Nature and Scope
The Resident Advisor (RA) is an upper-year student who is expected to act as a leader, role model, mentor, resource and support to students living in residence. The primary objective of the RA and the Residence Life Department is to foster a community environment that eases the student transition into college/university and supports the personal and academic success of their students. The RA will live in an assigned residence room and be responsible for facilitating social and educational programs and creating a safe, respectful environment through the enforcement of the Residence Community Living Standards.
From the beginning of the Residence Life Staff Training Program in August until 24 hours after last scheduled exam in the Fall Semester AND from the time the Residences re-open in January until 24 hours after the last scheduled exam in the Winter Semester. Note: The RA is expected to move in to residence early each semester to participate in training and assist with building preparation and orientation programming. The RA will also remain on campus after exams to assist with residence move-out processes.
RAs are compensated at minimum wage. All RAs will be paid for the full duration of the Residence Life Staff training program. During the academic year, RAs will be scheduled for approximately 0-16 hours per week. Note: All RAs will be expected to follow all residence application and admission procedures, including paying all residence fees prior to moving into residence.
RAs will report directly to the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate) who will provide training, support and assistance in the execution of the RA’s responsibilities. Resident Advisors work in co-operation with other staff including but not limited to: the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC), the General Manager (GM), the Residence Services Supervisor (RSS), Residence Service Representatives (RSR), other residence and college staff, student leadership groups and community partners.
Academics and Time Commitment
All RAs are students first and are therefore expected to model positive academic habits and maintain a minimum GPA of 65% throughout the duration of their employment. RAs are expected to give the responsibilities of the position priority over all other activities except those which pertain to their academic success.
Qualifications and Conditions of Employment
- Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the contract term.
- A minimum academic achievement of C+ (65%) prior to and during contract term.
- A passion for leadership; excellent communication skills; positive attitude; team player.
- Demonstrated positive contribution to the residence community (and a clean student conduct record).
- Prior to the commencement of the term of the contract, each RA candidate must complete the following:
- Independent completion of ‘Standard First Aid’ & CPR Level “C” (must be valid for the duration of the contract term);
- Valid Criminal Record Check (will be conducted by Residence Management for successful candidates only);
- Pre-service orientation and information sessions (1-2 days in April);
- Residence Life Staff Property Training Program (1-2 weeks in August);
- Residence Life Staff Training Conference (1 week in August); and
- Any other Institutional requirements deemed necessary.