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Resident Advisor

The position of resident advisor is a diverse one. To be effective as a resident advisor, the following characteristics are important:

  1. SENSITIVITY: An awareness of and respect for the feelings and ideas of others.

  2. INTEGRITY: An honest and forthright attitude about self and responsibilities.

  3. COMMUNICATION: An ability to accurately share feelings and ideas with others and to listen effectively, remembering that communication is a two-way street.

  4. GENUINENESS: A capacity to be trusted, to be consistent and honest in relationships, demonstrating to students that they will be treated fairly.

  5. FLEXIBILITY: An ability to adapt responsibly to a variety of situations and personalities.

  6. COMMITMENT: A willingness to make an investment not merely of one's time, but of one's self, skills, attitudes, feelings, and concern for others.

  7. TEACHABILITY: A willingness to invest time and energy to learn new behaviors and information that will be useful for effective functioning in the resident-advisor role.

  8. SELF-DISCIPLINE: The ability to manage one's own life and responsibilities and remain dependable and reliable with respect to commitments and responsibilities.

  9. RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY: The willingness to act as an agent of the University, working cooperatively with the appropriate supervisory authority.

To be considered for the RA position you must:

  • Have a commitment to Christian faith and values.
  • Have at least a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
  • Be a full-time student (at least 12 credits per quarter) and plan to be enrolled for the entire 2015-16 academic year.
  • Be able to register for the 2015 Spring Quarter class GS 3418 “Student Leadership and Service-I.” The class will be held on Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
  • Be able to participate in RA training, beginning September 9, 2015, and running until school begins on September 28, 2015, without any other outside commitments during that time.
  • Have a complete file, including a completed Resident Advisor Application, a signed Student Waiver form, and the three required RA references.
  • Additional Preferred Qualifications:
    • The applicant will be of junior or senior status at the time of employment.
    • The applicant will have experienced SPU residential living by living on campus, or by experiencing campus or other residential activities.


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