Resident Assistant Position Description 2015-2016

The Purpose of the Position: 

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is an integral part of University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS). The RA is the staff member who has the most direct and constant contact with students. The RA will be assigned to a residence hall floor of approximately 30-40 students. The RA’s primary responsibility is to act as a facilitator for this residence hall community and to enhance the holistic development of each of their residents. The RA will articulate for students the philosophy and policies of UHDS and the University.  The RA represents UHDS and should act as a role model for students. 


  1. As an RA, you are expected to be in good academic standing and to maintain minimum semester and cumulative grade point averages of 2.40
  2. An RA must remain in good judicial standing with UHDS and the University (reprimand or censure only).
  3. A new RA must enroll in CSP 450 during the Spring 2015 semester. This course is worth two academic credit hours and will be offered during the second eight-week session of the spring academic semester. The course must be completed with a grade of C- or higher. RAs are financially responsible for the cost of the courses and supplementary material.
  4. An RA must have lived in a residence hall or other community living (military, etc) for two semesters.
  5. An RA will be placed on a floor as determined by UHDS staff.
  6. An RA is expected to maintain ongoing communication with all hall staff.
  7. An RA will not be allowed to work more than 10 hours per week beyond the RA job. Any employment, student teaching, internship, or other major responsibilities taking the RA out of the residence hall must be discussed with the Hall/Complex Director.
  8. An RA is expected to act as a positive role model in representing UHDS and the University at all times.
  9. An RA may not carry more than 18 hours of class work per semester (including CSP 450), unless he/she receives prior permission from the Director of Residence Life.

A Brief Description of an RA's Responsibilities**:

A. Community Facilitator

  • Be present, visible, and accessible on the floor consistently during normal waking hours, may be assessed by: one-on-one conversations, supervisor walkthroughs, and community floor feedback
  • Hold floor meetings in consultation with floor members in accordance with hall policies and departmental updates as outlined by supervisor or departmental guidelines
  • Respect and maintain appropriate staff and student confidentiality

B. Referral Agent

  • Discuss the following with residents per Leatherneck Connections: academic goals, financial intelligence, support from home, transition issues, anxieties, frustrations, concerns or feelings about college
  • Identify campus and community resources to assist residents and refer them appropriately
  • Follow up with residents in a timely and thorough basis

C. Team Member

  • Recognize and identify your role as a UHDS team member and representative as well as a member of the staff team
  • Display a positive attitude and be supportive of other staff members
  • Discuss issues or problems with appropriate personnel and support systems

D. Administrator

  • Complete all paperwork in an accurate and timely manner, including but not limited to: check‑ins, check‑outs, room condition reports, MicroFridge reports, occupancy reports, maintenance requests, surveys, and other tasks as assigned by the supervisor
  • Be available for and participate in the opening and closing of the residence halls as follows: 
  • Assist with year-end closing activities and be required to remain in their building until the building has been officially closed and closing responsibilities have been completed per UHDS staff guidelines

E. Programmer

  • Assess residents’ needs through resident interaction, surveys, or observation
  • Advertises for programs, in a timely manner, and reaches residents through their attempts
  • Complete required programs outlined in the guidelines of Leatherneck Connections

E. University Representative

  • Adhere to all departmental and university policies and all local, state, and federal laws
  • Explain and uphold the departmental and university policies and actively confront and document all disciplinary situations
  • Act as a positive role model in representing UHDS and the University at all times, including but not limited to electronic, behavioral, and visual means of communication

**Upon hiring, you will receive a full job description. 


    1. A single room and meal plan.
    2. Receive a MicroFridge in room at no charge
    3. Only 10 hours per week at any on campus employment is allowed. Other campus employment must be approved by the Hall/Complex director. Please note that the compensation package for the RA position is considered financial aid and may affect your financial aid package.