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Witmer ARD

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RA Position Description



  • Have and keep a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
  • Have completed at least 1 year as a full-time enrolled student at Messiah College by the beginning of RA training
    • Preferably having experience working with FY students and desire to invest into an upper class RA staff
  • Maintain communication with your RD when you plan to be off-campus overnight (especially on weekends)
  • Have strong administrative abilities; strong communicator; be self-motivated/initiator


  • Connecting with and caring for staff members individually and as a group
  • Assisting with discipline and mentoring students
  • Role model a commitment to Messiah College standards, healthy relationships and respect for others.
  • Communicate (check RA box, voice mail and email daily and make timely responses)
  • Serve as a representative of the RD during their absence
  • Serve as a resource for RAs
  • Care for yourself – do what you need to do to maintain your health (spiritual, physical, emotional, etc.)
  • Other responsibilities as requested by your Residence Director, Director of Residence Life and/or Director of Housing


  • Attend, help plan and lead parts of staff meetings
  • Attend 1:1s with your RD
  • Turn in completed paperwork (as per your RD expectations)
  • Conduct five office hours in the building/ResLife office
  • Coordinate staff dinners
  • Maintain & update building social media sites
  • Initiate staff hang outs and individual connections with staff


  • Create & update the common column for all FY hall newletters
  • Complete and turn in staff reports (i.e. - Intentional Connections, LT times, etc)
  • Connect with staff through 1:1s
  • Create clock/walk schedules
  • Maintain building bulletin board


  • Welcome new residents!
  • Participate in all training activities (August training, J-term Training, all-RA meetings, leadership initativies)
  • Take the lead on RCIs/ACIs (help train your staff, organize your building)
  • Organize building RCIs
  • Work hall opening (First year move in, key tables, greet residents)
  • Work hall closings (check outs, storage, etc. at Christmas, Spring Break, May closing)
  • Participate in FY programming (CCC training/Deck the Halls/Imago Day/etc.)
  • Complete performance review with your RD
  • Assist the FY RDs (Kicking back at the Union, Accepted Students Preview Days, Focus Groups, Educational Templates, First Friday)
  • Planning, assisting, and hosting building wide activities (Holiday parties, Spirit week, cookouts, dessert nights, etc.)
  • Attend & help plan staff retreats


  • Attend Leadership banuqet
  • Attend ResLife (create RA slideshow)
  • Complete RD evaluations
  • Participate in RA hiring process (i.e. – Carousel night)
  • Plan & coordinate RA commissioning
  • Organize banner making in August
  • Manage hall t-shirts (design, sign-ups, distribute)


Average breakdown per week or RA position*

Job Responsibility Description Hours
Staff Care One on One with RD, One on Ones with staff members, staff time, social/enriching initiative 8-10 hours
Administrative Duties Clock/walk, discipline letters, emails, newsletter, RCIs/ACIs, updating social networking sites, etc. (offic hours) 5 hours
Programming Planning, advertising, cleaning up 1 hour
Student Meetings Discipline hearings, mentoring, gentting to know residents (especially marginalized ones) 3-4 hours
Total   17-20 hours

*Keep in mind this is an average represenation over the course of the semester. Each week can look different.


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