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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter must contain answers to the following three (3) questions and must also include two (2) references including Name, Phone Number, Position, and Email. If you do not respond to these questions and supply two (2) references, you will not be considered for this position.  

1. In 300 words or less,describe why you would like to a Resident Advisor? 

2. Please identify five words that characterize a successful team and explain why each word is important to the team.

3. In 300 words or less, what role does diversity and inclusion play in building community?





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. RA’s report directly to HRL Staff.
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.
  • Meeting On-Duty Responsibilities as designated by their supervisor, 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 Code of Student Conduct, and City, State and Federal Laws.
  • Advising, counseling, and responding to crisis situations, and informing the HRL Staff 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.

Required Qualifications*

  • The RA position is a 20 hour per week position. Compensation is room and board (please consult with the Office of Financial Aid to determine how this may impact your award package).
  • Candidates must be enrolled as a University of Michigan-Flint student at the time of application and for the duration of the RA appointment.
  • Undergraduate candidates:
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the winter 2021/fall 2021 term during employment
    • Must have completed 12 credits by January 1st, 2021
    • Must have completed 24 credits by May 1 st.
  • Graduate candidates:
    • Must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits for the fall term during employment
    • Must have completed 9 credits by January 1st, 2021
    • Must have completed 18 credits by May 1 st.
  • Candidates must have a University of Michigan-Flint cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher by August 31, 2021 and prior to the start of employment. A cumulative and term grade point average of 2.5 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 in good social standing with the University of Michigan-Flint. Status will be verified by the Office of the Dean of Students through a student conduct review.
  • Candidates must be available for employment for fall 2021.
  • Extracurricular 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 supervisor.
  • RA's may be away from campus for 10 nights per semester with supervisor approval
  • RA's will have on-duty responsibilities throughout the term of employment including holidays.
  • RA's will attend all mandatory training sessions and meetings.
  • RA's will maintain a standard of personal conduct commensurate with his/her responsibilities.
  • RA's will maintain establishment of primary residence in the assigned room and suite.
  • RA's will perform the duties and meet the expectations described in the Resident Advisor Expectations manual.
  • This position is for the 2021 academic year.

Additional Information

The Resident Advisor position is a significant time commitment. It may impact other time commitments including extracurricular activities and job responsibilities.  

By submitting this application, you are waiving your privacy rights as outlined in the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) and allowing staff within Housing and Residential Life to view your transcript in order to confirm your academic eligibility for this position.

By submitting this application you are authorizing the Office of the Dean of Students to release your student conduct history to confirm your conduct eligibility for this position. This will remain in effect while this application remains active. 

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.