Summer Session Housing Resident Assistant (RA)


The Summer Session Housing Resident Assistant (RA) is a live-in student staff member in the Office of Residence Life, Housing & Dining Services. The RA assists in supporting the Residence Life Mission: “To create safe and inclusive learning communities that support, challenge, and inspire all students to be ethical leaders and citizens in a diverse society”.  RAs also support Colorado State University’s Principles of Community: Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice.  Finally, RAs support Residence Life’s Pillars: Connections, Leadership Development, Diversity and Social Justice, Learning, and Professional Development. RAs are expected to provide strategies for, and assist residents with: transition, multicultural competence, learning, and ethical decision making.



Under the general supervision of the Summer Session Housing Graduate Assistant Residence Director (ARD), the Summer Session Housing RA will have responsibility in community development, safety & security within the residence hall, and serving as a resource to the residents. This position is designed to enrich and support Colorado State University through various activities relating to our Summer Session Housing program and conference guests to campus.  RAs will provide information and programs, be a resource for students and guests, ensure building safety, and present the positive spirit of Colorado State University.


Position Responsibilities


  1. Establish and maintain an environment that is supportive of successful academic achievement.
  2. Implement activities and strategies that contribute to students’ academic success.
  3. Exhibit successful academic role modeling behavior.
  4. Help students utilize academic and career resources on campus.
  5. Assist students in connecting with other students around common courses and academic/career interests.
  6. Respond to student behavior which may be indicative of academic problems.


Diversity and Inclusion

  1. Create a respectful community in which students’ stories are honored and all identities are welcome.
  2. Utilize and promote activities and strategies that contribute to increasing students’ multicultural competence.
  3. Help students utilize diversity resources on campus.
  4. Respond to student behavior which involves incidents of bias based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy, in accordance with CSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy:
  5. Demonstrate personal growth and self-awareness of own and others’ personal identities.


Student Contact

  1. Maintain on-going interactions and conversations with residents individually and as a community.                           
  2. Know names and pertinent information about floor residents.
  3. Maintain a high profile in the hall and floor; be approachable and receptive.
  4. Encourage interaction among students and acknowledge the diversity within the community.
  5. Encourage students to utilize campus resources and work in partnership with other departments on campus.
  6. Work with other staff to implement programs that meet students’ needs.
  7. Communicate regularly with residents through bulletin boards, postings, floor meetings, and informal contact.


Community Development

  1. Assist residents in establishing community standards and in accepting responsibility for floor/individual issues.
  2. Facilitate community meetings at the beginning of each 4 week session.
  3. Encourage the development of an environment that is inclusive of the diverse backgrounds of residents.
  4. Mediate conflicts between residents.
  5. Create and promote involvement in summer campus and community alternative social events.
  6. Confront and document inappropriate behavior.
  7. Facilitate and implement strategies that connect students with each other.
  8. Promote learning and involvement opportunities that challenge growth.
  9. Engage students in activity planning and assess student needs for community activities.


Staff Functions

  1. Attend training activities: This includes training on the evenings of March 28, April 11 and April 25 from 5-8pm.
  2. Must attend all required weekly staff meetings.
  3. Must work mandatory workdays such as move-in for each 4-week session.
  4. Assist with hall and administrative duties.
  5. Know, respond to, and follow up on floor/hall emergencies/procedures, serving as a front line responder as a part of the duty system, including weeknight, weekend, and university holidays.
  6. Actively support other members of the residence hall staff; work collaboratively as a team.
  7. Support and adhere to University and Housing & Dining Services policies, regulations, and procedures.
  8. Assist in the selection and training of new staff.
  9. Complete paperwork in a thorough and timely manner.
  10. Keep supervisor informed of floor, resident, and facility issues, and assist in resolution as needed.


Conditions of Employment

  1. Must be available and willing to work from May 12, 2018 to August 5, 2018.
  2. RAs must be enrolled at CSU during their period of employment.
  3. RAs must live on-campus during their period of employment in the room provided.
  4. RAs must be in good academic standing with the University; a GPA of 2.5 is preferred.
  5. During period of employment, RAs may be enrolled in summer classes in consultation with the Summer Session Housing Graduate ARD.
  6. RAs must have completed at least 15 credit hours and have lived in a residence hall for one semester at the time of hire.
  7. First semester RAs may not student teach or hold internships. After the first semester, experiences which will take the RA away from their building for significant time blocks are discouraged, and must be approved by the Assistant Residence Director, Residence Director and Assistant Director before they are accepted.
  8. It is understood that an undergraduate student staff position in the residence halls cannot easily be translated into hours worked per day or week because of the unique nature of the work. The RA job requires both regularly scheduled responsibilities and times at which staff is available and accessible to floor residents. RA work time should be planned in consultation with the supervisor and the RA should be accessible to residents for informal contact, especially during high activity times (typically 4:00 p.m. to midnight).
  9. Remuneration is a single room with board while school is in session, including 21 meals/week and $50 RamCash, during the employment period.


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Colorado State University conducts background checks on all final candidates, and all applicants must be 18 or older at time of background check to be considered for a position.