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Residential Life



Resident Assistant 


The responsibilities of the Resident Assistant (RA) are diverse and require a significant personal commitment to make a contribution toward facilitating a floor and hall environment that is conducive to learning and the growth of the whole student, both on the assigned floor and in the respective hall. The Resident Assistant responsibilities fall into the following categories: community development, self-growth and modeling, staff cooperation and hall leadership, and administrative duties.



  1. Initiate, develop and maintain dynamic and ongoing relationships with each resident of the floor, and with as many other students in the hall as possible.
  2. Be available to residents on a regular basis, including evening and weekend accessibility, participation in an on-duty rotation, and responding to emergency situations.
  3. Assist residents with their personal, academic, and social needs by serving as a peer helper and making referrals as appropriate.
  4. Become familiar with campus and community resources and keep residents informed of their existence and functions.
  5. Facilitate the floor in developing a positive learning community that includes a study/sleep atmosphere that meets the needs of community members.
  6. Assist individuals and groups in achieving a resolution to conflicts.
  7. Educate residents in their rights and responsibilities as community members of the University and serve as an advocate for residents when appropriate.
  8. Identify the needs and interests of residents in order to promote a well-balanced offering of programs designed to enhance residents' learning, growth, and development.
  9. Involve residents in the planning and implementation of programs.


  1. Promote an environment that supports academic success.
  2. Provide opportunities that allow residents and faculty persons to interact with one another outside of the traditional classroom setting.
  3. Assist residents in identifying academic goals and provide interpretation of academic policies and procedures.
  4. Develop and maintain academic resources for residents via various forms of educational media: bulletin boards, newsletters, web pages, etc.
  5. Be knowledgeable about resources that residents can utilize for tutoring, mentoring, and addressing questions about classes, academic policies and procedures, etc.


  1. Serve as an appropriate role model to students by demonstrating good study habits, concern for the welfare of others, responsibility to one's community, positive social interactions, regard for a healthy lifestyle, and an open mind to diverse lifestyles, attitudes, and behaviors.
  2. Serve as a role model on and off campus in observing Federal, State, and local laws, as well as University and Residential Life guidelines and policies.
  3. Practice personal and professional growth by defining goals, taking action to meet them, and evaluating progress.


  1. Function as a cooperative team member in relationships with staff, promote consistency, help solve mutual problems, provide personal and paraprofessional support, and maintain prompt and open communication with all members of the Residential Life staff.
  2. Develop necessary skills by attending staff meetings, training sessions, and individual meetings with the Area Director/Residence Hall Director.
  3. Share in the Department of Residential Life evaluation process by completing evaluation procedures and openly sharing and receiving feedback from floor members, peers, and supervisors.
  4. Participate in Department of Residential Life leadership and committee opportunities.
  5. Work cooperatively with hall government by attending & helping publicize activities/events.
  6. Support the hall government representatives in fulfilling responsibilities.
  7. Promote floor, hall, and campus leadership opportunities among residents.
  8. Attend monthly department-wide staff in-services.


  1. Provide administrative support for residents by completing check-in/out procedures, facilitating floor meetings, aiding in the room transfer process, adhering to deadlines, responding to emergency situations, and serving as liaison to Department of Residential Life.
  2. Assist in the maintenance and improvement of physical facilities by promptly reporting damages or other concerns, promoting positive relationships with maintenance and custodial staffs, and encouraging student responsibility, and making suggestions for facility improvements.
  3. Consistently enforce the University Code of Conduct and University policies and regulations. Seek an educational resolution to incidents and conflicts.
  4. Post and share all information in adherence to the Department of Residential Life Solicitation Policy and as instructed by the Area/Residence Hall Director or designee.
  5. Work two hours per week at the hall reception desk.
  6. Perform other tasks as assigned by the Area/Residence Hall Director.


Functional and administrative supervision is received from the Area Director/Residence Hall Director and the Assistant Residence Hall Director as designated by the AD/RHD.


Must be enrolled at Bemidji State University and maintain full-time student status (12 undergraduate credits or 9 graduate credits) at all times during employment, and be sensitive to the demands of the job when determining class schedules. RAs wanting to take more than 18 credits per semester should consult with their supervisor (AD/RHD) before registering. A minimum GPA of 2.00 (semester and cumulative) must be achieved upon hiring and for all subsequent periods of employment. Must have had some experience in a group living situation. Must be in good standing with the University conduct system (no conduct probation) and have no major conduct code violations.


Remuneration for the Resident Assistant will be a double-as-a-single room, meals during Fall training, a meal plan during times when meal service is offered, and a $1000 academic year cash stipend.