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RESIDENT ASSISTANT POSITION DESCRIPTION

Baruch College Residence Life

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Applications are available at: bit.do/BaruchRAapp2019

Students are encouraged to attend a Resident Assistant Info Session to learn more about the RA position and application process.

Resident Assistant Information Sessions
Date Time Location
Thursday, February 21 1-2 p.m. NVC 5-205
Tuesday, February  26 6-7 p.m. NVC 2-290
Wednesday, February 27 12-1 p.m. NVC 2-290
Wednesday, February 27 8-9 p.m. 1760 Residence Hall Library
Tuesday, March 5 1-2 p.m. NVC 2-290

ACADEMIC YEAR RESIDENT ASSISTANT

The Resident Assistant (RA) is a full-time student with at least one year of full time college experience at Baruch who lives on a floor in the Baruch Residence Hall and serves as a role model, peer counselor, resource and referral person, advocate, policy enforcer, programmer and leader for residents of the assigned floor(s). Under the supervision of the Residence Life Coordinator, RAs are expected to assist in the development of community, engage students with various programming, and report inappropriate behavior. RAs provide support in emergencies and times of personal stress.

QUALIFICATIONS: The following conditions must be met in order to serve in the RA position.

  • Enrollment Status: RAs must maintain a 3.0 grade point average and be a full-time, registered student at Baruch College throughout the time of appointment.
  • Course Load: Undergraduate RAs must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Exceptions for course loads over 16 credit hours must have prior approval of the RA's direct supervisor.
  • Disciplinary, Financial and Academic Standing:  RAs must be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing at Baruch College prior to and throughout the period of employment.
  • Selection Process: RAs must successfully complete the application and selection process.
  • Commitment to community: RAs must role model and demonstrate strength of character, good judgment, flexibility, responsibility, involvement and commitment to student life and the residence hall, College and University.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Below, the employment periods are distinguished and additional terms outlined.

Employment Period: The standard employment period for the RA position is one academic year, from August to May. Staff members are expected to report for training sessions prior to residence hall check-ins for both fall and spring semesters. The period of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of tasks, assignments and responsibilities and positive performance appraisals by supervisor. Upon successful completion of the standard employment period, the RA may be considered to serve for one additional period.

Holidays, Breaks and Vacation Periods:  RAs may be required to work and/or serve on duty for a portion or all of holiday breaks when College and University offices are closed; these include, but are not limited to Fall, Winter and Spring Breaks.

Compensation: In addition to an invaluable experience in peer leadership and teamwork, during the Fall and Spring semesters, RAs are compensated with housing free of charge during the term of their appointment.

RA Outside/Additional Work Policy: Participation in leadership positions and work experiences are an important part of one’s educational experience. However, since the RA position must be the primary out-of-class activity of those students who are selected, it is paramount that participation in aforementioned activities not be excessive in time required outside the hall and must not come in conflict with the RA position. The RA position requires a minimum of 15 hours per week of contact time within the residence hall. Due to issues and conditions within a particular hall, the 15 hours may vary per week, as well as the given tasks and responsibilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Each RA is expected to act as a role model and to be aware of the goals and objectives of the Office of Residence Life. The primary goal of the RA position is the development of an environment conducive to the academic and personal growth of residential students. The following is a limited summary of the responsibilities of the RA. The RA should be aware that the supervisors may assign other responsibilities and are encouraged to look to the RA Manual for specific protocols and position responsibilities.

Community Development Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a program ambassador for Residence Life Welcome Week programming
  • Work with residents to create a living and learning environment that promotes academic growth, personal responsibility and community accountability through activities such as floor meetings, programs and intentional one-on-one conversations;
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful interaction for residents;
  • Implement the BEARCATS Programming Model;
  • Assist residential students in academic, social and personal matters through resource referral;
  • Provide guidance and support and role model appropriate behaviors as a responsible community member;
  • Support and promote the mission of the Residence Hall Council;
  • Be available to residents as a resource, providing residents with information regarding College and University activities and events through individual contact and group information sharing;
  • Provide support for College and University mediation procedures in roommate and community conflicts through facilitation of roommate/community meetings and referring students to other mediation services;
  • Support the assessment of program effectiveness and learning outcomes by submitting evaluations and other data.

Crisis Response and Policy Enforcement Responsibilities:

  • Know, communicate, enforce and abide by existing College and University and Residence Hall policies and procedures;
  • Know and be prepared to enact all emergency and crisis procedures;
  • Know College and University/community resources and make appropriate referrals;
  • Keep supervisors informed about all problems and concerns on the floor;
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality while working in coordination with College and University staff;
  • Assist with the student judicial process by submitting incident reports to document situations in a timely manner;
  • Participate in on-duty and/or on-call rotational coverage during scheduled evenings, weekends, breaks and holidays including office hours from 7pm-11pm.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Submit weekly timesheets;
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings;
  • Work 3 hours per week on special projects, committee roles and/or office coverage;
  • Participate in regular one-on-one meetings and provide regular e-mail updates regarding situations in the hall with supervisor;
  • Serve as an advocate for and a representative of floor residents by communicating concerns to the Residence Life Coordinator and other building staff;
  • Understand the needs of and act as a liaison between the Office of Residence Life and residential students;
  • Participate in on-going training and staff development sessions throughout the year;
  • Assist with the completion of roommate agreements;
  • Assist the Housekeeping and Facilities staff in identifying facilities in need of repair or attention;
  • Assist with the facilitation of fire drills each semester;
  • Participate in other College and University, Departmental and building activities as assigned;
  • Assist in the preparation of hall for opening and transitions.

Availability: All RAs are expected to be sufficiently available in the hall to respond to emergency situations that may arise and to maintain regular contact with residents. RAs must complete six (6) room hours weekly which are set at the beginning of each semester. A staff member who is not on duty and who plans to leave the hall for more than a 36-hour period (i.e., weekend) must notify and/or obtain prior permission from supervisor.

STAFF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT: Staff training and development programs are important to the effectiveness and success of the Residential Life program and are designed to strengthen the Residence Life team. As such, RAs are required to attend and participate in these activities.  Training activities are listed below.  Development activities will be held periodically focusing on leadership development and position skill strengthening.

Semester Trainings

  • RA Training: Fall of term of employment: Fall Training, (a period of time before residence hall open)
  • RA Retreat: Spring of term of employment: Winter Training, (a period of time before the beginning of Spring term)

STATEMENT OF ETHICAL STANDARDS: Resident Assistants are required to respect the personal integrity of all residents and assure they be treated in a manner that is fundamentally fair. RAs should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that:

  • would impinge on a resident's or another staff member's dignity, moral code, privacy, self-worth, and academic, physical, psychological, and/or emotional well-being;
  • would seek unjustified personal gains, unfair advantage, unearned goods or services;
  • would be considered harassment on the basis of gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, nationality and/or mental disability.

Baruch College is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity in every respect of its relations with its faculty and staff members, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status. This includes, but is not limited to, recruitment, hiring or appointment, selection for training, transfer, layoff, promotion, granting of tenure, rates of pay and other forms of compensation, and participation in College and University-sponsored educational, social, and recreational programs.