Theme Program Resident Assistant, Academic Year 2024-2025
This application will open on November 20th. See below for for the application.
Applications are due January 18th at 5 PM.
Please read the job description before submitting your application. Read more about the application procedure here and the requirements for working with us.
Please note that if you are applying to be a Theme Program Resident Assistant, you must also fill out the Resident Assistant Job Application. If you are applying to multiple theme programs, you must submit a separate application for EACH program. Application links can be found below.
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Job Description 2024-2025
The mission of Residential Life is to facilitate student transitions into the intellectual and social communities of the University of California, Berkeley and to promote personal wellbeing and respect for the community needs of all residents. Residential Life’s vision reflects a commitment to the intentional creation of effective and innovative programs aimed to empower students with the skills to become engaged campus and global citizens, and active agents of social change. The Senior Resident Directors (SRD), Resident Directors (RD), and the Live-In Student Staff will accomplish this mission through a combination of community building activities, student empowerment programs, and personal conversations.
The Theme Program Resident Assistant (TPRA) is responsible for developing and maintaining an atmosphere that promotes residential communities through excellence in academic integration and personal development opportunities for students. As an employee of Residential Life, each TPRA will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Residential Life 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 TPRA’s role is to connect with the members of the residential community, as directed by the Residential Student Experience Model. The Residential Student Experience Model outlines the framework used by the residential staff that will engage students through one-on-one conversations, community meetings, and programs that target the needs of the community. The TPRA serves as a resource to both residents and staff while upholding the goals and policies of Residential Life. All responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the RD or SRD.
As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Life staff, the Theme Program Resident Assistant is expected to respect the personal integrity of all community members and assure they be treated in a manner that is fundamentally fair. Staﬀ should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that:
- Would be considered harassment on the basis of gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship, age, and / or ability
- Would impinge on a resident’s or another staﬀ member’s dignity, moral code, privacy, self‐worth, and academic, physical, psychological, and / or emotional well‐being
- Would seek unjustiﬁed personal gains, unfair advantage, unearned goods or services
Community Development (20%):
- Be visible and available on the floor or building in order to understand the needs of the residential community and encourage the personal, social, and academic development of students
- Throughout the semester, conduct bear chats with residents, as required by the Residential Student Experience Model under the supervision of the RD or SRD
- Encourage personal, social, and academic development of residents by spending a significant amount of time getting to know students, may be done through virtual and remote means and outreach (i.e. virtual Bear Chats, email, virtual community chats, etc.).
- Be available to assist students, implement activities, plan strategies, community chats, etc.Support and encourage residents in the development and continued engagement in an effective Hall Association. This may include but is not limited to: recruitment of residents for Hall Association, promotion of the election process, and attendance at some Hall Association meetings and events
- Provide academic, personal support and referrals and demonstrate knowledge of campus resources
- Work cooperatively and take initiative in engaging with students in the living environment to reflect a community that displays respect for the rights and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs. Engagement may be done virtually as needed.
- Cultivate 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
- Demonstrate appreciation of differences and assist students in developing an understanding of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles
- Respect and treat all individuals fairly and equitably by being open and understanding of all religious identities, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, cultural & ethnic identities, and citizenship status
Residential Student Experience Model Implementation & Engagement (20%)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Residential Student Experience Model learning goals and outcomes
- Implement community programs as directed by the Residential Student Experience Model and the RD or SRD. Examples of these programs include but are not limited to: Community Chats, Bear Chats, Community Activities and Bulletin Boards. Support, promote, and attend Unit, System-wide, and Campus programs as required by the Residential Student Experience Model under the supervision of the RD or SRD. Complete all program assessment tools as directed by both the Residential Student Experience Model and the RD or SRD for the purpose of tracking and assessing all programs
- Support programs organized by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) and Hall Association under the advisement of the SRAs and RD or SRDs
- Support and promote programs offered by Health Workers, Resident Faculty, Theme Programs, and other departments
Theme Program Implementation (10%)
- Participate in the development of programs that celebrate the essence of the Theme Program and provide an opportunity for identity development and exploration. Can and may be required to be conducted virtually over Zoom or Google Hangout.
- Plan Theme Program Orientation and Retreats (Fall and Spring) in collaboration with RD and campus partner(s)
- Demonstrate an ability to engage all residents whether they are part of the theme community
- Support and promote signature events held by the theme program, campus partners, and or RD
- Attend specific seminars when identified in partnership with RD and Theme Program Partners
Safety & Risk Management Responsibilities (30%)
- Follow and respond to all emergency procedures as directed by the RD or SRD or outlined in the Hall Staff Manual, and potentially after consultation with RD on Duty for response on site as necessary
- Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.)
