Employment for Students

Resident Advisor

The resident advisor (RA) works to foster and maintain a positive sense of community among residents, assesses and responds to the needs of residents on a continual basis, enforces policies and performs administrative tasks. Resident advisors receive training for a wide range of responsibilities, including the following:

  • Facilitating programs that build community and meet the needs of their floor, hall and community
  • Being knowledgeable about and communicating safety and emergency procedures
  • Being familiar with campus and community resources
  • Being sensitive and adhering to the regulations regarding confidentiality
  • Being visible, available and approachable to residents
  • Modeling appropriate behavior at all times
  • Knowing, enforcing and being able to explain the policies and the conduct system
  • Working specified duty shifts throughout each semester and completing assigned paperwork and administrative tasks

Job Skills:

Resident Advisors receive training for a wide range of responsibilities, including the following:

  • Develop one-on-one relationships with residents

  • Facilitating programs that build community and meet the needs of their floor, hall, and community; 

  • Being visible, available, and approachable to residents;

  • Being knowledgeable of and actively communicate safety and emergency procedures; 

  • Assist residents with transitioning to college life and serve as a peer counselor/mentor

  • Being familiar with campus and community resources;

  • Maintaining confidentiality; 

  • Modeling appropriate behavior at all times (think fishbowl philosophy);

  • Knowing, enforcing, and being able to explain the policies and the conduct system; 

  • Working specified duty shifts throughout each semester; and

  • Completing assigned paperwork and administrative tasks.

Compensation:

  • Student Staff are awarded a single-occupancy room during appointment, excluding any regularly scheduled breaks when the residential community is closed. Student staff members in suite- and apartment-style communities will be placed in a single-occupancy room adjoined to a suite or apartment shared with other students.

  • For any additional hours outside of their normal role (as approved by supervisor) that Resident Advisors provide service to the department, they will be paid hourly at state minimum wage. 

  • During the time Dining Services is in operation, Student Staff will receive a meal plan for the 2022-23 academic year. 

Programming Resource Center (PRC) Coordinator

The Programming Resource Center (PRC) Coordinator, as a member of the Housing and Residence Life staff, will complete the following:

  • Complete Dye-cut and/or printing projects for Housing and Residence Life staff in a timely manner. 
  • Compile a programming resource index and update as necessary with information on various programs that student staff could produce for their residents.
  • Compile an index of bulletin board and door decoration ideas for Resident Adviser use and update continuously.
  • Change PRC bulletin boards once per month with new and creative information specifically for student staff.
  • Maintain 15 Hours in the PRC weekly
  • Put on one program per semester for the professional or personal development of Student staff
  • Host 5 PRC Hours during Summer and Winter Student Training 
  • Fulfill other assignments as directed by the Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Programming and the Housing and Residence Life Professional Staff.

To be qualified you must be a registered student with a 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA and a resident living in an on campus housing assignment. 

Desk Assistant

The desk assistant (DA), as a member of the Housing and Residence Life staff, works in the front lobby and desk area of a designated residential community and provides service and safety to residents, their guests and visitors to the University community. Desk assistants receive training for a wide range of responsibilities, and serve as initial representatives of their residential community, the department and Eastern Michigan University. During overnight hours, DAs assist residents as they register their guests and monitor lobby entrances. Desk assistants should be:

  • Familiar with community and campus resources
  • Sensitive to and adhere to the regulations regarding confidentiality and reporting
  • Visible, available and approachable to residents
  • Modelers of appropriate behavior at all times
  • Diligent in completing assigned paperwork and administrative tasks  

All DAs must work a minimum of 10 hours per week, which includes a combination of daytime, evening and overnight business hours. 

To be qualified you must be a registered student with a 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA and a resident living in an on campus housing assignment. 

Office Manager

The office manager (OM) create and maintains professional front desk operation in the residence halls. Office managers train and supervise office assistants, and oversee the daily operations of their residence hall/community’s front desk. Office managers receive training for a wide range of responsibilities, including the following:

  • Facilitating the daily operation and administrative responsibilities of the front desk
  • Being an effective supervisor
  • Being knowledgeable of and communicating safety and emergency procedures
  • Being familiar with campus and community resources
  • Being sensitive and adhering to the regulations regarding confidentiality
  • Being visible, available and approachable to their staff and residents
  • Modeling appropriate behavior at all times
  • Knowing, enforcing and being able to explain the policies and procedures of the front desk
  • Completing assigned paperwork and administrative tasks 

If you have any questions about the student staff positions listed above, please email [email protected].

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