other Office of Residence Life and Housing staff, and University officials.
  • Attends bi-weekly RA in-service and residence hall staff meetings.
  • Participates in on-going training and staff development sessions.
  • Providing regular e-mail updates of work shift in the residence halls using a functional residence hall-specific e-mail account.
  • Shows knowledge of, personally abides by, and helps enforce the university's policies and procedures.
  • Aligns priorities so that the job responsibilities take precedence over personal commitments.
    • May not have any commitments outside the position (i.e. internship, extra-curricular activities, athletics, and second jobs) without the express consent of the Coordinator of Residence Education.
  • Maintains standards of personal and professional conduct and serves as role model for students and other residence hall staff.

COMPENSATION

Compensation will be in either the form of hourly pay or a room waiver option.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student registered full-time and have lived on campus for least a year.
  • Must possess experience in planning, participating as a team member, and have knowledge of campus resources.
  • Must be in good standing with the University.
  • At time of hire and throughout employment, candidate must maintain a Cumulative and Semester Grade Point Averages (GPAs) of at least 2.3 (for undergraduate students) and 3.0 (for graduate students) each semester, including summer sessions (if you are enrolled in summer courses).
  • Understands and work within the philosophy of student development held by the Office of Student Affairs at Gallaudet University.

TO APPLY - To apply for this position, please click here.

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For more information on the Resident Assistant program, contact Adrienne Morgan, Program Coordinator at ra.program@gallaudet.edu.