The Resident Advisor position is essential to the success of the students in the residence hall. The staff in Housing and Residential Life will be committed to an educational approach in order to provide for the most meaningful experience for our residents. One of the key responsibilities of an RA is that of a community builder. Community Building means getting to know your residents and other staff members, both individually and collectively, by investing time and energy into activities and events that will help facilitate the development of positive and meaningful relationships.
The Community Development Model is in place to assist staff with:
*Getting to know residents;
*Helping residents get to know each other;
*Assessing and addressing the needs of residents; and
*Encouraging residents to take ownership for the community.
In addition, as a residence hall staff, we are dedicated to:
*Effectively serving and working with residence hall students, staff and faculty of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints
*Encouraging students to take responsibility and challenge themselves to grow, and to support each other's growth
*Providing a safe environment - one that promotes both physical and emotional well-being
*Providing linkage and access to services both within and beyond Housing
*Supporting the academic and educational mission of the University by providing opportunities for learning within and beyond the classroom - bringing learning into the living environment.
*Working toward a common vision and aspirations for the quality of life of the residence hall community.
RA's are responsible for assisting residents in their corridor, floor, building and the campus community. The will report directly to the Assistant Hall Director (AHD) and indirectly to the Director of Housing and Residential Life.
In addition RAs are responsible for:
*Modeling a commitment to diversity and multiculturalism by creating and fostering a community in which all the individuals are respected, while continuing to educate both residents and staff members on issues of social identity and multiculturalism.
*Building multicultural community in the residence hall by participating and encouraging casual social interaction, planning and implementing social and educational programming, and demonstrating consistent availability and accessibility to residents.
*Responding immediately to acts of intolerance or hate in our community.
*Being a listening ear to residents in the community and helping them find their own solutions to difficulties and concerns while also helping them find and access other campus resources.
*Being engaged and active in Move-in and Welcome activities and helping residents become familiar with the UM- Flint campus.
*Being a role model in all ways - academically, socially, educationally and as a leader in multicultural community building.
*Be attentive to and report all health and safety concerns in the residence hall.
*Provide continuous interaction and example which encourages students to act with reason, to assume responsibility for their actions, and to be consistently considerate of the rights and freedoms of others.
*Develop and promote a positive working relationship with all residence hall staff including, other RAs, AHD, Front Desk Staff, Office Staff, IYS Staff, Custodial Staff, Dining Staff, etc.
*Meeting On-Duty Responsibilities as designated by the AHD, and attending mandatory weekly staff meetings.
*Enforcing the community living standards by confronting and documenting violations, while modeling personal behavior that is consistent with the Resident's Guide to Community Living at UM-Flint, The Statement of Students Rights and Responsibilities, and City, State and Federal Laws.
*Advising, counseling, and responding to crisis situations, and informing the Assistant Hall Director or other resources when appropriate. Keep all sensitive information confidential.
*Support the custodial and maintenance staff by operating from a framework of "leave everywhere cleaner than we found it".
*Support the dining service and staff by eating with residents, and providing consistent and constructive feedback to assist in continuing to develop a positive dining experience. Also, confront any inappropriate behavior in the dining environment.
- The RA position is a 20 hour per week position.
- Candidates must be enrolled as a University of Michigan-Flint student at the time of application and for the duration of appointment.
- Candidates must have 12 University of Michigan-Flint credits at the time of application.
- Candidates must have completed at least 24 earned credits of course work at the University of Michigan-Flint by the end of winter term.
- Candidates must have a University of Michigan-Flint cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher at the time of application and prior to the start of employment. A cumulative and term grade point average of 2.8 must be maintained during the period of employment starting the semester the position is accepted. Grades will be checked each semester prior to employment and during employment.
- Candidates must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during your appointment. Graduate students only need to be enrolled in 9 credits hours.
- Candidates must be available for employment for two semesters upon initial hire.
- Extra-curricular and/or work commitments beyond the RA position and regular class commitments may not exceed 15 hours per week. Any outside commitments must be approved by the Assistant Hall Director.
- RAs may be away from campus for 10 nights per semester with supervisor approval
- RAs will have on-duty responsibilities throughout the term of employment including holidays.
- RAs will attend all mandatory training sessions and meetings.
- RAs will maintain a standard of personal conduct commensurate with his/her responsibilities.
- *RAs will maintain establishment of primary residence in the assigned room and suite.
- *RAs will perform the duties and meet the expectations described in the Resident Advisor Expectations manual.
- *This position is for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Candidates must live in University of Michigan-Flint Housing during the time of employment.
All applications for this position must be received by December 8, 2017.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.