RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION
The Resident Assistant (RA) is a student leader who lives and interacts with his or her peers in a residence hall. The RA is a member of the Residence Life staff and actively participates in the development of a comprehensive Residence Life program.
Due to the live-in nature of the RA position, willingness to be called into service at any time of the day or night is required in order to meet student’s needs as they arise, even in times of emergency when the campus may close for extended periods of time. The RA will function as a peer advisor and resource to residents. Therefore, availability, consistency, and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance.
- Resident Assistant Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA. If an applicant has below a 3.0, and above a 2.3, they will be asked to complete three supplemental essay questions to explain their academic standing. If they have a 2.29 GPA or below they are ineligible to apply. If hired, RAs with a GPA below a 3.0 will most likely be asked to limit some or all of their campus involvement.
- In good standing with Student Life (i.e. not on Student Life Probation or Deferred Suspension) at the time of application.
- Evidence of Christian faith commitment.
- Must be a sophomore standing or above by the beginning of the academic year in which they serve.
- Must have been a Westmont student for at least one full semester prior to the time of application.
In addition to the above qualifications, Resident Assistants are expected to demonstrate the following qualities:
- Teachability: Enthusiastic progress towards a deepening commitment to seek growth personally, professionally, and spiritually.
- Integrity: A capacity to be trusted, to be consistent and honest with feelings and relationships.
- Responsibility: An ability to act professionally and to take ownership of tasks assigned.
- Discernment: Thoughtfully weighing out all options, seeking advice, and being confidential of sensitive and private information.
- Investment: A demonstrated willingness to make an investment not merely of one’s time, but of oneself, one’s skills, attitudes, feelings and concern for others.
- Sensitivity: An awareness and respect for diversity and a commitment to actively engage in learning about multicultural identity, creating a space for learning, dialogue and education for students to become more socially conscious of their own identity and others.
The Resident Assistant is responsible for working toward the development of a community where residents can grow in all aspects of their lives. Specific responsibilities of the Resident Assistants include the following:
Community and Relationship Building
- Participate in planning and implementing hall community programs (social and educational) as directed by the Resident Director, in an effort to create a challenging and supportive learning environment for all residents.
- Expand the multicultural atmosphere of the campus through support of programming efforts and campus initiatives, and through modeling sensitivity toward issues of diversity.
- Actively facilitate diverse and meaningful relationships among residents of the section and the hall.
- Develop and maintain supportive relationships with residents, respecting their honor by maintaining confidentiality as appropriate.
- Plan and lead section meetings.
Community Safety, Care, and Responsibility
- Work weekly duty hours as scheduled, including weekdays and weekends.
- Be knowledgeable, personally uphold, and enforce all the policies for students as listed in the Westmont College Student Handbook.
- Inform residents of policies and clarify policies and procedures.
- Conduct follow-up as needed, with the goal of being restorative and in line with the E.P.I.C. student conduct process.
- Assist in emergency protocols, helping aid students should critical incidents arise in mental health, wildfire, or earthquake.
- Take an active role in facility management by reporting maintenance requests, and ensuring both private and public space is well cared for.
- Be knowledgeable of campus resources and direct residents to these resources as appropriate.
- Promote a living environment which enhances education and is supportive of the exchange of diverse ideas and experiences.
- Model a strong commitment to the academic endeavor by striving to maintain a strong GPA.
- Live publicly and privately in a manner that is consistent with a commitment to Christian discipleship, and Westmont’s Community Life Statement.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to continuing growth and personal development.
- Attend chapel and local church services regularly.
Residence Life Team Contribution
- Actively contribute to the development and support of fellow staff members by attending mandatory weekly staff meetings with hall staff, participating in fall staff retreats, and consistently keeping regularly scheduled individual meetings with RD and other RAs.
- Attend and participate in August Training, RA Class (Fall Semester), Spring Gatherings (Spring Semester), and any necessary Residence Life staff meeting scheduled.
- Be supportive of other staff members within your hall and throughout campus, promoting Residence Life on campus.
- Participate in the recruitment and selection of resident assistants for the following year.
GENERAL WEEKLY BREAKDOWN OF HOURS (17-22)
|Job Component||Estimated Hours Per Week|
|Individual Meeting with RD||1|
|RA Staff Meeting||2|
|RA Duty/Office Times||4-8|
|RA Class/Spring Gathering||2|
RA’s remuneration in fulfilling these expectations, policies, and work schedules is a fully paid rom (2016-2017: $8,400) plus a $340 stipend that will be paid upon completion of Fall RA Training.
DATES OF EMPLOYMENT
RA employment begins on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 2pm and ends Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 5pm. RAs are expected to arrive to campus no later than this time and required to stay until the end of the listed time. RAs are allowed to take breaks as outlined in the RA Agreement.