Campus Life RA & PA Selection 2018
Thank you for your interest in applying for a Resident Adviser (RA) and/or a Peer Adviser (PA) position at Clark University. We believe that being a paraprofessional with Campus Life is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that Clark can offer you. The information contained on this website and in the job description below will allow you to think critically about the position(s) and prepare you for the application process. Please note, while you are able to apply to be considered for both the RA and PA positions, you may only serve in one role. As such, the application will ask you to list your preference. If you should have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com, call 508-793-7453, or stop by the Corner House.
- Thursday, December 21, 2017: Applications go live at clarku.edu/housing
- Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Deadline to submit completed application by 5:00PM
- Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Group interviews
- Monday, February 12, 2018: Candidates will be notified via email if they have advanced to the interview round and will be provided with instructions on how to schedule their interview
- Saturday, February 17, 2018: Individual candidate interviews
- Monday, March 5, 2018: Decision letters will be emailed to candidates
- Friday, March 9, 2018: Position Agreements submitted online by 5:00PM
- Sunday, April 15, 2018: All day joint training for all RAs/PAs
Things to Consider When Applying:
Prior to beginning the application process, we encourage you to take a couple of minutes to look over the questions below and complete a quick self-assessment. As you enter the process to become an RA or PA, it is important to know where you stand on certain issues.
- Are you able to fully commit to the duties, responsibilities, and time commitment of the position(s)?
- Are you in good academic and disciplinary standing with Clark University?
- Are you willing and able to lead a group of other students?
- Are you a team player?
- Do you care about the experience of students at Clark and want to be a positive contributor?
- Can you handle the stress and pressure that come with being a student leader?
- Do you value diversity, equity and inclusion?
- Are you willing and able to learn new skills and information?
- Are you comfortable with being in a leadership position that requires you to be a steward of the University and to be viewed as such by your peers?
- Are you able to problem solve and use your resources effectively?
- Are you comfortable with working late nights and weekends as assigned?
- Are you willing to have difficult conversations?
Time Commitment – RA:
The RA position requires a significant time commitment. For this reason, RAs:
- Arrive on campus for training on Tuesday, August 14th.
- May not hold an executive position on Student Council unless special permission is granted
- May not serve on the Orientation Staff.
- Must discuss outside employment or internships with their supervisor prior to accepting the position.
- May not leave campus overnight more than two weekends per month.
- Must be available for duty over Thanksgiving Break/Spring Break.
- Must attend a bi-weekly one on one as scheduled by their supervisor. In addition, RAs are expected to attend staff meetings and "RA In-Service" meetings from 2pm-4pm on Wednesdays throughout each semester. Only unavoidable class conflicts are considered a valid reason to miss one of these meetings, and must be arranged with their supervisor in advance.
- Must plan and host programs within their building that encourage community development and student engagement
- Must enforce policies as stated in the Clark Student Handbook
- Attend April student leader training on Sunday, April 15th.
Time Commitment – PA:
The PA position requires a significant time commitment. For this reason, PAs:
- Must be available to be back on campus on Tuesday, August 14th and be fully involved in training and Orientation programs through Sunday, August 26th.
- PAs are not able to hold any other positions or have any other commitments during the above dates.
- PAs are expected to maintain a connection with their advisees through regular check ins and possible meetings throughout the fall semester.
- PAs are also expected to communicate any concerns regarding their advisees throughout the academic year.
- May not serve as an RA.
- Attend April student leader training on Sunday, April 15th.
Job Compensation for RA:
Resident Advisers receive a waiver for the cost of their room and board package. The room cost covers all utilities such as cable, internet, and heat and water. RAs also receive the 5 meal plan as part of their compensation, and those in traditional or suite style housing are not required to be on full meal plans. If an RA wishes to upgrade the meal plan, they may do so, but they are responsible for covering the remaining cost. Please note that this compensation is considered a financial resource and financial aid candidates selected as RAs may have an adjustment made in the self-help category of their aid packet. It is strongly recommended that you make an appointment with your financial aid counselor to discuss how this position would affect your financial aid package. Financial status is not considered as a factor in the selection of Resident Advisers.
Job Incentives for PA:
While the PA position is a volunteer role, PAs living on campus will be able to move into their on-campus housing on the date they arrive. In addition, all meals will be covered during training and programming. PAs will also be provided with Orientation swag.
Important Tools That You May Develop as an RA or PA:
- Team Building
- Community Leadership
- Time/Stress Management
- Running Effective Meetings
- Assertiveness Training
- Communication Skills
- Interviewing Skills
- Networking Skills
- Active Listening Skills
- Public Speaking Skills
- Program Planning Skills
- Long Range Planning Skills
- Customer Service Skills
- Safety and security
- Crisis Intervention Skills
- Exposure to Diversity and Inclusion
To be considered an eligible candidate for an RA or PA position, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Full-time, registered student in the University’s Undergraduate Academic Program.
