The Summer Resident Assistant (Summer RA) is a part-time (may range anywhere between 16-40 hours a week, depending on program needs) student paraprofessional position within the Office of Residence Life and Housing, a unit of Student Affairs for the summer. The Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) supervises the Summer RAs.

The Summer RA is responsible for office functions, administrating, and participating as a team member within their residence hall.  The Summer 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 Summer RA.  The Summer RA is assigned to one of the University residence halls.  Specific duties assigned vary depending on the needs of the residence hall and student/visitor population.

This position will be utilized from Commencement week in May to the opening of residence halls in August.


  • The Summer RA works in the residence hall office as scheduled by the Summer RA Program Coordinator.
  • The following shifts are available:
    • Team A – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (applies to Saturday/Sunday only)
    • Team B – 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (applies to Monday-Sunday)
    • Team C – 12 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (applies to Monday – Sunday)
  • Maintains a positive and helpful attitude towards summer residents at all times.
  • Refers summer residents to appropriate campus resources when necessary.
  • Notifies staff and/or the Department of Public Safety (DPS) immediately of any and all emergencies.
  • Responds to medical situations and/or emergencies.
  • Assists in cases of fire alarm to evacuate all residents from the building.
  • Responsible for room inspections and furniture inventories prior to and after each summer program.
  • Cleans the staff office and maintains a neat appearance in public lounges on a regular basis.
  • Responsible to maintain the security of the code box and key box and control over the master keys as well as reporting lost/non-returned keys to the CRE.
  • Assists the Visitor Housing Assistants with room inspections and preparing rooms for summer residents.
  • Maintains and updates flyers for campus and local events as directed by the CRE in their respective residence halls.
  • Maintains office supplies and equipment needed for positive residence hall living or office operations.
  • Assumes overnight (on-call) duty for emergencies on a rotating basis, as needed.
  • Maintains and enforces residence hall and university policies on a continuing basis, and prepares necessary reports and records of incidents.
  • Assists in the following procedures: opening and closing of the residence hall; keep up maintenance reports and key inventories; assisting in room inspections; preparing rooms for campus visitors; updating floor plans; and coordinating emergency evacuations.
  • Refers all maintenance requests to Facilities Department and safety-related requests to DPS.
  • Performs other tasks and projects as assigned.


  • Participates in Summer RA training session after the first dorm closure and before Commencement.
    • Training Session in May
    • Training dates will be communicated after hire
    • Work to begin immediately after training ends
  • Communicates on a regular basis with your CRE, other Office of Residence Life and Housing staff, and University officials.
  • Attends weekly or bi-weekly staff meetings when scheduled.
  • Provides regular briefing updates of work shift in the residence halls using a functional and 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 written consent of the Summer RA Program Coordinator.
  • Maintains standards of personal and professional conduct and serves as role model for students and other residence hall staff.


Compensation will be both hourly pay & free summer housing.

Summer RAs receive kitchen privileges (for a $150 non-refundable fee) for the duration of employment.


  • Must be an undergraduate or graduate student registered full-time and have lived on campus for least a year.
  • Must be term-active student for the following fall semester.
  • 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 Grade Point Averages (GPAs) of at least 2.3 (for undergraduate students) and 3.0 (for graduate students) in the preceding fall semester.
  • Understands and works 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 Summer Resident Assistant program, contact Astrid Jones, Program Coordinator at