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Available Student Positions

The Office of Residence Life employs over fifty Resident Assistants and Head Residents each year. Seven Greek Life House Managers are also employed by the office. Working in Residence Life is an excellent way to gain leadership skills and add to your resume. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of others.

There are three types of student positions in Residence Life and you can find more about them by opening the tabs below:

  • Head Resident

    Head Residents are responsible for the total operation of the hall. Their responsibilities include supervising the resident assistants in hall, advising hall council, and handling referrals and less serious discipline cases.

    Expectations of All Residence Life Staff:

    • To be responsible in his/her dealings with all persons -- other students, staff, faculty, and administrators;
    • To be available at all times, particularly to the residents of the hall;
    • To be present at all staff meetings, in-service or other gatherings or staff functions of a nature other than social;
    • To complete all job assignments;
    • To be ethical and professional in conduct, both on and off-campus;
    • To confront all persons about their conduct and responsibility to the overall community, as well as the segment they may be influencing;
    • To exhibit inter and intra-staff unity and consistency;
    • To maintain satisfactory academic standing;
    • To exemplify the values and philosophy of student development.

    The head resident is responsible for the total operation of the hall. Responsibilities include those listed below plus those listed for resident assistants.

    Administration of the hall

    • Supervise and coordinate the resources of the resident assistants in the hall.
    • Act as a source of information for resident assistants; rules and regulations, hall policies, campus resources, etc.
    • Coordinate reports: occupancy reports, staff reports, damage reports, etc.
    • Communicate regularly with the student development office in order to aid in hall coordination.
    • Act as the College representative to the public. Make initial contacts with parents as student move into the hall.
    • Be aware of conditions within the hall to insure that it is a good place to live.
    • Be responsible for the efficient operation of the hall office, duty scheduling, programming, etc.
    • Call and chair regular hall staff meetings outside of those scheduled with the student development office.

    Work with individual students

    • Know residents of hall by actively participating in hall functions and initiating contacts that will increase rapport.
    • Handle referrals; less serious discipline cases, first-level counseling cases, etc.
    • Know when and where to refer those students who need special help.

    Advise student groups and assist with program development

    • Advise hall council.
    • Keep in close communication with RAs’ advising other hall groups, i.e. programming groups, etc.
    • Work with individual chairmen as programs are developed.
    • Support programs of the residence halls and supervise RA program planning.
  • Resident Assistant

    Resident Assistants are responsible for creating an environment on their floors that are both fun and educational. Each RA is responsible for developing social and educational programs, providing counsel to students in times of need, and directing residents to appropriate campus resources. RA’s are required to be available for duty and to attend certain events throughout the academic year.

    Expectations of All Residence Life Staff:

    • To be responsible in his/her dealings with all persons -- other students, staff, faculty, and administrators;
    • To be available at all times, particularly to the residents of the hall;
    • To be present at all staff meetings, in-service or other gatherings or staff functions of a nature other than social;
    • To complete all job assignments;
    • To be ethical and professional in conduct, both on and off-campus;
    • To confront all persons about their conduct and responsibility to the overall community, as well as the segment they may be influencing;
    • To exhibit inter and intra-staff unity and consistency;
    • To maintain satisfactory academic standing;
    • To exemplify the values and philosophy of student development.

    The responsibilities of a resident assistant are many and varied. Responsibilities are listed below and include, but are not limited to the following list.

    Assist student in meeting their academic responsibilities:

    • Challenge students to academic excellence and intellectual curiosity in every way possible.

    Be aware of academic achievement through everyday contact with students. Know those who may have academic difficulty and refer them for assistance.

    • Help students, particularly freshmen, to develop effective study habits.
    • Encourage discussion groups, seminars, or other programs within the living unit and hall that will broaden students’ educationally, culturally, and socially.
    • Cooperate effectively with faculty, and especially the student’s faculty advisor.
    • Be familiar with learning resource material, library, journals, films, audio-visual aids, etc., and encourage student use of supplementary learning aids.
    • Be available as much as possible during evening hours in order to be of maximum help to students.
    • Work with students and student officers to bring about a community responsibility for good study conditions in the hall.
    • Take appropriate action when necessary for maintenance of good study conditions.

