Senior Resident Adviser
The Senior Resident Adviser (SRA) is a student staff leader responsible for providing support and assistance to the Resident Director. The SRA is a paraprofessional committed to fostering community growth through purposeful programming and intentional mentoring and advising. As a residence life staff member, the SRA assumes a number of roles in an effort to promote a positive living environment within the residential communities. They assist in student and community development, leadership development, staff selections and training, implementation and assessment of residential educational programming, and administrative activities that achieves the mission of University Residences. The SRA reports to the Resident Director and has a higher expectation of administrative ability and development tasks beyond the RA role.
This position requires ongoing communication with the Resident Director as well as departmental staff and students. SRAs may be asked to assume some of the responsibilities of the Resident Director in their absence. SRAs are expected to meet expectations with a spirit of integrity and discipline. It is the expectation of University Residences that SRAs adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior throughout all of their functions and areas of responsibilities.
Additionally, it is expected that SRAs maintain good stewardship of their own academic progress by role modeling positive academic behavior. In recognition that focus on academic progress is important to our WWU students, SRAs are expected to adhere to our required academic credit enrollment (as described in our Terms of Employment). It is also encouraged that SRAs also follow the university's recommendation of enrolling in 15 credits per term.
The SRA will assist and consult with the RD on tasks related to student conduct, peer support, crisis management, and referral for students in order to help achieve the mission of University Residences. Expectation of the SRA is the ability to perform and provide the following:
1. Community and Student Development
The Senior Resident Adviser is responsible for creating an atmosphere in which residents respect their community, environment, and the physical building. SRAs are expected to assist in the development of inclusive communities that foster academic achievement, personal development and multicultural awareness.
- Establish and maintain open relationships with diverse individuals in the residential community, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, creed, marital status, and sexual orientation.
- Create and maintain an atmosphere that stimulates residents' academic, social, personal growth and development.
- Assess, initiate, plan and implement community development activities to address the needs and concerns of the residents.
- Serve as a resource for information and a referral source to support services available on campus.
- Encourage all residents to participate and contribute to hall/community council, the residential community and its environment.
- Maintain ongoing visibility and communication with students within the residential community and via various media (hall newsletters, website, emails, Facebook etc.).
2. Student Conduct and Behavior Management
The SRA is expected to model and communicate standards of behavior necessary for maintaining an atmosphere conducive to academic learning and positive community living, including educating residents of campus policies and procedures. SRAs are responsible for confronting all policy violations within residential communities and for impressing upon residents their responsibility for their own actions. SRAs also help students understand the realistic consequences of their behavior when documented.
- Serve as a member of the on-call rotation team for their community including during university break periods.
- Serve as a coordinator, motivator, and resource person in encouraging students to take ownership of their community.
- Respond to student behavior that is inappropriate and/or in violation of campus and/or University Residences policies and procedures.
- Act as a mediator in conflict situations as needed (i.e. roommate conflicts, noise disruptions, floor disputes, etc.).
- Serve as conduct officer for low level conduct cases for the community and follow established due processes.
- Be aware of campus resources and procedures to make appropriate referrals for students as needed.
The SRA will aid the Resident Director in a variety of tasks that will provide the students and staff in the residential community with the highest quality of services. SRAs work with the Resident Director to oversee administrative and building management responsibilities. The SRA is responsible for assisting with tasks related to effective building management and other duties related to the position as delegated by the Resident Director; these tasks include but are not limited to:
- Accurately record and track RA/CAs’ residential educational programming (i.e. REM, community wide programming, etc.).
- Accurately implement assessment functions in hall and University Residences database management such as Campus Labs and Excel.
- Maintain Purchasing Card and hall budget documentation for RAs and Hall Council, including regularly bringing accurate forms & receipts to Residence Life office.
- Assist the RD in creating and managing “On-Call” schedule for Resident Adviser staff.
- Schedule student meetings and other appointments utilizing Outlook.
- Facilitate staff and community print requests including monitoring, ordering, and distributing.
- Other administrative duties as assigned.
*Please note that administrative responsibilities may differ for the Birnam Wood SRA
4. Professional Development & Leadership
The SRA is expected to actively support decisions of the Resident Director, other members of the Residence Life staff, University Residences, the Division of Enrollment and Student Services, and the University. SRAs provide administrative, training, facilitation and programming support to the Resident Director. It is the SRA’s role to be a positive influence on staff and for all endeavors of the RD and University Residences. This position is expected to be a strong support to the Resident Director and perform on a level beyond the RA in oversight, planning, leadership, and overall effort in ensuring the successful operation of the residential communities and residential education.
