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Resident Assistants

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a part-time student staff position within the Department of Residence Life. This position is considered to be an integral part of the College's effort to meet academic, social and emotional needs of all students living in residence halls and housing areas. The Resident Assistant is also responsible for promoting a positive residential living atmosphere through ongoing community development, social and educational programming, resident contacts and support of Residence Life, as well as College policies. The RA is expected to treat other students, supervisors, guests and fellow employees with courtesy and respect.  The RA will report directly to the Residence Hall Director and is responsible to the Department of Residence Life.

**This position requires availability during: nights, weekends, holidays, departmental events, Fall and Spring Break, Residence Hall closure due to weather, and for training prior to classes beginning for both the Fall and Spring semesters**
Resident Assistants serve in an On-Call rotation during weekday and weekend nights from 8pm-7am while Residence Halls are open.

Requirements  

  • All students in good academic and conduct standing will be considered for this position.  Students must live on-campus for at least one full semester before being considered for a position.  
  • Must have and maintain at least a 2.50 GPA
  • Register and maintain have a full class load (12 credit hours per semester)

*Students in the Bridge Program are not eligible to apply for this position as we require a College of Charleston GPA.*

Time Commitment

On-Call

Resident Assistants serve in an On-Call rotation in their assigned residence halls while residence halls are open and residents are in the building.  The purpose of the On-Call rotation is: to aid in safety & security of residence halls, build community, confront possible violations of the Student Code of Conduct and Residence Hall policies, assist campus officials during incidents, appropriately contact the Residence Hall Director On-Call and Public Safety in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures and Emergency Protocol, and report incidents that happen during the On-Call shifts immediately after they occur.

Desk Hours

Residence Life student staff members (Desk Assistants & Resident Assistants) are responsible for covering the Front Desk of the Residence Hall in which they are assigned while residence halls are open.  Residence Life student staff members must fully cover their Front Desk between the hours of 7:00am-11:00pm. Public Safety covers the Front Desk between 11:00pm-8:00pm daily.

Administrative Work

Resident Assistants are responsible for accurately completing: Resident Dossiers for each resident in the assigned area, Roommate Agreements (where applicable), Suitemate Agreements (where applicable), Incident Reports immediately after confronting or witnessing a potential Residence Life Policy or Student Code of Conduct violation, Weekly Reports to their assigned Residence Hall Director, Program Proposal & Evaluation forms, Knock & Talk forms, Community Builder Initiative forms, On-Call Reports, Bulletin Board Proposal & Evaluation forms, and any other written follow-up as requested by a Residence Life staff member.

Meetings

Resident Assistants are required to attend a Weekly Staff Meeting held by the Residence Hall Director in each assigned area.  This time will be set based on availability of all Resident Assistants in the assigned area and only academic considerations will be given in terms of determining availability.

Floor Meetings

Resident Assistants hold Opening and Closing Floor Meetings with their assigned area at the beginning and towards the end of the semester.  Additional Floor Meetings may be scheduled on a needs basis.

Trainings

Fall Training: Approximately 7-9 days before classes begin for the Fall Semester (dates announced when available), Resident Assistants are required to be available for all events during Fall RA Training.  This includes evening hours. Training is held from the time that Residents Assistants move in to their assigned Residence Hall through Hall Opening. All Resident Assistants are required to assist with Hall Opening.  This includes during times that your Residence Hall does not have assigned move-in times as you will be assisting other buildings.

Winter/Spring Training:  Residents Assistants undergo an abbreviated Training before the Spring semester that commences before Residence Halls open for the Spring Semester.  Resident Assistants are required to be available for all events during Fall RA Training. This training includes evening hours.

Resident Assistant Class

Resident Assistants must complete a mandatory 2-credit hours Peer Facilitator class taught by a member of the Residence Life Leadership Team.  This Express course will be taken in the Spring during Express II if you are offered a position for 2019-2020.

The times that this course will be offered are: M/W 2-3:40pm and T/T 3-4:40pm.

Length of Service

The length of service for the Resident Assistant position begins when Resident Assistant move in to their assigned Residence Hall for Fall Training until one day after Residence Halls close after the Spring Semester.  The exact dates will be shared if you are offered a position.

Current Compensation

Resident Assistants currently receive compensation in the form of a housing discount and $5,000 which includes Front Desk hours, meetings, and administrative work.  A timesheet is submitted bi-weekly for compensation.

Info Sessions

Residence Life staff will hold Info Sessions regarding what it’s like to be a Resident Assistant, answer questions about the application and recruitment timeline, and answer any other questions you may have about Residence Life!

RA Position Description 

Applications

Applications are open for potential openings that may arise during the 2018-19 academic year.  This application can be found at the button below:

Applications are also open for 2019-2020 academic year positions.  This application will close on January 7, 2019 at 5:00pm. Applications will be reviewed and offers to move on to the next phase of recruitment will be sent by January 26, 2018. This application can be found at the button below:

 

**If you are interested in a position that may arise during the 2018-19 academic and also would like to be considered for a 2019-2020 position, you MUST fill out both applications!**

Timeline*

*Time line is subject to changes

October 15, 2018 - Application Opens!

Friday, January 7, 2019-5:00pm - Applications close!

Friday, January 25, 2019 - All applicants are informed of the decision to move forward in the Selection Process!

Friday, February 8, and Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Group and Individual Interviews

Friday, February 22, 2019 - Offer letters sent (including alternate)

Monday, February 25, 2019 - Signing Day! (RA Class sign-up!)

March 4, 2019-RA Class begins (Express II)

**If you are invited to interview for a position, you will be required to turn in your resume at the time of your interview!**

Position Offers

If offered an RA position:

You must:

  • Apply for Housing and you are still responsible for paying the Housing Deposit.  
  • Complete New Student Employee Orientation through the Career Center prior to the end of the Spring 2019 semester if you have not held an on-campus position

You will be given the option to accept or decline your offer.  If you do not accept your offer on Signing Day, you will no longer be considered for a position.

There is a REQUIRED Express II session for the RA Class in the Spring 2019 semester.  If you have already completed this course as a Peer Facilitator, you do not need to re-take this mandatory 2-credit course.  The course offerings are: M/W 2-3:40pm and T/R 3-4:40pm.

RAs will be required to move-in early for Fall 2019.  Current anticipated date is August 6th, 2019.

 

If offered an alternate position:

You will be given the choice to accept an alternate position.  This means that we feel that you would be a great RA! We are unfortunately not able to offer a position to all applicants and candidates.  If you choose to accept your alternate status, you will be placed on our waiting list and could recieve a position offer should any open positions arise (this includes over the summer and during the Fall 2019 semester)!

You can also sign up for the RA Class as an alternate!  Should you receive an offer, it is helpful to have already completed the class.  This class occurs during the Express II session for the RA Class in the Spring 2019 semester.  If you have already completed this course as a Peer Facilitator, you do not need to re-take this 2-credit course. The course offerings are: M/W 2-3:40pm and T/R 3-4:40pm.