Becoming a Resident Assistant or Resident Freshman Mentor
Want to be a Resident Assistant?
Want to be a Resident Freshman Mentor?
Greetings Fordham Residents/Commuters!
Thank you for interest and inquiry into the Resident Assistant or Freshman Mentor process for next academic year. We in the Office of Residential Life have prepared some basic information for potential applicants in order to plan ahead and be aware of the upcoming process. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Camille Wilson in the Office of Residential Life at 212.636.7100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your question.
How do I pick up an application?
All eligible candidates MUST attend one of eight information sessions scheduled during the Fall 2013 semester. After interested students attend one information session, they will receive an application. The dates are as follows:
- Wednesday, October 30th at 9pm in McMahon 109
- Monday, November 4th at 7pm in McMahon 109
- Thursday, November 7th at 8pm in McMahon 5th floor lounge
- Tuesday, November 12th at 4pm 5th Floor Lounge
- Thursday, November 14th at noon in 5th Floor Lounge
- Monday, November 18th at 9pm in McMahon 109
- Wednesday, December 4th at 9pm in McMahon 109
- Friday, December 6th at 4pm in McMahon 109
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! We hope to see you at an information session soon!
Who is eligible?
All applicants for the Resident Assistant position must be either an upcoming (as of Fall 2013) FCLC junior, senior, 2L, 3L, or graduate student with at least a 2.5 GPA. Residents and commuters are eligible to apply.
All applicants for the Freshman Mentor position must be an upcoming (as of Fall 2013) sophomore, junior or senior with at least a 2.5 GPA.
How will my financial aid be affected?
Applicants with questions are encouraged to address these inquiries with a financial aid officer.
Resident Assistant Job Description
The Resident Assistant position at Fordham University at Lincoln Center is an integral part of the operation of McMahon Hall and the Office of Residential Life. The Resident Assistant position is a ten month position beginning in August and ending in May. The specific dates are based upon the academic year calendar.
Resident Assistant to Student Relationships
- Build individual relationships with residents from the beginning of the academic year.
- Visit each apartment on an on-going basis building relationships with residents while gaining a sense of the dynamics within each apartment.
- Work with residents in setting up cleaning schedules and other operational guidelines to help ensure a comfortable living experience for residents.
- Conduct opening floor meetings to explain all policies and procedures, discuss programming ideas and, promote community development.
- Hold periodic floor meetings during the semester to discuss areas of improvement and growth for the community.
- Provide Residential Life resources to assist residents with problems or concerns with their living environment.
- Maintain presence in the building for residents’ needs.
- Advise students on academic, social, and University related issues.
- Refer residents to the appropriate personnel in case of psychological and medical emergencies.
- Build a community of respect that helps residents feel safe and comfortable while residing in the residence hall.
- Be present and participate in mandatory training sessions in August and January, as well as attend staff development activities throughout the semester.
- Attend weekly staff meetings.
- Participate in all move-in and move-out dates at the beginning and end of both semesters.
- Serve on at least one Residential Life project team, such as Recruit & Select, Staff Training or Staff recognition, and others as deemed necessary by the Office of Residential Life.
- Complete all necessary paperwork such as Room Condition Reports (RCR’s), Occupancy Reports, and programming paperwork.
- Assist the Office of Residential Life in implementing all ongoing assessment efforts.
- Provide information on and participate in the Residential Life Lottery Process.
- Provide any necessary information to residents on an on-going basis as well as in emergency situations.
- Educate residents on keeping their apartments clean and safe.
- Provide assistance during fire alarm activation including help with crowd control and other assistance as needed.
- Report any security concerns, including unauthorized entry into residence hall or apartments, underage alcohol use, drug use, theft, or other violations.
- Educate students to be responsible for their own safety by being aware of the environment around them.
- Obligations other than the Resident Assistant position may not exceed 38 hours per week. This includes registered course hours, academic/non-academic internships and all extracurricular activities. With the exception of academic course-work, no one activity outside of the residential life position should exceed 20 hours per week. Using these guidelines, it will be the responsibility of the supervisor(s) to evaluate the availability of the Resident Assistant who will provide a schedule outlining classes, extra curricular activities, internships, and jobs to the Resident Director Staff, and communicate any changes as they arise.
- Additional responsibilities and expectations as assigned (primarily determined by, but not limited to, the needs of the staff, resident population, and/or the Central Office.
Policies & Procedures
- Serve as a role model at all times, including on campus and off campus. This includes adhering to all University policies, including drugs and alcohol.
