Resident Assistant, 2020-2021


The 2020-2021 Resident Assistant (RA) Application is Coming Soon.

If you are interested in applying for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the application will open on October 21, 2019 and close on November 13th, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


Please note that the job description below is subject to change prior to the conclusion of the RA Selection Process.


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, Resident Directors and the Live-In Student Staff will accomplish this mission through a combination of community building activities, student empowerment programs, and personal conversations.


The Resident Assistant (RA) 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 RA 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 RA's role is to connect with the members of the residential community, as directed by the Residential Student Experience Model (RSEM). The RSEM outlines the framework used by the residential staff that will engage students through one-on-one conversations, community meetings, and strategies that target the needs of the community. The RA 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 Resident Director (RD) or Senior Resident Director (SRD).


Ethics Statement:

As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Life staff, the Resident Assistant is expected to respect 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.



Essential Duties


Community Development (40%)

  • 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 Resident Director or Senior Resident Director.
  • 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 election process, and attendance at some association meetings and events.
  • Provide academic, personal support and referrals and, demonstrate knowledge of campus resources.
  • Act as a mediator in conflict situations when needed (i.e. roommate, noise, etc.).
  • Work cooperatively 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.
  • Cultivate an inclusive environment in which residents feel welcomed to engage 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 expression, cultural & ethnic identities, and citizenship status.

Orientation & Welcome Responsibilities (10%)

  • Participation in the preparation for and implementation of opening of the halls prior to Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) during Fall and Spring Semester which may include, but is not limited to: inspection of resident rooms and inventories, administrative, programmatic, logistical, and physical preparation of floors/suites, hall/area, and unit.
  • Facilitate welcome meetings and strategies both during and following Golden Bear Orientation to assist students in connecting to resources in residence and across campus
  • During move-in and Golden Bear Orientation, work in partnership with Orientation Mentors and  Leaders to ensure that students are engaged and connected to all GBO programs and events.
  • Identify any students in need of additional support and resources during GBO and work with supervisor (SRD/RD) and the GBO staff to help connect the students.
  • Foster a sense of belonging and connection to the UC Berkeley community as students transition to campus and throughout the academic year.

Residential Student Experience Model (20%)

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Residential Student Experience Model learning goals and outcomes.
  • Implement community strategies as directed by the Residential Curriculum and the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director. Examples of these strategies include but are not limited to: Community Meetings, Bear Chats, Community Activities and Bulletin Boards.
  • Support, promote, and attend Unit, System-wide, and Campus Strategies as required by the Residential Student Experience Model under the supervision of the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director.  
  • Participate in the Community Assessment conversations with the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director and SRA to analyze community trends and incorporate strategies that reflect the needs and experiences of the residential community.
  • Complete all program assessment tools as directed by both the RSEM and the RD for the purpose of tracking and assessing all strategies
  • Support strategies organized by the Residential Hall Assembly (RHA) and Hall Association and under the advisement of the SRAs and Resident Director or Senior Resident Director.
  • Support and promote strategies offered by the Resident Faculty, the Academic & Leadership Coordinators, and the Academic Center Staff.


Administrative & Risk Management Responsibilities (25%)

  • Follow all emergency procedures as outlined by the Hall Staff Manual and directed by Resident Director  or Senior Resident Director.
  • 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).
  • Following the situation(s), document incident(s) within 12 hours of an incident while following all protocols and procedures. Demonstrate sound judgement in reporting urgent situations in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Perform regularly scheduled duty shifts:
  • RAs are on night duty an average of 5-6 weeknights per month and 2-3 weekend nights per month and 4-5 weekend 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.
  • 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 community walks twice a night, addressing policy violations, responding to emergencies, providing coverage at the security monitor desk when necessary, and working with Security Monitors to provide staffing needs.
  • Disseminate and communicate all announcements and policies as directed by the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director on behalf of Residential Life and UC Berkeley to the residential community.
  • Complete administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Attend regular one-on-one meeting with the Resident Director (RD) or Senior Resident Director (SRD)
  • Ensure that the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director is informed and updated on all aspects of your work as an RA.  This entails being in phone and/or email contact and meeting regularly with the Resident Director or Senior Resident 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 trainings.
  • RAs should be available every Tuesday from 7-9pm for weekly hall staff/unit meetings.
  • Participate in all individual, staff, group evaluation processes.


Additional Duties (5%)

  • Participate in hall staff selection process (i.e., panel and group interviews).
  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of Cal Day as directed.
  • Additional Duties as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the Residential Community




  • 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 (12-13 units per semester) during period of employment.


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to facilitate community among individuals
  • Understanding or willingness to create an inclusive, socially-just community.
  • 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

  • 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 dismissal.
  • All new Resident Assistants must enroll in CLS (Community Leadership Seminar) a one-unit course (GEO 198) during the Spring 2019 semester. Employment is contingent on the Resident Assistant receiving a grade of “P” in the course.
  • Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment.  RAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Life. Spring 2018 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2018 while the Fall 2018 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2019 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 Resident Director or Senior Resident Director and Assistant Director.
  • The period of employment for this live-in position commences with the start of student staff training on [dates pending on final GBO schedule]. For reference, we are including the dates from the current school year (Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 through Sunday, May 12, 2018). We don't anticipate a significant change to the time frame.
  • Active participation in Fall Training (beginning [dates pending on final GBO schedule]), Spring Training (beginning [dates pending on final GBO schedule]) and ongoing system-wide and area staff in-service training programs is mandatory for all student staff. For reference, we are including the training dates from the current school year (Fall Training began on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018, Spring Training begins on January 16th, 2018).
  • RAs are expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. This includes providing the hall coverage during some 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 Events.
  • All extended hall absences (more than 24 hours) must be arranged in advance with the RD.  Absences will not be approved the first and last two weeks of each semester.
  • Resident Assistants 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 Resident Director or Senior Resident Director.
  • 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.
  • RA positions are for the academic year. Candidates who wish to continue during the subsequent summer or academic year must apply through the designated process.
  • 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.



  • The RA will receive a room and board during the period of employment as compensation.
  • Living arrangements may range from a single room to a shared apartment space, depending on the departmental need.
  • Resident Assistants will receive a residential meal plan.



  • 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 fellow hall staff and Residential Life staff.
  • Maintain appropriate behavior on social media when engaging with residents and colleagues and act in the capacity of your position.
  • 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.
  • 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 and the administrative staff of Residential Life.


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.


*/IIPP Requirements/*

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.



The RA Application* is now CLOSED.

*Please note all TPRA applicants must fill out the RA application in addition to their Theme Specific Application.


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