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Working As A Resident Advisor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • $24,990

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Advisor Do At University of Alaska

* Administration
* Available for staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, RA in-service training sessions, and other meetings as requested or required.
* Available to work night/weekend duty throughout the academic year.
* Maintain and submit appropriate paperwork as required.
* Serve as a representative of Residence Life by appropriately interpreting and communicating its goals and expectations.
* Assist with administrative tasks and other projects as needed.
* Community Building & Programming
* Maintain positive relationships with residents, hall staff, custodians, maintenance staff, and other personnel.
* Work as a team player and maintaining supportive and open and appropriate communication with all personnel.
* Actively reach out to residents through programming and supporting the programming philosophy of Residence Life by hosting, attending, and actively participating in programs and assisting with other student development opportunities such as academic, personal, and social growth.
* Work with and educate residents to create an environment that respects the rights and privacy of others, promotes consideration of individual needs in the living group, strives to understand, respect and celebrate diversity, and cultivates a sense of responsibility for the community.
* Act as a resource and advocate for residents’ needs.
* Policy & Conduct
* Support residents total welfare.
* This may include assisting in mediating disputes between individuals and/or groups or responding to student behavior that violates community standards, while maintaining a positive rapport and respectful attitude with the residents.
* Educating residents regarding policies and procedures, and uphold these policies and procedures fairly and consistently.
* Promote Safety and well-being.
* This requires reporting all concerns/potential issues through the appropriate channels immediately.
* Self
* Awareness
* Devote a significant amount of time supporting the residents, without sacrificing your academic performance and your physical well-being.
* This position will be considered your primary commitment after academics.
* Display integrity.
* Ethics and other qualities appropriate to a leadership role at all times, including following FERPA requirements at all times.
* Emergency Response
* Respond to emergencies in the Residence Hall and greater campus community as appropriate
* Essential
* Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai River Campus maintains a pool of applicants for the Resident Advisor (RA) position.
* As a paraprofessional member of the Residence Life staff, each RA is part of the Residence Life team and the Kenai Peninsula College.
* Not only do they assist students living in the residence hall, they also play an integral role in creating a "Living and Learning" environment where students can expand their horizons outside the classroom.
* Opportunities may be presented to participate in crisis intervention and emergency response training.
* The Resident Assistant position is a live-in, 10 month (August
* May) part-time student position, providing services to residents in all aspects of residence life.
* There is the potential for working through the summer as well.
* The RA is responsible for enhancing the educational environment and total welfare of the students within the residence hall community.
* The RA is expected to interpret and communicate the goals and expectations of Residence Life and Kenai Peninsula College to the students, while upholding these goals and expectations and actively contribute to the constructive growth of individuals in the residence hall community through programming and community development.
* RAs will receive a room at no cost (valued at $3,328 per semester) and is paid $8
* hour for up to 20 hrs/week for working at the front desk.
* This specific position may affect your financial aid.
* Check with the financial aid office

What Does A Resident Advisor Do At Covenant House

* Assist in the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of the clients' holistic plan
* Maintain documentation of clients' activities on the unit and during their residency with the Agency
* Monitor client activities to ensure a safe and secure environment and conduct room searches
* Provide group support services such escorting clients to cafeteria for meals, recreation, group therapy sessions and special activities
* Participate in team, case-management and staff meetings
* Generate a monthly report and contract documentation as needed by the case manager and social worker
* Conduct workshops on various life-skill issues, such as hygiene, anger management, self-esteem, and problem solving
* Regular attendance and punctuality is essential to provide proper coverage of the unit

What Does A Resident Advisor Do At Maryland Government Jobs

* The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Learns to escort groups of youth to and from daily activities at the facility and to supervise their conduct during movement and daily activities;
* Learns to observe individual and group behaviors and to determine when intervention or guidance is needed by the youth under his/her care;
* Learns to intervene in situations involving agitated or overwrought youth to prevent fights and to de-escalate potentially harmful behaviors,
* Learns to suggest alternative ways of reacting to problems, and may be required to physically restrain youth;
* Learns to promote an environment conducive to learning helpful alternative behaviors by encouraging communication among youth and staff, guiding and critiquing group discussions, offering advice at appropriate junctures and serving as a mentor and role model for resident youth;
* Learns to monitor the behavior of youth and assist them in complying with daily and weekly schedules of attending classes, completing school assignments, sleeping, eating and performing personal hygiene tasks;
* Learns to record behavior observations, prepare progress and incident reports on assigned youth for review by supervisors, and recommend behavioral sanctions; Learns to inspect residence areas for safety, security and cleanliness;
* Learns to assess inappropriate behaviors and recommend behavioral sanctions to supervisors;
* Attends in-service training on topics, such as crisis prevention, suicide prevention, emergency medical treatments, and behavioral modification models to maintain knowledge of childcare needs, counseling methods and trends in the juvenile justice field and to obtain and maintain certification;
* Learns to assess emergency and crisis situations, make appropriate contacts and referrals, and provide interim emergency medical and other assistance until specialized assistance is available;
* May be assigned to a cottage or dormitory post at night;
* May accompany youth to community service activities outside the facility

