Undergraduate Student Employment Opportunities

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Spring 2023 Resident Assistant

  • The Spring 2023 RA position is a semester-long position that starts in January 2023 and ends in May 2023. Department-wide training for this position occurs in early to mid-January 2023. On-going training and professional development occurs within each community throughout the position duration. RAs who serve as Spring 2023 RAs are be placed in communities where there are mid-year position vacancies within each of our residential areas: First Year Experience, the Second Year Experience, or the Upperclass Experience. Only students who are in their 3rd year or beyond are able to serve as Upperclass Experience RAs. 

Summer 2023 Resident Assistant

  • The academic year RA position is a 3-month position that occurs between the months of May to August 2023. Department-wide training for this position occurs in mid-May 2023. On-going training and professional development occurs throughout the position duration. RAs who serve as Summer 2023 RAs are placed in buildings within the Summer Experience. 

Academic Year 2023-2024 Resident Assistant

  • The academic year RA position is a 10-month position that occurs between the months of August 2023 to May 2024. Department-wide training for this position occurs twice a year; Fall training occurs in early to mid-August 2023 and Spring training occurs in early to mid-January 2024. On-going training and professional development occurs within each community throughout the position duration. RAs who serve as academic year RAs can be placed in communities within the First Year Experience, the Second Year Experience, or the Upperclass Experience. Only students who are in their 3rd year or beyond are able to serve as Upperclass Experience RAs. 

The Spring 2023, Summer 2023, and Academic Year 2023-2024 Resident Assistant positions are live-in, on campus positions that support the creation and facilitation of an integrated residential learning environment that moves undergraduate students through the process of achieving the goals of the undergraduate experience, working through the mission and goals of the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Affairs. These embedded position assist the Residential Community Director (RCD) and Assistant Residential Community Director (ARCD) supervisors to support residential communities of first year, second year, upperclass, and summer students. Immersed in the student community, Resident Assistants create environments primed for learning that allow students to embrace challenges and shape communities.

Five essential functions form together what the RA positions are about at CWRU. Check out the tabs below to learn more about each part of the RA role!

  1. Develop the residential community to support the Division of Student Affairs student learning domains: Social and Emotional Competence, Purpose and Intentionality, Cultural and Human Appreciation, Community Engagement, and Problem Solving in an effort to help students thrive.

  2. Assist in developing community expectations that encourage students to become mindful community members, ethical leaders, well rounded flourishing students

  3. Assess the needs and interests of residential students and create residential communities, interactions, and programs that are tailored to the First Year Experience, Second Year Experience, or Upperclass Experience.

  4. Build rapport and individual relationships with residents through consistent presence in the residential community and facilitating planned conversations with residents.

  5. Role model and reinforce positive behaviors consistent with divisional values and university policies and procedures in all contexts including residence halls, online forums, campus events, and the campus community.

  6. Abide by local, state, and federal laws and university policies and procedures.

  1. Serve as a supportive team member. This may include but is not limited to communicating in a timely manner with Residence Life staff and/or student residents, taking initiative, having a presence in the community and with the Residence Life team, building trust and mutual respect across the Residence Life team, etc.

  2. Participate in the ongoing training, selection, and evaluation processes of the department.

  3. Attend and participate in weekly meetings and training programs which may include but is not limited to Fall RA Training, In-service trainings throughout the semesters, Spring Training, team development, and other training as determined by Residence Life leadership and supervisors.

  4. Role model a commitment to personal and professional development as well as respect for other Residence Life Team Member's personal and professional needs and development.

  1. Execute a system of intervention and referral to support the health, wellness, and safety of residential students.

  2. Participate in an ongoing required on-call rotation as determined by residential area and utilize the Non-Emergency and Emergency Protocol when responding to applicable situations.

