The Resident Assistant (RA) is a crucial member in the Office of Residence Life, as they maintain the closest and most enduring contact with the residents. The position holds significant responsibilities, including promoting individual resident growth and encouraging a sense of community that begins with one-to-one relationships and extends to the wing/floor, the larger residence hall, and the University. RAs also play a major role in the implementation of initiatives and policies, which promote the goals of the Office of Residence Life. RAs are expected to take a sincere interest in the welfare of their fellow students, as well as the Office of Residence Life and support both constructively.
To be eligible for the position, candidates must:
- Attend the mandatory information session on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 8:30pm in the AMU Ballrooms
- Participate in an individual interview on either January 23, 24 or 25, 2019
- Receive an invitation and participate in a group process interview on Friday, February 8, 2019
- Complete all elements of the application process including providing a resume and essay via the Handshake application and one letter of recommendation
- Remain in good standing with Marquette University
- Have a 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA at time of application and start date
- Have experience living in a residence hall for at least one year by time of start date
- Be eligible to be employed at Marquette.
By submitting your materials for the RA position via Handshake, you understand that your student conduct record and official grades will be reviewed. All reference materials are confidential. If you have questions regarding the review of this data in terms of minimum employment qualifications, please contact Renee Piquette Dowdy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants can access the essay template via the Office of Residence Life website: https://www.marquette.edu/residence-life/student-staff-positions-ra.php.
Each Resident Assistant working for the Office of Residence Life is expected to conduct one’s self maturely and to be attuned to the goals and objectives of the department. The primary goal is the development of the environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of students living in the residence halls. The duties of a RA should involve an average of 20 hours of work per week. The following summary outlines specific expectations for which RAs are responsible:
I. Role Model
The Office of Residence Life relies on the RAs to fulfill a unique and critical responsibility; that of a role model to residents and all students. RAs are very visible leaders on campus, and as a result, their behavior is often in the public eye. It is expected that RAs be strong models in both academic and personal behavior for the residents of their wing/floor and the residence halls.
1. RAs are expected to abide by all city, state, and federal laws, Residence Hall Policies, and the Marquette University Code of Conduct.
2. RAs are required to have a 2.5 cumulative and semester grade point average at the time of the application and start of employment. Once employment has begun, all RAs are expected to remain in good academic standing with the university (2.0 QPA). Staff members who fall below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters may be subject to job dismissal for academic reasons.
3. RAs are required to uphold the Office of Residence Life Behavior and Performance Agreement and all components of the RA position contract.
II. Relationships with Students
RAs should strive to help each resident develop fully as a person, student, and a member of the University community. In their multiple roles as friend, advisor, administrator, and policy enforcer, RAs should demonstrate concern for the health, safety, welfare, and rights of everyone living in the residence halls. Specifically, RAs are expected to:
1. Show and express interest in each student assigned to the wing/floor by conducting three one-on-one meetings with each resident to learn more about them and connect them with the greater campus community. The RA should spend sufficient time on the wing/floor assessing the needs, concerns, and attitudes of all residents.
2. Recognize their counseling skills and limitations and consult the Hall Director about all problems on the wing/floor. Maintain appropriate confidentiality with the residents while working in coordination with the Hall Director.
3. Know the procedures for utilizing the services provided by University referral agencies such as the Counseling Center, Student Development, Marquette Medical Clinic, Victim Advocate, and Marquette University Police Department.
4. Through a community standards meeting and ongoing assessment and check-ins, create an inclusive community that make all students feel like they belong. The RA should provide leadership in promoting awareness and education around topics of diversity and social justice.
5. Participate in a weekday, weekend, and holiday/break duty rotation shared among the RA staff for each individual residence hall.
III. Student Conduct
RAs are responsible for facilitating mature behavior to the extent that an atmosphere conducive to study is maintained and physical facilities are protected for student use. RAs are responsible for following and enforcing University and departmental policies consistently throughout the residence hall. Equally important is the need to impress upon residents that they are responsible for their own actions. Under no condition should RAs tolerate immature behavior or improper conduct. Specifically, RAs are expected to:
1. Know and enforce the existing policies and procedures for handling violations of university and residence hall regulations, especially involving drugs and alcohol, theft, noise, and visitation violations.
2. Recognize the importance of, and make decisions that t are consistent with the procedures set forth by the Office of Residence Life and the University Code of Conduct.
3. Consult with the Hall Director regarding appropriate methods to deal with problems they encounter.
4. Respond to behavior problems and emergencies quickly, calmly, consistently, and effectively.
5. Confront inappropriate behavior that may denigrate, discriminate against, or harass individuals or groups on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, etc.
6. Recognize, appreciate, and celebrate positive behavior that encourages an educational environment supportive of student learning.
IV. Community Development and Community Programming Council
RAs play a crucial part in setting the tone for how the residence halls are perceived by students. RAs represent the University and the Office of Residence Life to students, parents, and the general public. In addition, RAs are expected to effectively facilitate various floor/wing meetings, roommate agreement discussions, as well as mediate conflict, and serve as a university resource. Community development is one of the most important components of the RA position. RAs are expected to be part of this intentional and active process with their residents.
1. Implement all components of the community development model in accordance with departmental and supervisory expectations
2. Encourage residents to participate and contribute to weekly traditions and hall experiences.
3. Identify and involve potential student leaders in hall programming and get them connected to others who have the same interests.
4. Demonstrate support of the community programming council by attending council meetings and encouraging active participation from the community representative(s).
5. Facilitate community meetings.
6. RAs of Living Learning Communities will coordinate initiatives related to their living-learning theme.
V. Administration The smooth operation of a residence hall is dependent upon the cooperation and support of all staff members. RAs will be called upon to perform administrative tasks that are important to the operation of the hall. Specifically, RAs are expected to:
1. Complete all assigned administrative tasks thoroughly, accurately, and on time (e.g. weekly reports, duty reports, roommate agreements, conversation notes, opening and closing paperwork, and monthly checks).
2. Post all current notices and postings from the Office of Residence Life, Hall Director(s), campus offices, and other authorized student organizations.
3. Maintain open and frequent communication with the Facilities Manager about the condition of hall facilities.
4. Assist the Custodial and Maintenance staff in identifying facilities in need of repair or specific custodial attention.
5. Offer suggestions for the improvement of the position, the hall, and the Residence Life program.
VI. Professional Development
To be well-equipped for the various requirements of this position, RAs are expected to:
- Participate in all spring (April), fall (August), and winter (January) training sessions.
- Dates for 2019 include:
- Spring: TBA by your supervisor following being hired
- Fall: Return to campus by August 10, 2019
- Fall training and hall opening: August 11 through August 27, 2019
- January training: January 8-11, 2020
- Participate in all in-service training programs.These dates will be announced during spring training.
- Attend weekly staff meetings and/or other meetings deemed appropriate by the RHD.
- Assist with the opening and closing of buildings for hall opening (August), winter closing (December), winter opening (January), spring break (March), and hall closing (May). This includes staying past when halls close and returning prior to when halls open per the direction of the building RHD and the Office of Residence Life.
- Consult with the RHD in regular one-on-one meetings to discuss performance and personal concerns.
- Participate on committees and assist the Office of Residence Life in the creation and review of equitable policies and procedures.
- Participate in and complete EDU 1500: Principles of Peer Facilitation among College Students during the first semester of hire to the RA position.