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Alfred University New Resident Assistant (RA) in Alfred, New York


Position Summary Overview

The Resident Assistant (RA), is a one-year contract position running for the complete academic year and is a key undergraduate staff member employed by the Office of Residential Communities. RAs are the principal student leaders on the floors/ buildings/ communities. RAs are responsible for establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that facilitates the personal, interpersonal, and holistic growth of students. The RA plays a vital role in developing a community that is inclusive, academically successful, and socially responsible. The RA is an integral part of upholding the department’s educational priority:

Students will become aware of themselves and the impact they have on the world around them. They will serve as agents of change within their communities.

RAs achieve this through Saxon Chats, community meetings, programs, and education about and enforcement of policy. An RA is always conscientious, honest, courteous, and professional. An RA is a role model for other students, is knowledgeable of and enforces all university policies and procedures, and shows integrity by personally following University policies and procedures.

The RA’s responsibilities, under the direction of an Area Coordinator (AC) or Graduate Residence Director (GRD), require an average of 10 hours a week to complete the job successfully. RAs are expected to assign priority to their RA position over all other non-academic activities and commitments. 

The Resident Assistant meaningfully contributes to the community, the mission and vision of the Office of Residential Communities, the Division of Student Affairs, and the overall goals of Alfred University of AU residential students and community development efforts guided by their Area Coordinator (AC), the residential curriculum.

Employment Responsibilities

Resident Assistants must consistently demonstrate the ability to act as a role model and peer educator capable of sound judgment and good decision making. Serving as a role model applies on and off campus, as well as during and outside of scheduled duty shifts. The RA is expected to:

  • Educate students on what it means to be a member of the university community

  • Support and uphold university policies

  • Maintain and respect privacy and confidentiality when handling resident and community issues

  • Communicate and engage with others regardless of perceived or actual differences

  • Respond to student concerns and crisis

  • Care for oneself (yourself) in a responsible manner

  • Care for others in a responsible and ethical manner

  • Live as a responsible community member

Position Overview

  • Student Support and Development

  • Develop and create a positive and enthusiastic community based on common interests conducive to academic pursuits and social connection

  • Develop meaningful one on one relationships

  • Serve as a mentor for residents as they come to you with questions or concerns. Listen, support, and guide the resident to appropriate resources.

  • Provide support and resources to residents as needed.

  • Be present and visible within your assigned residential community.

  • Serve as a resource and guide for residents and answer questions/ concerns

  • Create opportunities for students in your living area to meet one another and form connections.

  • Encourage and promote student involvement in campus activities, clubs, and organizations.

  • Be familiar with all University offices and services and act as a referral source for students in need of campus services such as: Health and Wellness, Center for Academic Success, Career Development Center, Advisors, etc.

  • Develop rapport and maintain contact with residents by being visible on your floor.

  • Set aside at least 10 hours per week, beyond on-call, where you will be available and highly visible for student contact

  • Inclusive Living Community

  • Creates a community that is inclusive and respectful of differences, that fosters learning and education.

  • Where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected and learns from one another different identities and experiences.

  • That is supportive and respectful of individuals’ differences and rights.

  • Work to create inclusive communities through dialogue, programming and role modeling.

  • Strive to effectively communicate across differences and foster respect among your residents.

  • Promote the establishment of a cohesive, self-regulating community environment through the development of self-knowledge, responsibility, and a sense of respect for self and others.

  • Residential Curriculum: encompasses all aspects of the RA position in creating an educational environment for students to live and learn. The following are the specific requirements of the RAs for facilitating educational opportunities for residents on campus.*

  • Teach students about the department’s educational priority.

  • Facilitate the creation of community standards within your area at the beginning of each semester.

  • Assist with the completion of roommate agreements by facilitating the discussion of topics such as: cleaning, guest visitation, sharing belongings, etc.

  • Support residents with roommate conflicts and facilitate roommate mediations

  • Plan, organize, and implement community builders

  • Complete semester residential curriculum requirements including Saxon chats, floor meetings door decs, bulletin boards, and program requirements.

  • Successfully execute the Education Plan for your area by completing outlined curricular strategies.

  • Conduct floor meetings as directed to impart information about opening and closing halls, develop community, discuss issues, and assess needs.

  • *As the Office of Residential Communities evolves these initiatives are subject to change.

