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Housing and Residential Life

Position Information

What Will I Be Doing?

RAs work and interact with, on average between 40 and 60 residents. Therefore, they need to be aware of and sensitive to the needs, values, and lifestyles of many different people. This requires that RAs be open, supportive, and confident. RAs are supervised by professional staff who help with training, provide support, facilitate team building, and help develop RAs through one-on-one supervision.

Each RA staff is made up of six to sixteen RAs. Your staff is there to support and challenge you. As a team, RAs set the tone for their hall and build community both on their individual floors and throughout the building.

Some RA responsibilities are listed below:

  • Be a resource for questions regarding the University, the Departments of Residence Life and Housing Services, and the greater Boston Community.
  • Complete administrative tasks, such as room condition forms and provide assistance to residents who are locked out of their room.
  • Build community by providing social and educational activities.
  • Refer students to other University and community resources.
  • Enforce University and Residence Life policies.
  • Be a peer counselor and serve as a role model.

What is the time commitment of the RA position?

The RA position is approximately 20 hours per week, with some times of the year being busier than others.  Most of these hours are not scheduled, including programming, individual contact with residents, and community building.  However, there are several scheduled hours including:

  • Attendance at summer (late August), and spring (early January) training sessions and at Department sponsored development sessions.
  • Weekly Proctor hours (one 4 hour shift per week)
  • Office hours and rounds while "On-Duty"
  • Openings and Closings of residence halls
  • Attendance at weekly staff meetings and weekly one-on-one meetings with your supervisor

What is the compensation for being a Resident Assistant?

Resident Assistants receive free room and board, which includes 19 meals per week and $120 in dining dollars as well as 8 guest passes per semester.

In addition, the RA position allows you to gain and strengthen skills that are transferable to any career field. As an RA you will enhance your skills in the following areas: Communication, Leadership, Counseling & Advising, Conflict Resolution, Time Management, Interpersonal Relations, and Program Development. 

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