Resident Assistants at Providence College are the elite part-time student leader group on campus responsible for the cultivation of community within the residence halls, serving as a critical resource and referral agent, campus culture broker, safety & security agent, and facilitator of social, academic, and spiritual success. Resident Assistants support the Office of Residence Life & Housing, the Division of Student Affairs, the Friar Four Foundational Pillars, and the mission of Providence College. Resident Assistants are directly supervised by a live-in Complex Director (CD) in their residence hall or area. Resident Assistants are under comprehensive supervision by the Office of Residence Life & Housing Central Staff, the Dean of Students Office, and the Vice President of Student Affairs or their designee.
Resident Assistants are assigned a maximum average of twenty (20) hours per week while classes are in session over the course of the fall and spring semesters while also maintaining a high level of campus visibility and accessibility. As such, the Resident Assistant position represents a significant time commitment. This may require a staff member to consider limiting other commitments which may require significant time in order to be successful in all remaining areas of their student portfolio.
Enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking sophomore, junior, or senior student, as defined by the Office of the Registrar. Resident Assistants must remain in good academic standing (semester and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better) and good disciplinary standing with Providence College and the Office of Residence Life & Housing. The role and responsibilities of the Resident Assistant is framed within the College-minimum standard of 12-credit hours attempted per semester, and College recommendation of 15-16 credit hours per semester to graduate in 4 years. Resident Assistants exceeding 16 credit hours per semester are responsible for making any necessary adjustments to ensure they can perform the role and responsibilities of the Resident Assistant position to standard. Pass a background check and review of student conduct history prior to beginning employment.
The Resident Assistant position is the only form of on-campus work permitted during the academic year except for break periods when the College is not in session as guided by the Office of Financial Aid and College policy. This does not include volunteer or other non-paid work. Resident Assistants are permitted to work off-campus provided Resident Assistants demonstrate the requisite willingness to manage the RA position as the priority. Report directly to the Graduate Assistant Hall Director and Complex Director. Check Microsoft Teams and friars.providence.edu email, at minimum, once daily, and respond appropriately.
Plan, organize, and execute community cultivation and engagement initiatives for residents.
Design, develop, distribute, monitor, and maintain bulletin boards (where applicable) and door decorations for their assigned area as directed.
Facilitate community meetings for their assigned area.
Conduct and document structured and intentional conversations with residents in their assigned area.
Facilitate and build community standards amongst residents (e.g., Community Agreements, Roommate Mediations, and Roommate Agreements).
Serve as a resource, referral, and communication agent between residents, campus partners, and the Office of Residence Life & Housing.
Assist in identifying barriers to satisfactory academic success and healthy social relationships within their assigned community and residence hall.
Support initiatives of Hall Council and Residence Hall Association in residential communities.
Serve on a rotating on-call and duty schedule for weekdays and weekends.
Respond to crises and emergencies as directed in established protocols or as directed by The Office of Residence Life & Housing or other College personnel.
Abide by, role model, and enforce college policies and protocols. Resident Assistants assume the responsibility to observe, report, and address alleged violations of the Student Handbook, Office of Residence Life & Housing Standards and the Student Code of Conduct.
Identify, report, and correct facilities, safety, and security concerns as directed in established protocols or as directed by The Office of Residence Life & Housing or other College personnel.
Assist with fire alarm testing, evacuation (fire) drills, and Health and Safety inspections each semester.
Assist in developing strategies to mediate interpersonal or intrapersonal conflict.
Attend staff development activities and training sessions which will require arrival to campus up to three weeks prior to the start of the fall semester and one week prior to the start of the spring semester.
Attend weekly Residence Life & Housing staff meetings on Thursday evenings (do not schedule classes during this time).
Attend regular one-on-one meetings with Complex Director or Hall Director.
Attend monthly All-Staff meetings on designated Thursdays once a month at 5pm.
Assist with move-in and closing operations at the beginning and end of each semester.
Assist with ambassadorship events such as Open House, Admitted Students Day, Family Day, etc., and other Admissions events as assigned.
2022-23 RA APPLICATION PROCESS
HOW TO APPLY
#1- Attend an Information Session. Dates for the information sessions are:
Thursday, October 27 at 7:00pm (64 Hall in Slavin Center) RA Info Session Kickoff
Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m. (Slavin 112 AKA The Fishbowl) Resident Assistant Information Session with Q & A
Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Resident Assistant Information Session with Q & A
Thursday, December 8 at 7:00pm (Slavin 112 AKA The Fishbowl) Last Chance Resident Assistant Information Session with Q & A
#2- Read about being an RA. To fully understand the responsibilities associated with the RA position, we strongly encourage you to carefully read all information on this site, especially the above position description. We also recommend talking with your RA, Complex Director, Hall Director, or stop by Slavin Center 105 to speak with a Central Staff member to learn more about the position before applying.
#3- Ask your Complex/Hall Director or RAs questions. Residence Life & Housing staff is here to answer any of your questions about the RA position. Applications are due online no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022.
#4- Lookout for Information about the Interview Process. Candidates will be notified via their PC email if they have been selected to participate in the selection process.