- In good academic standing (not on academic probation) with minimum semester and cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.
- Will have completed a minimum of two full semesters of undergraduate coursework (at least one being at Clark) by the start of the fall semester.
- In good disciplinary standing (not currently on disciplinary probation).
Before you apply:
- Resume: In the electronic application, you will be required to upload an up-to-date copy of your resume outlining any educational and employment experiences you have. Assistance in creating and updating a resume can be obtained from Career Services: clarku.edu/career or call 508-793-7258.
- References: You must list two individuals who can attest to your involvement in the Clark community and/or your performance as an employee (such as a past or current supervisor, administrator, coach, adviser, etc.). References can't be current Clark students and at least one must be from a Clark faculty or staff member.
Late stay requests
Any students who would like to apply to stay past Wednesday, December 20th at 12:00pm must fill out the 2017-2018 Winter HSG Late Stay Request form which is located in your Housing and Dining Self-Service. This form will be open from November 14th-December 5th. You will receive an email from ResLife either approving or denying your request. Any applications received after that date may be denied, or will incur a late fee if approved. Students can request to stay until Friday, December 22nd at noon.
Early arrival requests
In addition, any students who would like to apply to arrive back to campus before Monday, January 15th at 9:00am must fill out the 2017-2018 Winter HSG Early Arrival Request form, which is located in your Housing and Dining Self-Service. This form will be open from November 14th-January 3rd. You will receive an email from ResLife either approving or denying your request. Any applications received after that date may be denied, or will incur a late fee if approved. Students can request to arrive as early as Friday, January 12th at 10:00am.
** International students and students who live more than 500 miles away from campus are eligible to receive one day of the late stay/early arrival fee waived. These students must complete the corresponding Request form and be approved in order to stay late or arrive early. **
Requests and costs
Approved late stay or early arrival request
$25 per day
After the submission deadline for late stay or early arrival request
Daily rate + $50 Fee
Students who arrive on campus unannounced requesting their key
Daily rate + $100 Fee
Students found in the halls without permission
Daily rate + $150 Fee
Cost for staying over the entire break
Closing procedures and policies
22 hour quiet hours
Beginning December 11th at 9:00pm, 22 hour quiet hours are in effect. Quiet hours are in effect all day except from 7:00-9:00pm. During this 2-hour break, you will still need to be respectful of your peers. If folks in your hallways and building ask that you quiet down, you will be expected to honor those requests.
Check out procedures
- You are required to depart campus no more than 24 hours after your last final exam. All students must depart by Wednesday, December 20th at 12:00pm. If you are found in your room and do not have approval you will be fined $150.
- If you need to stay beyond Wednesday, December 20th at 12:00pm you will be required to complete a Late Stay Request application. These applications can be found on the Housing Portal under the My Service tab. Late Stay Request Applications are due by December 5th. Any applications received after that date may be denied, or will incur a late fee if approved. Students may request to stay up to 2 days late or for the entire break.
- RAs will be going through all the rooms to complete Winter Health & Safety Inspections once the building is closed. If any illegal or prohibited items are found in your room, they will be confiscated. We encourage you to make sure you take home any and everything that is not allowed that you may be in possession of, and be sure to leave it at home when you return in January. You are responsible for making sure the following is completed prior to your departure:
- Move all furniture and belongings away from the radiator/heat
- Make sure all radiator valves are fully open
- Close and lock ALL windows! It saves energy, and prevents unwanted guests from getting in. If you are unable to close/lock your window, please contact physical plant.
- Put down shades or close curtains.
- Remove all perishable food!
- Prohibited items (i.e. candles, toasters, lava lamps, etc.) that are found at closing will be confiscated and room owners will be documented.
- Remove all trash from your room.
- If you have a pet fish, please take it home.
- Disconnect all plugs from wall sockets.
- Defrost your refrigerator. Remove/discard perishable food, unplug, and leave the door open (to prevent mildew and mold). Rooms/suites left with a refrigerator running will be charged a $25 energy fee. (Clark provided refrigerators in apartments may be left running).
- Turn off all the lights.
- Close and lock the door.
- Residence Halls reopen on Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 9:00am. If you need to return early for any reason, you must complete an Early Arrival Request Application no later than January 3rd, 2018. Any applications received after that date may be denied, or will incur a late fee if approved. Students may request to return up to 3 days early.
Not returning to housing in Spring 2018
- Email your Hall Director informing them that you will not be returning to housing for the Spring 2018 semester
- Move out all belongings and clean your room
- Return keys by Wednesday, December 20th at 12:00pm to the Residential Life & Housing office on the 1st floor of the Corner House