  3. Report student concerns and possible policy violations promptly.

  4. Maintain confidentiality.

  5. Report all potential or alleged sexual harassment. All RAs are non-confidential resources and are mandatory reporters for sexual harassment. RAs are obligated to report any information regarding sexual harassment for all students at CWRU even if it occurs outside of the RA's residence hall or when the RA is off-duty.

  6. Encourage residents to develop meaningful relationships with faculty outside of the classroom.

  7. Promote healthy and appropriate personal, professional, and academic behaviors.

  8. Connect residents with Navigators and Residence Life Supervisors to support each resident's academic success.

  1. Create a welcoming and comfortable living environment for community members.

  2. Address or seek assistance to address issues of intolerance, hate, and injustice in a thorough and prompt manner, escalating issues to Residence Life supervisors as appropriate.

  3. Engage students in new activities that may open new perspectives on issues and topics.

  1. Complete administrative responsibilities in a timely and accurate manner and meet communicated deadlines. These responsibilities may include but are not limited to: incident reports, room condition reports, community building tools, bulletin boards, room changes (check-in/check-out procedures), maintenance requests, distribution of information, and daily communication.
  2. Maintain the proper use of master keys, key cards, building keys, ID cards, passwords and other access mechanisms to ensure the safety and security of residents and their belongings.
  3. Support the smooth functioning of the residential facilities and respond to resident concerns. Instruct and guide residents in completing room condition reports, room changes, work orders, and facility emergency response procedures.

Qualifications

  • First-year students must have a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA, a minimum 2.25 fall semester GPA, and be in good academic standing in order to apply.

  • Second-year students or above must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum 2.5 GPA for the semester preceding the start of their position, and be in good academic standing in order to apply.

  • All selected Summer 2023 and 2023-2024 Academic Year RAs must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, a minimum 2.5 GPA for the Spring 2023 semester, and be in good academic standing.

  • Once selected, all students must maintain the GPA minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.5 GPA and be in good academic standing. The GPA is calculated using earned credit hours only. If an RA's cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 and/or the RA's most recent semester GPA falls below 2.5, they will be ineligible to serve as an RA, and their RA position will be terminated. RAs who have served in their position for at least one semester may appeal. RAs who have not yet begun their roles are ineligible to appeal.

  • RA candidates need to be in good standing with all University offices including but not limited to The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards and The Office of Equity.

  • Candidates on disciplinary probation with the university will be ineligible to hold a Resident Assistant position. Candidates on deferred university probation will be eligible.

  • All RA applicants must be enrolled at Case Western Reserve University. RAs are not eligible to participate in co-op as students must be registered for 6 credit hours or more to hold an RA position.

  • Applicants need to live in the residence halls for at least one semester by the start of their RA position (Students starting at CWRU in Fall 2022 are not eligible for a Spring 2023 position, but are eligible for the Summer 2022 and 2023-2024 academic year positions).

  • The RA position requires an average time commitment of 12 hours per week. University regulations limit on-campus employment to a total of 20 hours per week, which includes RA positions. If an RA applicant has on-campus employment they would like to keep if selected as an RA, applicants should consult with Student Employment. It is assumed that RAs will work irregular hours and the number of hours might vary by week during the semester. RAs hours will be spent in a variety of ways including but not limited to in their community, with their team, and completing administrative tasks.

  • Once selected, RAs must limit outside activities during their RA service to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Outside activities include, but are not limited to, off-campus employment, non-academic assistantships, and student organizations.

  • All RAs must be available to participate in training. The final dates for training will be included within the RA position offer letter.


Compensation and Housing Requirement

  • A $2,150 stipend with a $100-per-year merit increase for returning RAs (Academic Year 2023-2024 only).

  • A $48/week stipend paid monthly (Summer 2023 only).

  • Upperclass RAs will receive an additional $90 for additional time in the role. Upperclass RAs serve through the day after May graduation, including senior week. (Spring 2023 and Academic Year 2023-2024 only).

  • RAs are required to live in the single room assigned to them. RAs are not responsible for the cost of the room.