Resident Advisor Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a Resident Advisor. To apply, please visit along with any required documents, by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Once you go to the website to apply, you will be prompted to enter your JHED to log into the system. Once logged in, please select “job postings” and click the blue hyperlink titled, “Resident Advisor” to begin the application. For more information on the role and responsibilities of a Resident Advisor, please view the full job description below. If you have any questions, you can contact us at

Resident Advisor Job Description for 2018-2019

The Resident Advisor (RA) position is a multifaceted leadership position that requires skills in several different areas. The job description below is intended to give you a sense of the types of responsibilities you will have in the role. However, it is not an all-inclusive list of the responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Resident Advisors must have a 2.50 cumulative GPA at the time of employment and must maintain a minimum semester and cumulative 2.50 GPA while in the Resident Advisor position. RAs need to be in good behavioral standing with the university and be full-time undergraduate students. GPAs and conduct records will be checked throughout the entirety of employment. Due to the nature and responsibilities of the position, Resident Advisor positions are only open to students who will be undergraduate students in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Each Resident Advisor is compensated Room and a RA Board plan in the form of a RA Grant through Financial Aid.

Peer Counseling Duties

  • Build a rapport based upon friendship, confidence, and mutual respect with each resident.
  • Interact daily with your residents: invite students to your room to catch up, eat meals with your residents, participate in intramural sports with your house/floor, make frequent tours of your area, and become a visible part of the daily life of your residents.
  • Use the time you spend with your residents to watch for and ask about problems that may be troubling students and to learn more about their individual needs in their community.
  • Actively work to encourage residents to come to you whenever they need guidance or support.
  • Consult as needed with Residence Directors about residents who need counseling or resources.
  • Consult with on-campus support staff in the Counseling Center, the Student Health and Wellness Center, Dean of Student Life Office, or the Office of Institutional Equity.
  • Make referrals to other campus resources as necessary. Actively work to provide emotional support to residents with significant problems. Alert Residence Directors to mental and physical health issues that arise.

Crisis Management Duties

  • Always let residents know how to reach you or another staff member in an emergency. Use your Locator Board. Inform and advertise the numbers for emergencies (i.e. Security, OIE, etc).
  • Be familiar with all emergency support services on campus and call them as needed.
  • Support residents experiencing a psychiatric or health crisis as needed. Accompany residents to the hospital and remain with them when appropriate.
  • Inform the Residence Director or On-Call professional staff of all emergencies within the appropriate time period.
  • Inform residents of emergency services available on campus. Inform residents of fire safety procedures and encourage them to take an active role in keeping safe.

Community Development Responsibilities

  • Work to develop a sense of unity and camaraderie that allows residents to socialize and learn from each other.
  • Oversee the use of programming funds: Resident Advisors are responsible for keeping track of monthly expenditures, not to exceed $60 per full month.
  • Provide residents with information on campus and citywide resources and activities.
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of Residential Life sponsored events and encourage residents to attend all departmental sponsored social and educational events (including RAB and FSI programs).
  • Consult with Residence Director to receive guidance and support on planning and implementing programming.

Enforcement Duties

  • Stress to residents the two fundamental requirements of community life: respect for the rights of others and respect for the University’s standards of behavior.
  • Inform all residents at your first house/floor meeting of the University policies governing alcohol, drugs, explosives, pets, fire safety equipment, and vandalism.
  • Clarify and reiterate these policies as needed throughout the year.
  • Actively work to create an atmosphere in which residents understand the value of these community life requirements and accept responsibility for their own actions.
  • Enforce University policies by taking appropriate action per policies and procedures.
  • Complete Communication Reports as necessary; inform on-call professional staff of all policy infractions or crimes.
  • Serve as role model for residents by abiding by all University policies as well as federal, state, and city laws.

Administrative/Building Management Duties

  • Make sure each resident fills out and returns a Room Condition Report during move-in.
  • Complete an occupancy check at the beginning of each semester. Report the names of any students who have not checked in during Orientation or returned for the second semester to the Housing Office.
  • Notify the Residence Director responsible for your area of all residents requesting roommate switches. Refer students requesting roommate switches to your Residence Director. Notify the Residence Director of all switches that occur without your prior knowledge.
  • Notify the Residence Director immediately of any resident who moves out of your building. Have the student turn their keys in to the AMR II or Wolman Housing Office immediately after they have removed their belongings.
  • Follow up with the AMR II Housing Office or Wolman Housing Office on all maintenance repairs and housing-related services that are not complete within the expected length of time.
  • Report all maintenance emergencies immediately and make certain there are accommodations given, especially for problems that occur after office hours.
  • Complete Health & Safety Checks with Housing & Residential Life staff in each resident’s room once a semester.
  • Make certain that entry doors remain locked each night. Encourage residents to cooperate in keeping entry doors locked at all times. Complete lockouts per the Housing Lockout Policy and procedures.
  • Inform residents of campus and housing/security services–encourage their use.
  • Perform all management tasks requested by staff of the Office of Residential Life, the AMR II Housing Office, and the Wolman Housing Office such as, but not limited to, posting notices, distributing questionnaires, and assisting with special projects.

Maintaining Professional and Personal Space

  • The room you are assigned will act dually as a personal and workspace. This space will need to present a clean, organized, and odor-free environment. You should be able to host private conversations in your room without the distractions of clutter, trash, or unacceptable living conditions.
  • As a role model, your room should always be able to meet the expectations of Health and Safety checks.

Staff Duties

  • Attend all training and staff development sessions, all staff meetings, and supervision meetings.
  • Follow the semester duty schedule and adhere to all duty procedures and emergency protocols as scheduled.
  • Provide holiday or break coverage and programming as scheduled.
  • Communicate information to residents as requested by all Community Living staff members.
  • Attend departmental and divisional-sponsored events as needed or requested.
  • Other duties as assigned