RA Position Description
The Resident Advisor (RA) is a full-time student who lives in one of Colorado College’s (CC) housing communities and serves on a team to create a residential experience conducive to student success. As advisors, role models, and student leaders, RAs provide a vital connection between the residential experience and campus life. The primary responsibility of each RA is to get to know and develop a positive relationship with each student in the community. Additional general responsibilities include: providing opportunities to engage with each other and the college community; serving as a resource person; familiarizing students with college policies and regulations; addressing concerns; mediating conflicts between residents; completing administrative processes; helping residents maintain an environment conducive to learning; and assisting residents as they develop life skills. RAs also promote safety and responsibility within the community by providing desk/duty/office coverage, conducting rounds, and responding to incidents.
The following basic conditions must be met to serve in the position:
- Enrollment Status – Resident Advisors must have and maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA and be a registered full-time sophomore, junior, or senior at Colorado College throughout the time of appointment and live in the residential space assigned.
- Discipline and Academic Standing – All RAs must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at Colorado College prior to and throughout the period of employment.
- Experiences/aptitudes – Ability to develop relationships with students individually and as a community, understanding/willingness to learn about diversity, ability to think critically and act appropriately, strong communication skills, ability to complete rounds and administrative functions, and a positive attitude.
- Develop an individual relationship with each resident and the community.
- Coordinate and host community programs; this can include weekday/nights and weekend day/nights.
- Assist students in developing and maintaining community standards.
- Engage in campus events/experiences and connect students to them.
- Be a role model and peer educator to students.
- Understand, communicate, enforce, and abide by existing Colorado College and the Department of Residential Life policies and procedures.
- Facilitate learning opportunities based on residents’ needs and the educational model.
- Within the team setting, pursue the goals that the RLC creates for the area.
- Assess and refer students to college and community resources as appropriate.
- Participate in assigned on-duty responsibilities during evenings, weekends, breaks and holidays.
- Provide desk coverage during the daytime hours (optional).
- Attend weekly staff meetings (usually Tuesday evenings), one-on-ones, departmental in-service trainings, and other such activities as determined by the RLC.
- Complete all assigned administrative tasks and paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
- Perform additional job responsibilities to support the college mission by the supervising Residential Life Coordinator and/or the Director of Residential Life and Campus Activities.
Returning RA Responsibilities
- Returning RA’s are asked to fulfill additional responsibilities such as:
- Provide duty/desk coverage during high-incident times
- Mentor new staff, both formally and informally
- Serve on a departmental committee
- Promote a positive work environment
- Assist with administrative tasks as assigned by RLC
The compensation package for RAs depends on the location of the RA’s placement.
- Large Halls (South, Loomis, Mathias) - room in kind + $3,250 stipend
- Apartments (Antero, Blanca, JLK, El Diente, Edith Gaylord) - room in kind + $2,488 stipend
- Small Houses (all other assignments) - room in kind + $2,488 stipend