Join the RA Team
RA Interest Session Dates
October 7th at 9am (Student Center Ballroom)
October 22nd at 5pm (A-215)
November 4th at 9am (Student Center Ballroom)
November 19th at 5pm (Student Center Ballroom)
January 12th at 2pm (Student Center Ballroom)
The purpose of the Resident Assistant (RA) is to enhance the quality of life in the
residential communities while supporting the academic mission of the university for
the students in that community. The position requires an individual who is flexible
enough to assume a variety of roles as dictated by the changing needs of students.
It is crucial that an individual be able to relate well to others and handle administrative
responsibilities. The RA is more than just a friendly presence; she/he is the crucial
link in creating an environment in which students develop independence and learn to
live cooperatively with others.
- Applicants must be enrolled full time at SPSU during the spring semester prior to
obtaining the position. As a staff member, you must also be enrolled full time during
the duration of your employment.
- Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply for and retain
their position. In addition, an applicant must be of sophomore class standing (30
- Please note that this is a one year commitment. Students graduating in December 2014
are not eligible to apply.
- The Department of Housing and Residence Life seeks candidates who enjoy working in
a community setting and fostering a living/learning community.
- 2014-2015 staff members will not be permitted to work more than 20 hours a week in
an outside job.
Time Commitment &Duty
Staff members are expected to be available during the week and on weekends for their
residents. This is a live on position. Each RA will be expected to serve an “on-duty”
basis including holidays weekends, and evenings as determined necessary by one’s supervisor.
The nature of the position is such that its responsibilities are determined not so
much by a time clock or a calendar, but by the needs of residents. Some periods, such
as training, opening and closing will require more time than average, and other responsibilities
will arise that cannot always be anticipated and scheduled. In addition, staff is
expected to share duty responsibilities throughout the year, when the University is
closed but housing remains open (Thanksgiving, Spring Break, MLK weekend, Easter,
- Actively participate in all fall and spring training and monthly all-staff meetings
as mandated. All Staff Meetings are Fridays from 10am to 12pm.
- Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings.
- Arrange for individual one on one meeting with supervisor for regular performance
review as requested.
- Meets one on one with direct supervisor on a weekly/ bi-weekly basis.
- Maintain informational reports, records, and documents as requested by the Housing
and Residence Life.
- Ensures the delivery of crucial information and materials from the Housing and Residence
Life office and other university sources to residents.
- Maintains confidentiality with staff-related matters, including incident documentation,
mental health issues and disciplinary status of residents.
- Conducts regular building rounds on duty nights and as requested.
- Conduct regular health and safety checks of assigned rooms.
- Assists with check-in and checkout of residents.
- Monitors residential facilities, assesses needed repairs, and suggests improvements.
- Consistently checks and responds to e-mail to ensure up to date information is obtained
and distributed to the residents in a timely manner.
- Assesses needs and interests of residents while maintaining regular interactions.
- Must fulfill event programming obligations that respond to the needs of one’s residents.
- Creates an inclusive environment among one’s own residential community.
- Knows, understands and abides by University , State and Federal regulations.
- Communicates policies and the rationale behind them to residents
- Establishes behavioral expectations
- Works with staff members to promote a responsible living and learning atmosphere in
- Informs the office Housing and Residence about possible conduct related issues.
- Supports all decisions of recognized judicial agencies and persons
- Acts as a positive role model in both academic and personal behavior for other students