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Resident Assistant (RA) Position Description

Residence Life Educational Priority
The Department of Residence Life develops socially responsible citizens who build positive relationships as engaged learners.

Residence Life Learning Goals
1.     Each student will become a socially responsible citizen. S&CL (SCR, LD) AAC&U (CE, ER, IKC)
2.     Each student will build positive relationships. S&CL (SUPVS, ECSS, AD) AAC&U (TW, IL, WC, OC)
3.     Each student will aspire to be an engaged learner. S&CL (CEAA, HL, ID) AAC&U (PS, CRT, CVT, LL)

RA Position Description
A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student leader who serves as a peer resource for our residential students.  RAs are committed to fostering a sense of wellbeing for residents in their communities.  They create opportunities for engagement and promote an inclusive environment for their residents.  RAs display genuine empathy for others and are advocates for other students.  They demonstrate an understanding of multiculturalism and a commitment to supporting a diverse community.  RAs are role models and leaders in the Geneseo community. 

RAs build connections, demonstrate pride, exhibit thoughtfulness, display creativity, and promote inclusivity.
RAs will demonstrate:

  • Leadership potential through past experiences and recommendations
  • Commitment to personal growth
  • Engagement in their leadership role, meaning-making experiences, and peer learning
  • 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 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 Residence Life policies and functions

Job Responsibilities

  • RAs report directly to the Area Coordinator or Residence Director of their building.
  • RAs attend two mandatory training sessions prior to the start of class in August and January, In-Services, and a variety of development opportunities throughout the year.
  • RAs are ambassadors of inclusivity and diversity.
  • RAs assist their supervisor with the opening and closing of their Residence Hall which requires them to arrive early and depart late at breaks.
  • RAs attend weekly staff meetings directed by their supervisor and participate in staff development.
  • RAs are involved in event planning, both in the Residence Halls and in the College Union.
  • RAs maintain an available, visible, and proactive presence in their community.
  • RAs participate in Residence Life Duty:
    • Sunday - Thursday
      • Desk Shift: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      • Rounds: 7:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m.
      • Duty Phone: 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. (return phone by 12:00 p.m.)
    • Friday and Saturday
      • Desk Shift: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
      • Rounds: 7:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 12:00 a.m., 2:00 a.m. (with Duty Partner)
      • Duty Phone: 24 hours (this is different than weekday duty, RAs will have the phone on and must be responsive during the day and night while on duty Friday and Saturday.)
      • Friday night duty will start at 7:30 p.m. and end on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
      • Saturday night duty will start at 7:30 p.m. and end on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
      • Sunday night duty will start at 7:30 p.m. and end on Monday at 7:30 a.m.
    • RAs are not permitted to work or be committed to another task during their shift.
  • RAs help their supervisor promote “pride in place” by filing work orders and documenting concerns.
  • RAs hold floor meetings and informal dialogues with their peers in an effort to disseminate information or to help resolve conflicts.
  • RAs participate in a 1.0 credit RA Class and Residence Life Committees.
  • RAs support, participate in, and attend RA Selection initiatives - interview day, group process workshop, and info tabling and sessions.
  • RAs work with integrity and provide an unbiased private resource for their residents.
  • RAs display a willingness to learn and grow.
  • RAs exhibit an awareness of and commitment to the mission of Residence Life at SUNY Geneseo.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • RAs must maintain both a cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 (RA Manual).
  • RAs must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits.
    • New RAs must register for RA Class (1.0 credit)
  • RAs must be in good conduct standing and not have current conduct sanctions.
  • RAs must have completed one semester at SUNY Geneseo (Fall 2019 is included).
  • RAs are not permitted to participate in Student Teaching while employed as an RA.
  • Conduct:  Employment is contingent upon maintaining good conduct standing; conduct history is reviewed prior to hire.
  • Employment:  RAs are not permitted to work more than 15 hours per week outside of their position with Residence Life

Compensation and Remuneration:

  • Compensation:
    • $200.00 meal plan allocation per semester
    • $200.00 stipend per semester
  • Remuneration:
    • Single room for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Duration of Position:

  • August 10, 2020 to May 23, 2021 (tentative; dependent upon Training)