Theme Program Resident Assistant, 2020-2021

All eligible TPRA candidates, which include Current Hall Staff and New Resident Assistant (RA) Applicants, will receive further TPRA Application details via email. Only current hall staff or RA applicants for 2020-2021 will be eligible to apply for a TPRA position. To learn more about each of the theme communities before applying, please visit housing.berkeley.edu/theme.

TPRA Applications are due Friday, December 6th at 5 PM PST.

 

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 (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.

Ethics Statement

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.

Essential Duties 

Community Development (15%)
  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 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 (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 theses programs include but are not limited to: Community Meetings, Bear Chats, Floor Fun Activities, 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 RD or SRD.  

  • Complete all program assessment tools as directed by both the Residential Student Experience Model and the RD for the purpose of tracking and assessing all programs

  • Support strategies organized by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA) and Hall Association and under the advisement of the SRA and RD or SRD. 

  • Support and promote programs offered by the Resident Faculty, the Academic & Leadership Coordinators, and the Academic Center Staff.

Theme Program Implementation (15%)
  • Participate in the development of programs that celebrate the essence of the Theme Program and provide an opportunity for identity development and exploration.

  • 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. 

Golden Bear Orientation, Welcoming, & Closing Responsibilities (10%)
  • 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.

  • 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, 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 (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.

  • Assist with and be present for the implementation of Cal Day as directed.

Risk Management Responsibilities (25%)
  • Follow and respond to all emergency procedures as directed by the RD or SRD or outlined in Hall Staff Manual.

  • 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:

    • RAs 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 7:30 p.m. and ends the following day at 8:00 am.

    • Weekend Night duty begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends the following day at 9:00 am. 

    • Day Duty shifts begins Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Day Duty shifts end at 7:30 p.m. This also can include weekday Holiday duty beginning at 9 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. 

    • Duty includes, but is not limited to, performing community walks, addressing policy violations, responding to emergencies, checking in with the security monitor desk 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. 

Administrative Responsibilities (10%)
  • Complete administrative tasks in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Attend regular one-on-one meeting with the RD or SRD.

  • Ensure that the RD or SRD 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 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 trainings.

  • RAs must be available every Tuesday from 7-9pm for weekly hall staff/unit meetings.

  • Participate in all individual, staff,and  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.

  • Completed additional duties (i.e. Of The Months, community collaterals: hall staff council, custodial appreciation, Resident Faculty program, Emergency Preparedness, etc.)  as assigned to meet the evolving needs of the residential community.

Expectations

  • 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.

  • 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 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. 

  • 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.  

Qualifications 

Required
  • 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 period of employment. 

Preferred
  • 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 dismissal.

  • All new Theme Program Resident Assistants must enroll in CLS (Community Leadership Seminar), a one-unit course during the Spring 2020 semester. Employment is contingent on the Resident Assistant receiving a grade of “P” in the course. If a candidate is not able to enroll due to academic limitations, then the candidate must communicate the conflict with the Department of Residential Life.  

  • Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment.  TPRAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Life. Spring 2019 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2020 while the Fall 2019 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2020 semester in order to ensure compliance with the academic requirements of the position.

  • Maintain full-time academic status (minimum of 12-13 units per semester) throughout the term of employment. Exceptions must have prior approval of the RD 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 16, 2021 with the closing of the residence halls. 

  • Active participation in Fall and Spring Training. New Hall Staff Fall Training will begin on Sunday, August 9th, 2020. Returning Hall Staff Fall Training will begin on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020. Spring Training for all staff (beginning as early as Monday, January 13th, 2021) and ongoing system-wide and area staff continued training programs is mandatory for all student staff. Please note we are including the earliest possible training start dates.

  • 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.  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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Compensation

  • The TPRA 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 to 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.

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