Resident Assistant

Position Description

The resident assistant position at Baker University is a nine-month assignment (fall and spring semesters, plus interterm) with primary responsibility for developing a living and learning community atmosphere on a residence hall floor of 20 to 40 people. These duties include programming for the floor and building, hall duty, being available to residents for referral opportunities and service, and applying the university's discipline philosophy. As a member of the Residence Life staff, the resident assistant works with supervision from the senior resident assistant, who directly reports to the area coordinator, all of whom are responsible to the dean of students and student affairs coordinator.


  • At least one year of residential hall living (preferred)
  • Must be in good standing with Baker University
  • Full-time enrollment at Baker University
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work during vacation periods (fall break, Thanksgiving, winter break, spring break, Easter) and interterm as required
  • Additional employment, internship, or student teaching responsibilities while a staff member must be approved by the dean of students and student affairs coordinator.


  • Participate in two-week training workshop before the start of school in the fall and additional training in the spring.
  • Must enroll in and successfully complete the resident assistant course in the fall semester (time and date TBA).
  • Will not be able to participate in an off-campus interterm without previous approval from dean of students and student affairs coordinator.
  • Check Baker University email daily, and respond to all emails and communications (phone, text, etc.) in a timely manner.
  • Register Baker email and personal cell phone with B-Alert emergency notification system.
  • Serve as a liaison with the Office of Student Affairs and as a representative of Baker University at all times.
  • Be a contributing member of the Residence Life staff, cooperating with the other staff, the Office of Student Affairs, Baker University offices, and Baldwin City officials.
  • Provide ongoing feedback about the hall and residents in a weekly report given to the senior resident assistant and area coordinator.
  • Assist in preparation of the building for student check-in and checkout processes.
  • Assist in mediating roommate problems by completing roommate agreements and facilitating discussion between the residents.
  • Serve as a positive role model for residents.
  • Document unacceptable behavior among residents and provide incident reports to the area coordinator within 24 hours of the incident.
  • Assist in the reporting and tracking of work orders, assuring that needs in rooms are being met.
  • Attend monthly in-service meetings and serve on a Residence Life committee.
  • Assist in identifying needs among staff so that specific in-service training sessions can be established.
  • Participate in the promotion, interviewing, selection, and placement of new undergraduate residence life candidates.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings led by the area coordinator.
  • Attend at least one staff meeting a week as a living area.
  • Submit weekly report to senior resident assistant and area coordinator by Sunday at noon.
  • Check hall mailbox in Long Student Center weekly and post provided signs in a timely manner.
  • Respond to emergency calls on campus and refer the problem to the area coordinator, administrator on-call, Campus Safety, or 911.
  • Perform all functions of designated weeknight duty and designated rotating weekend duty.
  • Hold floor and building meetings to keep residents advised of changing policies, programs, and happenings on campus.
  • Supervise and assess floor environment, physical floor needs, and individual resident needs.
  • Assist in room moves through proper inventory control, key exchange, and floor chart updates.
  • Be available in the hall and on your floor for the residents by having an open-door policy, and on nights when duty or backup duty is required.
  • Be an active listener, remain in touch with residents, facilitate problem solving, and refer students with problems to the appropriate offices.
  • Encourage academic success and the maintenance of an atmosphere conducive to learning throughout the entire hall.
  • Assist in crisis intervention and student conduct management for the hall.
  • Prepare and implement at least eight programs a year for your specific floor or wing using the programming model.
  • Encourage and support both staff programming and hall government programming by being a resource person and attending the events.
  • Work with other residents and staff to develop programming for academic, cultural, recreational, and social enrichment of the community.
  • Complete all other duties and tasks as assigned by the senior resident assistant, area coordinator, dean of students, and student affairs coordinator.
  • Abide by all policies in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.


  • The resident assistant will be supplied with a room when the hall is officially open. Irwin and Gessner staff will be supplied a SINGLE room with no roommate. NLC staff will be supplied a DOUBLE room and have the opportunity to choose a roommate.
  • Proposed compensation ($1,860) is divided into nine equal installments. Purchase of a meal plan is required.