Assistant 2011 - 2012
At Wright State University, the Resident Assistant (RA) position is an integral position within the Office of Residence Services. Resident Assistants are Residence Life student staff members who have direct and constant, day-to-day resident interaction throughout the year. As paraprofessional staff, RAs engage in a very exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Those involved in the Residence Life program will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and enhance their communication skills while gaining a better understanding of themselves and others.
A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required at time of application. Individuals selected for the Resident Assistant position must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 through (Resident Assistant candidates for the Honors Hall are required to possess and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA) the end of the Spring Quarter. Employment will not commence until the first day of the fall training period. In the event that an individual who is selected for the RA position has his or her cumulative GPA drop below the required GPA at the end of the Spring Quarter, that individual will immediately have the offer of employment withdrawn. Individuals will not be allowed to begin a position while on probation. Resident Assistant must be enrolled as full-time students at Wright State University. Individuals should not apply for the position unless they are able to make an employment commitment for the entire academic year.
Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, Resident Assistants receive a taxable $750.00 per quarter Flex Plan; assigned RA room; compensated telecom fees; and a waiver of both, the required residential activity fee & residence hall board plan. Note: Facilities for partners and/or dependents are not currently available.
- Mediate individual, roommate and floor conflicts.
- Facilitate the Floor (for res. halls) or Unit (for apartments) Standards Process, which includes facilitation of and/or assistance with regular floor/unit meetings, intimate knowledge of the model, mediation, diplomacy, patience, and maturity.
- Facilitate developmental education programming in your floor/apt. community (includes both personal and academic development), in addition to Floor/Unit Standards. This includes: educational workshops and social activities planned with and for residents, as well as philanthropies/community service projects.
- Be supportive of and help promote RCA, NRHH, AARC, and Community Council activities as requested.
- Assist, as requested, with the Tunnel of Oppression and other large scale departmental programming initiatives.
- Create and maintain floor and/or bulletin board decorations (educational, informative and inviting in nature).
- Be familiar with university and community resources and their respective offices. Refer students to campus resources.
- Be a Leader. Assume responsibility for residential student leadership development; participate in resident leadership activities; support residential student leadership initiatives and groups.
- Be knowledgeable about and able to educate residents about residence education issues. Education issues may include, but are not limited to: oppression reduction, diversity, community development, alcohol education, health education, career exploration, academic success, personal development, community service, and civic education.
- Assist students in maintaining a community environment that is conducive to study.
- Reside in your assigned RA room and maintain a high degree of availability and accessibility in your community.
- Create an environment that strives to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of residents.
- Provide crisis intervention and be knowledgeable about referral sources.
- Attend, participate in, and encourage resident involvement in community activities & events.
- Maintain regular contact with your Community Director & Community Coordinator.
- Work effectively with fellow staff members in a team environment.
- Hold fellow staff members, as well as residents, accountable for group standards of behavior.
- Interact with and develop relationships with residents.
- Be a source of emotional support to residents (but, also set and maintain boundaries; help residents to help themselves) and make appropriate referrals as necessary.
- Be a role model/mentor/source of encouragement and motivation to residents.
- Respond to residential emergency situations and provide assistance as needed.
- Assist with university and departmental recruitment initiatives as requested.
- Serve duty as required by supervisor and ORS - duty includes, but is not limited to: holiday/break duty (5 days), rounds, lock-outs, roommate conflict mediation, respond to emergency medical and maintenance issues, assist professional on-duty staff, be aware of and report safety and security issues. RAs are expected to remain in their communities while on-duty.
- Be responsible for general facility well-being and provide assistance with maintenance issues (lock-outs, plunging toilets, wet-vacuum carpets, clean up basic spills & other messes, etc.).
- Turn-in receipts for funds spent and be responsible with procurement card.
- Complete floor/unit reconciliation forms by specified deadlines.
- Mandatory attendance and participation in all required training sessions and educational courses: Fall Staff Training, Winter Renewal, Spring Orientation Workshop, & in-service or Residential Leadership Development Program (RLDP) training. New RAs are required to enroll in the EDL 410/610 academic course during the spring quarter (fall quarter if hired late).
- Assist with RA and professional staff recruitment & interview processes as needed.
- Attend and participate in a weekly staff meeting and a weekly supervision meeting.
- Complete Fire/Health/Safety Inspections.