What Does A Resident Advisor Do At Wheaton College

* Under the direction of the Resident Director of Apartments & Houses and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD), the Residence Life and OMD Graduate Resident Adivser is a part-time graduate student who lives in an on-campus apartment.
* Within the Residence Life and Housing Department, this person will have responsibility for the supervision of students within his/her designated apartments as well as facility oversight
* Within the OMD, this person will assist in the assessment of OMD programming for the Koinonia student organization, and work directly with students in mentoring relationships.
* The nature and duties of this position serve as an excellent resource for those interested in cross-cultural ministry primarily with Asian and Asian American communities and is a complement to the graduate student’s coursework and other aspects of his or her educational program..
* Duties pertaining to Residence Life (10 hours per week):
* Participate in the first year GRA Student Development class (Organization and Administration of Student Affairs) from July 23
* Support and foster community within upper-class student apartment context through caring relationships, service to others as well as mutual encouragement and accountability.
* Schedule concentrated relationship-building time one night per week, which should include periodic events to get students together.
* Advise students who have concerns, making referrals to other campus resources as appropriate and facilitating conflict mediation when necessary.
* Visit each apartment/house at least once per semester to demonstrate friendly and visible care for students.
* Prepare for the opening of the school year by physically checking that each apartment/house is prepared.
* Conduct check-ins and check-outs for residents.
* Meet weekly both with the RD and with the RD/GRA team for training, advising, and support
* Assist Dean of Residence Life in communicating and enforcing College and Residence Life guidelines and policies.
* Assist Director of Student Care with managing student care issues and case notes as needed.
* Communicate and facilitate all work orders within two days of request.
* Manage cleanliness of laundry facilities, community areas and storage spaces in the apartment building.
* Be available for lock out assistance and emergency responses for entire apartment and house community, one day every other week and 2
* weekends per semester.
* Conduct safety inspections and fire drills once a semester, as well as regular walkthroughs in apartment stairwells and houses, to help maintain fire safety.
* Practice Biblical self-care through personal discipline and healthy activity.
* Perform other duties as assigned by the Residence Director.
* Duties pertaining to the Office of Multicultural Development (10 hours per week):
* Supervise, train, and provide direction for the student leaders of Koinonia.
* Assist OMD Director and Associate Director in the leadership development and training of all OMD Student Groups
* Intentional development of relationships with students of color through appointments, programs, and other programmatic means.
* Meet biweekly with OMD staff and regularly with the OMD Director.
* Provide ongoing assistance in the assessment of the Office of Multicultural Development.
* Network with faculty and staff of Asian and Asian
* American descent to build a community to support the students in Koinonia specically and OMD in general.
* Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of the Office of Multicultural Development

What Does A Resident Advisor Do At Maryland Government Jobs

* The DJS Resident Advisor Supervisor will supervise the Direct Care Resident Advisor staff who oversee the juveniles in their respective unit(s).
* The Resident Advisor Supervisor will be responsible for evaluating the job performance of all staff assigned to the unit, fulfilling inventory needs such as supplies, clothing, materials, and equipment for the unit; and identify training needs for all new staff members assigned to the unit.
* A DJS Resident Advisor Supervisor will also provide guidance to the youth residing in the facility by observing, interacting, assisting youth with everyday life skills, and behavior modification

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  • Korean

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Vietnamese

  • Cantonese

  • Urdu

  • Tagalog

  • Greek

  • Gujarati

  • Amharic

  • Hebrew

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    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    • University of Kentucky

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Real Resident Advisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Residence Advisor Golden Cross Health Care Pasadena, CA Jan 22, 2010 $33,655
Resident Advisor Kent State University Kent, OH May 14, 2014 $25,044
Resident Advisor Ashley Hall Foundation Charleston, SC Sep 29, 2012 $24,500
Resident Advisor Ashley Hall Foundation Charleston, SC Aug 15, 2012 $24,500

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Top Resident Advisor Skills

  1. Residential Life
  2. Ensure Safety
  3. Crisis Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare and organize housing policy and regulation documents for the Residential Life department.
  • Managed a residence hall floor to ensure safety and development of student residents.
  • Utilize safe crisis management techniques to manage situations involving agitated and/or hostile behaviors
  • Conflict resolution skills and leadership development.
  • Provided supervision and support to 90+ high school students Planned and monitored recreational activities

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