- Enforce University policies and procedures in the residence hall.
- Help in educating the residents regarding University and Residential Life policies and procedures.
- Document any policy violations in the residence hall.
- Respond to any emergencies within the residence hall and notify the appropriate University personnel.
- Develop an environment on your floor(s) which provides a respectful, safe, and secure atmosphere for residents.
- Support and cooperate with other University offices and personnel.
- Participate in On-Duty rotation which includes Resident Assistant Office coverage, rounds of the building, answeringtelephones, distributing guest passes and other duties as assigned. Duty rotation includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, President’s Day, Columbus Day, Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day, and any other vacation periods that accompany these holidays.
- Participate in the On-Duty rotation. A Primary Duty Resident Assistant and a Secondary Duty Resident Assistant are on each night. Both Resident Assistants must remain in the building from 6:00pm through 9:00am the next morning on week days and 6pm to 6pm the next day on weekends. The Secondary Resident Assistant staffs the Duty Office from 6:00pm through 9:00pm providing guest passes, answering questions, answering phones and other duties as assigned. The Primary Duty Resident Assistant is available from 6:00pm through 9:00pm covering lock-outs; then will cover the Duty Office at 9:00pm through 11:00pm, continuing to complete all duty responsibilities.
- Complete rounds of the building as determined by daily operational requirements. “Weekday” is defined as Sunday night through Thursday night. “Weekend” is defined as Friday night and Saturday night. Rounds are performed at 6:00pm, 8:30pm, and 11:00pm on weekday nights. An additional 1:00am round is performed on weekend nights.
- Distribute guest passes when On-Duty and assist in monitoring the guest pass process.
- Weekend and holiday duty is 24 hours and all Resident Assistants must assume weekend and holiday duty coverage. This will be determined at the time when Resident Assistants complete assigning duty coverage during August and January trainings.
- Staff is required to work during Fall Openings and Closings as well as during theopening and closing of each semester. Resident Assistants contracts end 24 hours after Spring Commencement.
- Resident Assistants should be available 24 hours a day during the first week of the semester, getting to know the residents on his/her floor(s).
- Plan, execute, and evaluate a minimum of six strong, high quality programs each semester based upon the Jesuit Programming model, including Arts & Culture, Community Service, Diversity & Awareness, Physical, Spiritual, and Social programs. The programs should include faculty, University, and other community members.
- Maintain a positive working relationship with Jesuits-in-Residence and the Faculty in Residence, including incorporating them into the community through involvement in programming within the residence hall..
- Work with the Office of Student Leadership and Community Development and Residence Hall Association in coordinating well planned programs.
- Carefully plan and budget programming funds available for each semester.
- Coordinate continual community development and social programs throughout the semester.
- All programming requirements and timelines will be set by the Resident Directors based on the particular needs of the community.
Training & Development
- Resident Assistants must be available during thelast two or three weeks in August and a few days before the start of Spring Semester in January. Training is a 24 hour commitment. These dates will be reviewed and updated each year by the Assistant Director of Residential Life on the basis of the academic calendar. Resident Assistants must attend two out of three/four in-services during each semester. There will be a mid-year Evaluation of the Resident Assistant job performance.
- The Director of Residential Life and the Assistant Director of Residential Life in collaboration with the Resident Directors reserves the right to terminate a Resident Assistant at any time during the year if a Resident Assistant’s performance is inadequate and contrary to reasonable expectations.
- Report any facilities concerns, such as vandalism in common areas or follow up with outstanding concerns by residents
- Perform semester inspections of student apartments as part of educating students on keeping their apartments clean.
- Complete basic maintenance or custodial tasks in an emergency situation until the facilities staff is available.
- Report any emergency situations or security violations and encourage students to do the same.
- Work cooperatively with all security officers and supervisors.
- Help in the education of residents regarding safety and security procedures on and around campus.
- Report any potential activation of security/fire equipment such as fire extinguishers, fire panels, exterior doors, fire doors, pull stations, elevators, etc.
- Monitor and evaluate the general security of the residence hall.
Resident Freshman Mentor Job Description
Student & Community Development
- Establish a personal relationship with each freshman resident at the start of the academic yearin order to gain an awareness of personalities, attitudes, academic goals, challenges, and health concerns.
- Spend the first two weeks of school visiting freshman suites daily and continue regular visits throughout the academic year.
- Help students develop relationships with each other so that a cohesive and respectful community is formed on the floor/freshman area.
- Encourage residents to participate in regular floor meetings and programs throughout the year by seeking out their input and tailoring programs to their interests and concerns.
