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Resident Assistant (RA)

Wednesday, February 05, 2014  
Posted by: Human Resources
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Position Title: Resident Assistant (RA)

Department: Residence Life


The primary responsibility of the RA is to provide active support and assistance in residence facility operations. RA's work closely with the Residence Hall Directors and Director of Residence Life in maintaining standards and policies, facilitating academic and personal growth, and building community while supporting the mission of Rockford University.


Maintain at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA. If at any time the semester GPA falls below a 2.70, a meeting will be called with the immediate supervisor and a decision will be made if the RA should continue their employment. The decision will be in the best academic interest of the RA

Good disciplinary standing with Rockford University

 Minimum of 29 credit hours completed at Rockford University at time of starting the position

  Minimum of two (2) semesters living in the residence halls at Rockford University

      Good study habits, time-management habits, and listening skills

      Strong organization, planning, and problem-solving skills

  Demonstrated maturity and ability to follow the directives given to you by your supervisor

      Ability to communicate with peers and maintain professional relationships at all organizational levels

  Possess moral responsibility and respect confidentiality

  Fortitude to be assertive with peers

  Psychological tolerance for ambiguity and criticism

  Ability to understand developmental behavior of the college student

  Outgoing, creative, dedicated, dependable, people-oriented person with a willingness to be available

  Willingness to work and live within the framework and policies of the residential life program at Rockford University


  Responsible for maintaining good order in residence facilities

· Assist with check-in/check-out procedures

· Carry out duty assignments and attend/participate in weekly staff meetings and weekly 1:1 meetings with supervisor

· Hold hall/house meetings to openly discuss issues and concerns of the community

· Respond to emergency situations

· Assist in the evacuation of individuals in emergency situations

· Implement administrative procedures in a timely, accurate, and thorough manner (Room Condition Reports, Incident Reports, Maintenance Requests, Key Receipts, etc.)

· Serve as a role model on and off campus in observing federal and state laws and university policies

· Show consistent interpretation and enforcement of regulations and policies

  Responsible for maintaining a positive living environment/community

· Foster an atmosphere/environment that is conducive to study

· Foster relationships based on trust and mutual respect while maintaining confidentiality

· Encourage and support positive group activities within your living unit and between other units

· Create door decorations and bulletin boards on a monthly basis

· Promote and provide a well-balanced offering of programs designed to enhance growth and development of our students

Page 2 – RA Job Description

  Promote academic, personal, social, and spiritual growth of students

· Develop and maintain good rapport with each student in your area as well as others in your building

· Act as a resource person, mediator, and peer counselor while respecting confidentiality

· Serve as a role model to students through good study habits, having concern and regard for others' welfare, displaying ethical behavior, having positive social interactions, and self-respect and regard for a healthy lifestyle (Live within the rules and expectations expected of Rockford University students)

· Be available and responsive to students' concerns, questions, and anxieties

· Assist students in their development by encouraging individual and group discussion on moral and ethical values/issues

· Assist students utilizing college and community resources, particularly when advisement and/or counseling seems necessary

· Keep your Residence Hall Director informed of activities, problems, concerns, and attitudes of your community

  Pursue personal and professional growth

  Attend fall and mid-year training, and other in-service training sessions throughout the academic year

  Be available for closing of housing facilities for breaks and end of semesters

  Develop a plan to set and accomplish goals

  Maintain supportive and professional relationships

  Be a "team” player

  Learn campus and community resources

  Be consistent in Residence Life procedures/policy enforcement

  Maintain open communication at all staff levels while observing confidentiality

  Assume other responsibilities as designated by your immediate supervisor or the Director of Residence Life in order to promote an environment conducive to student development

  Unusual Working Conditions:

  The need to juggle staff status, student status, and a private/personal life

  The need to accept special staffing duties, which may occur during certain times of the year

  Any part-time employment will need to be approved of and monitored by your immediate supervisor


RA applications are due no later than 5 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014.  For additional information or to obtain an application, please contact:

Beth Tinsley  815-226-4026

Mattsen Heller  815-394-5028

Jonathan Milton 815-226-4094

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