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Office of Residence Life

  • Kelly Burns, Coordinator
    of Student Affairs – Residence Life
  • 785.594.8382
  • fax: 785.594.4568
  • Location & Hours
  • Student Union, second floor
  • Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    (closed holidays)
  • Office of Residence Life
  • Baker University
  • P.O. Box 65
  • Baldwin City, KS 66006

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 associate dean of students.


  • At least one year of residential hall living (preferred)
  • 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 associate dean of students


  • Participate in a two-week training workshop before the start of school in the fall and additional training in the spring.
  • Assist in preparing the building for student check-in and check-out processes.
  • Serve as a positive role model.
  • Document unacceptable behavior among residents and provide incident reports to the area coordinator.
  • 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.
  • Supervise and assess floor environment, individual resident needs, and student well-being through wellness checks.
  • Be an active listener, remain in touch with residents, facilitate problem solving, and refer students with problems to the appropriate offices.
  • Prepare and implement at least eight programs a year for assigned floor or wing using the programming model and five collaborative programs with the other resident assistants in the building.


  • Resident assistants assigned to Irwin or Gessner will be supplied with a room when the hall is officially open. Resident assistants assigned to the NLC will be supplied a space in a double room and have an opportunity to choose a roommate.
  • Proposed compensation is divided into nine equal installments. Purchase of a meal plan is required.