- Recognize that it is important to be visible and available to students.
- Function as an advocate for students by recognizing the problems, concerns, and opinions of individuals and groups. Present the students’ viewpoints to the appropriate University staff, through the appropriate channels. Advise and assist students in their efforts to present their views in the most effective and constructive manner.
- Convey to the residents that living in the residence hall is a privilege, not a right.
- Help residents develop respectful relationships with the students who live on their floors and in their building. Students should respect other students’ rights with regard to privacy, noise, cleanliness, and other considerations.
- Advise and counsel students within the limits of training and capability in academic, personal, and social matters. Utilize Fordham Administrators, such as Resident Directors, University Health Services, the Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Academic Deans, Campus Ministries as resources and references for residents.
- Notify the Resident Assistant and Resident Director for Freshmen of any roommate conflicts and assist in their mediation.
- Develop a strong working relationship with fellow Resident Freshman Mentors, Commuter Freshman Mentors and the Freshmen Resident Assistants that will be serving thefreshmen you are assigned to during the academic year.
Policies & Responsibilities
- Serveunder the direct supervision of the Resident Director for Freshmen.
- Communicate with the supervisor regularly, via daily contact, weekly staff meetings, and regular individual meetings.
- Participate in office activities such as Recruit & Select, In-Service Training, and Staff Developments.
- Staff members are expected to be present and available for the needs of their floor and the community.Obligations other than the Resident Freshman Mentor position may not exceed 38 hours per week. This includes registered course hours, academic/non-academic internships and all extracurricular activities. With the exception of academic course-work, no one activity outside of the residential life position should exceed 20 hours per week. Using these guidelines, it will be the responsibility of the supervisor(s) to evaluate the availability of the Freshman Mentor.
- Provide a schedule outlining classes, extra-curricular activities, internships, and jobs must be submitted to the Resident Director for Freshmen and any changes must be communicated as they arise.
- Attend weekly staff meetings of two hours in length possibly within an academic activity period or in the evening.
- Assist the Office of Residential Life in implementing all ongoing assessment efforts.
- Additional responsibilities and expectations as assigned (primarily determined by, but not limited to, the needs of the staff, resident population, and or the Central Office.
- Uphold Universityregulations and act as a role model at all times, on and off campus. Each Resident Freshman Mentor should be familiar with University and Residential Life expectations with regard to all policies, including drugs and alcohol. Each Resident Freshman Mentor is responsible for his or her own behavior and aware of how it influences the behavior of his or her peers.
- Develop an atmosphere in the residence hall in which students have concern and respect for the rights and privileges of others. Help students develop methods for effective enforcement of rules regarding behavior necessary for an atmosphere conducive to study and community living.
- Be available 24 hours a day during the first week of the semester. The Resident Freshman Mentor may be asked to assist in the Central Office during opening.
- Freshman Mentors will be expected to return at least two days prior to the opening of the residence hall in January for training. The Freshman Mentor contract terminates 24 hours after Spring Commencement. All Resident Freshman Mentors are expected to work up until then.
- Leave time must be made in consultation with the Resident Director for Freshmen.
- Plan, execute, and evaluate a minimum of 3 programs per semester based on the needs and/or interests of the students in the residence hall. Establish a balance between collaborative and independently executed programs for the academic year.
- Develop a working relationship with the Residence Hall Association in order to develop programming goals for the building and enhance the residential community.
- Maintain a positive working relationship with Jesuits-in-Residence and Faculty in Residence, including incorporating them into the community through involvement in programming within the residence hall.
- All staff will be required to work weekends that involve large events or high activity including, but not limited to opening and closing. Specific staffing decisions will be made by the Resident Director for Freshmen.
Training & Development
- Disseminate information regarding lottery, move-out, and general housing information.
- Be present for and participate in the opening and closing of the building each semester.
- Resident Freshman Mentors must be available during the last two or three weeks in August and a few days before the start of Spring Semester in January. Training is a 24 hour commitment. These dates will be reviewed and updated each year by the Assistant Director of Residential Life on the basis of the academic calendar. Resident Freshman Mentors must attend one out of three/four in-services during each semester. There will be a mid-year Evaluation of the Freshman Mentor job performance.
- The Director of Residential Life, the Assistant Director of Residential Life and/or the Resident Director for Freshmen reserve the right to terminate a Resident Freshman Mentor at any time during the year if a Resiedent Freshman Mentor’s performance is inadequate and contrary to reasonable expectations.