- Facilitate beginning and end of year check-ins and check-outs and complete all related paperwork (registration cards, room condition forms, keys, etc.) by specified deadlines. Assist with mid-year check-in/out process & opening weekend welcome activities.
- Deliver priority & non-priority resident mail and information (maintenance billing, lottery information, flyers, etc.).
- Post flyers/information and take down old information.
- Distribute and collect assessment tools (surveys, evaluations, feedback cards, etc.).
- Be familiar with and utilize electronic and web based forms.
- Check and respond to voice-mail and e-mail daily.
- Represent the Office of Residence Services to the residential community.
- Serve three office hours in a Community office per week completing paperwork, answering the phone, and processing other tasks assigned by the professional staff or be assigned a 3-hour per week project.
- Be a resident advocate - provide feedback to ORS and/or others regarding resident interests (e.g. academic success, judicial concerns, and housing needs as it pertains to improvement of services); serve as a liaison between residents and the department.
- Understand the structure and responsibilities of the student housing tri-pod (facilities, residence life, and business) and how those units integrate and depend upon each other.
- Remain on campus at end of Fall Quarter until hallway locks are changed and communities are considered closed. Be available up to 48 hours after Spring Quarter closing to assist with administrative tasks, check-outs and summer check-in.
- Interpret, enforce, confront and document violations of University and ORS Policy (discipline, business, and facilities policies included).
- Document behavioral infractions and complete related judicial conduct paperwork in a timely manner.
- Communicate with individuals regarding inappropriate behavioral issues & community concerns.
The Resident Assistant position requires strong leadership; it is understood that a significant degree of availability in the residential community and a significant time commitment is required for Resident Assistants to be successful with development of their respective communities and effective completion of their position responsibilities. To be successful, a RA must make the position part of his or her lifestyle and have a passion for reaching out and working with fellow students on a daily basis. Individuals who apply for and accept the Resident Assistant position will be expected to utilize effective personal time and stress management techniques while successfully balancing academic studies, job responsibilities and a personal life.
Due to the time demands of the RA position, Resident Assistants who desire to take more than the normal undergraduate 18 credit hour load will need to receive advance approval from the Associate Director for Residence Life. Individuals who desire to take graduate (Master’s, Doctorate, and Medical School) classes or participate in student teaching, internships, and nursing clinical will need to obtain approval from the Associate Director for Residence Life prior to being employed in the RA position. Individuals who hold paid positions in student organizations (i.e., UAB, Student Government, etc.) may not be employed as a RA if compensation for that position is commiserate with more than 10 hours per week as such a position is considered secondary employment.
Given the important commitment a RA has to make to his or her community, as well as time demands on the Resident Assistant position, Resident Assistants are limited to no more than 10 hours of employment outside of the Office of Residence Services. Secondary employment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such employment requires advance approval from the immediate supervisor. While supervisors will work with staff members as they juggle a second job, it will be expected that there will be no scheduling, time commitment or job concerns resulting from secondary employment and/or student teaching, internships, nursing clinical or extracurricular activities. RA training is required for all staff and RAs. Pre-academic year RA training generally takes place for the entire two weeks prior to fall opening. A follow-up training weekend may also be required.
Resident Assistants will be assigned to a residential community as determined by the Office of Residence Services. Resident Assistants will be expected to remain in good academic and judicial standing with the ORS and University at all times. Resident Assistants are not eligible to hold any elected residential community council/RCA position. Upon leaving the RA position (whether by termination or resignation), the RA will not be allowed to reside in the same community in which s/he was employed. Individuals who quit or get terminated from their positions prior to the end of the employment contract may be subject to a $150.00 separation fee and/or reimbursement for prorated flex plan dollars. The term of the RA contract is for one academic year only and reinstatement for the following year is not automatic.
The Resident Assistant position offers an attractive array of non-monetary benefits such as enhanced leadership skills, opportunities to grow and develop personally and professionally, transferable job experience, ability to communicate with a very diverse array of individuals, opportunities to challenge yourself and try new ideas in a supportive and non-threatening community, lifelong friendships that form as a result of the job, in-depth in-service and skills training, and opportunities to attend student leadership conferences, as well as have a lot of fun. However, the job is not for everyone. It is important that candidates, prior to applying for the position, reflect upon their own capabilities and motivations for applying. You should not do this job for financial compensation; if you truly want to be successful you must have a strong passion and desire in your heart to serve the needs of your fellow students. This is one of the best jobs you can have as an undergraduate student but it has to be the right job for you!