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Resident Assistants are leaders who are critically tied to the success of our on campus students. It is a rewarding leadership opportunity that demands a lot, and our most successful RAs are those who find a good match with who we are and what we strive to do in Residence Life.

Questions? Please contact Jeffrey Turner at jmturner@coloradomesa.edu or Will Willis at wwillis@coloradomesa.edu.

RA Application Form

We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring 2017 semester. Please check back in January for information about the RA Application process for the 2017-2018 academic year!

RA Selection Information

Minimum qualifications for hire:

  • 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA and free from academic probation, 2.0 minimum semester GPA

  • On-campus living experience at Colorado Mesa University

  • Free of or only minor disciplinary history

Items worth noting

  • You can find assistance on cover letters and resumes by contacting Career Services in the University Center. 

  • Candidates who currently do not meet the 2.50 cumulative GPA minimum are welcome to apply and may be allowed to interview for the position. If determined to be hirable, they will be considered for placement if their Cumulative GPA meets the requirement by December 23.

  • In discussing whether or not a candidate is hirable, only information in the candidate's file is permissible. Residence Life staff is allowed to provide feedback about candidates outside of the interview process for their file. The director will determine whether any information supplied in this manner will unduly affect a candidate, and will meet with the candidate to give the opportunity to respond to the information.

  • Each student's financial aid package is unique. If you have questions on how employment as an RA will affect you, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

RA Selection Timeline


Application will be available October 11th

Applications Due October 28th by 5pm online

A completed application will include:

  • Cover letter outlining interest in applying for the RA position

  • Resume

  • Online Application

  • Essays (not more than 2 pages each)

  • Two reference forms

 

Nov 6th-8th

 

Nov 6th: Group Process Interview Session - Group Interview (separate from individual interviews) - Escalante Hall

Nov 6th-8th: Individual Interview Sessions - Candidates will be contacted via CMU email if selected to interview - University Center 

  • Interviews consist of a panel interviews with Area/Residence Hall Coordinators

Week of Nov 21st

Candidate Notification

Candidates will receive a letter in their CMU e-mail indicating their status:

  • Placed-- Candidates will receive a position offer with residence hall placement

  • Hirable, but not placed-- Candidates are “alternates” who will be considered for placement (if they meet the hiring criteria) as positions open

  • Not Hired at this time-- This does not preclude candidates from seeking other leadership opportunities within Residence Life and can meet with a professional staff member to discuss their performance.

Students deemed hirable will also receive a letter of intent.

Dec 2nd

Letters of Intent Returned by 5pm to Residence Life

Jan 10th

RA training begins at your assigned residence hall.

Resident Assistant Position Description

REPORTS TO:

One of the following Residence Life Professional Staff Members

  • Residence Hall Coordinators

  • Area Coordinators

  • Assistant Director of Residence Life

  • Director of Residence Life

WORKS WITH:

  • Residence Life Administrative Assistant

  • Student Services

  • Other campus resources

POSITION GOALS:

  • To assist in providing a safe and supportive environment within the residence halls that is conducive to academic achievement and overall personal growth

  • To assist in performing administrative tasks related to the general operation of the residence halls (e.g., record-keeping, key distribution, building maintenance and safety, damage assessment, hall opening and closing procedures, communication with residents, etc.)

  • To support the orientation to college life and personal development of students, by a) scheduling and implementing educational, social, cultural, recreational, and community building activities in the halls that complement comprehensive learning and development; and b) offering resource and referral information to students regarding academic and personal issues, relevant programs and services, and campus organizations and events

  • To represent, interpret, and enforce University objectives, policies, rules, regulations, and goals to students, and to convey student attitudes, opinions, and actions to appropriate University officials

  • To serve as a role model for students living in the residence halls

Resident Assistant Performance Responsibilities

  • Agent of the university and Residence Life

    • Support the goals, objectives, and philosophy of the Residence Life program and the educational mission of the university

    • Assist in maintaining the university’s image when dealing with students, parents, staff, and visitors to the halls

    • Be an active member of the Resident Assistant team both at the hall and campus level

  • Administrative Duties

  • Communicate official notices and other information to residents through postings newsletters, meetings, etc.

