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SPSU Housing and
Residence Life
Building R10
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: 678-915-7335
Email: housing@spsu.edu
Email: reslife@spsu.edu

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm

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RA Job Description

The Position

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 to obtain 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 credit hours).
  •  Please note that this is a one year commitment. Students graduating in December 2010 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.
  • 2010-2011 staff members will not be permitted to work more than 20 hours a week in an outside job.

Position Responsibilities

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 and weekends as determined necessary by the Residence Life Coordinator.

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, but other responsibilities will arise that cannot always be anticipated and scheduled. In addition, staff is expected to share duty responsibilities over break time when housing remains open (Thanksgiving, Spring Break, MLK weekend, Easter, etc.).

Training

  • Actively participate in all fall and spring training and weekly in-services as mandated.
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Arrange for individual meetings with the Housing and Residence Life Coordinator for regular performance review as requested

Community Development 

  •  Prepares informational reports and completes documents as requested by the Housing and Residence Life Coordinator and Director of 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 physical facilities, assessing use patterns, needed repairs and suggested improvements

Communication

  • Prepares informational reports and completes documents as requested by the Housing and Residence Life Coordinator or Director of 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 
  • Assists with check-in and checkout of residents 
  • Monitors physical facilities, assessing use patterns, needed repairs and suggested improvements 

Student Programs

  • Assesses needs and interests of floor and hall and apartment residents by interacting with all of them on a regular basis
  • Actively participates in the development of a hall and/or building-wide programming calendar designed to respond to the needs of residents 
  • Initiates programs, activities and community development on the floor or building that address the social, recreational educational and development aspects of the residents’ lives 
  • Considers the needs of a diverse population when developing programs

Student Conduct

  • Knows, understands and abides by University and state 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 the hall 
  • Informs the Housing and Residence Life Coordinator of actual and potential conduct programs 
  • Supports all decisions of recognized judicial agencies and persons 
  • Acts as a positive role model in both academic and personal behavior for other students