Resident Assistant Job Description

Provide Leadership for the Residence Hall Unit.

  • Arrive early at the beginning of each semester to welcome floor members, provide supervision, and check people into rooms.
  • Stay until floor members have gone at the end of each semester or May term to say good-bye, provide supervision, and check people out of rooms.
  • Develop programs and activities with floor members that contribute to social, spiritual, and intellectual growth.
  • Call and lead floor meetings as necessary.
  • Transmit information and policy from the Student Life office to floor members.
  • Articulate, interpret and enforce college policies. Report violations to your RD and work cooperatively with him/her to deal effectively with the violations.
  • Report problems with the physical facilities and help to maintain an attractive and safe environment.

Establish Relationships with Residents of Your Unit.

  • Write letters or e-mail in early August to residents who will be new to campus to welcome them and begin to orient them before they arrive.
  • Learn to know each floor member.
  • Be a friend, listener, and advocate.
  • Assist in identification and referral of students to appropriate on-campus resources.
  • Be a role model in both your on-campus and off-campus behavior.

Participate in Staff In-Service Training and Team-Building Activities.

  • Enroll and attend leadership development class during the fall semester. This course registers as a psychology credit.
  • Attend the fall Student Life retreat and residence hall staff orientation prior to the arrival of other students on campus.
  • Participate in weekly individual and/or group meetings with your RD.
  • Establish and maintain regular contact with other staff persons in your residence hall to develop a leadership team.
  • Participate in any other in-service training sessions that may be scheduled throughout the year.

Desired Skills and Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate intercultural openness with the ability to create partnerships with people with diverse backgrounds to learn from one another and work towards equity.
  • Ability to explore multiple identities within a community context (e.g. roommate, helper, athlete, friend, person outside family context, student, etc.
  • Express creativity in a community context of peers for entertainment, communication, learning and play.
  • Listening, reading, writing, speaking, and interacting effectively.
  • Articulate own needs to peers while effectively listening to those of others (e.g. peer & authority).  Students choose best medium based on purpose & audience of message.
  • Analyzing, interpreting, evaluating and using evidence to make good judgments.
  • Students practice faith within the context of living with their peers; experience God’s presence through and within their college experience.

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