  • Living Learning Communities (If applicable)

  • Foster a sense of growth amongst a common learning experience

  • Create community around a service initiative

  • Support living learning communities in full and develop strategies that support the growth of living learning communities

  • Work with staff and faculty to support students in their development of the program

  • Policy management, crisis response and duty

  • Perform on-duty responsibilities (on a rotating schedule) including rounds, duty log, documentation, and emergency response.

  • Enforce all university policies and educate residents about the regulations and guidelines that are outlined in The Student Code of Conduct and the University Housing Agreement.

  • Submit documentation of all incidents through an Incident Report in Maxient.

  • Be present during and assist with the management of emergency/crisis situations as instructed by the professional staff member or graduate assistant from the Office of Residential Life on duty.

  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority with regard to Clery Act reporting

  • Be present during and assist with the management of emergency/crisis situations as instructed by the Professional Staff on duty.

  • Administrative Functions

  • Complete daily administrative tasks

  • Attend all scheduled meetings

  • Conduct Health & Safety inspections and life Safety inspections (when applicable).

  • Stay late and/or return early for all breaks

  • Actively attend and participate in all mandated student staff training and development activities

  • Participate in the RA Performance Evaluation Process

  • Assist with all functions of residence hall openings and closing

  • Assist with the completion of the student census each semester.

  • Report maintenance and facilities concerns in a timely manner.

  • Communicate in a timely, consistent, and clear manner with your supervisor

  • Complete daily administrative tasks including; responding to emails, and checking teams

  • Be on time and actively attend all staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and other required meetings as outlined by your supervisor.

  • Maintain open verbal and written communication with AC & GRD and Central Staff members. And keep AC informed about all pertinent hall matters, including roommate conflicts, room changes, student personal or academic concerns, damages and/or disciplinary problems.

  • Conduct periodic Health and Safety checks, and any other tasks as requested by the RD, central staff members, or the Office of Residential Communities in a timely and efficient manner.


  • Perform other RA-related responsibilities or duties as assigned by the Office of Residential Communities.

  • Positively contribute to the development and function of your staff team.

  • Be familiar with the Office of Residential Communities, Student Staff Resource Manual and the Student Life Policies & procedures General University Policies

  • Be a team member by interacting with staff members in a cooperative, positive, and supportive manner.

  • Demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude as a representative of residence life.

  • Provide excellent customer service to your residents and the larger campus community.

  • Perform other RA-related responsibilities or duties as assigned by the Office of Residential Life.

  • Effectively and clearly communicate verbally, non-verbally and through written communications.

Important Dates of Employment: *

  • Summer Student Staff Online Training: Starting in Early July. Weekly online assignments, quizzes and tests through blackboard

  • Fall Student Staff Training: Return approximately 10 days prior to the start of fall opening. Training will not happen on the weekends.

  • Spring Student Staff Training: Approximately five days prior to the start of spring semester

Position Requirements

  • Applicants need to have a 2.5 cumulative GPA

  • Must have sophomore standing by time of starting the position

  • Remain in good academic and judicial standing

  • Involvement in any outside employment and/or positions of leadership in extracurricular activities must be approved in advance through your AD.

  • Attend and participate in pre-semester (August and January) training programs and mid-semester in-service trainings. These training sessions are required.

  • Abide by all Alfred University rules and regulations, State and Federal Laws.

  • Maintain confidentiality of students regarding incidents, roommate conflicts and behaviors of concern

  • Adhere to all guidance surrounding the following policies; Key, social media, Technology and Confidentiality.


 Compensation for the Resident Assistant position includes a housing assignment in a single occupancy room (note that exceptions to the single room may be made for unforeseen circumstances). Compensation is given in terms of a paid bi-weekly stipend that totals the amount of a double occupancy room.

The Office of Residential Communities does not provide compensation for any fees or deposits that may come with being a residential student. RAs are not able to alter their compensation package, which includes changing their housing assignment. Please note that the Office Residential Communities may move an RA assignment at any point to meet the needs of the department.

RA compensation is considered part of each student’s financial aid package and may impact a student’s financial aid, including work study funding. Please speak to the Office of Financial Aid to see what impact the RA position will have on your financial aid package.

Consistent with state law, the University does not discriminate against employees, prospective employees, students or applicants based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, pregnancy, present or past history of mental disability, intellectual disability, learning disability, physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, genetic information or any other protected class under applicable law.

Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status, political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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