Resident Advisor Job Description

Resident Advisors are students who serve as role models and help residents plan and facilitate activities and programs. RAs report to and are directly supervised by Community Directors and Student Affairs Associates. RAs are expected to frequently interact with their residents; therefore, they must have strong interpersonal skills and an ability to connect students to resources. RAs also play a major role in community leadership, the implementation of the resident driven programming, upholding community living standards, and managing student concerns and crisis. RAs must be excellent academic and social role models for the residents on their floor and in their community.


Minimum Qualifications for Selection

  1. Current, full-time undergraduate student with overall minimum 2.50 GPA or current, full-time graduate student with overall minimum 3.00 GPA at the time of employment and throughout the period of employment.
  2. Minimum of two semesters of positively evaluated experience as an RA at Tulane University – junior and senior academic status. Please note: All things being equal, candidates who are currently employed will be given preference.
  3. Good conduct standing with the University.
  4. Leadership as evident by previous leadership experiences, references, and skills and leadership potential as perceived by the evaluators in the selection process.
  5. High level of maturity exhibited in sound judgment, flexibility, and willingness to accept responsibility.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills through proven ability to interact effectively with others and as perceived throughout the interview process


STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS: Resident Advisors strive to help each resident develop fully as a person, a student, and an active member of the University through their multiple roles as advisor, peer, and administrator. Resident Advisors demonstrate respect for the health, safety, welfare, and rights of everyone living in the residence halls.

A.      Help students with personal, vocational, social, academic, and general concerns.

B.      Associate with all residents of the floor and assess the needs of small groups which might otherwise be underrepresented.

C.      Maintain the confidentiality of information when ethical and appropriate to do so.

TIME COMMITMENT: The Resident Advisor position is considered to be the RAs principal non-academic activity. Extracurricular activities or additional employment should not conflict with time needed to perform effectively as an RA through the entire year and must be approved by your supervisor. The RA is expected to:

A.      Be available and visible to students on the floor.

B.      Be on duty on a rotational basis (approximately once a week).

C.      Attend all area meetings, including one on ones and community staff meetings.

D.      Complete all required training sessions presented by the department.


ADVISING AND COUNSELING: The Resident Advisor should be aware of students in need of personal help and provide appropriate consultation and referral. While the RA is expected to maintain the confidentiality of information from other residents and uninvolved parties, the RA should recognize that important information will sometimes need to be shared with the appropriate professionals in order to assist the resident. When faced with such concerns, the RA is expected to:

A.      Demonstrate an ability to listen to others and to reflect attitudes of caring and support.

B.      Discuss all situations of a referral nature with the Community leadership.

C.      Be prepared to advise residents and to refer them to the appropriate office when necessary; and

PROGRAMMING: The Resident Advisor is expected to promote an atmosphere for individual and group development by initiating, advising, and implementing programs in the residence hall.

UNIVERSITY POLICIES: The Resident Advisor is expected to support and enforce University policies and regulations. The RA serves as a role model for others. The RA is expected to:

A.      Encourage by example the principles of individual responsibility and respect for others;

B.      Explain, support, and follow the regulations and policies outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and Community Living Standards.

C.      Respond in a positive and helpful manner when confronted with behavior or infractions and report any potential violations of University policy.

EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: Fire, blackouts, hurricanes, student disturbances, and individual crisis demanding medical attention, hospitalizations or the need for public safety are examples of emergencies that confront the Resident Advisor. In order to respond rationally and appropriately in an emergency, the RA is expected to:

A.      Be knowledgeable with evacuation instructions provided during RA Training.

B.      Assist in conducting scheduled fire drills.

C.      Report all individual and/or hall emergencies to the Student Affairs Professional on Call and to the CD/ACD/SAA.

D.      Sign-up for and assist in the organization of the Evacuation and Closing teams.

E.       Assist Housing and Residence Life staff, as directed, in implementing emergency procedures. 

MANAGEMENT: The Resident Advisor assists in the management functions of the hall, and is expected to report damages or repair needs to the Facilities Services Housing Maintenance Department.

A.      Address all facility concerns seen while on duty and while walking throughout the residential area.

B.      Educate residents on proper use of Service wave for reporting facility concerns.

C.      Follow up with facility issues by alerting the CD, ACD, or SAA know of all unresolved issues.

ADMINISTRATIVE: The Resident Advisor is expected to complete the following duties for greater efficiency and communication:

A.      Assist with the staff recruitment processes.

B.      Assist with check-in and check-out procedures for residents.

Perform other duties as assigned.


Terms of Employment

A. PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT: The official period of employment begins for the Fall semester on August 9, 2015 and ends with the closing of the residence halls on December 17, 2015 and for the spring semester begins on January 6, 2016 and ends May 16, 2016 with the completion of all closing duties.  All Resident Advisors are required to assist in the opening and closing of the halls for each academic term and for vacation periods. RAs will be expected to provide staff supervision when the halls remain open for Thanksgiving, Spring break, and semester breaks. RAs are also expected to remain in town and, if necessary, share in duty responsibilities during Fall Break and Mardi Gras week.

The RA position must be the primary non-academic commitment.  If an extracurricular activity or other job is interfering with the RA's ability to perform his or her duties to the standards set by the CD, ACD, and/or SAA, the RA will be asked to make immediate necessary changes to come back into acceptable standards or to end his or her outside position.  RAs have the opportunity to opt into the Desk Services Coordinator position for a minimum of two shifts per week.

B. REMUNERATION: Remuneration is in the form of a furnished private room with bath facilities, and meal plan valued at approximately $1,000 per semester.    

C. CONTINUATION OF EMPLOYMENT: Employment is for one academic year (or part thereof) only. Continuation of employment depends upon successful completion of tasks, positive evaluation by the CD, ACD, and SAA and exhibition of growth and continued enthusiasm for the position. Resident Advisors must complete appropriate application if they would like to be considered for re-employment.   

D. Financial Aid: The terms and conditions in this job description are subject to review by the Office of Financial Aid if the Resident Advisor receives additional financial aid. Resident Advisors are required to report all forms of financial aid to ensure that they do not exceed their need factor. 

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Revised 11/2014

Dates and numbers are subject to change.

Revised 11/2014

Housing and Residence Life, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 865-5724