WAU Student - Resident Assistant

Location: Takoma Park, Maryland
Date Posted: 04-23-2018
Washington Adventist University
Job Description

Job Title:               Resident Assistant
Department:          Residence Hall - Women  
Reports To:           Dean of Women
Prepared By:         Dean of Women
Position Grade:     Grade II       
Position Number:  7300-1     
Prepared Date:     October 7, 2010
Revision Date:       August 28, 2017

The Resident Assistant (RA) is an extension of the Dean staff of the residence hall and assists in the facilitation of all residence hall operations and procedures. The RA is responsible for creating an atmosphere where community and sisterhood can develop in support of Washington Adventist University’s commitment to producing graduates who will bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.

The following are the duties and responsibilities for this position. Other duties may be assigned.

Hall Maintenance
●    Check residents in and out of rooms at the beginning and ending of semesters and throughout as needed when resident are reassigned to new rooms.
●    Enter repair request in Facilities Repair Book at the front desk as needed.
●    Remain one week after classes have ended to complete end of semester duties (Dean’s walkthrough, checkout forms, key returns, performance appraisals, remove decorations, etc. Graduating seniors-3 days after graduation).
●    Remove and or report any items (beds, mattresses, chairs, etc.) in hallways immediately to ensure safety of residents.
●    See to the custodial, housekeeping, and maintenance needs of their respective area including community restrooms and guest rooms.

Nurturing Residents
●    Become acquainted with each resident on their hall. Know all residents who are minors.
●    Follow-up with residents who have curfew infraction and grade deficiencies weekly. 
●    Interact with residents on the hall and as needed direct residents to campus services. 
●    Is on duty as scheduled to assist deans on weekends. Physically be in RA Office for at least 1 hour at the beginning of each shift and check-in periodically with Desk Workers during RA shift. Not be more than 10 minutes away from campus during a shift or for longer than 30 minutes and confirm coverage by another team member and notify front desk prior to departure.

Community Building
●    Control noise on their hallway and other areas of the residence hall during day and night. Control rowdiness and noisy students during day and night.
●    Initiate and facilitate conflict resolution sessions with residents.
●    Keep abreast of all scheduled residence hall activities and campus activities.
●    Maintain bulletin boards in your area noting uplifting and spiritual messages, pictures, devotional or inspirational thoughts. Boards are to be changed monthly.
●    Organize hall worship for Wednesday night (10:00) and daily morning worship as scheduled. Submit outline to Student Dean.
●    Plan monthly hall activity for residents (see dean for available fund amount and shopping transportation).
●    Takes attendance at worship services.
●    Assist and participate in residence life activities (Gender Week, Family Weekend, Residence Hall Rumble, etc.)

Health Safety Wellness of Residents
●    Accompany residents to hospital as needed. 
●    Check on sick residents to insure they are receiving appropriate food, liquids, rest and any medication needed. Get café trays for sick residents.
●    Complete thorough and concise nightly room checks and reconciliation and Reconciliation Sheet. 
●    Conduct Tuesday hall inspections ensuring any prohibited items are confiscated and health, safety, and wellness issues are addressed. Submit report to dean on duty promptly.
●    Encourages students to maintain attractive, clean rooms as well as maintaining their own room as a role model.
●    Know emergency contact information for, dean on duty, Health Services, Security, Fire Department, and Police in case of emergency.
●    Make referrals (within personal limits) to the Dean’s, other students specializing in academic skills, Betty Howard Center for Student Success (BHCSS), Instructors, Counselors, Chaplain, etc.
●    Open doors for residents who are locked out or are awaiting a replacement key.
●    Receive and maintain current CPR and First Aid Certification, FEMA Emergency Response, and Maryland Crowd Manager Certification. 
●    Report personally to the dean immediately the smell of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, etc.
●    Report to the dean immediately, any situations occurring with residents which seem imminently serious, i.e., discussion of suicide, endangering other students, inappropriate behaviors, etc. 
●    Submit a complete schedule (class and work) to the Deans for emergency contact purposes the first week of each semester.

Professional/Personal Development
●    Attend Annual Student Leadership Retreat and all in-service training as scheduled by Residence Life and Student Life.
●    Attend weekly RA meetings (Mon-Thu) and gives a written bi-weekly report to HRA as scheduled.
●    Maintain a grade point average of 2.50 or higher. 
●    Comply with WAU policies as outlined in Student Planner/Handbook. 
●    Personal life should give evidence of spiritual, emotional and social maturity. 
●    Uphold
●    Work the front desk of the residence hall as needed. 

Spiritual Life Coordination
●    Plan spiritual programming for residence hall 
●    Provide personal and spiritual guidance to residents 
●    Inform the college community of opportunities for spiritual enrichment in Halcyon Hall
●    Monitor the spiritual programs offered by RA’s 
●    Maintain regular communication with the Dean
●    Maintain regular communication with Morrison Hall leadership in order to plan inter-residential religious services
●    Assist in planning the week of revival in residence hall
●    Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
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