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Resident Assistant Job Description


Facilitates the daily interactions with residential students. Resident Assistants live on-site to monitor activities and promote student safety. This position works 9-months (August through May). A housing room and board scholarship will be provided to cover on-campus living costs.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Percentage Load Description


Develops and maintains a group-housing environment conducive to the social, emotional, and academic growth of residential students.


Follows all safety protocols and enforces residence hall policies. Works in partnership with professional housing staff through on-duty and on-call responsibilities to ensure residents are adhering to the policies and procedures of the residence halls.


Supports the safety and integrity of the building through rounds, checking of exterior doors, and health and safety checks.


Oversees the daily communication with residents about events and important information.


Assists housing staff in the planning and execution of programming.


Supports the submission of reports, such as incident reports, lost key reports, and lockout reports.


Performs other duties as assigned.

 Performance Measurements

  1. Demonstrates the Viking Values of balance, clarity, gratitude, service, teamwork, and trust.
  2. Complies with all laws and regulations related to student housing and higher education.
  3. Maintains a high level of professionalism; establishes and maintains boundaries with students living in the residence hall.
  4. Proactively manages risks to student safety and/or building security.
  5. Models positive behavior for students in the residence hall.
  6. Takes initiative to address and resolve conflicts that arise in a group-housing environment.
  7. Promotes equity and diversity in student programming.
  8. Informs the Housing Staff of issues affecting the residence halls and/or the students living in the residence halls.
  9. Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills.

Knowledge and Skills


Minimum 2.5 GPA, returning Grayson student

Interpersonal Skills

Courtesy, tact, and diplomacy are essential elements of the job. Work involves much personal contact with others inside and/or outside the college for purposes of giving or obtaining information, building relationships, or soliciting cooperation.

Other Skills

Ability to effectively interact with students while enforcing the College's expectations for behavior.  Strong leadership skills

Physical Requirements

The work requires minor physical exertion such as short periods of standing or walking, some recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Job requires minimal agility and dexterity.

Work Environments

Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a typical college residence hall.