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Residential Assistants (RA) needed for 2018-19

Are you interested in helping the Office of Residential Life create a fun and safe environment for students, then apply to be an Residential Assistant (RA) for 2018—19 before January 26. 

As an Residential Assistant, you have a variety of responsibilities, including facilitating community development, enforcing institutional policies, planning student programs and community builders, and so much more.

If you are interested in this position, you should have a high degree of responsibility, commitment, and dedication. Prior to completing your online Residential Assistant application, please read the information below to ensure you have a full understanding of the position and its responsibilities.

Application process

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Required qualifications

Required skills: 

  • Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate (minimum of 12 credits) student. Graduate students are not eligible for the position.  
  • Obtain sophomore, junior, or senior standing by the start of the fall 2018 semester. Applicants must also have completed at least one full semester at the University of Hartford by the start of the fall 2018 semester.
  • Have a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher by the end of the fall 2017 semester. Any applicant that does not meet the GPA requirement will not be eligible for consideration until they raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.75.
  • Obtain/maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by your specific college and/or program of study.
  • Eligible to receive financial assistance from the University of Hartford (In most cases 99.9% of students at the University are considered eligible – You do not need to currently receive financial aid, you just need to be eligible for financial assistance). Residential Assistants are compensated with room and board and students who are not eligible for this form of compensation are, unfortunately, not able to be considered for the position.
  • No significant or repeated violations of University Code of Student Conduct or University Housing Agreement. Each applicant’s student conduct and housing records will be reviewed.
  • Commit to taking no more than one night course a semester. The Office of Residential Life views a night course as any class that occurs, in any part, after 7:20 pm.  
  • Limit additional employment and extra-curricular activities to 15 hours per week (on or off campus). 

How to apply

Complete the following: 

Submit your online Resident Assistant Application for Employment. Handwritten or printed applications will not be accepted. 

All applications MUST be submitted by Jan. 26, 2018 for consideration. Applicants interested in submitting their application for priority consideration must do so by Dec. 13, 2017.  Applications are accepted throughout the year, however any applications received after January 26 will not be eligible for consideration until after July 1, 2018.

What is required to complete the application?

  • Submit demographic, academic, personal, and extracurricular information about yourself
  • Provide the emails for two reference who can attest to your character and work ethic. Residential Assistants, graduate assistants, and Residential Life staff are not eligible to serve as a reference.
  • Upload a current resume and cover letter. The Office of Career Services can help you develop the materials. 
  • If you want to be considered for a position in Hawk Hall, you will need to identify your residential learning community preference in your application. 

Group Process Day: 
Applicants are required to participate in our mandatory Residential Assistant Group Process Day on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018. The event is split into two shifts (10-12:15 p.m. and 1:15-3:30 p.m.) and consist of a variety of observed group activities.

Interviews:
All Applicants must participate in a group interview. This is an hour process where applicants are divided into groups with six other candidates. Each group will interview with our five Resident Directors (RD) and Graduate Interns one-on-one. 

You will be notified of your employment status before March 2, 2018.  

Resources and Support

In an effort to assist you, the following optional workshops have been created. Attending these workshops is not required; however we encourage you to utilize them.

Cover letter and resume Workshops: Do you need help writing your resume or cover letter? Do you want to tweak it for this position? Bring your cover letter and resume to this interactive optional workshop for helpful tips and feedback. Staff from the Office of Residential Life and Career Services will be available to answer questions and assist you with your resume and cover letter. The dates and times of these workshops are:

  • Thursday, Nov. 16 from 4-5 p.m. in Hawk Hall 115
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Hawk Hall 106

These dates may be subject to change, pending schedules of The Office of Career Services, However, feel free to contact them or stop by to set up an appointment to review your resume and cover letter. They are open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Gengrar Student Union 207. You can also call 860.768.4287. 

Compensation

  • Financial aid: your are compensated by receiving room and board (Student Leader Meal Plan: 200 Block Meals/$500 Dining Dollars). This compensation is considered part of your financial aid package and can directly impact how much financial aid you receive (including work study). For more information about how the position may impact your financial aid package contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at 860.768.4296

  • Meal plan: As part of your compensation package, you will receive the Student leader Meal Plan. This meal plan consists of 200 Meals and $500 dining dollars a semester. Your are not able to change or alter their meal plan for any reason. 

