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Longwood RA oversees an eventBeing a Wheelock College Resident Assistant (RA) is a rewarding leadership experience. Do you want to find out more about who RAs are, what RAs do, and how you could become an RA? Look at some of the information below!

What is a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants are student staff members who provide campus and community information, programming within the residence halls, peer advice, and assistance with administrative and community living matters. Resident Assistants serve as role models and should be available for students for informal counseling, guidance and support. Resident Assistants must be able to work approximately 20 hours per week and be willing to serve in any residence hall.

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RA staff trainingHow do you become an RA?

Thank you for your interest in a Resident Assistant position for the 2013-2014 academic year with the Office of Residence Life. Being an RA provides opportunities to develop valuable leadership skills, offer support to other students, plan and implement programs, and meet new friends!

We believe the RA position to be one of the most important student positions on campus. Because of this, we strive to select student leaders whose skills, interests, and experiences are best suited for the RA position. Selection decisions are based on information from the application, individual interview, group interview, essays, and recommendations.

If you are interested in joining the Residence Life team, we encourage you to apply! Be on the lookout for information regarding the RA Application Process in the Spring Semester. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Ashleigh McClenthen, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at amcclenthen@wheelock.edu

Pilgrim House eventWho is eligible to be an RA?

You must meet the following criteria:

1. Sophomore standing or above by August 2013.
2. Maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. prior to August 2013, and through the tenure of employment. Should this requirement not be met the decision to continue in the Resident Assistant position will be reviewed by the Student Life Office.
3. Be enrolled as a full-time student.
4. Have at least one semester in residence experience at Wheelock prior to August 2013.
5. Have the ability to manage co-curricular activities and academic responsibilities effectively.
6. Be in good judicial standing with the Student Life Office.

What are an RA's Specific Responsibilities?

RAs have a wide range of responsibilities that generally fall under the categories of community building, residential safety, and administrative duties. Before you apply, consider whether these responsibilities are a good fit for you:

Community Building

  • Build relationships with residents and be aware of their personal, social, and academic concerns
  • Be visible, approachable and available to residents
  • Serve as a role model and leader to the College community
  • Facilitate one house/floor meeting per month
  • Attend hall and College functions
  • Be familiar with campus and community resources
  • Plan and implement programming requirements (at least 5 programs per semester)
  • Complete the Connections Program
  • Maintain monthly bulletin boards and door tags
  • Disseminate information about Residence Life and College events and policies through individual interactions, postings, house/floor meetings, etc.

Residential Safety

  • Enforce, and assist students in the understanding of, College policies as prescribed in the Student Handbook
  • Serve on an on-call duty rotation
  • Respond to emergency situations and contact/notify the appropriate authorities
  • Initiate disciplinary proceedings as necessary
  • Document all college policy violations, emergencies, unusual behavior or resident concerns within 24 hours
  • Be attentive to residents about personal or community concerns, and make referrals as needed
  • Counsel residents through room conflicts and make contracts when appropriate
  • Communicate with Resident Director any issues of concern

Administrative Duties

  • Prepare residence halls for all Opening and Closings of the College (arrive early, leave later than residents)
  • Complete room inventories, and health and safety inspections
  • Complete all Office of Residence Life and COF Trainings
  • Attend weekly Staff meetings
  • Meet bi-weekly with Resident Director
  • Attend monthly All-Staff meetings
  • Complete paperwork in a timely manner, including maintenance requests, programming proposals, and occupancy reports
  • Assume responsibility for building master keys
  • Check email and mailbox daily

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