The Family Resident Assistant (RA) is a full-time student single parent or spouse team (of which at least one spouse is a full-time student) who lives among, and interacts with, their peers in FHC. The RA is a member of the Residence Life Staff and actively participates in the development of a comprehensive Residence Life program. The RA is appointed for a specific contract year. Individuals should not apply for or accept a position if they cannot commit to the entire or remaining contract year (RAs should only give notice to leave at the end of each semester or summer). Reappointment is contingent upon successful job performance, requisite academic progress, favorable supervisory review by applicable professional staff, and the on-going needs of the overall Housing system.
The RA position, due to its live-in nature, requires willingness to be called into service at any time of the day or night in order to meet residents' needs as they arise. The RA will function as a peer resource, mentor, and advisor to residents. Therefore, availability, consistency, and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance.
The RA is expected to serve as a role model and abide by all University and Housing policies. Furthermore, the RA is expected to adopt the goals of maintaining a safe, secure and comfortable living/learning environment. As a role model and a programmer, the RA is further fulfilling the University's mission for education and service. The RA is expected to maintain high academic standards and continuing full-time student status.
For more information please see the Job Description posted on http://usu.edu/housing/apply
All applicants must complete the application form found at https://forms.gle/HgT2oyi4UnsxPqa38.
AVAILABILITY: The RA position is considered a part-time student position that requires 20 hours per week. Some weeks may require more time and others may require less time. RAs must be available several times throughout the year to participate in mandatory training sessions and on a weekly basis to attend regular staff meetings. They must also be readily available to their residents on a day to day basis. General availability expectations include but are not limited to the following:
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: Each RA is responsible for building a strong, healthy, and interactive community in his or her area. Community building requires availability, policy enforcement, programming, and mutual sharing of information.
POLICY ENFORCEMENT: Each RA is responsible for setting and maintaining standards of comfort, responsibility, and safety in his or her area. The minimum standards are set by the Residence Life Handbook which all staff members should read. It is important that staff members abide by all policies in order to role-model appropriate behavior for residents. A copy of the Residence Life Handbook is available online at https://www.usu.edu/housing/contracts-rules-policies.
PROGRAMMING: A program is any organized, intentional activity designed to make a positive contribution to a student's educational experience. Each RA is responsible for planning and implementing recurring programs, area programs and traditional FHC programs. Programs should be designed to develop one's community while promoting the Guiding Principles of Residence Life: Personal Growth, Academic Support, Healthy Lifestyles, and Social Responsibility.
KEYS: An RA's duties may necessitate the use of master keys. Proper use and protection of master keys is of the highest priority and all policies and guidelines for key use must be followed at all times:
BUDGET MANAGEMENT: Each RA receives a budget for programming and a University Purchasing Card (p-card). Your supervisor will keep a master spreadsheet of all budgets and can provide updates on request. However, RAs are responsible to keep track of purchases, maintain a general idea of their remaining funds, and file all paperwork associated with their p-card.
FACILITY & EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: Facility assessment is an important role that the RA must fulfill in order to keep maintenance and damages to a minimum. Additionally, RAs will be expected to play a strong leadership role in training and responding to resident needs in emergency situations. Expectations of this role are as follows:
STAFF COMMUNICATION/TEAM ROLE: FHC is a unique and sometimes difficult area for programming and policy enforcement. It is essential that the FHC RAs communicate with each other and their supervisor. It is expected that all RAs support one another and foster a sense of family on staff. It is also expected that FHC RAs cultivate a mutually respectful relationship with single RAs, Peer Mentors, RHA, the Main Housing Office, and Physical Facilities. A positive attitude, flexibility, patience, and a willingness to try new things will help our area succeed.
OFFICE SHIFTS: RAs are responsible for staffing the area office in the evening hours Sunday-Friday from 5-9pm and Saturdays from 12-9pm. The RA On-Call (explained above) is responsible for the Friday and Saturday night shifts for the on-call week. During office shifts, RAs are expected to provide friendly and efficient customer services. RAs are expected to be on time for shifts and are responsible for arranging coverage if a personal emergency arises. RAs must tally the cash box, lightly clean the office, and lock all doors. At the end of an office shift, a closing report should be reviewed and filled out with a cash box update and any notes on resident interactions and/or customer needs.
Extra Areas of Responsibility: In addition to their regular RA duties, RAs are assigned an extra area of responsibility each semester. These extra areas of responsibility are designed to continually improve our customer service, encourage social responsibility, maintain office organization, and establish working relationships with different campus offices that could serve our residents. RAs with only one triad are given the more time-intensive responsibilities.
TRAINING: FHC recognizes the value of maintaining a year-round training model. All RAs are required to attend training each month in addition to extensive training prior to the beginning of each semester.
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
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