Resident Advisor for Wellness Selection


Thank you for your interest in the Resident Advisor for Wellness (RAW) Position for the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year.  The Student Life Department is looking to hire three (3) students to serve as advisors to our students in either Ontario Hall, Jones Hall, or Onondaga Hall (subject to change) while also completing traditional Resident Assistant responsibilities*. In order to be considered for the position, you must complete the RAW Application in its entirety and submit it by February 2, 2018.  All applicants will be required to submit references and either a co-curricular transcript or resume in addition to the application.  Incomplete submissions will not be considered.  Each application received will be reviewed and evaluated by the RAW Selection Committee and members of the Student Life Staff. RAW Applicants only need to complete the RAW Application. Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the RAW Application.

Dependable | Sound Judgment | Open-Minded | Willing & Helpful | Patient

If you embody these values, the RAW position might be for you!  RAWs possess strong leadership skills, foster the development of relationships, promote well-being to students, and demonstrate a commitment to multicultural education in not only their residential community, but across the SUNY Geneseo campus.

RAW Selection Timeline
  • RAW Application available: December 1
  • RA Information Sessions: Time and Location TBD
    • December 7 & 11 - Application, References, and Resumes (Co-Curricular Transcripts)
    • January 18 & 23 - Interviewing and Networking 
    • January 30 - Last Minute Application and Position Questions
    • February 20 - Preparation for Group Process
    • March 5 - Conditional Offer and Student Leader Learning & Development Course
  • RA Information Tables: January 22 - 26
  • RAW Application Due: February 2
  • RAW Interviews Scheduled: February 5 - 23
  • RA Group Process Day: February 24 (plan on 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  • RAW Position Conditional Offers: March 9
  • RAW Position Conditional Acceptance Due: March 18
  • RA Position Student Leader Learning & Development Course: March 18 - April 20*
  • RAW Position Acceptance Due: April 23
  • RA Orientation: April 30*

Program Goal
The goal of the Resident Advisor for Wellness (RAW) program is to provide residents who want to discuss overall wellness and healthy lifestyle initiatives, as well as, alcohol and other drug concerns with an immediate confidential peer connection in the residence hall community.  The over arching goal is harm reduction. 

Explanation of the Position
Student Life is hiring three Resident Assistants (RA) to serve as RAWs for the entire residential community.  RAWs will reside in Jones, Onondaga, and Ontario Residence Halls (locations may change). In addition to completing traditional RA responsibilities, RAWs will receive additional training to support students who want to learn more about wellness and living a healthy lifestyle.

RAWs will also receive information on training and alcohol consumption and drug use and ways to limit the consumption of both, or even have a desire to live substance free.  RAWs will wok in close collaboration with the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Program Coordinator.  Training will include motivational interviewing and BASICS.

RAW Applicants only need to complete the RAW Application.  Applicants may indicate interest in the RA Position via the RAW Application.

Position Values

Dependable: RAWs are available, reliable, and accountable.  RAWs fulfill responsibilities and meet deadlines and expectations.

Open-Minded: RAWs are empathetic active listeners who are accepting of difference, multi-culturally aware, and able to educate others on diverse topics.  RAWs are not judgmental and are open to new ideas.

Sound Judgment: RAWs use critical thinking skills, experience, and knowledge of policy to make decisions.  RAWs are attentive to detail, role model ethical behavior, and recognize that they are part of a community larger than themselves.  RAWs are confidential and work with integrity.

Patient: RAWs are flexible and adaptable. RAWs manage time efficiently and are able to prioritize.  RAWs are calm under pressure and are able to go with the flow to work with residents and complete tasks.

Willing & Helpful: RAWs exhibit prosocial behavior and take action.  RAWs display enthusiasm when building community and supporting residents. RAWs are aware of resources and able to refer residents when necessary.