- Respond to community concerns. Document the incident(s) within 12 hours of it occurring while following all protocols and procedures
- Confront and respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and / or is in violation of campus policies and procedures (i.e. behavior that endangers the health and safety of residents)
- Perform regularly scheduled duty shifts. TPRAs are on night duty an average of 5-6 weeknights per month and 2-3 weekend nights per month and 4-5 day duties per semester
- Hall Staff must provide coverage during some academic and administrative holidays, including, but not limited to, Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring Break. Below you will find general standards of duty shifts, however, these times may slightly shift depending on the community you are assigned to
- Weekday Night duty begins at 7:30pm and ends the following day at 8:00am
- Weekend Night duty begins at 7:30pm and ends the following day at 9:00am
- Day Duty shifts begin Saturdays at 2:30pm and Sundays at 9:00am Day Duty shifts end at 7:30pm. This also can include weekday Holiday duty beginning at 9am and ends at 7:30pm
- Duty includes, but is not limited to, performing community walks, addressing policy violations, responding to emergencies, and checking in and communicating with the Residential Safety Ambassadors when necessary
- Disseminate and communicate all announcements and policies as directed by the RD or SRD on behalf of Residential Life and UC Berkeley to the residential community
- Hall Staff may be expected to provide additional support and staffing during times of emergency management and crisis response as needed
- Assist professional staff on duty coordinating response and support for residents in need of isolation or temporary space
Administrative Responsibilities (10%)
- Complete administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner
- Attend regular one-on-one meetings with the RD or SRD, may be conducted virtually via Zoom, etc.
- Ensure that the RD or SRD is informed and updated on all aspects of your work as an RA. This entails making through phone and / or email contact and meeting regularly with the RD or SRD to share job-related information, give / receive constructive feedback, and develop job-related skills
- Attend and actively participate in fall and spring student staff training sessions, and all scheduled in-service training
- RAs must be available every Tuesday from 7-9pm for weekly hall staff / unit meetings. Meetings may be conducted virtually, as a decision by the S/RD.
- Participate in all individual, staff, and group evaluation processes
- Participate in the hall staff recruitment and hiring process (i.e., panel and group interviews)
Staff Dynamic/ Supervisory Relationship (5%)
- Share feedback with peers as well as with RD or SRD that is appropriate, constructive, and solution oriented.
- Demonstrate a positive attitude when interacting with fellow staff members/supervisor, & community partners.
- Communicates needs and questions with supervisor in a timely manner.
- Attends regular one-on-one meetings with the RD or SRD in a punctual and prepared manner.
- Upholds Unit Expectations as established and maintained during hall staff training.
Additional Duties (5%)
- Completed additional duties (i.e. Of The Months, Emergency Preparedness and Response, community collaterals: hall staff council, custodial appreciation, Resident Faculty program, etc.) as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the residential community
- Relate student concerns relating to Residential Life to the appropriate units of the Dean of Students and RSSP (i.e. RD, AD, Dining Manager, Facilities Manager, etc.).
- Perform other duties as assigned by the RD or SRD and the administrative staff of Residential Life.
- Welcoming & Closing Responsibilities/ Building Orientation
- Participation in the preparation for and implementation of opening / closing of the halls during Fall and Spring Semester which may include, but is not limited to: inspection of resident rooms and inventories, occupancy checks, administrative, programmatic, logistical, and physical preparation of floors / suites, hall / area, and unit
- Prepare and facilitate Building Orientations on all move in dates (Fall and Spring)
- Facilitate welcome meetings and programs both during and following Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) to assist students in connecting to resources in residence and across campus.
