Resident Advisors

Nature and Scope

The Resident Advisor (RA) is an upper-year student who is expected to act as a leader, role model, mentor, resource and support to students living in residence. The primary objective of the RA and the Residence Life Department is to foster a community environment that eases the student transition into college/university and supports the personal and academic success of their students. The RA will live in an assigned residence room and be responsible for facilitating social and educational programs and creating a safe, respectful environment through the enforcement of the Residence Community Living Standards.

Contract Period

From the beginning of the Residence Life Staff Training Program in August (approx. August 10, 2020) until 24 hours after last scheduled exam in the Fall Semester AND from the time the Residences re-open in January until 24 hours after the last scheduled exam in the Winter Semester (approx. April 30, 2021). Note: The RA is expected to move in to residence early each semester to participate in training and assist with building preparation and orientation programming. The RA will also remain on campus after exams to assist with residence move-out processes.


RAs are compensated at a rate of $14.00 per hour. All RAs will be paid for the full duration of the Residence Life Staff training program. During the academic year, RAs will be scheduled for approximately 12-14 hours per week. Note: All RAs will be expected to follow all residence application and admission procedures, including paying all residence fees prior to moving into residence.

Organizational Status

RAs will report directly to the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate) who will provide training, support and assistance in the execution of the RA’s responsibilities. Resident Advisors work in co-operation with other staff including but not limited to: the Residence Life Coordinator (RLC), the General Manager (GM), the Residence Services Supervisor (RSS), Residence Service Representatives (RSR), other residence and college staff, student leadership groups and community partners.

Resident Advisor Application Information Package 2020-2021

Academics and Time Commitment

All RAs are students first and are therefore expected to model positive academic habits and maintain a minimum GPA of 65% throughout the duration of their employment. RAs are expected to give the responsibilities of the position priority over all other activities except those which pertain to their academic success.

Qualifications and Conditions of Employment

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student for the contract term.
  • A minimum academic achievement of C+ (65%) prior to and during contract term.
  • A passion for leadership; excellent communication skills; positive attitude; team player.
  • Demonstrated positive contribution to the residence community (and a clean student conduct record).
  • Prior to the commencement of the term of the contract, each RA candidate must complete the following:
    • Independent completion of ‘Standard First Aid’ & CPR Level “C” (must be valid for the duration of the contract term);
    • Valid Criminal Record Check (will be conducted by Residence Management for successful candidates only);
    • Pre-service orientation and information sessions (1-2 days in April);
    • Residence Life Staff Property Training Program (1-2 weeks in August);
    • Residence Life Staff Training Conference (1 week in August); and
  • Any other Institutional requirements deemed necessary.


Position Details

  1. Read, understand and model the expectations of student behaviour detailed in the Resident Advisor Conditional Offer of Employment, the Student Resident Agreement (SRA), the Residence Handbook, the Residence Community Living Standards (RCLS) and associated residence and college/university handbooks, policies and procedures.
  2. Be visible, approachable and accessible during scheduled shifts and associated duties.
  3. Serve as a role model for others at all times; behaving in a manner that exemplifies the values of the residence and college/university community.
  4. Respond to questions and concerns raised by the community in a timely and responsible manner.
  5. Assist with the resolution of conflicts in the community, such as roommate conflicts.
  6. Assist residents with personal, social and academic concerns and refer residents to appropriate resources as required.
  7. Serve as a liaison between the Residence Staff, the college/university and students
  8. Respond to and provide assistance during residence emergencies or student crises.
  9. Maintain the highest level of confidentiality in regards to resident issues.
  1. Work with the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate) to assess community needs and to develop monthly programming which attempts to address the needs identified.
  2. Plan, implement and evaluate a minimum of one social program and one educational program per month. This number may increase at the discretion of the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate).
  3. Maintain and update the assigned bulletin board(s).
  4. Advise all staff and students about planned activities through individual and group meetings.
  5. Encourage all residents to become involved in floor, residence, and campus activities.
  6. Hold a floor meeting once per month designed for discussing community concerns, planned activities, and other issues outlined by the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate).
  1. As scheduled by the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate), Full-time RAs are expected to work a minimum of two (2) shifts per week (approximately 16 hours).
  2. Attend all scheduled meetings, including but not limited to:
    1. A one hour weekly staff meeting; and
    2. Regular individual reporting meetings with the Residence Life Coordinator (or designate).
  3. Attend all scheduled training sessions, including but not limited to:
    1. Pre-service orientation and information sessions (1-2 days in April);
    2. Residence Life Staff Property Training Program (1-2 weeks in August);
    3. Residence Life Staff Training Conference (1 week in August); and
    4. In-service training sessions (1-2 hours/month and 1 day in January).
  4. Complete all assigned administrative tasks, including but not limited to: incident reports, property event request forms, event evaluations, waivers, on-call shift reports, maintenance work orders, etc.
  5. Wear the RA uniform as directed.
  6. Remain in the residence during scheduled shifts and/or while ‘on duty.’
  7. Complete all other duties as required by Residence Management.