Student Affairs

Apply to be a Resident Assistant

The MVC Student Affairs Office strives to enhance the collegiate atmosphere by providing safe and comfortable on-campus residences and trained student leaders to aid in academic and personal growth, ensuring success of the student community. To facilitate this goal, we are currently seeking undergraduate Resident Assistants to supervise our on-campus residential community.

Job Description:
A Resident Assistant is a full-time student employee adn integral memeber of the Residenitla Life Staff of the Student Affairs Office. Resident Assistants are supervised locally by Hall Directors and managed by the Coordinator of Housing and Residential Life and the Dean of Students. The Resident Assistant position is based on a two-semester term. A formal evaluation will be conducted at the end of the first semester. This current opening is for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Resident Assistants (RAs) live in specifically designated rooms for maximum supervision of residence halls, apartment buildings and houses. RAs are responsible for 15-50 students and work with them i n areas of advising, programming, discipline, administration and general operations of resident facilities. The RA position is considered to be their principal non-academic activity. It may be necessary for RAs to limit extra-curricular activities in order to fulfill their duties.

Requirements for workload may vary according to the size and classification of each residential area. Hall Directors and/or the Coordinator of Housing and Residential Life will schedule “on duty” hours. Please note that RAs are expected to spend time in their individual areas outside of these scheduled hours. This time may include handling emergencies, counseling residents at any hour, attending evening activities, etc. RAs are always expected to maintain high visibility within the individual assigned areas.

Responsibilites:

  • Represent and support the Student Affairs Office and the College in interactions with students, faculty, parents and guests.
  • Be familiar with all printed materials directly affecting the operation of the Student Affairs Office, including forms, student handbooks, and current procedural memoranda.
  • Know, understnad, follow and be able to explain all College and Student Affairs policies and procedures.
  • Return to campus at the required times to attend training sessions and attend all assigned meetings, staff development and in-service sessions during the course of the academic year.
  • Know when all staff duty weekends are and be on campus and available during those weekends.
  • Demonstrate a caring and supportive attitude toward residents.
  • Help to provide additional coverage for the residence hall or Student Affairs Office when necessary.
  • Be able to perform and direct all emergency procedures.
  • Respect the confidentiality of communications from students and staff by withholding sensitive information from all those who do not have a professional need to know.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Hall Director and/or other staff members in order to ensure adequate communication concerning any situations, programs, etc.
  • Check residents’ rooms for correct check-out procedures and damages and return all room keys to the Student Affairs Office.
  • Open and close the residence hall before and after breaks.
  • Serve as an academic role model and guide the residents in creating and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to studying.
  • Be open to residents’ complaints and criticism and respond appropriately to them.
  • Appropriately confront residents when necesary to help them become responsible for their behavior.
  • Meet with individuals and/or groups of residents to resolve conflicts and positively influence student behavior.
  • Be available to residents for emergency help and counseling.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Hall Director and/or Student Affairs Staff.

Qualifications:

  • RAs must have and maintain a 2.0 semester and 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • They must be enrolled in 12-18 credit hours per semester (in order to take more than 18 hours, the RA must gain approval from the Dean of Students).
  • Applicants must have few or no violations of disciplinary policy or procedure.
  • All applicants must report to campus for Residential Life Staff training no later than Wednesday, August 1st.

To apply for a Resident Assistant Position:
Email a Cover Letter, Resume, and contact information for three References to Coordinator of Housing and Residential Life, Alli Lindemann, at no later than Friday, March 23rd. If you have any questions regarding the application process or position description, contact Alli Lindemann at 660-831-4652 or stop by the Student Affairs Office.