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