    Know and assist individual students in developing personally and socially:

    • Build rapport and become acquainted with each student within the hall.
    • Attend campus cultural programs and encourage students to go along.
    • Attend activities of the unit and hall.
    • Attend floor and hall meetings.
    • Participate in and encourage significant educational discussion groups in the living unit.
    • Be available at regular times for assistance to students.

    Learn to know strengths and weaknesses of those living in the unit:

    • Take note of any students with special health problems.
    • Observe general relationships among members of groups.
    • Know students who are willing to accept responsibilities.
    • Challenge students to evaluate and develop their own value systems.

    Provide accurate information:

    • Know and be able to explain the rationale supporting College and hall policies and regulations.
    • Know campus and local service resources to which students may be referred.
    • Be available to answer general questions.

    Prepare, maintain, and utilize various record forms as specified by the Student Life Office

    • Class schedules
    • Emergency information
    • Fire drill reports
    • Check in and check out forms
    • Room change requests
    • Disciplinary reports
    • Residence hall programming forms

    General Operations

    • When necessary, prepare staff reports on disciplinary situations and provide information about students that may be valuable and helpful.
    • Be responsible for staff coverage in the residence unit.
    • Assume “on-duty” responsibilities in the hall.
    • Attend regular staff meetings.

    Coordinate with the Student Development Office:

    • Opening and closing of residence halls.
    • Residence hall programming.
    • Room changes and room requests.

    Actively promote the development of a relationship between the living situation, and the on-going cultural, academic, and social life of the College.

    • Promote programs and planning which articulate to the residents the traditional academic programs of the College.
    • Promote programs that engage and enlarge the student’s aesthetic interests and understanding and those which raise the student’s social awareness and sense of responsibility.
    • Work with hall councils, student association, the faculty and appropriate College agencies to provide adequate social, recreational and educational opportunities for all students who live in the residence halls.

    Each RA will be called upon to assist with hall groups. Effective advising implies at least the following:

    • Know the organization and activities of the group.
    • Communicate regularly with student officers.
    • Attend all meetings and functions of the group.,
    • Serve as resource person to help groups to examine and to evaluate their programs.
    • Encourage development of leadership - encourage development of programs.
    • Assure continuity by keeping reports about major activities of the group in order that the next advisor can be informed.
    • Identify about leadership potential and encourage students to participate in hall activities.

    Assist in maintaining an atmosphere that is conducive to self-discipline.

    • Assist in development of maturity in each student.
    • Help students know and understand the community expectations and college regulations.
    • Encourage student leaders to help enforce rules and regulations.
    • Refer more severe disciplinary problems to Student Development Office.

    Interpret administration to students and students to administration.

    • Work with student government as well as individual students to develop effective communication to achieve this end.
    • Educate administrators about students, their attitudes, values, and needs so that communication can be improved and administrative policies and decisions can be made to best meet students needs.
  • Greek Life House Manager

    Working closely with the chapter presidents, Greek Life House Managers supervise all fraternity facilities on campus. They assure good communication between chapters and the college, provide important resources to residents, and help their organizations maintain their facilities in top condition. They are essential members of the Residence Life team and Greek Life community.

    The successful House Manager candidate will:

    • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application and maintain throughout employment.
    • Be nominated by the chapter as certified by the chapter President.
    • Be a mature and well respected member of the fraternity.
    • Be in good standing with the chapter, fraternity, and College.
    • Have an outstanding record of demonstrated responsibility and discipline.
    • Be personable, assertive, attentive to details and “the big picture,” and able to be flexible, innovative, and exercise good judgment to respond appropriately to on-going and unexpected situations.
    • Have junior or senior status for the term during which they will be appointed.
    • The House Manager will be the sole individual within the fraternity to be responsible for the housing facility. No other executive board positions should have responsibilities, and will not be recognized by the College.
    • Note: This position does not interfere with chapter administrative structure. A House Manager (a position required by the College) may also have another position on the executive board.

    Each chapter must send at a minimum two individuals for this position. Please note, just because a person was elected into a position, does not mean they will automatically receive the House Manager position.

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