Resident Assistant - Summer Experience


Resident Assistants (RAs) are undergraduate students who work in teams to support residential communities that feel like home, are focused on learning, and are inclusive and respectful of all members.

The RA (Summer Experience) position is a 14 week live-in, on campus position that supports the creation and facilitation of an integrated residential learning environment that moves undergraduate students through the process of achieving the goals of the undergraduate experience, working through the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs. This embedded position works directly with their Residential Community Director (RCD) and Assistant Residential Community Director (ARCD) supervisors to support a residential community of first year, second year, and upperclass students. Immersed in the student community, the RAs actively facilitate the learning experience at both the community and individual level, supporting students' holistic academic, social, and personal development throughout their transition to CWRU, successful retention throughout their academic experience, and through graduation.

  1. Community Development

    1. Assist in developing community expectations that encourage students to become mindful community members, ethical leaders, well rounded flourishing students
    2. Develop the residential community ensuring that students create a just and humane community that cultivates meaningful interactions, fosters individual student success, and creates purposeful environments to support the Division of Student Affairs student learning domains: Social and Emotional Competence, Purpose and Intentionality, Cultural and Human Appreciation, Community Engagement, and Problem Solving
    3. Assess the needs and interests of residential students and create residential communities, interactions, and programs that complement and enhance the Undergraduate Experience Model with emphasis on the needs of students in the Summer Experience
    4. Role model and reinforce positive behaviors consistent with divisional values and university policies and procedures in all contexts including residence halls, online forums, campus events, and the campus community
    5. Abide by local, state, and federal laws
  2. Team Member & Staff Development

    1. Participate in the ongoing training and evaluation processes of the department
    2. Serve as a supportive team member. This may include but is not limited to communicating in a timely manner, taking initiative, having a presence in the community and with staff, building trust and a mutual respect across staff, etc.
    3. Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and training programs which may include but is not limited to May Summer RA Training, staff development, and other training as determined by Residence Life leadership and staff supervisors
    4. Know and share highlights, concerns, and issues in your community with other team members
    5. Role model a commitment to personal and professional development
  3. Community Response & Student Support

    1. Participate in an ongoing on-call rotation and utilize the Non-Emergency and Emergency Protocol when responding to applicable situations
    2. Execute a system of intervention and referral to support the health, wellness, and safety of residential students
    3. Report student concerns and possible policy violations promptly
    4. Maintain confidentiality
    5. Report all potential sexual misconduct. All RAs are Non-Confidential resources and are mandatory reporters for sexual misconduct. RAs are obligated to report any information regarding sexual misconduct for all students at CWRU even if it occurs outside of the RA's residence hall or when the RA is off-duty
    6. Encourage residents to develop meaningful relationships with faculty outside of the classroom
    7. Promote healthy and appropriate academic behaviors
    8. Connect residents with Undergraduate Deans and Residence Life Supervisors to support each resident's academic success
  4. Advocate for Social Justice & Diverse Perspectives

    1. Create a welcoming and comfortable living environment for community members
    2. Address issues of intolerance, hate, and injustice in a thorough and prompt manner
    3. Engage students in new activities that may open new perspectives on issues and topics
  5. Administrative

    1. Complete administrative responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner. These responsibilities may include but are not limited to: community hours (5 per week), incident reports, room inventories, community development plans, bulletin boards, room changes (check-in/check-out procedures), maintenance requests, distribution of information, and daily communication
    2. Maintain the proper use of master keys, key cards, building keys, ID cards, passwords and other access mechanisms to ensure the safety and security of residents and their belongings
    3. Support the smooth functioning of the residential facilities and respond to resident concerns. Instruct and guide residents in completing occupancy, room inventory, room change, work order, and facility emergency response procedures

Perform other duties as assigned.

  • Regular contact with the Office of Residence Life and Residence Hall Association.
  • Daily interaction with undergraduate students. Daily interaction with staff team and supervisors.
  • Regular contact with the Offices of CWRU Police and Public Safety, University Health & Counseling Services, University Housing, University Facilities.
  • Occasional contact with Offices of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Disability Resources, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Greek Life, Career Center, Educational Services for Students.
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.5 GPA for the most recent semester in order to apply. Once hired, students must maintain the GPA minimum. The GPA is calculated using earned credit hours only. If an RA's cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 and/or the RA's most recent semester GPA falls below 2.5, they will be ineligible to serve as an RA, their RA Agreement will be terminated. In some cases, RAs who have served in their position for at least one semester may be eligible to appeal the decision. RAs who have not yet begun their roles are ineligible to appeal.
  • RA candidates need to be in good standing with the University.
  • Candidates on disciplinary probation with the university will be ineligible to hold a Resident Assistant position. Candidates on deferred university probation will be eligible.
  • All new applicants need to be enrolled at Case Western Reserve University and may not participate in co-op during the first semester of their employment. Ability to participate in co-op after the first semester will be on a case by case basis after consultation with the RA's supervisor and the Residence Life leadership team.
  • Applicants need to live in the residence halls for at least two semesters by the start of their RA agreement.
  • The RA position requires an average of 15 hours per week. University regulations limit on-campus summer employment to a total of 40 hours per week. If an RA applicant has on-campus employment they would like to keep if selected as an RA, applicants should consult with Student Employment. It is assumed that RAs will work irregular hours and the number of hours might vary by week during the semester. RAs hours will be spent in a variety of ways including but not limited to in their community, with their staff, and completing administrative tasks.
  • Once hired, RAs must limit outside activities during the period of employment to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Outside activities include, but are not limited to, employment, non-academic assistantships, and student organizations.
  • All Summer 2018 RAs must be available to participate fully in Summer RA Training: May 14 - May 21.
  • Agreement employment dates: Monday, May 14. 2018 through Monday, August 13, 2018.
  • Single room for the term of the contract
  • $1,100.00 stipend for the term of the contract

  • Applications for the Summer 2018 Resident Assistant Position starting in May of 2018 must be completed by 5 p.m. on January 22, 2018.

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