To fulfill the position of a senior residence assistant (senior RA) one must have a variety of abilities, aptitudes, and skills. The skills and ability portion of the position are learned whereas the aptitude portion is further developed from the expression of a servant’s heart. As Mount Allison University’s Strategic Statement says, “Our mission is to work together to make the Mount Allison experience a unique and creative one...” Therefore this position is for the assertive student who has experience working with and leading groups of people, a strong academic background, an ability to respond to concerns and situations in a responsible and diplomatic manner, strong communication skills, experience living in a university residence setting and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Possess and maintain a GPA of at least 2.25
- A valid standard workplace first aid certification effective the duration of your contract
- Attend one information session facilitated by the Residence Life Coordinator
- Uphold the aims and objectives of the University, to ensure that residence policies are followed
- Serve as a role model, mediator, and mentor to students within the residence
- Ensure a community standard of living which meets the collective community as well as individual needs
Specific duties and responsibilities include:
- Available for duty from the start of staff Orientation, which begins late August, until the day following the last day of examinations in December and from the day prior to the opening of residences in January until 24 hours after the last scheduled University exam in April.
- Complete rounds as RA on-duty in residence as determined in duty schedule.
- Attend house exec meetings as residence life staff team representative.
- Prepare the RA duty schedule.
- Be familiar with all the students in your assigned residence.
- Encourage student participation in academic, social, and athletic events in order to promote fellowship within the residence.
- Develop and conduct programming with the floor/section/house/community residents.
- Maintain records in accordance with the don’s and University’s expectations.
- Attend and participate in staff meetings and training sessions, in addition to non-scheduled meetings.
- Have knowledge of and be prepared to refer students to the appropriate resource such as dons, student affairs, wellness centre, chaplain, etc.
- Lead floor/section meetings with residents.
- Report damages and take immediate steps to determine individual(s) responsible for the damage.
- Report maintenance problems immediately to fix-it and where applicable to the dons.
- Complete room and common room inventories (check-in and check-out) for students as assigned.
- Ensure that check-out procedures, in accordance with the don’s expectations, have been completed before leaving at semester’s end.
- Ensure that quiet hours are observed.
- Ensure that regulations in the house by-laws and residence handbook are followed.
- Complete any special assignments given by the don(s), director of student life, or other appropriate University official.
- Certain residence rooms are designated as senior RA rooms and therefore the financial account will be charged accordingly.
Senior RAs receive a stipend, paid in three instalments: 40% first term, 40% second term, and 20% at the end of the year once all duties have been completed. The performance of residence staff is evaluated on a regular basis throughout the year.
Each academic year applications for the position of senior residence assistant open in early second semester. The specific date for applications this spring has not yet been set.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please follow the link for the senior residence assistant application.