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Resident Assistant Job Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a student staff member of Housing and Residential Life who assumes major responsibilities in a residence hall for developing an environment conducive to comfortable living, academic excellence, and personal growth. The following expectations specify the major responsibilities of the RA position.​

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Living-Learning Communities Resident Assistant

For 2017-2018, the Department of Housing and Residential Life will have 14 Living-Learning Community (LLC) RA positions. Students in LLCs live together on the same floor, wing, or sometimes in the entire residence hall. They take classes together and agree to participate in a co-curricular experience. Faculty and staff members are involved in each LLC and play a role in the activities that happen.

LLC RAs have some expectations that differ from our regular RA position. LLC RAs earn a slightly higher monthly stipend ($125) than traditional RAs.

LLC RA’s are expected to program with a greater focus on academic and career-related topics within the Residential Curriculum expectations. There are a few more meetings involved, ensuring that all stakeholders in the community are engaged. Below is an overview of our positions and communities. For the most part, in order to apply for these positions, you must be in that specific major.  When you complete your application, be sure to acknowledge that you are interested in an LLC, where appropriate.

Resident Assistant Sam Morales

Q: Since there is more work involved, why would I want to be an LLC RA?

A: In job interviews, you will be able to say you intentionally sought out more responsibility because of your passion for (insert the theme of your LLC).

A: You will have access to faculty members who can be your references.

A: You will be the leader of a focused and vibrant community of residents.

Falls Hall Staff
LLC # of Beds Location # of RAs RA Major Required GPA Required
Acting 15 Retama 1 BA in Theatre, BFATheatre - Acting; BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Theatre - Technical Production; BFA Theatre - All Level Teacher Cert.; BFA Theatre - Performance and Production. 2.5 sem. overall
Acting and Musical Theatre 30 Retama 1 BA in Theatre, BFATheatre - Acting; BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Theatre - Technical Production; BFA Theatre - All Level Teacher Cert.; BFA Theatre - Performance and Production. 2.5 sem. overall
Business 60 Tower 2 Admitted to McCoy College of Business. Accounting, CIS, Finance & Economics, Management, Marketing. 2.5 sem. overall
Future Teachers 50 Falls 2 Admitted to Teacher Prep Program through Office of Educator Prep. Curriculum & Instruction or Interdisciplinary Studies. 2.75 sem. overall
Journalism and Mass Communication 32 Tower 1 Admitted to School of Journalism and Mass Comm. Advertising, Digital, Electronic, or Multimedia, Jlsm., Mass Comm., Public Relations. 2.5 sem. overall
Laurel Honors House 118 Laurel 4 Any Major. *Experience in Honors coursework and willingness to work with a faculty-in-residence preferred. 3.25 sem. overall
Musical Theatre 15 Retama 1 BA in Theatre, BFATheatre - Acting; BFA Musical Theatre; BFA Theatre - Technical Production; BFA Theatre - All Level Teacher Cert.; BFA Theatre - Performance and Production. 2.5 sem. overall
Pre-Nursing 75 Sayers 3 Pre-Nursing 3.0 sem. overall
Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental 30 Tower 1 Any Science Major *Chemistry or Biology preferred 3.0 sem. overall
Psychology 32 Tower 1 Psychology 2.5 sem. overall
Residential College 190 Beretta and Brogdon 9 Any Major *Strong community builders and willingness to work with faculty-in-residence preferred. 2.5 sem. overall
Science Pipeline 12 Retama 1 Applied/Math, any Biology, Bio/Chemistry, Computer Science, any Engineering, Physics, Tech Mgmt. 2.5 sem. overall
Sound Recording Technology 15 Retama 1 Sound Recording Technology 2.5 sem. overall
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics 50 Sayers 2 Applied/Math, any Biology, Bio/Chemistry, Computer Science, any Engineering, Physics, Tech Mgmt. 2.5 sem. Overall
Terry Scholars 22 Laurel 1 Any major. Be a current Terry Scholar. 3.25 sem. overall
Requirement Describe Duty/Reason Frequency
See: TYPICAL (for example, see standard printed material and basic colors) Standard print, text and numbers on computer screen and paper, observe general condition of the building Sort Mail Utilize computer Complete paperwork Read manuals Daily
HEAR: TYPICAL (for example, hear ordinary in-person and telephone conversation) Hear ordinary in-person and telephone conversations and mechanical failures. Answer desk phone Assistant students Communicate with supervisor(s) Daily
HEAR: MAXIMUM (for example, hear conversation above other noises, hear devices like alarms) Emergency Alarms: e.g., fire alarms, other emergency alarms Respond to alarm Assist with evacuation of the building As needed
SPEAK: TYPICAL (for example, ordinary in-person and telephone conversation) Ordinary in-person and telephone conversations Communicate with students, faculty, staff and parents - in person or over the phone Daily
SIT: TYPICAL (for example, sitting in a desk chair) Sit for varying periods of time; generally no more than 1-2 hour at a time. Sit while working the information desk Sit while in staff meetings or trainings Daily
STAND: TYPICAL Stand to assist with programs and projects Stand to sort mail Stand during programs or presentations Weekly
WALK: TYPICAL HOW FAR? No more than one mile HOW FAST? stroll WHAT SURFACE? Carpet, tile, cement, up stairs Complete rounds Walk to training Walk to programs Daily
Walk: MAXIMUM HOW FAR? No more than one mile How FAST? Brisk pace WHAT SURFACE? Carpet, tile, cement, up stairs Respond to emergency situations in building As needed
LIFT AND CARRY (WITHOUT HELP): TYPICAL LIFT WHAT? Supplies WEIGHT? 5-10 lbs. CARRY HOW FAR? 100 yards Resource Room Equipment Weekly
CLIMB: TYPICAL (for example, stairs, ladders, scaffolding, hills) WHAT? Stairs and hills HOW FAR? 12 floors to 100 yards Complete rounds Navigate buildings without elevators Daily
REACH: TYPICAL REACH WHAT? Supplies, keys HOW FAR/HIGH/LOW? Arm’s reach Reach for supplies on shelves. Reach to post on bulletin boards. Reach for keys in key box. Daily
USE HANDS AND FINGERS: TYPICAL Typing, writing, dialing the phone, sorting mail, carrying supplies Utilize Resource Room equipment Work the front desk Complete Passive programs Daily
USE SENSE OF SMELL Drugs, fire, dead animals, gases, smoke, chemicals, personal hygiene issues Identify and confront conduct issues/concerns Maintenance Daily