Resident Assistant Opportunities
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Under the leadership of a Residence Director, Resident Assistants work with a floor/house/nest to provide the individual contact with students that can be vital to their success academically, socially, and personally. Resident Assistants need to be committed to the idea of student growth and to creating and encouraging a sense of community within their residential area and the campus as a whole.
As the College’s representative in the residence halls, the Resident Assistant assumes many roles. The RA’s responsibilities largely center on establishing and maintaining a residence hall atmosphere that is conducive to the residents’ overall education and development.
The Resident Assistant job can generally be described in terms of six areas:
1. Leadership and Role Modeling
RAs provide leadership, initiative, and support to students and the college. RAs are expected to actively demonstrate positive personal, academic, and job-related behaviors.
2. Counseling and Referral
RAs are expected to be available to discuss and mediate students’ concerns and problems. The RA is also in a position to initiate referrals to the various specialized services available on campus and in the community.
3. Community Development
RAs provide leadership and support for our departmental community development model. Some components of this model include educational and social programming, service learning, campus involvement, and individualized interactions with residents.
4. Policy and Support
RAs are expected to actively promote and support policies outlined in the KSC Student Handbook. This necessitates that each RA be thoroughly familiar with the policies, as well as the procedures for mediating disputes, enforcing policy, and reporting violations. Within the residence halls, RAs serve on duty on a rotating basis in order to promote safety and build community.
RAs are responsible for the environment of the residence hall. This includes reporting facility or maintenance concerns. RAs must also complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
RAs should be able to work with other RAs in a professional manner. They should also be able to lead their community with enthusiasm, pride and spirit. RAs are supported by the staff they are on, their Head Resident Assistant, their Residence Director, and the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services. Being an RA is as much about being a part of a team as it is about any single component of the job.
- You must have a semester and cumulative GPA of a 2.75 GPA, verified by an unofficial transcript.
- You must be a full time student.
- You must be in good judicial standing with the college and be free of disciplinary probation.
- RAs must continue to be full time students taking at least 12 credits (9 as graduate students) and cannot take more than 16 credits without departmental approval.
- RAs must be able to return to campus for trainings which take place prior to the college’s opening each semester.
- RAs must attend in-service trainings which will take place throughout the academic year.
- All employment is contingent upon a background check.
If you are currently receiving financial aid, you should be aware that securing employment as a Resident Assistant will affect your financial aid award. The specific impact this will have on you can only be determined by Student Financial Management. Please contact that office, located on the first floor of Elliot Hall, for further information.
If you have questions about being an RA please contact the Office of Residential Life & Housing Services.