Resident Advisors play an integral role in facilitating the social, academic, and personal growth of our residents. RA's are student leaders on campus, and serve as positive role models to fellow students and staff members. Few other student positions offer a better opportunity for leadership, personal development, or experience in relationship management. Resident Advisors perform their duties under the direction of the Residence Hall Manager, in accordance with the mission and values of the Office of Residence Life.
In addition to your online application, please submit a 1 page cover letter detailing your interest in, and qualifications for, the RA position. Please email your cover letter to the Residence Hall Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terms of Employment:
- RA's are employed on a quarterly basis.
- Carry a minimum of 12 credits each term and no more than 18 credits (unless an exception is granted by the Residence Hall Manager).
- RA's must live full-time in the Residence Hall and be readily available at various hours throughout the day/evening and throughout the week.
- RA’s typically work 12-15 hours each week, and are not to exceed 18 hours.
- Serve as a positive role model for students at all times.
- Facilitate a friendly and positive learning environment for all staff members and students of the Residence Hall community in support of the educational mission of the College.
- Attend and actively participate in training activities, staff meetings, and community events.
- Promote the well-being of residents and encourage scholastic success in the Residence Hall.
- Assist the Residence Hall Manager and International Education staff in the daily operation of the Residence Life program.
- Clarify for residents and their guests specific Olympic College and Residence Life policies, rules, and regulations.
- Act as a liaison between students and the Residence Life and College administration.
- Remain on the job at the end of each term until end of quarter responsibilities are completed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Counsel residents regarding personal and academic concerns and refer to campus resources as necessary.
- Assist residents in their adjustment to roommate and community living.
- Support individuals of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, encouraging better understanding of cultural diversity and individual differences within the residence hall.
- Become acquainted with and maintain contact with each resident in the community.
- Be alert to the special needs of residents and make referrals to appropriate campus professionals in areas such as psychological and physical health, academic assistance, advising, access services, etc
- Plan and execute regular community programs within the halls and surrounding Bremerton area.
- Educate residents on policies and procedures within the halls, document all policy violations, and communicate all violations to the Residence Hall Manager
- Exercise conflict mediation and resolution practices with residents.
- Work closely with the Residence Hall Manager to enhance community building efforts.
- Actively inform residents of pertinent academic and college information.
- Assist, as requested, in the handling of all emergency situations (e.g., fire, health, safety).
- Assist in the orientation and move out procedures for residents.
- Receive and promptly relay requests for maintenance repairs and custodial needs received from residents.
- Interpret and disseminate to the residents information/directives from The Office of Residence Life.
- Attend weekly office hours and perform administrative duties as assigned.
- RA's serve in an on-call rotation on nights and weekends.
- RA's are expected to be within 15 minutes of campus while on call.
- RA's will respond to lockout requests, emergency situations, and policy violations in a timely fashion while on call.
- Being on-call is an ideal time to be visible throughout the residence hall. It provides time to visit with residents and build community within the halls.
- Developed understanding and practice of equity and inclusion through living alongside other students, conflict mediation, intercultural communication, appreciation of differences, and practiced reflection.
- Completion of 20 hours per quarter of interdisciplinary training, such as emergency response, leadership development, transformative justice, conflict-mediation, and intergroup dialogue.
- Sense of community responsibility through consistent questioning of how words and actions impact the community/communities around us.
- Personal and professional development through reflecting, career counseling, goal-setting, and weekly check-ins with the residence hall manager.
Appointment as a Resident Advisor is subject to the terms and conditions of the Letter of Appointment. Continued employment is dependent on satisfactory job evaluation.
Performance will be evaluated on an on-going basis, with a formal evaluation from both residents and the Residence Hall Manager completed each quarter.
RA's are compensated with an open space in a double occupancy room within the residence hall, or the cost of the equivalent towards rent. If students choose to live in a single room, they are responsible for paying the difference between living with a roommate and living in a single. Please keep in mind that single rooms are available on a first-come first-serve basis and are not guaranteed to students or RAs applying for housing. Housing credits (payment) is completed at the end of each quarter for which the RA has worked.
Olympic College is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Access Services at—olympic.edu/services/access-services-students-disabilities.