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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

Senior Resident Assistant

Position Description

The senior resident assistant is an undergraduate with responsibility for the development of a living and learning community atmosphere in a living area of 100 to 190 residents. The senior resident assistant coordinates and advises student personnel functions of the living area. In addition, the SRA manages the operations for the living area and assists the area coordinator with the coordination of the physical maintenance of the living area with the University maintenance staff.


  • At least one year of residential living and staff experience
  • Full-time enrollment at Baker University with at least 60 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8
  • Excellent interpersonal and managerial 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.

Duties at the Resident Assistant Level

  • Participate in a one-week training workshop before the start of school in the fall and additional training in the spring.
  • Assist in preparation of the building for student check-in and check-out processes.
  • Serve as a positive role model.
  • Document unacceptable behavior among residents in the hall and provide incident reports to the area coordinator.
  • Perform all functions of designated weeknight duty and designated rotating weekend duty.

Duties at the Senior Resident Assistant Level

  • Remain on campus after students have checked out to inventory and close building.
  • Hold weekly staff meetings with resident assistant team and hold monthly individual meetings.
  • Expect to have one duty night during the week and at least one duty weekend per month as a member of senior staff.
  • Oversee the creation of the resident assistant duty schedule and provide the area coordinator with the duty schedule for his or her building.
  • Supervise office operation, including key control, inventory upkeep, office forms and work-order tracking.
  • Respond to emergency calls on campus and refer the problem to the area coordinator, administrator on call, Campus Safety or 911.
  • Evaluate and track the quality of hall staff and assure that rounds are being completed satisfactorily.
  • Plan and oversee the programming of a minimum of eight (halls) or four (apartments) activities or events a year for the living area to assure that a living and learning environment is being maintained.


  • Senior resident assistants residing in halls will be supplied with a room when space permits and when the hall is officially open. Senior resident assistants residing in the apartments will be supplied with one of the rooms in a four-bedroom apartment. The SRAs can choose their own suitemates. If they do not, they will be assigned.
  • Proposed compensation is divided into nine equal installments. Purchase of a meal plan is required for senior resident assistants in the halls.