Summer Sessions 2017 Resident Assistant

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SUMMER SESSIONS RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.

THE SUMMER SESSIONS RA APPLICATION CAN BE ACCESSED HERE

Residential and Student Service Programs

2017 Summer Sessions Resident Assistant Job Description

 

The Mission of Residential Education is to create safe and inclusive living learning communities that foster holistic education and global citizenship. Residential Education’s Vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative strategies aimed at developing students to be engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change. The Resident Directors (RDs), Assistant Resident Directors (ARDs), and the live-in student staff they supervise accomplish this through a combination of educational events, community building activities, student empowerment and personal conversations.

 

The Summer Sessions Resident Assistant (SRA) is responsible for working closely with other Residential Education staff to develop and maintain positive residential communities during the Summer Sessions. As an employee of the Residential and Student Service Programs, each SRA will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Residential Education Student Staff Manual, the Residential Code of Conduct, the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Conduct University of California Personnel Policies and Procedures, and the University of California Policies applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students.

 

The SRA also will work with different student populations than during the academic year, including visiting students, and international students.  The SRA serves as a resource to both residents and staff, and should work to accomplish the mission and standards of Residential and Student Service Program. The responsibilities listed below will be carried out under the direction of the Assistant Resident Director (ARD) and the Summer Sessions Resident Director(s) (RD).  

 

Essential Functions:

 

Community Development (40%)

 

  • Encourage personal, social, and academic development of students by spending a significant amount of time on the floor or building area and getting to know students and to understand the needs of the residential community.

  • Engage the community, including holding community meetings during move-in and throughout the semester under the direction of the Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of campus resources in order to provide academic, personal support and referral.

  • Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.).

  • Work cooperatively with students to ensure an environment on the floor or building area that displays respect for the rights and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs in a group living environment.

  • Respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and/or in violation of campus policies and procedures (i.e., behavior that endangers the health and safety of residents or results in damage to University property).  Confront the action that is in question, document incident(s) within 12 hours and utilize residence hall and University conduct procedures.

  • Create an inclusive environment in which the entire residence hall can interact and contribute to the living community.

  • Model ethical behavior through personal and academic pursuits and adhere to all residence hall policies

  • Display appreciation of differences and assist students in developing an understanding of diverse cultures and lifestyles.  Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably by being open and understanding of sexual orientation, and cultural, and ethnic diversity issues.

Community & Educational Strategies (25%)

  • Fulfill strategy requirements as guided by the needs of the community, as outlined by the Resident Director and Assistant Resident Director.

  • Assist in the implementation and coordination of student transition and orientation during multiple summer sessions.

  • Support and promote all strategies offered by the Academic Center Staff, Resident Faculty, and the Academic Leadership Coordinator.

  • Complete all strategy assessment activities as directed.

 

Staff & Administrative Responsibilities (25%)

  • Attend and participate in all staff trainings.

  • Attend weekly hall staff meetings or unit meetings prepared with weekly reports. Hall staff meetings will be on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Time commitments may vary.  

  • Attend and participate in all special programs meetings.

  • Participate in all individual, staff, and group evaluations.

  • Complete administrative tasks as needed in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Perform regularly scheduled duty shifts.  Resident Assistants are on night duty an average of 5-6 weeknights per month and 2-3 weekend nights per month as well as providing coverage during some vacation and holiday periods.  Night duty begins at 5:00 p.m. and ends the following day at 8:00 am. Duty includes, but is not limited to performing rounds twice a night.

  • Perform Health and Safety checks of resident rooms at least once during the summer.

  • Assist with summer resident check-in.

  • Ensure that the RD, ARD, and partners are informed and updated on all aspects of your work.  This responsibility will entail meeting regularly with the RD and/or ARD and Community Coordinators to share job-related information, receive feedback and develop job-related skills.

 

Additional Duties (5%)

  • Disseminate campus information and provide regularly updated bulletin boards as directed by the RD and ARD.

  • Relate student concerns relating to the appropriate units of the Residential and Student Services Programs (i.e. RD, AD, Dining Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.).

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the RD, ARD and the administrative staff of Residential and Student Service Programs.

