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Residence Life at Messiah College

RA position



Additional SRA duties

Witmer ARD Postion Description

Special Interest House 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
  • Maintain communication with your RD when you plan to be off-campus overnight (especially on weekends)



  • Connect with your residents (knock on doors, say hello, have intentional connections, support resident activities)
  • 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)
  • Proactively respond to situations on your floor/hall (relational concerns, roommate tension, potential safety, maintenance and policy concerns)
  • Care for yourself – do what you need to do to maintain your health (spiritual, physical, emotional, etc.)
  • Maintain common spaces (floor lounge/kitchen, study rooms, hallways, etc.)
  • Other responsibilities as requested by your Residence Director, Director of Residence Life and/or Director of Housing



  • Connect with your Co-RA and/or your staff members
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Attend 1:1s with your RD
  • In Building Responsibilities (updating campus information)
  • Turn in completed paperwork (as per your RD expectations)


  • Maintain and/or update passive programming (as outlined for you hall)
  • Complete and turn in reports (i.e. - Intentional Connections, LT times, etc)
  • Plan and implement floor/section programs
  • Fire Extinguisher checks and toilet paper distribution (for RAs in apartments only)


  • Welcome new residents!
  • Participate in all training activities (August training, J-term Training, all-RA meetings, leadership initativies)
  • Prepare housing inventory forms for new residents
  • Work hall opening (First year move in, key tables, greet residents)
  • Work hall closings (check outs, storage, etc. at Christmas, Spring Break, May closing)
  • Enroll in and attend the RA class (first-time RAs only, fall semester)
  • Complete performance review with your RD
  • Lead all floor/section meetings: August, December, February & April


  • Attend staff retreat
  • Attend Leadership banquet
  • Complete RD evaluations
  • Participate in RA hiring process (i.e. – Carousel night)
  • Share in break duty coverage as assigned


Average breakdown per week or RA position*

Job Responsibility Description Hours
Meetings One on one with RD, Staff time 3 hours
Administrative Duties Clock/walk, maintainting floor, emails, RCIs/ACIs, etc. . . 2 hours
Programming Planning, advertising, cleaning up 2 hours
Connecting with Residents Intentional Connection, present on floor, Upper Class and First year specific programs, lunch/dinner/coffee with residents, etc. 5-8 hours
Total   12-15 hours

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

SRA - Additional Responsibilities- complete job description

  • Schedule clock/walk for your staff
  • Take the lead on RCIs and ACIs (help train your staff, organize your building)
  • Five office hours per week (RDs assign administrative tasks)
  • Manage social media for the building
  • Initiate staff hang outs and individual connetions with staff
  • Maintain building bulletin board
  • Manage hall t-shirts (design, sign-ups, distribute)
  • Lead parts of staff time
  • Serve as a representative of the RD during their absence
  • Serve as a resource for RAs


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