About the RA Position
RAs are responsible for the following key areas:
RAs create programs and activities designed to meet the needs of residents on the floor. As a community developer, RAs also host Community Meetings, as well as have meaningful interactions with residents and encourage community involvement.
Resource and Education
As a peer helper, RAs connect residents to other campus opportunities to promote a positive Albion College experience. RAs also serve as a referral agent to other campus resources such as the Counseling Center, Academic Resource Center, etc.
RAs work with other hall staff to ensure that facility issues on their floor mare being addressed. RAs are required to complete room inventory checks and safety checks on a regular basis.
RAs are attentive to resident safety and hall security and also ensure residents follow College policies to maintain a respectful environment. RAs educate residents on their actions and decisions while informing them about how their actions impact an entire community.
RAs are the primary responder to emergencies within their hall. While each RA will have designated duty nights, staff are expected to assist whenever they are in the building.
RAs are required to meet weekly and participate in departmental programming, administer surveys and assist with check-ins and check-outs of residents.
The nature of the RA position is such that its responsibilities are determined not so much by a time clock or a calendar, but by the needs of residents. Some periods, such as training, opening and closing will require more time than average, but other responsibilities will arise that cannot always be anticipated and scheduled. Key time commitments include:
Each RA will have an almost weekly duty night (8 p.m. to 8 a.m.). Duty entails staying in the hall to be accessible, walking the building to do security checks, and responding to any issue, incident or need.
Opening, Closing and Breaks
RAs assist with the opening and closing of buildings bor break periods. In addition, staff are expected to stay later on some holiday and closing days throughout the year.
In the fall, staff arrive approximately 2 weeks before new student move-in. Training is an all-day event and includes evening responsibilities for prepping the hall. A shorter version of training also happens in January.
Meetings include weekly staff meetings (2 hours) and weekly or bi-weekly one-on-one meetings with RDs hall supervisors.