HOUSING AND RESIDENCE LIFE

Job Opportunities

Resident Assistants (RA)

  • Job Description
  • Job Commitments
  • Qualifications
  • Compensation
  • Job Requirements
  • FAQ's of the RA Process
  • References
  • RA Application
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  • Job Description

    Community Development

    The RA is expected to:

      Develop and maintain relationships with the residents on his /her floors
      Promote and encourage an appreciation of diversity among residents and encourage interaction among residents on their floors and within the campus community
      Encourage the community to address and resolve problems on their own. In situations where intervention is necessary serve as mediator

    Programming

    The RA is expected to:

      Assess the social and education needs and interest of their residents and present quality programs that meet those needs
      Effectively plan, advertise, and implement his/her programs in a timely manner
      Effectively create passive programming initiatives, such as bulletin boards and door decorations

    Administrative Tasks

    The RA is expected to:

      Take part in the weekly duty rotation in your residence hall/building group
      Submit all paperwork in a timely manner.  This includes, but is not limited to opening and closing forms, programming forms, policy violation reports, staff reports, room condition reports, work order requests and other paperwork as assigned
      Perform all other duties as assigned by your building supervisor
      Completely walk through his/her floors on a daily basis and report any concerns in the areas of housekeeping, maintenance, and vending areas.  This walk-through should include maintaining bulletin boards and removing outdated materials
      Attend staff meetings and one-on-one sessions with your building supervisor

    Role Model

    The RA is expected to:

      Obey all federal, state, and local laws, the Towson University Code of Student Conduct, and all Department of Housing and Residence Life policies
      Support and promote all policies, procedures, and programs initiated by the Department of Housing and Residence Life while actively supporting and appreciating diversity
      Promote full cooperation with all departments within the University and make all appropriate referrals
      Be accessible and approachable; project a demeanor that is kind, caring and friendly
      Bear in mind that as a staff member, his/her behavior on or off campus will influence how the residents perceive him/her

    Policy implementation

    The RA is expected to:

      Fully understand, explain, and enforce the Department of Housing and Residence policies and the University’s Code of Student Conduct
      Address all inappropriate behavior and policy violations. Submit Policy violation and/or staff reports in a timely manner as instructed

    RA Contract

    To view the RA contract, please click on the link below

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    Job Commitments

    Commitments for the Resident Assistant Position 2014 -2015

    Day/Date Detail Time
    May 2, 2014 
    Spring Connection Day
    3-7 p.m.
    August 10-11, 2014
    Move-in for RA Training
    Tentative
    August 11 - 22, 2014
    Training*
    August 23, 2014
    Opening Day for First Year Students
    Tentative
    August 23 - 26, 2014
    Opening and Orientation Activities
    Tentative
    Tuesdays
    RA Class/In-service
    3:30-4:45 p.m.
    Thursdays
    Staff Meeting
    3:30-4:45 p.m.
    RA Selection Interviews
    Fall and Spring Semester
    TBD
    HRL Signature Programs
    Attend and support
    TBD
    All Break Closings
    Stay late
    All Break Openings
    Arrive Early
    January 21-23, 2015
    January Training
    Tentative
    May 2015
    Semester Closing

    *ALL staff must attend Fall Training regardless of academic, experiential education commitments or prior service to the department.

    Please note: Evening and weekend work is required

    *All dates are subject to change.These dates are set based on the academic calendar of the university and may require changes based on institutional changes. This list is of basic all department initiatives and is not meant to be all inclusive of work requirements.

    If you have circumstances that conflict with the above dates, please contact:

    Lisa Simmons-Barth
    Assistant Director of Residence Life
    Email: lsimmons@towson.edu
    Phone: 410-704-2023

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    Qualifications

    Resident Assistant applicants must:

      Be a full time undergraduate student carrying a minimum of 12 credits
      Be a current sophmore status or above with a minimum of 24 credits earned
      Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of the application
      Not be on disciplinary/residence life probation at time of employment

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    Compensation

      Room and meal plan - annual value of $8,499 (current value) & a $25/week stipend
      Effective Leadership skills
      Interpersonal Communication skills
      Community involvement