You are not able to alter their compensation package, which includes your housing assignment and/or meal plan, for any reason.

Good things to know

  • Course Registration Limitations: Due to the nature of the demands of the position, if you are selected for the position you cannot enroll in more than one night course a semester. The Office of Residential Life views a night course as any class that either starts after 7:20 p.m. or does not end until after 7:20 p.m. (For example, a course that runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays would be considered one night course).  Requests for special exceptions to this policy must be submitted in writing to Max Koskoff, Assistant Director of Residential Life at koskoff@hartford.edu.
  • GPA Requirements: It is imperative that you are successful academically and serve as a positive role model for your residents. If you are selected for the position you will be required to maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout the duration of your employment. If your GPA falls below the 2.75 cumulative GPA requirement, you will be subject to departmental academic probation or termination from the position. Any newly hired Residential Assistants whose GPA falls below the 2.75 GPA requirement at the end of the spring 2017 semester will have their offer of employment rescinded.
  • Housing: You are placed in a specific area and are tentatively assigned to buildings based on the need of the community and department. All Resident Assistant assignments are tentative as the Office of Residential Life reserves the right to move a Residential Assistant for a departmental or University need. If selected, your specific housing assignment is a designated staff assignment and can only be occupied while you are employed in the role.  Requests for special housing accommodations will be reviewed, however we cannot guarantee they can be accommodated as Residential Assistants are placed in specific rooms. 
  • Course Requirement: If selected as a Residential Assistant, you will be required to enroll in EDG 310: Residential Education and the College Student for the fall 2018 semester. This is a two credit course within the College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions that complements the student leadership role of the RA position and focuses on student development theory, student leadership, and topical issues facing college students. 
  • All new Residential Assistants (who have not previously taken this course and passed it with at least a B) are required to enroll in EDG 310 within their first semester of employment and are required to pass the course with at least a B (Residential Assistants who place the class on PASS/FAIL are required to receive a PASS in the course). Any RA who does not pass EDG 310 with at least a B or who does not receive a PASS grade will be terminated from the position immediately. Two sections of EDG 310 are offered during the fall semester. The sections meet on Tuesdays from 5-7:20 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:55 p.m. All newly hired are required to enroll in one of these two sections.     
  • Priorities: Anyone selected for the RA position is expected to recognize the RA position as your primary non-academic responsibility. Scheduling of staff meetings, duty nights, supervision and all other RA duties takes precedence over all other non-academic commitments, including outside employment and extra-curricular activities. RAs are expected to limit outside employment to no more 15 hours a week.
  • Staff Training and Development: Residential Assistants are expected to attend all staff training and development activities as outlined in the RA position description. These training activities are mandatory and essential to your success within the position. Our two main training programs consist of the Resident Assistant Training, which happens during August, and RA Winter Renewal, which occurs in January. In both training programs staffs are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day. These are extensive training sessions and RAs are informed that they are expected to suspend all activities during this timeframe to ensure they can participate fully. RAs that are unable to attend these training and development activities may be subject to disciplinary action, which may include termination from the position. 
  • Student Leadership Positions: Residential Assistants are encouraged to be active leaders within our campus community.  As a result we support RAs being engaged in extracurricular activities, such as being involved in a student organization, serving as a Red Key, Red Cap* competing as a student athlete, etc. RAs need to understand that the RA position takes priority above all forms of outside employment and extra-curricular involvement. 
  • In most cases, Residential Assistants are able to manage their position and their student leadership roles successfully.  However in situations where this is not the case, the Residential Assistant will be expected to either decrease their level of involvement or step down from the Residential Assistant position. 

Due to conflicting demands between the responsibilities of Residential Assistants and Red Caps, any applicant who accepts both a Residential Assistant and Red Cap position will be allowed to serve as a Red Cap for sessions 1 through 4 only. RAs that are hired as Red Caps will not be able to assist with orientation session 5 or Lift-Off.  The Office of Orientation is in agreement and will excuse RAs who are hired as Red Caps from assisting with session 5 and Lift-Off. 

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