 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing with the university and possessing a minimum 2.300 cumulative GPA and good standing with the University at the time of application and throughout the period of employment. Please note that GPA does not round up, any GPA below a 2.300 (2.299 or below) will make you ineligible for this position. Summer RAs are not required to be enrolled in academic courses during the period of employment for the summer. Recent graduates (May 2016) are eligible to apply.

  • Full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) during time of application.  Exceptions must have the prior approval of the Resident Director and Assistant Director.

 

Preferred:

  • Minimum of one year residence in a college or university residence hall, or a similar group living experience such as a Greek house, co-op, or theme program prior to term of employment.

 

Terms of Employment

  • The Summer Sessions RA is expected to model ethical behavior for all residence hall policies and procedures as well as for the overall summer sessions programs. Failure to serve as a positive role model may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal.

  • Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment. The RA must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Education. Spring 2016 grade reports must be submitted by July 1, 2016 in order to ensure compliance with the academic requirements of the position.

  • The period of employment for this live-in position is during the Summer of 2017

  • Any summer session RA who has also committed to a 2017-2018 academic year hall staff position may not take summer session B, C, D , or E classes.    

  • Active participation in all staff trainings which occurs prior to and concurrent with the opening of the hall. Preparation for and implementation of opening and closing of the halls may include, but is not limited to: administrative preparation, programmatic preparation, logistical preparation, and physical preparation of floors/suites, hall/area, and unit for opening and closing.

  • The SRA is expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. A commitment of approximately 19 hours/week is expected, which includes required meetings, meetings with hall staff, strategy implementation and attendance, being visible and available to residents, and addressing the specific needs of the community. Some weeks may require more than 19 hours and some may require less, but the SPA should be expected to work an average of 19/hrs a week through the summer.

  • All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the ARD.  Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of the summer.

  • Any major time commitments (classes, additional employment exceeding 15 hours/week, etc.) outside the residence hall staff position must be discussed and approved in advance by the RD.

  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor. Satisfactory job performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.

  • SRAs who display psychological behavior which raises concerns about fitness for the position may be required to complete an assessment of fitness and ability in order to continue in the position.

  • The SRA will receive room (single) and board during the period of employment as compensation.

 

Expectations

  • Maintain positive working relationships with other Residential Education and RSSP staff.

  • Report maintenance problems in a timely fashion in order to maintain the physical condition of the residence halls.  Provide immediate follow-up on reported problems.

  • Do not duplicate or loan keys to unauthorized persons.  Master keys are to be kept in their designated, secure location at all times when not in use and are not to leave the building or area without authorization.

  • Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, phones, keys, office equipment, etc.).

  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the RD, ARD and the administrative staff of Residential and Student Service Programs.

 

Background Check Requirement

This position is subject to a criminal background check. This position meets the following background check criteria:

  • Possession of building master or sub-master key access to residences and certain other facilities.

  • Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk.  This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement for University of California

The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.  The University also prohibits sexual harassment.  This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in University programs and activities.  Inquiries regarding the University's student-related nondiscrimination policies may be directed as follows: Sex discrimination and access: ADA/504 Compliance Office, (510) 643-5116 (voice or TTY/TDD); age discrimination: Age Discrimination Act Coordinator, (510) 642-8471.  Other inquiries may be directed to the Academic Compliance Officer, 200 California Hall #1500, (510) 642-2795.

 

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Provides health and safety training, guidance on safe work practices, provides proper equipment, observes work practices and correct methods, and investigates accidents. Works in a safe and responsible manner while not putting self or others at risk. This includes complying with applicable policies and regulations; using personal safety gear; observing warning signs; learning about potential hazards; and reporting unsafe conditions.

 

After you have read the job description, please go here to apply.

Before you apply, you may want to prepare the following document:

Please upload as a single pdf document:

(1) a resume, no more than two pages, that lists your paid and unpaid leadership experiences. For each experience, please list your title, the location, the length of time, and most importantly, the duties you performed.

(2) An essay, no more than one page, which answers the following question:

[FOR NEW APPLICANTS:]

Considering the unique populations that live with us during Summer Sessions, what are strengths you would bring to the position? What aspects of the position would you find challenging? Why?

[FOR RETURNING APPLICANTS AND CURRENT RAs]

Please describe an incident in your time as an RA in which you had to help residents through a difference of cultural understanding. What did you do well and what would you have done differently?

Please contact reshalls-employment@berkeley.edu with any questions.