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    Job Requirements

      Successful candidates must be available Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 – 4:45pm for training and meetings in 2012-2013.
      Evening and weekend work is required
      Employment outside of the Resident Assistant position is limited to no more than 10 hours per week.
      Due to competing job requirements, RAs are not able to be Orientation Leaders for the 2012 – 2013 academic year

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    Important Dates for Application Process

    Required Date Time Location
    RA Information Session

    February 9

    7 p.m.
    Potomac
    RA Information Session

    February 10

    7 p.m.
    Potomac
    RA Information Session

    February 11

    3:30pm
    WVC Ballroom A
    RA Information Session

    February 12

    7 p.m.
    WVC Ballroom A
    RA Information Session

    February 13

    7 p.m.
    Potomac
    RA Information Session

    February 14

    3 p.m.
    Richmond Classroom
    Application Due

    February 28

    4 p.m.
    via Sharepoint
    References Due

    February 28

    4 p.m.
    via provided link
    Interviews
    March 8
    9-5 p.m
    TBD
    Interviews
    March 9
    9-5 p.m
    TBD
    Notifications
    March 31
    TBA
    via e-mail

    **PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for hire, ALL candidates must attend an interview session.

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    FAQ's of the 2013 - 2014 RA Process

    1. Question: Do I need to pay my room deposit by March 13th at 5pm?
      Answer: If you are eligible to live on campus, consider where you would like to live next year if you do not get the RA job.  If you intend to live on campus for the 2013-2014 academic year, you MUST pay the $350 deposit no later than 5pm on March 13th.  If you do not want to live on campus if you are not an RA – DO NOT pay the deposit.  Should you get the RA job, your deposit is refunded to you. The same applies for those paying a deposit for Capstone properties (Tubman, Paca, and Millennium).
    2. Question: If I live off-campus can I still apply to be an RA?
      Answer: Yes. Applicants do not need any prior living experience on Towson University’s campus in order to apply to be an RA. Due to the nature of the position, it is beneficial to have lived on campus, but not required.

    3. Question: What does sophomore status mean? Is it based on number of credits?
      Answer: The sophomore status applies to experience as a college student. By Fall semester 2013, you need to be starting your second year as a college student, with a minimum of 24 credits earned as of June 2013.

    4. Question: Who should I get to write my reference?
      Answer: One reference must be from a staff member or leader from the Towson University community.  It can be your RA, Residence Life Coordinator or Assistant Coordinator, supervisor, professor, advisor, and president or organization officer of a student group.  The other should be a work reference or someone that can comment on your potential as an employee and leader.  The reference should not be a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, relative, fiancé or roommate.

    5. Question: What if I can’t make it to my interview?
      Answer: Unfortunately, you are not eligible for hire.  All candidates must attend the entire interview in order to be considered for hire. This cannot be rescheduled due to time constraints.

    6. Question: Can I choose the building in which I work?
      Answer: No. We will take your Residential Learning Community and housing option preferences into consideration; however, we determine your placement based on the information gathered during our interview process.  Ultimately we are building a team to meet the needs of the building and the residents that live there.

    7. Question: I am going to Student Teach or have Internship in the fall, can I apply?
      Answer: No. First semester RA staff are not permitted to Student Teach or work a 6 or more credit Internship.

    8. Question: When will I find out if I am hired?
      Answer: Letters will be emailed on April 2nd from Housing & Residence Life. If hired, you will find out your building placement on or before April 22nd.

    9. Question: I am graduating in December 2013 or going on Study Abroad in Spring 2014, can I apply?
      Answer:
      No. The RA position is a full academic year commitment.

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    References

    As a part of the application process you must submit two (2) references. Reference forms are included in the application packet. Electronic copies of the references form will be accepted from email of the writer of the reference sent directly to lsimmons@towson.edu

    At least one reference must be from a Towson University faculty or staff member. The other may come from someone who knows you well (current/former employer, faculty, staff or officer of club organization.)

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    RA Application

    You must attend an info session to receive instructions on how to apply


    Announcements
      RA Information Sessions  

    Sunday, February 9th
    Potomac -- 7 p.m.

    Monday, February 10th
    Potomac -- 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, February 11th
    WVC Ballroom A -- 3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 12th
    WVC Ballroom A -- 7 p.m.

    Thursday, February 13th
    Potomac – 7 p.m.

    Friday, February 14th
    Richmond Classroom – 3 p.m.



     

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