Summer Conference and Resident Assistant
At Wright State University, our summer student staff is integral to the success of our department endeavors. The Summer Conference and Resident Assistant (SCRA) position is a new position for 2021. As paraprofessional staff, SCRAs 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 the time of application. In the event that an individual selected for the RA position has his or her cumulative GPA drop below the required GPA at the end of the Spring Semester, that individual will immediately have the offer of employment withdrawn. Individuals will not be allowed to begin a position while on probation. Individuals must be enrolled as full-time students at Wright State University during the Summer and/or Fall. Individuals should not apply for the position unless they are able to make an employment commitment for the entire summer.
Summer employment will commence Monday, May 3, 2021, and will end Monday, August 9, 2021. There will be scheduled training and orientation prior to the end of Spring Semester. SCRAs will move to their summer assignments Thursday, May 6, 2021.
Along with an invaluable and rewarding growth experience, SCRAs receive $9 an hour for at least 10 hours or more depending on the weekly tasks, an assigned room, compensated telecom fees, and a waiver of the required residential activity fee. SCRAs will log hours for time spent completing check-ins, checkouts, and any guest housing responsibilities. Note: Facilities for partners and/or dependents are not currently available.
- Mediate individual, roommate, and floor/building conflicts.
- Assist, as requested, with departmental initiatives.
- Maintain a bulletin board with the required information for guests and summer students. Keep all bulletin boards in good condition.
- 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, and support residential student leadership initiatives and groups.
- Assist students in maintaining a community environment that is conducive to study.
- Reside in your assigned SCRA room and maintain a high degree of availability 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, respond to residential emergency situations and provide assistance as needed.
- Maintain regular contact with your supervisor(s). Work effectively with fellow staff members in a team environment.
- Hold fellow staff members, as well as residents, accountable for group standards of behavior.
- Develop relationships with residents, know who they are and if they are a Wright State student, guest, or camper.
- Be a source of support to residents (but, also set and maintain boundaries and help residents to help themselves) and make appropriate referrals as necessary.
- Be a role model/mentor/source of encouragement and motivation to residents.
- Serve duty as required by supervisor and Residence Life and Housing. Duty includes, but is not limited to: holiday/break duty, lock-outs, roommate conflict mediation, respond to emergency medical and maintenance issues, assist professional on-duty staff, complete after-hours check-ins for guest housing, be aware of and report safety and security issues. SCRAs are expected to remain in residential areas while on-duty.
- When a camp group is on-campus, the phone must be on 24/7 to assist with general questions and concerns of camp attendees.
- All other times the phone must be on from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and 24/7 on weekends.
- Be responsible for general facility well-being and provide assistance with maintenance issues (lock-outs, plunging toilets, reporting maintenance issues appropriately, etc.).
- Complete floor/unit reconciliation forms and Fire/Health/Safety Inspections by specified deadlines.
- Mandatory attendance and participation in all required training sessions and educational courses.
- Attend and participate in a weekly staff meeting and a weekly supervision meeting.
- Facilitate all summer check-ins and check-outs for students, camps, and guests, and complete all related paperwork (registration cards, room condition forms, keys, conference database, etc.) by specified deadlines.
- Deliver priority and non-priority resident mail and information (maintenance billing, lottery information, flyers, etc.).
- Post flyers/information and take down old information.
- Be familiar with and utilize electronic and web-based forms.
- Check and respond to voice-mail and e-mail daily.
- Deliver Forest Lane and University Park mail to mailboxes each evening when duty begins.
- Be a resident advocate. Provide feedback to Residence Life and Housing and/or others regarding resident interests (e.g. academic success, judicial concerns, and housing needs as it pertains to improvement of services) and 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 and available during all summer check-ins and check-outs.
- Nights away must be approved by a supervisor and are subject to the Community Presence Policy.
SUMMER CAMP & CONFERENCE RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist with the placement and collection of linens, pillows, and blankets for camps using linen.
- Help with turnover of housing facilities from Spring Semester to Summer Semester- includes but not limited to auditing rooms, cleaning, moving furniture, completing paperwork, database entry, etc.
- Assist conference guests in solving individual concerns during their stay.
- Complete daily/nightly rounds throughout the conference housing areas.
- Assume additional tasks and duties as requested from the conference directors.
- Assist with preparation for guest arrival, including, but not limited to: assembling check-in and check-out packets, performing after-hours check-ins when on duty, setting out linen sets for incoming guests, serve as a resource for the local area as many guests are from out of town.
- Guests are required to follow all university and campus housing policies. Report any guest housing issues to CD, and CD should inform Guest Housing Coordinator for further action.
- Interpret, enforce, confront, and document violations of University and Residence Life and Housing 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 and community concerns.
Due to the nature of this position, it is preferred that applicants have experience either as a Resident Assistant, or prior experience with Summer Camps and Conferences. This position was created to meet the needs of the Residence Life and Housing for Summer Semester 2021, specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SCRA 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 individuals to be successful with completion of position responsibilities. An SCRA must make the position part of their lifestyle and have a passion for reaching out and working with fellow students on a daily basis. Individuals who apply for and accept the SCRA position will be expected to utilize effective personal time and stress management techniques while successfully balancing academic studies, job responsibilities, and personal life.
Due to the time demands of the position, SCRAs who desire to take more than the normal undergraduate 18 credit hour load (total for the entire summer) 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. Individuals who hold paid positions in student organizations (i.e., UAB, Student Government, etc.) may not be employed 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 the SCRA has to make to their community, as well as time demands of camps and conferences, and guest housing, SCRAs are limited to no more than 18 hours of employment outside of Residence Life and Housing. 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. SCRA training is required for all staff and RAs. A follow-up training may also be required during the summer.
SCRAs will be assigned to an apartment by Residence Life and Housing and will change from their Spring-to-Summer and Summer-to-Fall assignments as instructed by Residence Life and Housing. SCRAs will be expected to remain in good academic and judicial standing with Residence Life and Housing and University at all times. Upon leaving the position (whether by termination or resignation), the SCRA will not be allowed to reside in the same community in which they were employed. Individuals who quit or get terminated from their positions prior to the end of the employment contract may be subject to a $150 separation fee. The term of the SCRA contract is for the summer only and reinstatement for the following year is not automatic.
The SCRA 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.
How to Apply
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