Job Description

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The Resident Advisor (RA), as a member of the Residential Life team, is supervised by a Residential College/Community Director (RCD). As a representative of the Office of Residential Life, RAs must abide by and uphold University regulations as well as state and federal law.

The primary role of the RA is developing a community of students in a university living environment. RAs create opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others and are responsible for facilitating the general safety and well-being of the community. The RA position is a challenging and rewarding experience. There are opportunities for RAs to develop skills in many areas including leadership, communication, programming, counseling, crisis management, and other transferable skills. Much of this development is obtained through training activities (August, winter, and Monday nights) as well as weekly staff meetings. RAs are also expected to take an active role in departmental committees and initiatives. The Resident Advisor (RA), as a member of the Residential Life team, is supervised by a Residential College/Community Director (RCD). As a representative of the Office of Residential Life, RAs must abide by and uphold University regulations as well as state and federal law.

General Expectations

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Enrolled as a Full time Student
  • Junior or Senior in class standing
  • Role model positive behavior that is in alignment consistent with Residential Life expectations, and the University’s Community Principles Student Judicial Code, and individual Community Standards.
  • Foster an environment that is respectful of and conducive to intellectual discourse among all members of the community
  • Role model healthy academic behaviors while fostering a culture that values multiple styles of learning and engagement academically within your community.

Community Building

Develop a personal understanding of identity, equity, diversity and social justice, and foster an inclusive community respectful and accepting of multiple identities.

  • Become acquainted with residents to understand their emotional, physical, academic, and social needs. Facilitate resolution of interpersonal conflicts among residents.
  • Implement the residential area’s Community Engagement Model.

Collaboration & Involvement

  • Become familiar with position expectations, individual RCD expectations, and Residential Life policies and procedures.
  • Implement and evaluate University and departmental policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the Office of Residential Life and support all departmental initiatives.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities as assigned by the RCD or other Residential Life staff.

Crisis Management & Emergency Response

  • Respond to personal crises and emergencies of residents with promptness, dependability, and in a manner that shows care and consideration for individual needs in alignment with University and Residential Life guidelines.
  • Serve as a Responsible Employee for the University. A responsible employee is a Washington University employee who has the authority to address sexual misconduct, who has the duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct, or who a member of the University community could reasonably believe has such authority or duty.
  • Document crisis and emergency information into the Res Life reporting system
  • Be familiar with campus and community resources in order to provide information and referrals to residents
  • Enforce and uphold all University and Residential Life policies, rules, and regulations.
  • Participate in duty rotation, which can include desk shift rotations at the duty desk and cell phone duty shifts (overnight).

Administrative

  • Complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner
  • Promptly post signage, pertinent community information and regularly change passive programming
  • Identify and report maintenance concerns in community
  • Assist in opening and closing of residential communities at the beginning and end of each semester.
  • Assume additional responsibilities as assigned by the RCDs, ARCD, Grad Fellow, and other Residential Life professionals.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and/or trainings. RAs must have Monday nights from 7pm-11pm available.
  • Attend weekly and/or bi-weekly 1:1s with RCD

Personal and Professional Development

  • Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to racial justice on an individual and communal level
  • Participate in a focus area to support initiatives within the residential community and/or the Office of Residential Life.
  • Maintain an ethic and practice of self-care and encourage others on staff and in your communities to do the same

Compensation:
Room and Board is provided for all RAs

  • First-Year RAs: ½ Silver Meal Plan
  • Returning RAs: Full Silver Meal Plan