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Resident Assistant Position Description

Resident Assistant Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to, the following):

Community Development

As an RA, you will be invested in the overall growth and welfare of each resident in your area and ultimately responsible for facilitating the development of your community. RAs are available and accessible to residents, assisting them with personal, relational, social, cultural, emotional, and academic needs. You will get to know each resident in your community, beyond their name, and help them feel like important members of your community. These intentional relationships are essential in helping residents feel more comfortable with your role as a leader in programming, conflict resolution, consistent and fair policy enforcement, encouraging involvement, personal involvement, accessibility, and genuine care.

In the eyes of residents, the most important criteria in evaluating their RA is the RA’s availability. To effectively demonstrate this, an RA will need to spend a significant amount of time during normal waking hours in his or her community, visiting residents.  To be perceived as approachable, an RA must respond to all residents in a friendly manner, avoid the appearance of exclusive relationships, and complete all expectations in a fair and consistent manner.



Educational and social programming are primary aspects of the RA role which support and enhance the academic mission of the University.  They are a significant part of what differentiates residence hall living from “dorms.”  Our goal is to help residents learn life management skills - specifically to help them feel a sense of belonging, to have confidence in their academic success, to clarify their attitudes and values, and ultimately, to assume responsibility for themselves and their behavior as adults.


Team Member

As an RA, you will be a part of an innovative and dynamic University Housing team. Supervision will be under a a masters-level professional Resident Director. The relationship with the RD is one of the richest learning opportunities for an RA.  Among the most important of the many roles of the RD is encouragement and support of personal and professional development of individual RAs. In addition, relationships with fellow RAs provide significant support, empathy, and friendship. You and your RA staff will work together through training, staff meetings, programming, and a variety of University Housing assignments and operations.


Staff Meetings and Staff Training

RAs fully participate in staff training and development activities including weekly Tuesday night staff meetings, fall and spring training, on-going training, in-service requirements, staff development activities, and staff retreats. 


Role Model

As an RA it is critical to hold yourself to the highest standard possible. Resident Assistants must be able to balance their academics, role as an RA, and a personal life in order to be credible role models to their peers. Being a strong role model extends beyond merely upholding laws and policy. You will be expected to connect with all members of your community, communicating through diverse differences with respect. As solid relationships are developed, the way you confront inappropriate behaviors, utilize social networks, and role model academic commitment will be noticed by your community. Being an RA is a significant responsibility and being a responsible, caring, and assertive role model is essential.


Facilities and Operations

RAs play an important role in the management and operation of the University Housing communities. Ensure excellence in our University Housing facilities are a top priority for all staff. As an RA, you will do your part in reporting, addressing, and following up with a variety of facilities concerns. Regular Health and Safety Inspections are managed by RAs, in addition to, consistent education about maintenance and custodial roles and resident responsibilities. RAs are not only expected to report emergency situations, but also step up and address any and all concerns in their community. RAs also have responsibilities in occupancy management, room changes, check-ins and check-outs, and damage assessment. Strong communication skills are developed by RAs as they manage multiple processes and work with multiple people.


Additional Involvement

In addition to the Resident Assistant position, RAs may be employed, active on-campus or in the community, hold volunteer/club memberships, or hold internships/practicums up to 15 hours per week. All additional involvement must be approved by RA’s supervising Resident Director before committing. All additional involvement commitments are factored into an RA’s 15 hour allowance. For example, if an RA chooses to work 10 hours a week and volunteer 2 hours a week, this leaves 3 hours a week to be involved in student groups and other campus activities.



Duty responsibilities rotate among RA staff according to community needs.  Duty begins at 7:00 p.m. nightly and continues until 7:00 a.m. Monday-Friday. Weekend duty is considered 24 hours on-call. RAs on duty are to be available and accessible in the community throughout that time. Duty rounds are required to begin at 9:00 pm and must continue until 1:00 am on the weekdays and 2:00 am on the weekends. Rounds allow you to assess and respond to community safety, security, and behavioral concerns.  Rounds are also important for staff visibility and interaction.



RAs are afforded a maximum of 6 weekends (Friday evening – Sunday evening) away from their community each semester at the Resident Director’s discretion. A maximum of 2 consecutive weekends away are allowed at the Resident Director’s discretion. There will be weekdays and weekends that RAs will not be permitted to leave campus due to Resident Assistant responsibilities. RAs are expected to spend all nights in their room unless specific permission is granted from the Resident Director. 


Community / Room Assignment

University Housing assigns RAs to a residential community based on departmental needs and, in rare cases, reassignment may be necessary.  RAs are assigned a cost free room which I agree to live in as a condition of my employment.



RAs receive a room based on availability in their specific area, and a meal plan of my choice. In addition, the $150.00 housing application fee will be refunded to RA after acceptance of the RA position.


RA Compensation May Affect Financial Aid Award

The federal government requires Coastal Carolina University to monitor all the resources available to a student who receives federal financial aid. If you have applied for or are receiving financial aid, it may be affected if you become an RA. As an RA applicant, it is your responsibility to check with the Financial Aid Office before accepting an RA position to determine what financial aid adjustment, if any, might be necessary.