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Resident Advisor Position Description, 2020-2021


  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program or completing the final year of a fifth-year Master’s program.
  • 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 Program Agreement.
  • Must be in good judicial/disciplinary standing with Housing & Residence Life and the University.


The Resident Advisor is directly responsible to their Senior Resident. The Resident Advisor partners with Resident Staff as a whole to enhance the intellectual, social, and cultural experience of students at the University.

The Resident Advisor articulates the philosophy and the policies of the Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Dean of Students, and Housing & Residence Life to their community. They also represent the needs of their students. The Resident Advisor's effectiveness is dependent upon the relationship they establish with the residents. This adult-to-adult, non-paternal relationship centers on the Resident Advisor's sincere desire to encourage the development of a residence community that fosters personal and academic growth and, in the case of first-year and transfer students, eases the adjustment to University life.

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

In fulfilling their responsibilities, Resident Advisors look to the Senior Resident who provides supervision, advice, and overall coordination, along with the Chair(s) and HRL professional staff who provide additional advice and support. Additional responsibilities and expectations will be communicated during trainings and throughout the year.


A. Administration

  1. Assist in the opening and closing of residence halls. Check in and check out residents at the beginning and the end of the year.
  2. Establish and monitor security measures in the residence hall area, including locking doors, evacuating during fire alarms, avoiding door propping, etc.
  3. Inform all residents of rules, regulations, and policies, such as the Drug and Alcohol Policy, and the Terms and Conditions of Housing.
  4. Ensure that all residents comply with stated policies. Actively encourage the maintenance of community standards.
  5. Fulfill administrative requirements promptly and efficiently, such as completing forms associated with Housing & Residence Life (Incident Reports, Damage Reports, etc.).
  6. Build positive relationships with Housekeeping and Maintenance staff, and maintain regular communication about relevant community concerns. Complete work orders and follow-up with supervisors for ongoing facilities concerns.
  7. Cooperate with other Resident Advisors and the Senior Resident in resolving area situations.
  8. Ensure that the Senior Resident is informed about incidents, crises, and day-to-day concerns in the area.
  9. Attend weekly staff meeting, facilitated by Senior Resident, to discuss building-wide concerns and programs

B. Community Development

  1. Spend an adequate amount of time in your room and building to respond to concerns.
  2. Orient first-year and transfer students to University life. Ease their adjustment to the University.
  3. Explain to residents the functions and roles of the Resident Advisor and Senior Resident.
  4. Serve as a positive role model for all residents by following and supporting the Standards of Conduct, Resident Staff expectations, and the Terms & Conditions.
  5. Encourage residents to practice self-discipline, self-governance, and a respect for individual rights and community standards.
  6. Develop an atmosphere where academics are a top priority.
  7. Develop an atmosphere where each resident feels comfortable asserting their own rights.
  8. Complete all programming and community development expectations as outlined in the programming model. This includes, but is not limited to, individual floor programs, building-wide programs, and specific living-learning components (ie. transfer, second-year, residential college, etc.).
  9. Recognize the talents and interests of students. Actively support the Area Council or Residential College government.
  10. For respective areas with an academic program (Language Houses, Residential Colleges, etc.):
    i. Work directly with academic staff to support the academic mission of the community.
    ii. Attend and support programs sponsored by the academic program.
    iii. Abide by the respective expectations for the program, including the language expectations (if applicable).
    iv. Serve as a liaison between Housing & Residence Life and the academic program.
  11. Maintain up-to-date postings, email listservs and forward pertinent information to residents in a timely manner.
  12. Coverage responsibilities occur throughout the semester to address violations of policy and to assist with crisis management.
  13. 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.
  14. Treat residents fairly and impartially.

C. Program Development

  1. Display an enthusiastic attitude toward Resident Staff goals, ideals, and obligations.
  2. Attend and participate in all Resident Staff Training/Orientation programs.
  3. Attend and participate in-services and all-staff meetings during the year.
  4. Stress the importance of student government and support the representatives in the area after they have been elected.
  5. Participate fully in assigned Staff-wide responsibilities, such as functioning as a member of one of the Resident Staff Committees or Area Council, as well as participation in HRL collaborations with offices across Grounds.

D. Counseling and Referral

  1. Act as a concerned, non-judgmental peer advisor, whose goal is to assist residents in resolving concerns or problems.
  2. Respond positively in crisis situations.
  3. Act as a referral for residents, utilizing community and University resources.
  4. Refer all academic concerns to the appropriate agent (Association Dean, Faculty Advisor, etc.).

E. Other Responsibilities

  1. Resident Advisors must arrive for the mandatory training program between noon on Friday, August 7 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 8, 2020. No exceptions.



Remuneration:* A furnished room rent-free during the appointed term and Resident Staff Meal Plan (100 meals per semester and $140 plus dollars per semester – total of $280 plus dollars per year).

Remuneration Note

*Resident Staff Meal Plan amount/type are subject to change. This remuneration package may impact a student’s financial aid package. Students should confer with UVA Student Financial Services for details about their individual situation.


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.