Senior Resident Assistant 2020-2021
All eligible SRA candidates will receive further SRA Application details via email. Only current hall staff will be eligible to apply for a SRA position.
Applications will close on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 12 PM PST.
**PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE SUMMER OPERATIONS RESIDENT ASSISTANT JOB DESCRIPTION BELOW BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION.**
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 Senior Resident Assistant (SRA) 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 SRA 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 SRA'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 SRA 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. The SRA serves as an advisor to the leadership programs of the Unit, including, but not limited to Hall Association, Theme Programs, as well as promoting and supporting the strategy efforts of the Resident Assistants and Theme Program Resident Assistant (TPRA). All responsibilities listed will be carried out under the supervision of the Resident Director (RD) or Senior Resident Director (SRD).
As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Life staﬀ, the 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.
Mentorship & Leadership (25%)
- Grounded in your experience as a continuing student staff member, serve as a leader and role-model for the student staff team.
- Serve as a peer advisor and resource for Resident Assistants and Theme Program Resident Assistants to support their responsibilities of community development and Residential Student Experience Model implementation.
- Coordinate and support unit-wide programs and events in alignment with the Residential Student Experience Model, under the supervision of the Resident Director or Senior Resident Director. These include, but are not limited to:
- Supporting Move-In/Move-Out, Residential Life welcome programs during Golden Bear Orientation (GBO), Homecoming, and other unit wide programs throughout the academic year.
- Serve as a peer advisor during GBO programming efforts by assisting in creating and distributing marketing materials to residential staff
- Advise the Resident Assistants and Theme Program Resident Assistants in financial management related to program strategy implementation.
- Co-facilitate and attend weekly hall staff meetings which will take place every Tuesday from 7PM - 9PM.
- In partnership with the RD or SRD, assist with facilitating ongoing community needs assessments in support of the Residential Student Experience Model.
- Assist with planning and facilitating Student Staff Training including: Fall, Spring, and any scheduled continuing education professional development sessions.
- Ensure that your RD or SRD is informed and updated on all aspects of your portfolio to share job-related information, receive feedback, and develop job-related skills. This is accomplished through formal and information communication methods including, 1:1 meetings, email and phone as needed.
Hall Association Advising (20%)
- Co-advise Hall Association in partnership with the RD or SRD and fellow unit SRAs. Advising responsibilities include:
- Recruitment of residents to engage in Hall Association
- Facilitate Hall Association elections under the guidelines set forth by the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA)
- Supporting and attending the coordination and execution of training for Hall Association members
- Co-advisement of Hall Association including: attending weekly evening meetings Tuesdays from 9PM - 10PM, individual advisement of Hall Association members, and ongoing leadership development opportunities.
- Support the Executive Committee, in partnership with the RD or SRD, in aligning their efforts with the Residential Student Experience Model, fiscal responsibilities, and program execution.
- Support and promote system-wide programs/initiatives from the Residence Hall Assembly (RHA).
- Provide regular Hall Association updates to the hall staff.
- Attend regular advisor meetings with the RD or SRD facilitated by the Residential Leadership Coordinator.
Community Development & Residential Student Experience Model Implementation (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 RD or SRD.
- 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.
Safety & Risk Management Responsibilities (5%)
- Follow all emergency procedures as outlined by Student Staff Training, the Hall Staff Manual and directed by RD or SRD.
- 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 the incident(s) within 12 hours of it occurring while following all protocols and procedures. Demonstrate sound judgement in reporting urgent situations and student concerns in a timely and appropriate manner.
- Demonstrate knowledge regarding safety and liability in advising Hall Association and executing programs. Report all concerns directly the RD or SRD.
- Demonstrate knowledge of campus resources in order to provide academic, social, and personal counseling and/or referral.
- Support the RD or SRD in facilitating the scheduling of evening, day, and holiday duty.
- Senior Resident Assistants may be expected to serve in duty shifts if a need arises.
Golden Bear Orientation, Welcoming, & Closing Responsibilities (5%)
- 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.
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
- Senior 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 and the administrative staff of the Dean of Students Office and partners at Residential & Student Services Programs.
- 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.
- Previous experience as a Residential Life Live-In Staff member (RA/TPRA/SRA) in UC Berkeley Residential Life.
- Previous experience in advising, peer mentoring, and/or supervision
- Previous leadership experience in the university environment
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- The ability to facilitate community among individuals
- Understanding or willingness to learn about the principles of an inclusive, socially-just community
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.
- Maintain the required 2.300 minimum G.P.A. throughout the term of employment. SRAs must submit a copy of an official grade report to Residential Life. Spring 2020 grade report must be submitted by July 1, 2020 while the Fall 2020 grade report must be submitted within the first week of classes of the Spring 2021 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 and Assistant Director.
- The period of employment for this live-in position commences with the start of Senior RA training on August 4, 2020 and concludes May 16, 2021 with the closing of the residence halls.
- Active participation in all Hall Staff training including: Fall Training (beginning August 4, 2020), Spring Training (beginning January 11, 2021) and ongoing system-wide and area staff in-service training programs is mandatory for all student staff.
- The SRA is expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. 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 required meetings, meeting with Hall Association, meeting and training preparation, attending hall programs, advising Hall Association program implementation and attendance, 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.
- Senior 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 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.
- SRA positions are for the academic year. Candidates who wish to continue during the subsequent summer or academic year must apply through the designated process.
- Senior 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 SRA 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.
- Senior 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.
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.