Resident Assistants

Apply to Be a Resident Assistant for 2017-2018!

Pick up a physical copy of the application in the Office of Student Life (third floor of the Campbell College Center) and turn it in to Zeke Bandy or Patrick Cooper (or download an editable electronic copy and email it to bandyej@millsaps.edu) by Friday, February 3, 2017. You will also need to have two references, which should also be turned in to the Office of Student Life by Friday, February 3, 2017 but can be submitted by the references themselves. 

Student Life will host three Interest Meetings, and if you wish to apply for the RA position you must attend one. The dates for the Interest Meetings are below, and all will be held in the Student Life offices:

Thursday, January 12, at 11:30am
Tuesday, January 24, at 4:30pm
Tuesday, January 31, at 4:30pm

If you are not able to be at any of the Interest Meetings but still wish to apply, please email Zeke Bandy, bandyej@millsaps.edu.

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Position Description

The Resident Assistant (RA) is one of 30+ student staff members who share responsibility for the Millsaps Residence Life program. These students work in the College's residence halls under the direct supervision of the Resident Hall Director (RHD), Residence Life Coordinator, and the Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life. The primary role of the RA is to work with the other members of the residence life staff to facilitate an environment within the residence halls that promotes the educational experience of residential living. The RA articulates to the residents the philosophy and policies of the Office of Student Life and the College and, in turn, represents the needs of the students to the administration.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are members of the Student Life staff and serve as representatives of Millsaps College. In the living communities for which they have responsibilities, RAs serve as an important liaison between students and college staff members, through which college policies and objectives can be interpreted to students and the students' needs can, in turn, be communicated effectively back to the College. RAs should make an effort to be available to their floors/wings/cubes as much as possible throughout the day.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the opening and closing of residence halls at the beginning and end of each semester, as well as during vacation periods.
  • Greet and assist in the orientation of new and returning residents to residence hall life.
  • Keep bulletin boards up-to-date with important information and College/Residence Life policies
  • Know your residents and be available for them.
  • Create a community among the residents on your hall and within your building.
  • Assist in identifying and pinpointing maintenance and safety concerns in the residence halls.
  • Assist in the supervision of the residence hall during scheduled hours.
  • Enforce College policies.
  • Report and assist in the investigation of incidents of a disciplinary nature.
  • Are knowledgeable of campus services and the procedures for their use.
  • Work closely with the other RAs in your building.
  • Attend weekly RA meetings with the Residence Life Staff and a monthly hall meeting with your RHD.
  • Communicate regularly with the Residence Life Staff.
  • Encourage residents to discuss their concerns, and to the best of their abilities, counsel and advise them on said concerns.

Resident Assistants are students. Because of the dual role of being both a student and an employee, time management is essential component to maintaining sanity as well as balance in life. It is expected that much of the RA's campus time will be spent in the residence halls. Personal contact, outside that of a disciplinary nature, is the best way for a positive relationship to exist between the RA and the residents.

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