  • Maintain hall records as directed

  • Complete administrative duties and other work in accordance with established deadlines, timelines, and procedures

  • Assist with distribution of keys/encoding of cards as students occupy rooms and to be available as requested in the event of lock-outs

  • Conduct health and safety checks and report concerns to the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, as described in the Residence Life Manual

  • Remain or return to campus in time for the closing and opening of the halls at semester and break periods (Fall Opening, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, and Spring Closing) to assist as directed by the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator

  • Assist in RA Selection, including recruitment and other activities

  • To undertake all other reasonable duties in the hall that are requested by the Residence Hall/Area Coordinators, Assistant Directors, Director, or the Vice President for Student Services

  • Ethics and Role Modeling

  • Behave in a manner consistent with the Ethical Guidelines for RAs

  • Act as positive role models on and off campus, and set an example both in knowing and abiding by University policies and local ordinances

  • Live in a single room and maintain it as a model for the community and to the credit of the institution

  • Community Development and Student Learning

  • In conjunction with, and reporting to the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, intentionally create community-building and learning opportunities through implementation of the Residence Life Learning Plan, personal interaction with all floor/suite/apartment members, and all-hall social and educational activities

  • Assist with initiating peacekeeping, mediation, and reconciliation to deal with interpersonal conflict within the residence halls as directed by and in consultation with the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator.

  • Serve as a resource and advisor for those seeking to develop activities and events for the halls

  • Assess the needs of your residents and plan programs/activities accordingly

  • Work with the hall staff to schedule, promote, and attend a meaningful program of cultural/educational/social activities and events inline with the Residence Life Learning Plan

  • Identify, promote, and assist student leadership in the halls, including hall governance initiatives

  • Set standards for a positive, just, safe, and inclusive community in your area

  • Community and Behavioral Standards

  • Understand, abide by, and enforce all University policies, and assist students in understanding the University’s mission and community living policies

  • Monitor the hall environment and develop an atmosphere conducive to self-discipline and a consistent expectation that noise and other distractions not prevent residents from having an adequate space for study and sleep

  • Confront students when violations of rules or standards are observed, and to intervene appropriately as outlined in the Residence Life Manual

  • Work with the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, the Assistant Directors, the Director or other staff in dealing with and documenting inappropriate behavioral trends they encounter

  • Respond appropriately to emergencies as discussed in the Residence Life Manual, and as directed by the Professional Staff or the Vice President for Student Services Office

  • Participate regularly in the hall duty schedule

  • Individual Support and Referrals

  • Have sufficient knowledge of University resources to provide effective referral to various support services

  • Advise, counsel, and listen to residents and to monitor staff concerns about individuals or situations

  • Availability and Time Commitment

  • Maintain visibility and accessibility to residents in assigned residence hall

  • Participate fully in staff training activities. Training is a year-long process consisting of August Training and continued training sessions throughout the year

  • Absences are approved by the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, and RAs must complete makeup work as appropriate

  • Participate fully in regularly scheduled staff meetings and individual supervision meetings with Residence Hall/Area Coordinator

  • Participate fully in any necessary meetings as determined by the Residence Life professional staff

  • Weekends away must be communicated ahead of time to Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, and are generally limited to one per month, with exceptions made by the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator in consultation with the professional staff. Special weekends (including but not limited to Homecoming, Halloween, etc.) are designated as “blackout dates” that require RAs to remain on campus  Expectations for these weekends are determined by the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator in consultation with the professional staff

  • Arrange in advance and in writing all absences from campus with the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator

  • Conditions for Employment

  • Resident Assistants charged with violation of campus regulations, ethical standards, or civil law will be subject to probation or termination

  • A student may not be awarded or maintain a Resident Assistant position while on academic or disciplinary probation, and must be a full-time student with at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA. Not meeting this expectation is grounds for release from employment

  • Involvement in other employment or activities (as described below) is contingent upon satisfactory performance by the Resident Assistant

  • Resident Assistants may not be employed off campus without prior written approval from the Residence Hall/Area Coordinator, and are limited to a maximum of 10-12 hours per week

  • Significant on-campus employment and extracurricular involvement (e.g., varsity athletics, touring ensembles, student organization leadership) must be approved in writing and in advance

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Expectations

  • Be a positive role model, both in your academic work and your behavior

  • Build positive relationships with your residents and fellow staff members (Residence Hall/Area Coordinators, Assistant Directors, Director, and Resident Assistants)

  • Participate in your staff duty rotation in an equitable manner, which may include University breaks

  • Maintain a positive, professional attitude without misusing your position or authority

Resident Assistant Application Checklist

Applications are due to Residence Life. A completed application includes: