The Resident Assistant (RA) at the University of Portland is an important member of a residence hall staff team, which is charged with providing guidance and support for all residential students in the assigned residence hall. The RA assists in the development of a positive community environment, invests in the lives of students both educationally and spiritually, and serves as a leader in the hall community through a ministry of presence and role modeling.
Each resident assistant is assigned to a specific residence hall floor or wing, typically within the residence hall where they previously lived as a student. There are two major areas in which resident assistant strive to support their communities through their day-to-day work.
Under the direction of the hall director, resident assistants assist in developing an inclusive community and a culture of communal responsibility in their hall that promotes the academic, social, and spiritual components of Holy Cross residentiality. RAs build rapport with residents through daily interactions and provide a consistent presence as a role model and resource. RAs assist in the planning of programming and community events in the hall and support the development of signature events unique to their hall community. They assist students with academic, social, spiritual, and personal matters, and they are aware of campus resources, referring students to other offices for additional support. RAs recruit and actively support residents for hall leadership opportunities. They attend weekly celebration of Mass and assist with other spiritual activities, such as the annual Hall Spiritual Retreat and Bible studies. RAs understand and follow University policies and procedures, as well as educating students and consistently enforcing regulations.
Resident assistants maintain regular on-call duty hours in rotation with other resident assistants in their assigned residence hall. This includes weeknight and weekend duty during fall semester, Thanksgiving break, spring semester, and Easter Break. They respond to problems and concerns brought forward by students and manage crisis situations through immediate action, sound judgment, and appropriate referrals. They assist with building and safety issues, including submitting maintenance requests in a timely manner. RAs attend and actively participate in hall staff training, development, and formation. They meet weekly with the hall director and attend all weekly staff meetings. RAs typically also complete other projects and duties assigned by the hall director or the Office of Residence Life.
We seek qualified candidates who have the education, experience, and skills detailed below:
The RA position provides a room and board scholarship during the period of employment. When available, RAs will be assigned a double room at single occupancy.
Apply to be an RA: RA applications,along with a resume, cover letter and (for new applicants) letters of recommendation, are due by January 20, 2017