Being a Resident Assistant (RA) is a great experience that can open doors to other opportunities on Albion's campus as well as after graduation. The RA position is one that is recognized in many different professions as a position that provides the experience and skills needed to be successful. RAs gain skills in leadership, conflict management, program planning, crisis management, teamwork, problem solving, customer service, administration, and much more.
Becoming a RA is a unique and priceless experience and now is your chance to get involved!
Benefits of being an RA:
- Be a resource to fellow students
- Make new friends
- Gain Leadership experience
- Be part of a very close Residential Life team
- Looks great on a resume
- Close access to prominent leaders and administrators on campus
- Gain and utilize life skills such as communication and teamwork
- Single room at a double rate
- Explore new cultures and differing view points
We will be holding three informational sessions in the Fall to answer any questions you might have. Be sure to stop by one if you are considering applying. RAs and RDs will be available to give insight into the daily life of an RA at Albion as well as the application process.
- Monday, October 28, 2013 at 8pm in Whitehouse Hall 1st floor lobby
- Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 8pm in Mitchell Towers 1st floor lobby
- Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8pm in Wesley Hall 1st floor lobby
There will be additional dates for the Spring Semester.
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.
About the Interview
- Research the position. Know about all aspects of the staff member role including programming, micro counseling, discipline, community building, staff interactions, etc.
- Reflect on why you want a position as a RA and what you hope to accomplish in the position.
- Review activities you have done recently so that you can demonstrate how your experiences could assist you as a staff member.
- Think about what makes you unique. Ask yourself the question, "Would I hire myself as a staff member and why?"
- Dress professional for the interview. Wear something that makes you feel relaxed and confident and that would make a good first impression.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early. Confirm the time and place.
- Remain calm. Remember that you should be yourself during the interview. Take a deep breath before you enter the room.
- Acknowledge each member of the interviewing team. Offer to shake hands and introduce yourself.
- Maintain eye contact and listen intently. Make sure you understand the question before you answer. Ask for clarification if you need to. It is perfectly acceptable to pause and reflect for a few moments before you answer the question. Remember to answer all parts of the question.
- Use appropriate language when responding to questions. Remember to speak clearly and confidently.
Interview Dress Code
Candidates are encouraged to dress professionally. Nylons or a tie are not required, but it is important to make an effort to look like you want the job. As mentioned above, wear something that makes you relaxed and confident.