Resident Assistants at William & Mary are part-time student staff members responsible for an assigned area in the residence halls. The Resident Assistant (RA) is a member of the Residence Life staff reporting directly to an Area Director or a Hall Director, the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs (Campus Living) and Director of Residence Life and ultimately to the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Resident Assistants will comply with all policies, procedures, and conditions printed in the current edition of the Student Handbook, the Student Housing Agreement, the Manual for Student Staff, the Resident Assistant Employment Agreement, the Student Acknowledgement of Confidentiality in Working with Administrative Data Agreement and the written expectations provided by the Area Director. Work a maximum average of fifteen (15) hours per week as specified in the Resident Assistant Employment Agreement
Community Development & Event and Activity Planning
- Facilitate development of community by creating opportunities for residents to interact; conduct hall meetings; educate residents about self-determination; oversee development and revisions, when appropriate, of Community Agreement; and initiate discussions between roommates through use of the Roommate Agreement form.
- Plan, organize and implement events and activities that meet needs of residents according to the departmental philosophy.
- Mediate conflicts that may occur between roommates and among residents.
- Develop and post bulletin boards as directed.
- Support Summer Hall Council by recruiting student leaders and by attending Summer Hall Council meetings and events.
- Address individual student needs and concerns.
Administrative Responsibilities and Communication
- Assume responsibility for identifying, reporting and correcting safety and security concerns; educate residents about safety and security measures.
- Record and report information as outlined on departmental and area-specific forms (key, work requests, incident and care reporting system, room inventories, weekly reports, surveys, etc.). Complete other paperwork as required and directed by supervisor.
- Serve as a resource, referral, and communication agent. Distribute paperwork, flyers, brochures, etc. according to instructions. Serve as liaison between residents and Residence Life.
- Develop and maintain relationships with residents and University personnel.
- Abide by University policies; confront, enforce, and report violations of policies and inappropriate behavior in the assigned area. Assist campus officials or other responsible parties elsewhere on campus when requested to do so.
Training, Meetings, and Duty Responsibilities
- Attend staff meetings, training sessions, in-service activities, and individual meetings with supervisor; work as member of area staff.
- Assume on-call duty responsibility as scheduled, including holidays; complete rounds of assigned buildings as directed.
- Assume shared lock out line on-call duty as scheduled with the summer Head Resident and Graduate Community Assistant staff.
- Assist with the opening and closing of the residence halls at the beginning and end of each summer session. Respond to crises and emergencies as directed in established protocols or as directed by supervisor or other management staff.
- All Residence Life student staff are considered essential personnel and are required to be present to provide assistance during crises and emergencies (hurricanes, building/system failures, student death, etc.) as long as the university and/or residence halls remain open and occupied.
- Serve as a Campus Security Authority.
- Assume other duties as assigned.
- Must be a transfer candidate for admission, or currently enrolled, full-time student at William & Mary.
- Must have a cumulative 2.0 grade point average to be eligible for application, appointment and continuance. Student staff whose semester grade point average falls below a 2.0 may not be eligible for appointment or continuance.
- Must not have a conduct or honor sanction that is equal to or more stringent than probation during the application, appointment, and employment period.
- Must return to campus prior to the official opening of Summer Session I and must remain after the official closing of Summer Session II as contracted.
- Must not hold other employment on or off campus during the employment period without written permission from the Area Director; such employment should not exceed ten (10) hours per week nor should it interfere with duties noted in the Resident Assistant position description.
- Student staff members hired for the summer must attend job orientation meetings conducted in the spring semester and in May just prior to Summer Session I opening.
- Must agree to be listed in the staff directory in electronic format.
- Must set up voicemail with the provided telephone and phone number on the campus phone system.
- Room rent as specified in the Resident Assistant Employee Agreement
- $835.00 stipend paid in two installments
- Student staff are part-time employees of the college and may not work more than 29 hours per week (May 1 – April 30) or 1400 hours per year including all jobs at the university. If a staff member exceeds 1400 hours, their employment will be terminated.
- Residence Life student staff are expected to limit outside activities so that those activities will not conflict with their position responsibilities. Students who have major academic or extracurricular commitments should carefully review the situation with an Area Director or the Associate Director for Community Development prior to accepting employment as a Resident Assistant.
- Must request and receive approval from the supervisor for weekend or extended absences from residence.
- Student staff members are reminded of the provision in the Student Code of Conduct:
Knowingly abusing a position of trust or responsibility with the College. (Section III, C. 7.): Students holding positions of trust or responsibility include student workers (paid or unpaid), student leaders, Resident Advisors, Student Conduct Council and Honor Council members, and Orientation Aides. Students in these positions have a special relationship with the College and are expected to respect the privacy of other students and members of the College community, including by maintaining confidentiality of student records, abiding by College policies, and using resources in an ethical fashion.