As a member of the Residence Life Department, the Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for helping to create an enjoyable living and learning environment in the residence facility. The RA is expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the responsibilities outlined below and with Prescott College policies. The Resident Assistant is a source of encouragement, support, constructive criticism and information in helping the residents to become successful both academically and personally. Residents Assistants must have maturity, understanding of policies and knowledge of Prescott College.
1) Provide compassionate support to incoming students. Promote positive customer support during move-in days, preview days and office hours to students and their families.
2) Be on-duty minimally five times a month. On-duty responsibilities consist of conducting rounds of the building and surrounding premises, confronting violations of rules and regulations in the Housing Handbook, interacting with residents, and building a sense of community.
3) Be a source of information on policies, rules and regulations of The Village and PC. Enforce and support the policies, rules and regulations, and procedures or any policy or law that PC students must follow (i.e., College Campus, City, State, Local Laws). Confront and report student conduct concerns (i.e., writing Incident Reports in Maxient and communicating this to the Residence Life Coordinator).
4) Give tours of The Village to prospective students and parents, as needed. Answer student and parent questions about PC. Participate in at least 2 Preview/Admitted Student recruitment events. Scheduling for such events will be discussed at the weekly staff meetings.
5) Live in the residence halls and develop a personal relationship with each student assigned to you; be alert to the attitudes, achievements and problems of every student as much as possible. Meaning you must literally reside in your unit on a consistent basis. RAs will act to balance their time away from campus with fair regard to other members of the residence life team. No RA should be leaving consistently for Block, field courses, vacations, breaks, holidays or for other reasons unless given approval from Residence Life Director and Coordinator. If you are approved for time away from campus, it is your responsibility to find coverage for the shifts for which you are scheduled. If an RA chooses to leave the position or is terminated and does not wish to remain in The Village they may be required to pay the early termination fee.
6) Serve as a positive role model and mentor for other PC students by adhering to policies and regulations of PC and the Residence Life department.
7) Coordinate and plan social and educational programs each semester. RAs must provide at least five programs, activities, or events per semester; one of these events may be co-programmed.
8) Act as a liaison, establishing open communication channels, between the students, the Office of Residence Life and the Administration of Prescott College. Keep students informed about housing issues and policies by posting notices and through personal contact. Assist students in handling crises and solving conflicts.
9) Perform general office tasks (i.e., responding to student inquiries, answering phones, filing, scanning, making posters/flyers and updating activities calendar). There will be five hours per week of scheduled desk duty. If residence life needs have been met, this is a proper time to plan and prepare your programs and activities. If all else is complete, you may study or perform coursework. However, please do not plan on using this time to complete course work. The primary role of desk duty is to attend to residence life objectives. Maintain general cleanliness of the office area and The Village courtyard.
10) Complete necessary paperwork in a timely manner (i.e. Incident Reports and Google Forms for Duty Logs and Office Hours).Promptly respond to communications from Residence Life staff or other College administrators. Help students in filling out PC forms as needed (i.e. work orders, IT HelpDesk Requests).
11) Attend weekly staff meetings and in-service training meetings in the fall and spring. While at meetings, be present with singular attention to the meeting at-hand (please don't bring outside work, don't be on-duty for another work or school role, don't bring homework, etc.). Meetings will occur weekly at a communally agreed upon time for approximately one hour.
12) Attend a weekly one-on-one meeting with the Residence Life Coordinator. This meeting will last between 30 minutes and an hour depending on the needs of the week.
13) Assist with events including move-ins, move-outs, orientations, open houses, unit meetings, Preview Days and other residence life related events.
14) It is preferred that you do not work a second or additional job. If you are able to work a second job it is imperative that the needs of the RA role are prioritized first and foremost. This means that the RA schedule must take precedence over any additional employment schedule. While on duty for Residence Life, you may not be on-duty working in another capacity. When on-duty, your full job role and responsibility must be as a RA.
15) Cultivate community in The Village and on-campus. Cultivating community is the number one, most rewarding job quality of the RAs who work in Residence Life.