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Resident Assistant (RA)

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Academic Year

We are looking for student leaders to create lively residential communities

 

Do you have what it takes to be an RA? Apply Now!

For one of the top student leadership positions on campus!
 
RESIDENT Assistant APPLICATION CHECKLIST

1. Meet the Basic Qualifications

  • Must be a full-time student and preferably have lived on campus before. However, student leaders who have not yet had the opportunity to live on campus but who would like to do so are encouraged to apply.
  • Outstanding leadership, team building, organizational and interpersonal communication skills are essential.
  • Must have a semester and cumulative GPA of a 2.5.
  • In good standing and have no discipline record when applying.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends, and before and after the residential halls open each semester.

2. Attend an optional information session(dates are posted below).

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3. Complete the Application by Thursday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. 

Seven key Job Responsibilities 

The RA is a peer leader and mentor for 25-40 residential students who live on the same floor. The RA is expected to know each of their residents and build a strong community among their residents and residential block. RAs will connect residents to university resources and extracurricular opportunities to enhance student success and enthusiasm for AUS and the residential community. 

1.Provide leadership and role modeling

RAs are expected to serve as a positive role model for their peers, the Student Residential Life Department and AUS. It is expected that RAs are excellent leaders on campus.

2.Provide support, counseling, advising and referral

RAs are expected to be available to their residents in their hall. RAs will help to support student success by advising and referring students to the appropriate resources on campus and, when necessary, mediate concerns and problems. Each RA will be required to meet at least twice a semester with each resident to check in. This can include a conversation about how the student is connecting to the campus, the student’s wellbeing and their academic success. 

3.Develop a sense of community in your hall 

RAs are responsible to create community among their residents and help build lifetime friendships. RAs will be required to conduct four programs each semester for their residents that support their personal, social and academic development. RA will assess the needs of the community when creating programs. RAs will connect their residents to the AUS campus and further extracurricular, leadership and community service opportunities through their school/college and the Office of Student Affairs. The RAs will work together as a team to create two programs each year that welcome and celebrate the community. RAs are expected to design door tags once a semester for their residents and bulletin boards that add vibrancy to the community. RAs will lead RA meetings once a semester and at other times when necessary to go over policies and other matters of the community. 

4.Educate students on university policies and provide support                                                                       

RAs are expected to abide by university policy and work with their students to understand the community expectations as stated in AUS policies and outlined in the Student Handbook. RAs will document and enforce policy. Within the residential halls, RAs serve on duty each night on a rotating basis from 6:00 p.m. to midnight.  RAs will be trained to mediate conflicts between roommates and other residents when necessary in order to build a respectful community.

5.Complete administrative tasks 

RAs will be expected to be timely with administrative tasks necessary to run the residence hall community.  Paperwork can include following up on maintenance work orders and health and safety checks. 

6.Work as part of a team

There will be four to eight RAs hired per block, so it is expected that each RA will work as a team to demonstrate a sense of pride and enthusiasm for their residential hall community. The RAs will be supported by their Hall Supervisors and the Student Residential Life department. RAs will work together to create a nightly duty schedule to ensure residents have a peer to turn to each night. Duty will be from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. 

7.Complete RA training activities

RAs are committed to learning the leaderships skills to be successful and will actively participate in education and training activities. RAs should be knowledgeable about all services and resources available to a student. It is expected RAs will be involved with training activities possibly in the summer and a week before the semester begins. There will also be two in-services during the semester that RAs are expected to attend.

Benefits

  • RAs will receive a free private room for the Fall Semester 2020 and Spring Semester 2021 in one of our residences on campus.
  • Opportunity to serve in a role that is recognized around the world as one of the top leadership positions on a university campus.
  • Improve your skills in the following areas: team work, ability to work with a diverse group, management and leadership skills, interpersonal communication and public speaking, advising and helping skills, and event planning. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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