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Position Detail

Resident Advisor Fall 2017

Date Posted: 01/09/2017
Type/Department:Staff in Student Affairs
Search Status:Position Filled
Applications Due:03/01/2017
Apply Now:Currently we are not accepting resumes for this position.

The goal of the Hampshire College Residence Life Program is to ensure safe, secure and comfortable housing in an inclusive community that supports students’ academic success. In reaching that goal, the student resident advisor is the crucial link between the college and the students living on campus. This link is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, and referrals to both individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures necessary for the smooth running of the residential areas.

Resident advisors are supervised by the area coordinator. They must work collaboratively with their fellow resident advisors and staff from other housing areas, and other campus groups and offices. It is crucial to their role as campus leaders that resident advisors be easily approachable and available to their residents.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Abiding by, communicating and facilitating compliance to, the norms of community living and all Hampshire College policies.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are followed concerning health and fire safety regulations and security of the residences.
  • Facilitating communication between staff and residents through regular contact with both constituencies.
  • Knowing the residents in the assigned section/stairwell/neighborhood.
  • Attending mandatory student staff training sessions before each semester begins (including a training at the end of January) and on scheduled evenings throughout the school year. Including In-Service trainings, and the ASK conference.
  • Attending mandatory weekly staff meetings and weekly supervision meetings.
  • Participating in the resident advisor staff selection process for the upcoming semesters.
  • Conducting regular hall/mod meetings.
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of the building(s) at the beginning and end of each semester, arriving on campus in mid-August and staying until residences close.
  • Completing office hours in the residential area office and carrying out specified responsibilities during office hour shifts.
  • Taking part in emergency coverage rotation with other resident advisors.
  • Developing, implementing and attending programming events on a regular basis.
  • Being the first responder in cases of lockouts, fire alarms, noise complaints and other instances of students’ physical or emotional distress.
  • Resident advisors are designated “essential personnel” in times of emergency. They may be required to assist campus officials throughout the course of any all-campus emergency or other extraordinary circumstance that affects the well being of student residents.
  • Assisting in housing operations as needed throughout the year.
  • Weekly hall and mod inspections.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Remuneration and conditions of employment:
In addition to the remuneration listed below, resident advisors are paid a stipend of $112 per week. While classes are in session and during the academic year, a resident advisor may not work more than 14 hours/week without prior written authorization from the area coordinator. Resident advisors must be on-campus and available to work during January Term to receive the January stipend.

  • Resident advisors receive a financial aid grant equivalent to half off the housing fee.
  • Resident advisors receive a grant equivalent to the 25 all-you-can-eat meals block meal plan.
  • Resident advisors may not hold any other job(s) on campus.
  • The resident advisor’s assigned room must be their primary residence.
  • Resident advisors cannot be on academic probation at the time of hire.
  • Resident advisors cannot be on housing probation at the time of hire.
  • Resident advisors must abide by all rules of conduct as determined by the College.
  • New resident advisors must plan to be on campus as an RA for an entire Academic year.
  • Resident advisors must be 18 years of age by the position start date, Monday, August 22nd.

A work-study award is not a requirement of this position, but preference will be given to qualified candidates with a work-study award.

Resident Advisor Dates Required:
In order to apply to be a resident advisor, you must be available to return to campus on Monday, August 22nd for training. Resident advisors are also required to attend the New Hire Spring Training/Mixer in April 2016 (exact date/time TBA). Exceptions will only be made for course conflicts.

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity in education and employment.

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Dean of Students Office
Merrill Student Life Center
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002

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