- During move-in and GBO, ensure that students are engaged and connected to all GBO programs/ events
- Foster a sense of belonging and connection to the UC Berkeley community as students transition to campus and throughout the academic year
- Complete additional duties as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the residential community
- Theme Program Resident Assistants are expected to model ethical behavior for all residence hall policies and procedures. Failure to demonstrate ethical behavior may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal
- Maintain positive working relationships with other hall staff, as well as staff of the Dean of Students Office and partners at Residential & Student Services Programs
- Follow expectations when communicating / engaging with residents in person, in writing and / or social media as outlined in this job agreement, the Residential Life Student Staff Manual, the Residential Code of Conduct and the UC Berkeley Campus Code of Conduct
- Report maintenance issues or concerns in a timely fashion in order to maintain the physical condition of the residence halls. Provide immediate follow-up on reported problems
- 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 or SRD and the administrative staff of the Dean of Students Office and partners at Residential & Student Services Programs
- Share feedback with peers and RD or SRD that is appropriate, constructive and solution oriented
- Share feedback, needs, and / or concerns at an appropriate time and place as outlined by Residential Life
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability when navigating changes and transitions within Residential Life
- Maintain positive working relationships with fellow hall staff, professional staff, and community partners
- Communicate and demonstrate an ability to hold self, peers, professional staff accountable that contributes to a solution based resolution
- Provide assistance and response to Emergencies that arise in the Residential Communities as they occur
- Adequately able to balance academic demands and other commitments with the duties and responsibilities of the hall staff position that contribute to the success of the team dynamic
Key & Access Control Policy for Hall Staff
- Hall Staff member’s job responsibilities will at times require the use of Master Keys, Staff-Issued Keys, Staff-Issued Fobs, and access via Cal1Card and / or access code. Master keys should only be used for lockouts, work-related room entry, and emergency situations. Staff keys & fobs should only be used for the work-related tasks they were intended for such as room entry and detex alarm management. Master keys and staff-issued keys & fobs should never be taken out of the Residential Unit, and should be kept secure and on your person while out of the LoxTop Box or the staff member’s assigned residential room
- Hall Staff will not give any person, including other Hall Staff, access to keys from the LoxTop Box or the LoxTop Box itself. Each Hall Staff member must individually tap into the LoxTop Box to retrieve or return keys, as each key set is tied to their Cal1Card and access code. Hall Staff should not transfer key sets from one person to another person for any reason without approval of the Administrator on Call via calling the Resident Director on Duty
- Failure to comply with this policy will result in the engagement of the Performance Management process
- Undergraduate student possessing a minimum 2.300 cumulative GPA and good standing with the University at the start of position 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.
- Full-time academic status (minimum of 12-13 units per semester) during the period of employment.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Ability to facilitate community among individuals
- Understanding or willingness to learn about the principles of an inclusive, socially-just community
- Meets residency requirements and demonstrates academic interest in the subject matter of the theme program.
- Preferred minimum of one year residence in a college or university residence hall, or a similar group living experience such as a fraternity / sorority house, co-op, or theme program prior to term of employment.
Terms of Employment
- Abide by all Housing and Residential Policies as outlined by the Residential and Campus Code of Conduct. Failure to abide by these policies may result in personnel action up to and including release from employment.
- Maintain the required 2.300 minimum GPA throughout the term of employment. TPRAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Life. Spring 2024 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2024 while the Fall 2023 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2024 semester in order to ensure compliance with the academic requirements of the position
- Maintain full-time academic status (12-13 units per semester) throughout the term of employment. Exceptions must have prior approval of the RD or SRD and Assistant Director
- The period of employment for this live-in position commences with the start of student staff training (see below for details) and concludes Sunday, May 15th, 2024 with the closing of the residence halls
- Active participation in Fall and Spring Training. Please note we are including the earliest possible training start dates. Any changes to training dates will be communicated in advance
- Hall Staff Fall Training will begin, as early as Tuesday, August 1st, 2024.
- Gold Hall Staff Fall Training will begin, as early as, on Monday, August 7th, 2024.
- Spring Training for all staff begins as early as Monday, January 8th, 2024.
- Active participation in all ongoing system-wide and area staff continued training programs is mandatory for all student staff
- TPRAs are expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. This includes providing the hall coverage during vacation and holiday periods (which may include Thanksgiving and Spring Break, among others). A commitment of approximately 19 hours / week is expected (some weeks may be more, whereas others may be less, depending on time of year, events, issues in the hall, etc.), which includes but is not limited to, engaging with residents, required meetings, duty coverage, program implementation and attendance, being visible and available to residents, and addressing the specific needs of the community
- Assist with and be present for the implementation of Cal Day and Hall Association Executive Events
- All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the RD or SRD. Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of each semester
- TPRAs are restricted to no more than fifteen hours of outside commitments (i.e. running for ASUC, club participation, additional employment, both on and off campus). Exceptions must be discussed and approved in advance by the RD or SRD
- 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. Failure to meet expectations on two different evaluation periods may result in release from your employment
- TPRA positions are for the academic year. Candidates who wish to continue during the subsequent summer or academic year must apply through the designated process
- Theme Program Resident Assistants 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
- Theme Program Resident Assistants will receive a room and board during the period of employment as compensation
- Theme Program Resident Assistants will receive additional paid compensation of five hours per week at the minimum wage rate for theme program responsibilities
- Living arrangements may range from a single room in traditional residence halls, a single room in a suit or an apartment, or a shared apartment space, depending on the departmental need
- Theme Program Resident Assistants will receive a meal plan. Unused points after the vacancy of the position will not be transferred to the student
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
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