- Serve as a resource and mentor to new student staff by sharing experiences, offering insight to handling community issues and in assisting with confrontations, mediations, questions and concerns.
- Assist the RD in the training and shadowing process for any mid-year RA hires on the staff.
- Participate in and assist with the development and delivery of weekly staff meetings.
- Assist the RD in the creation of staff development and training opportunities for community staff throughout the year.
- Provide feedback and/or assist the Resident Director with performance evaluations.
- Serve as a member of the departmental committees to assist in the planning and facilitation of staff training, in-services, selection, development and training.
- Meet monthly as an SRA team to discuss individual areas of interest and/or concern.
- Serve as a co-advisor for the hall council, providing mentorship and leadership development for residence hall student leaders.
At the time of application, you must:
- Currently be enrolled at Western or admitted for the quarter in which your application will be considered.
- Have and maintain a minimum cumulative WWU GPA of 2.5*.
- Not on Disciplinary Probation or Deferred Eviction/Eviction.
By the position start date, you must:
- Be available to participate in training prior to hall opening, typically beginning the last week of August.
- Have a satisfactory end of year performance evaluation.
- Have at least one year of experience working as a WWU RA/CA or equivalent at another institution
*Please note that Fairhaven College students must be in good academic standing with the Fairhaven College administration.
Terms of Employment
- Tentative contract dates: August 2019 – June 2020
- June 1, 2019 for the Birnam Wood SRA position. Training sessions scheduled intermittently.
- Average weekly workload is 19 hours and includes evenings, weekends, holidays and breaks.
- Move into your assigned residence hall at the beginning of your contract date to begin mandatory training.
- Be available on Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm for scheduled weekly staff meetings and additional trainings (entire academic year).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
- Enroll in at least 12 undergraduate or 6 graduate credit hours per quarter. Enrollment in more than 18 credits per quarter requires supervisory approval.
- Know that any conduct violation, after time of application, will be reviewed and may impact your candidacy.
- Fulfill position requirements as described above and other tasks as assigned.
- Understand that this position description is subject to change with notice
Compensation and Benefits
- Compensation consists of payment of room and board fees (approximately $10,800) and a small cash stipend.
- Up to 120 paid training hours.
- Accommodations consist of your own room in a residence hall.
- You will have the opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, a wide variety of people. In addition, you will receive extensive, ongoing training and skill development as well as highly transferable skills that will aid you in almost any job or field of study.
Time Commitment of Position
The SRA position is a significant time commitment, averaging 19 hours a week, with significant time spent during evenings and weekends.
On-Campus Employment: SRAs are contracted for 19 hours average per week, the maximum allowed for student employees. According to University guidelines, no other paid on-campus employment is permitted. This requirement only applies during the academic year.
Significant time commitments: No student staff member may engage in any curricular or extra-curricular activities that require significant time commitments outside of scheduled class periods during the Fall Quarter. These activities include but are not limited to Student Teaching, Varsity athletics, Theatre etc.
These extra commitments must not take priority over the responsibilities of the SRA position.
Selection Dates Coming Soon
*Please note that those interested in returning to the SRA position will be required to reapply and re-interview
If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to give a presentation during your interview. Please see your specific prompt below.
For new applicants not currently in an SRA role:
In a 5 - 8 minute presentation please explain the role of the SRA in regards to mentoring RAs and residents. Specifically address community and student development, student conduct and behavior management, professional development and leadership, and administrative support skills. Use this presentation to show the interview panel how your experiences will impact the work you plan to do. Technology is permitted for use during the 5 - 8 minute presentation. The first 5 minutes of your interview will be allotted for set up time. If you have questions about the selection process, please contact the ResLife office at (360) 650-2960.
For returning applicants currently in an SRA role:
In a 5 - 8 minute presentation please explain how you have been able to successfully fulfill the job responsibilities of the SRA position. Additionally, please reflect on your experiences thus far and explain what parts of the position you have been challenged by and how you plan to overcome these. Use this presentation to show the interview panel how another year in the position will benefit your professional development. Technology is permitted for use during the 5 - 8 minute presentation. The first 5 minutes of your interview will be allotted for set up time. If you have questions about the selection process, please contact the ResLife office at (360) 650-2960.
University Residences engages students in diverse and inclusive, healthy, safe and sustainable communities that foster academic success and personal growth. Through 16 residence halls and one apartment community, University Residences provides on-campus housing for over 4,000 of Western’s 16,000 students. More than 165 students are employed by University Residences in part-time positions ranging from entry level to paraprofessional. Questions about this job posting can be directed to Residence Life (EH 113), ResLife@wwu.edu or 360-650-2960.
Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity & Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); email@example.com.
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