RA Position Description

Resident Advisors (RAs) are student staff members in the Office of Residence life charged with fostering relationships among and delivering services to an assigned community of residents. Resident Advisors work cooperatively with other residence hall and College staff to promote a welcoming environment that is conducive to learning and developing personal connections. The successful RA is able to commit time and energy to being a visible and positive role model. They must also be willing to confront and resolve conflict as well as exhibit an enthusiastic approach to programming.

Reporting to a Head Resident Advisor and Assistant Director, the Resident Advisors articulates the philosophy and policies of the Office of Residence Life and the College to their residents, and in turn, represent the needs of residential students to the administration. Through this experience, the student staff member will gain valuable leadership skills and experience.

I.  General Responsibilities of the RA position

In order to be effective in the role, the RA must dedicate a significant numbers of hours to the responsibilities listed below. The time commitment is not easily quantifiable. It is a position which necessitates adjustments in personal schedules.

A.  Community Organizer: establish and maintain an atmosphere within the section/hall that is conducive to study, sleep/rest, and positive interpersonal interactions.
•  get to know residents through formal and informal conversations
• lead community meetings to discuss hall happenings and updates
• organize and implement monthly programs

B.  Resource and Referral Agent: become familiar with services offered on campus in order to provide general information and connect students to these support mechanisms as needed.
•be aware of information provided in the Student Handbook and on the College website
• review regular communications provided by College offices
• identify students in need of specialized help and refer them appropriately
• advise residents, within the limits of training and capability, on personal, academic, and informational issues
• disseminate information to residents on regular basis

C.  Residence Hall Manager: assist in maintaining an orderly and safe living environment.
•review policies and general information with residents.
• participate in a rotating duty schedule
• take immediate and appropriate action in response to all violations, emergencies and/or safety and security concerns within the residence halls
• assist with residence hall openings and closings

D.  Visible Presence: dedicate time on a regular (daily) basis to being present in the residence halls to role model positive behaviors and remain available to residents
•return to campus prior to official opening and remain on campus through the official closing of the residence halls each semester
• be in residence each night throughout the semester; occasional overnight absences are permitted; extended absences must be approved
•spend time informally in the common areas and leave room door open when possible
•be responsive to students and College staff via room phone, email and campus mail

E.  Administrator: complete administrative tasks and assist with office projects throughout the year.
• meet regularly with supervisor and area staff
• assist with occupancy verification, room selection, and staff selection as appropriate
• submit regular reports, enter and follow up on work orders, and complete paperwork

II.  Requirements:

• Registered as a full-time student at Lafayette College.
• Have and maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Semester GPAs that fall below the minimum average may result in employment action.
• Conduct history will be reviewed for each applicant.  Should a Resident Advisor receive a disciplinary sanction at any time after appointment, or during the period of employment, his/her position may be terminated or other employment action may be taken.
• Prepared to give priority to the RA position over all other areas of activity (with the exception of academic work).
• Must participate in all training sessions including but not limited to Spring Training (unless studying abroad at time of appointment), Fall Training, January Renewal and scheduled full staff/area meetings.

III.  Preferred Qualifications
Ability to articulate the educational value of living in a residence hall.
•Willingness to embrace diverse cultures and backgrounds.
•Time management skills including the ability to balance commitments.
•Interpersonal and communication skills.
•Knowledge of College and residence hall policies.
•Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
•Ability to ‘think on your feet’.

IV.  Compensation

• Room credit*
• Partial meal plan*
• Semester stipend (based on years of experience)

*For students who are receiving financial aid, please know that becoming an RA is to your benefit and will reduce your overall contribution and/or the need for you to take advantage of a loan/job.  During the academic year for which you are applying to be an RA, the RA benefit will be considered as a resource and may impact the amount of need-based aid (grant, loan, work) you may be eligible to receive.  You may contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions regarding how your benefit may impact your overall financial aid award.

Lafayette College assures equal employment opportunity in all its personnel policies which will be administered without further regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age or disability; and further that no employee shall be subjected to harassment by any other employee because of these factors. (Policy adopted by Board of Trustees April 1983, revised by the Board of Trustees 1999 and 2012)

Office of Residence Life

132 Farinon Center
Easton, PA 18042
610-330-5703 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:45am - 5:00pm

Summer Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:15am- 4:30pm (closed noon - 1:00pm)