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Resident Advisor 2020-2021

Date Posted: 03/04/2020
Type/Department:Staff in Student Affairs
Search Status:Searching for Candidates - Accepting Applications
Applications Due:04/22/2020
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2020-2021 Resident Advisor Employment Agreement

Terms and Conditions of Resident Advisor Employment


The mission of Residence Life and Housing at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic program with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth.  We strive to ensure the social, emotional, and physical well-being of each resident through safe, secure, and comfortable housing while fostering diverse, socially just, and inclusive communities. 


In support of our mission, the student Resident Advisor plays a crucial role as a peer leader making connections with the students living on campus. This connection is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational, and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, referrals to individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures of Hampshire College. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility.  We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional education, advocacy, collaboration, and example.


In addition to their work with students, Resident Advisors are expected to engage in their own continued professional development by participating actively in staff meetings, keeping detailed and accurate records of their job activities, submitting timely paperwork, and contributing to the growth of the Residence Life department through sharing creative ideas and active participation in new initiatives.


Term and Status:

The Resident Advisor (RA) is a Hampshire College employee who is required to live in the residence hall/mod room assigned to them. The term of this contract begins at 5:00 PM on August 21, 2020 until noon on December 20th, 2020, and then resumes at 9:00 PM on January 19th, 2021, and ends at noon on May 18, 2021.


Residential Requirement:

The Resident Advisor position is live-in; the live-in element is a critical part of the role. This requires the RA to live in the room assigned to them during the entire time of this agreement (unless otherwise specified by the Office of Residence Life and Housing.) RAs are placed in residential areas according to need and skill set.  RAs needing accommodations in order to perform their job responsibilities should contact the department of Residence Life and Housing and the Office or Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS).


Remuneration and Time Commitment:

RAs are paid a stipend of $2,425.00 per semester. RAs also receive a financial aid grant of $3,075.00 off the housing fee per semester. The total compensation per semester for the RA is $5,500.00. RAs also earn one housing lottery point per year while they are employed by Residence Life and Housing.


At the time of hire, the Office of Residence Life and Housing is required to notify financial aid of a student’s employment. RAs should independently consult in person with a representative from the Financial Aid Office on how the compensation of the position will affect their financial aid package.



The total compensation equates to approximately 20-25 hours per week serving in the RA role. 


RAs are expected to prioritize this role after academics and before co-curricular activities and external employment. Being available and visible in your area is essential to the success of supporting your residents and as such RAs are expected to spend most nights in their rooms. Extended time away from your area should be discussed and documented ahead of time with your supervisor. Please review the attached list of required events and participation in events to ensure there will be no work conflicts.


If a conflict should arise, including academic requirements, the conflict should be discussed and documented ahead of time with your supervisor.



  • RAs must be in good standing academically and in conduct-related manners.
  • RAs must maintain and abide by both academic and community standards. See section on Conduct.
  • RAs with less than one year of service must plan to be on campus as an RA for an entire academic year.
  • RAs must be 18 years of age by the position start date.
  • RAs must perform all job responsibilities outlined in the job description to their supervisor’s satisfaction. See section on Unsatisfactory Work Performance.
  • RAs may not hold any other job on campus, including stipended positions, grant funded positions, work study, etc.
  • RAs must remain current on all financial commitments to the College.



RAs are directly supervised by the Residence Director (RD) for their assigned area. RAs will have routine weekly one-on-one meetings with their RD. RAs also receive indirect supervision from the Res Life and Housing professional staff.


Responsibilities Outlined in the RA Job Description:

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Abiding by, communicating, and facilitating compliance with 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 communities.
  • Engage in individual, structured one-to-one conversations with each resident within your assigned communities at least twice per semester.
  • Participate in the Community-Wide Orientation program before the beginning of the Fall Semester.
  • Collaborate as directed by your supervisor with the staff and faculty coordinators of the College’s Learning Collaboratives.
  • Participation in 60-70 hours of student staff training and development sessions throughout the year.This includes training and development sessions before each semester begins, on scheduled evenings and/or weekends throughout the school year and during staff meetings.
  • Participation in the End of Semester/Year Staff Celebrations.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings (two hours) and weekly supervision meetings (an hour).
  • Participating in the resident advisor staff selection process for the upcoming semesters.
  • Conducting regular hall/mod meetings facilitating mod/floor agreements as specified by your supervisor.
  • 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.
  • Complete two open hours per week in their room or floor lounge and carrying out specific responsibilities during their open hour shift.
  • Taking part in weekend on-call rotation with other resident advisors.
  • Developing, implementing, and attending programming events on a regular basis.
  • Being a first responder in cases of fire alarms, noise complaints, and other instances of student’s 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 regarding hall inspections.
  • As responsible reporters,submit full Information Reports for any and all policy violations or students of concern.
  • Submit Information Reports as outlined in the RA manual.
  • Physical/work demands include but are not limited to:
    • climbing stairs
    • ability to lift/carry/transport 25 pounds
    • waking from sleep to respond to emergencies
    • receiving frequent visitors requesting RA assistance/support
    • exposure to domestic animals
  • Other duties as assigned.

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

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