PWSC Resident Assistant Spring 2019

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Classification:Student Assistant B
Grade:Student B
Work type:Student Employee
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:Prince William Sound College
Location: Valdez
Categories: Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

Resident Assistants (RAs) are an integral part of the Campus Life Community environment, serving as paraprofessional members of the Residence Life staff. Each RA is personally responsible for 10-20 residents in an assigned living area. These paraprofessional staff members are charged with creating an open, inviting, inclusive, and safe living environment for residents - one that is conducive to student learning as well as social development and community engagement.

Duties:

RAs are expected to devote time for connecting with residents in such a way that builds rapport between the Residence Life staff, other housing residents, and the greater PWSC community. This means successful candidates will possess the ability to engage with and motivate others to be active participants in the PWSC community.

RAs are responsible for responding to a variety of communal disturbances, conflicts, and emergencies in a direct and appropriate way. Unusual and sometimes unpredictable hours are required due to the nature of this position.

Compensation for Community Development duties includes on-campus housing for a private studio apartment at no cost in return for 12 hours of community development work per week, including but not limited to, event planning, bullet board and door decoration creating, and resident engagement. In addition, the position pays $9.84/hr for 8 hours per week in housing cleaning duties including but not limited to cleaning entryway doors, vacuuming hallways and entryways, cleaning laundry rooms, student lounge, study room, storage room, and checking and monitoring unoccupied rooms. Together supporting the equivalent of a 20-hour workweek. A schedule for the weekly cleaning hours will be created in consultation with the Residence Life Coordinator. Additional payment will be provided for pre-term fall and spring in-services and training at the $9.84 hourly rate.

NOTE:  a room discount will result in an adjustment for financial need.  Successful candidates will be required to notify UAA’s Office of Student Financial Assistance of this change in need.

Due to the nature of the position, a commitment to one full academic year is required. 

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

RAs will be REQUIRED to intentionally engage with residents both one-on-one and in group settings. Applicants must possess strong leadership skills, conflict mediation skills, and positive decision-making abilities, as RAs are held to the highest ethical and professional standards. Applicants must be self-motivated, able to take initiative and work on projects independently, with minimal supervision. However, it is imperative that RAs be able to operate effectively in a team-oriented environment, to work collaboratively with other departments as an office representative, and to demonstrate an appropriate level of self-awareness. Critical thinking skills, self-awareness, and the ability to take initiative are paramount. Applicants are expected to design and facilitate student programs and activities, both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must possess the social skills, self-awareness, and a reasonable level of comfort to interact positively, objectively, and professionally with students, faculty, and staff.

Required Experience:

Preference will be given to current and past Student Housing residents. Experience living in college student housing or in planning campus activities preferred. Students who are eligible for the Federal Work Study Program are encouraged to apply.

Typical Education or Training:

Successful candidates must arrive on campus early prior to the Spring semester to begin work on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. They must be willing and adept at learning job skills after start. Current enrollment at PWSC in at least 12 credits and a minimum cumulative and semester GPA of 2.5 is required.

Community Development 

  • Assigned to live in one of PWSC’s residential halls and serve as a resource to residents.
  • Facilitate Welcome Week programs (fall and spring).
  • Engage interaction among residents, idea sharing, and community activity participation.
  • Host social and educational activities, plan floor/building activities, provide individual advising, assist in general community management, and participate in facilitating connections between students and the larger Valdez Community. 
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to residents and explain, confront and report violations of the Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Participate in rotating duty coverage with other members of their staff team. Each RA will be assigned weeknight, week, and/or weekend on-call duty as determined by their supervisor. Duty requires that RAs stay in the residential community and be available to respond to emergencies and enact life/safety response system.
  • Regular availability and visibility to residents is important. The RA position should have priority after academic-related commitments and before extra curricular activities.
  • Support and abide by the UAA Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, staff development meetings, and leadership training.
  • Participate in collateral meetings and 1-on-1 supervisor meetings.
  • Create monthly educational and community development bulletin boards.
  • Complete requirements of programming model: 3 interactions with each resident.
  • Responsible for arriving early for staff training, may assist with unit cleanings and completing room condition forms prior to semester start, and assisting with general departmental preparedness for move-in. RAs will also remain on-campus later at the end of each semester to complete the closeout process.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Housing Duties

  • Facilitate housing check-in and checkout processes throughout the academic year.
  • Make sure all shared spaces (lounge, study room, laundry rooms) are kept neat and clean
  • Keep the main hallways clean and clear
  • Make sure the entryways of the housing buildings are clear and safe, especially during winter months
  • Monitor unoccupied rooms to check for maintenance issues
  • Other duties as assigned

Spring 2019 Training Start Date- 9AM on 1/9/2019

Spring 2019 Staff Release Date - 5PM on Tuesday 5/9/2019

NOTICE: Students must maintain enrollment and regular attendance for a minimum of at least 6 undergraduate credit hours or 6 graduate credit hours to be exempt from FICA (Social Security and Medicare) tax. A credit hour load below the minimum required for full-time student status will require the withholding of FICA tax (non-resident aliens on an appropriate visa who meet student employment criteria will continue to be exempt from FICA regardless of credit hour load). While in a student position, a student cannot hold any other type of simultaneous employment with the university.  

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