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Senior Resident Position Description, 2017-2018


  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program or completing the final year of a fifth-year Master’s program, and must have at least one year experience as a Resident Advisor.
  • Must be in academic good standing with their school of enrollment and must meet the minimum cumulative 2.25 GPA requirement at the time of application and while under the Employment Agreement.
  • Must be in good judicial/disciplinary standing with Housing & Residence Life and the University.


The primary function of the Senior Resident is to facilitate an effective and efficient operation of their assigned residential area which includes: providing supervision of the staff members in the area, ensuring proper maintenance of the area, developing educational and social programs which meet the needs of the community, and serving as a referral resource. This position is part of Housing & Residence Life. A Senior Resident is directly supervised by an Area Coordinator and Chair(s), and works with the Assistant Dean of Students. Additional responsibilities and expectations will be communicated during trainings and throughout the year.

The core values of Housing & Residence Life are multiculturalism, collaboration, personal accountability, empowerment, critical thinking, and customer service. The Senior Resident is expected to incorporate these core values into their respective roles.


A. Supervision and Advising

  1. Directly supervise the RAs in area.
    i. Facilitate weekly staff meetings.
    ii. Meet individually with RAs to provide ongoing support and evaluation on a weekly/biweekly basis.
    iii. Formally evaluate supervisees through the Evaluation process.
    iv. Refer matters to Appraisal Board as appropriate. Coordinate team building activities and provide for leadership development.
  2. Coach staff members on community development initiatives, incident/crisis response, and general student support.
  3. Serve as the advisor the Association Council (except in Residential Colleges), attend Association Council meetings, attend Association Council events, and conduct bi-weekly 1-on-1 meetings with respective Association Council president.
  4. Establish and manage budget and approve staff expenditures.
  5. Serve as the sole University Purchasing Card holder for the respective area to assist in the procurement of materials for area Res Staff programming and community development.
  6. Senior Residents can work with their supervisors for assistance in using the America-to-Go system for catering orders and for any assistance needed in purchasing items.

B. Community Leadership

  1. Provide vision and guidance in the creation and maintenance of a healthy living-learning environment.
  2. Establish a presence within area. Hold approximately 3 availability hours for the area per week.
  3. Academic Support
    i. Serve as a liaison between the residents and the academic deans.
    ii. Act as a liaison for Association Deans by distributing information on courses, drop/add procedures, petitions, and special conditions.
    iii. Establish and maintain regular, monthly contact with Association Deans – invite to at least one staff meeting and one program per semester
    iv. Serve as referral agent for academic concerns
    v. Promote & utilize area-wide academic programs coordinated by Housing & Residence Life
  4. Community Development
    i. Create a vision for community development to meet resident needs.
    ii. Coordinate at least one community program per semester
    iii. Leverage University-wide programming resources targeted at residential population (e.g., use of Orientation schedule, University-wide programs, etc.).
    iv. Oversee and support RAs in the implementation of the area programming model.
  5. Respond to and manage incidents, crises and policy violations.
    i. Serve as a member of the area RA coverage rotation. Respond promptly to staff, supervisors, and Deans for area-related crises, incidents, and other urgent needs at any time.
    ii. Coverage responsibilities occur throughout the semester to address violations of policy and assist with crisis management. Coverage is at minimum three days per week (Thursdays on-call and Fridays, & Saturdays regular coverage). Resident Staff must be available to their respective residents at all other times. The Chair(s) of the Resident Staff program determines the expectations for coverage. Coverage may also be required during major University events, Reading Days, and in the event of emergencies. Expectations, information and dates will be reviewed during fall training.
    iii. Conduct follow-up conversations for low-level issues.
    iv. Communicate regularly with supervisors.
  6. Coordinate safety and security policies and procedures.
  7. Coordinate opening and closing procedures.

C. Role Modeling

  1. Promote the academic mission of the University through personal academic engagement and by meeting the requirements of the Resident Staff program.
  2. Be organized; manage administrative responsibilities effectively.
  3. Abide by and support University policies and procedures.
  4. Collaborate with the faculty, staff and students that work with Housing and Residence Life.

D. Resident Staff Program Responsibilities

  1. Serve on at least one of the Resident Staff committees.
  2. Represent the residence area at all Executive Committee, Area meetings and individual supervisory meetings; communicate relevant information to RA staff.
  3. Facilitate training sessions for RAs through O-week, in-services, and staff development.
  4. Support the Selection and Promotion processes through committee membership and leadership.

E. Eligibility for Senior Residents in Respective Areas

Senior Residents of the Residential Colleges (Brown/Hereford/International Residential Colleges)

  1. It is preferred that the Senior Residents in the Residential Colleges be admitted into the Residential College in which they work.

Senior Resident: Lawn

  1. The Senior Resident: Lawn must be in final year of undergraduate studies; acceptance to the Lawn community is required.

Senior Resident: Language Houses

  1. It is preferred that the Senior Resident: Language Houses be proficient in a language other than English and have a language immersion experience.

F. Terms of Employment

  1. SRs will be expected to work an average of 15 hours per week, with some evening and weekend work required.
  2. Must attend mandatory spring training sessions (two 2-hour evening sessions tentatively scheduled for April 11 and April 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.).
  3. Must arrive for mandatory training program between noon on Friday, July 28th and noon on Saturday, July 29, 2017. No exceptions.
  4. SRs are encouraged to participate in the life on Grounds and community; however, no commitment should interfere with responsibilities of being a student in good standing or with the responsibilities of the position. When conflicts arise between SR duties and extracurricular activities, SR responsibilities take priority. To ensure that outside activities are appropriate, they should be reviewed with supervisors at the beginning of the year and periodically throughout the year. Resolution of scheduling conflicts is left to the discretion of the supervisors.
  5. SRs are not to hold major, university-wide, elected positions, such as president of a sorority or fraternity, Student Body President, and are not permitted to take on any other paid employment. Exceptions need to be discussed with the Assistant Dean in advance.
  6. Remuneration* for Senior Resident – First Year, Upperclass Apartments, JMW, IRC, Lawn, and Language Houses: A furnished apartment rent-free during term of employment, the Resident Staff Meal Plan - $800 plus dollars per academic year ($400 per semester) and a GOAL PAY of $2500 per year ($1250 per semester). The Senior Resident for the Lawn will receive a furnished room on the Lawn (26 East).
  7. Remuneration* for Senior Resident -- Brown College & Hereford College: A furnished apartment rent-free during the term of employment, a Resident Staff Meal Plan (50 meals per semester + $130 plus dollars per semester), and a GOAL PAY of $2500 per year ($1250 per semester).

Remuneration Note

* Remuneration through GOAL PAY amount/type and Resident Staff Meal Plan amount/type are subject to change.

G. Parking Information

Parking permits are not part of the Resident Staff remuneration. There is no requirement that any member of Resident Staff have a personal vehicle on-Grounds. Housing & Residence Life will send the name of members of Resident Staff to Parking & Transportation each semester. If a member of Resident Staff wishes to have a vehicle on-Grounds, it is their responsibility to purchase a parking permit from Parking & Transportation. The location and availability of parking is subject to change at any time. This includes but is not limited to special events, construction, or changes by Parking & Transportation. The S0 parking spaces adjacent to Alderman Road and McCormick Road buildings will no longer be available for Senior Residents for 2017-18. Senior staff in these areas will be eligible to park in the S6 lot at the football stadium. This is due to construction and other needs for these parking spaces.