PWSC Resident Assistant 2022-2023

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  • Job Number:519260
  • Classification:Student Assistant 1
  • Grade:Student Assistant 1
  • Work type:On Campus, Student Employee
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA 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.


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 $10.34/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 turning over rooms for upcoming reservations. 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 the fall 2022 and spring 2023 RA training at $10.34/hr.

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. 


RA's 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 RA's 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 RA's 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.


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.


Successful candidates must arrive on campus early prior to the Fall semester to begin work on Monday, August 15, 2022. 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.

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.

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 RA's 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
  • 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. RA's may also be asked to 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
  • Turn over rooms for upcoming reservations
  • Other duties as assigned

Fall 2022 Training Start Date- 10AM on Monday 8/22/2022

Fall 2022 Staff Release Date - 5PM on Friday 12/16/2022

Spring 2023 Training Start Date- 10AM on Thursday 1/12/2023

Spring 2023 Staff Release Date - 5PM on Friday 5/12/2023

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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