Educators, Resources, Role Models, and Leaders*
  • Teach residents about healthy lifestyle and wellbeing 
  • Be a compassionate and informed about alcohol and other drug use
  • Incorporate information about alcohol and other dugs into floor meetings, programming, and bulletin boards
  • Attend mandatory trainings and development to stay abreast of information about alcohol and other drugs
  • Be mindful to not cross the line of attending behavior to counseling during interactions and discussions with residents
  • Identify as a RAW to residents and visibly post information about the role
  • Understand how and when to refer residents for professional help and support
  • Be aware of campus and community resources to share with residents
  • Be familiar with on and off campus events and communicate them to residents, especially substance-free entertainment options
  • Be aware of important campus dates and happenings
  • Stay connected and responsive to the AOD Program Coordinator
Role Model
  • Be welcoming, friendly, and open to honest dialogue about wellness, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Create a safe judgment free safe for residents to discuss concerns or ask questions
  • Act with integrity and be confidential
  • Establish strong relationships with residents in order to help them manage risks
  • Avoid reinforcing stereotypes about alcohol and other drug use
  • Send a clear and consistent message that fosters and promotes wellbeing, safety, and positive choices to residents
  • Reduce barriers that may prevent residents to obtain treatment
  • Role model healthy lifestyle and provide opportunities for residents to engage in wellness activities
  • Exhibit prosocial behavior and is not a bystander in alcohol or other drug related emergencies - stand up, take action, seek help, and document concerns
  • Support residents who choose not to drink alcohol or decide to make low-risk decisions about consumption - sober driver, cab ride, etc.
  • Challenge misinformation and humor that fuels misconception or perpetuates a culture of alcohol and other drug misuse
Job Responsibilities
  • Meet weekly with the AC or RD of the building
  • Meet weekly with RAW Program Coordinator
  • Meet monthly with the Associate Director of Student Life
  • Meet regularly with the AOD Program Coordinator and designee
  • Communicate weekly with residents about wellness initiatives, alcohol and other drugs digitally, verbally, or through passive efforts
  • Assist the AOD Program Coordinator with creating and disseminating information about alcohol and other drug use
  • Connect residents with campus resources related to their particular needs, but also the AOD Program
  • Ensure that residents are aware of the RAW role and services
  • Direct Education programming and community building toward alcohol and other drug use awareness
  • Attend RA Training in August and January
  • Attend RA In-Services
  • Participate in AOD Program trainings including, but not limited to motivational interviewing and BASICS
    • Harm reduction strategies
    • Attending and helping skills
    • AOD Advisory Group
    • AOD Training
    • Appropriate professional development
  • Ongoing development and resources provided by AOD Program Coordinator and Associate Director of Student Life
RA Position Qualifications
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits
    • Applicants must report at least a 2.5 Fall 2017 GPA at the time of application 
    • Applicants must also receive at least a 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions
  • Applicants must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must have lived in on-campus at least one semester at any college or university by the end of the Spring 2018 semester
  • Applicants must not hold a full-time position elsewhere, be a student teacher, or hold a full-time internship
Desired candidates will demonstrate:
  • Leadership potential through past experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Willingness to advocate for and be a source of support for other students
  • Sensitivity and genuine concern for others that would compel one to form relationships with assigned residents
  • Integrity in decision-making and maturity in actions
  • Program event planning skills to meet established goals
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to evaluate and respond to high pressure situations
  • Effective communication skills and patience when working with students and colleagues
  • Knowledge of SUNY Geneseo and the Department of Student Life Campus Living policies and functions
Conditions of Employment
  • Period of Employment:  August 12, 2018 - May 20, 2019 (dates may be adjusted)
  • Enrollment Requirement:  RAs must be registered for a minimum of 12 credit hours and be considered a full-time student; must also register for the RA Class INTD 240
    • RAs may not register for more than 18 credits without permission from the Director of Student Life
  • Remuneration:  Room rent waiver, $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester, $300.00 stipend per semester
  • Academic Standing:  RAs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5
  • Conduct:  Employment is contingent upon maintaining good conduct standing; conduct history is reviewed prior to hire
  • Department Initiatives:  Attendance at RA Training, RA Selection, RA Class, Committee Meetings, and Residence Hall opening and closing is mandatory
  • Student Teaching:  RAs are not permitted to student teach
  • Employment:  RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside of their position with Student Life
*Adapted from North Dakota State University LIVE REAL Mentor Program