Under the direct supervision of a professional staff member, Resident Advisers (RA) are live-in volunteer leadership positions within the University of Washington (UW) residential communities. RAs work collaboratively through unique roles to support community development and resident engagement. RAs model and support inclusive and welcoming communities; are knowledgeable about and abide by the policies of Housing & Food Services (HFS) and the UW; demonstrate sound judgment; facilitate a team approach with team members; complete necessary administrative tasks; and provide quality customer service to residents and visitors.
The RA supports and encourages residents to make the most of their Husky Experience by exploring their identity, developing meaningful relationships, making intentional choices, and focusing on their trajectory at the UW and beyond. The RA establishes a cohesive and responsible community in their designated area, facilitates the holistic development of residents through one-on-one interactions, promotes resident involvement, and refers and supports residents as they manage academic and personal issues.
WEEKLY TIME COMMITMENT
RAs are expected to contribute an average of 19.5 hours per week towards their role’s responsibilities, including finals week. Depending on the time of year, some weeks may require more than this amount while others require less. Mandatory RA team meetings occur weekly on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM when classes are in session. RAs are required to attend these weekly meetings during each quarter.
- Begins: Tuesday, September 3, 2024
- Ends: Saturday, June 14, 2025
- Responsible for the consistent and respectful enforcement of all Community Standards, educating residents as necessary, and documenting all alleged policy violations.
- Provide opportunities for interaction with residents and promote resident involvement; engage intentionally with residents to build relationships both with and between residents, supports student leadership; call, and facilitate community meetings; and mediate conflict when necessary.
- Contribute to an inclusive and welcoming community by planning quarterly programs and creating bulletin boards that promote engagement.
- Connect residents to UW campus and community services, encourage behavior that contributes to academic success, refer residents to proper academic advising, and establish a community environment that supports residents’ rights to sleep and study.
- Respond immediately to crisis situations and work collaboratively with supervisors in resolving crisis situations; follow HFS crisis and emergency response protocols; ensure resident compliance with emergency response protocols.
- Serve in an on-call rotation and fulfill all on-call responsibilities as assigned, including being present in their building/complex while on-call unless directed otherwise by a supervisor.
- Perform other duties as assigned. ￼
- Be a currently enrolled UW student
- Attend one of the 7 live information sessions or watch the recorded one
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.45 AND a quarterly GPA of 2.0 throughout the selection process beginning in Autumn 2023
- Be in good conduct standing with the University & HFS
- Plan to be enrolled as a full-time student at UW next year
- Take and successfully complete the Spring 2024 Student Leader Class
- Be available for the full duration of the 2024-2025 Position Length, including required Autumn Training
- Skills including, but not limited to active listening, empathy, conflict-management, time-management and prioritization, problem solving, initiative, resourcefulness.
Student Leaders are given In-Kind Compensation in the form of room, laundry, and a dining plan in exchange for completing the roles and responsibilities in the position agreement. This role is not considered an employed position by the University.
- ROOM : The RA position is compensated at a rate equal to the cost of their assigned room. RAs are provided a single or double room or a room within an apartment and are not assigned a roommate.
- DINING : RAs are compensated at a value equal to the cost of a Level 4 Dining Plan per academic quarter day worked and during Autumn Student Leader Training.
- LAUNDRY: The role will receive a quarterly credit to their Housing and Food Services account equal to the laundry fee charged.