Resident Advisor/Community Facilitator - Spring 2022
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 897
2021-2022 Resident Advisor and Community Facilitator Employment Agreement
Terms and Conditions of Resident Advisor and Community Facilitator Employment
The mission of Residence Life and Housing at Hampshire College is to support and complement the academic program with the goal of creating a holistic environment that encourages collaboration, connections, learning, and personal growth. We strive to ensure the social, emotional, and physical well-being of each resident through safe, secure, and comfortable housing while fostering diverse, socially just, and inclusive communities.
In support of our mission, the student Resident Advisor and Community Facilitator plays a crucial role as a peer leader making connections with the students living on campus. This connection is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational, and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, referrals to individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures of Hampshire College. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility. We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional education, advocacy, collaboration, and example.
In addition to their work with students, Resident Advisors and Community Facilitators are expected to engage in their own continued professional development by participating actively in staff meetings, keeping detailed and accurate records of their job activities, submitting timely paperwork, and contributing to the growth of the Residence Life department through sharing creative ideas and active participation in new initiatives.
Term and Status:
The Resident Advisor (RA) and Community Facilitator (CF) is a Hampshire College employee who is required to live in the residence hall/mod room assigned to them. The term of this contract begins at 5:00 PM on January 22, 2021 and ends at noon on May 18, 2021.
The Resident Advisor position is live-in; the live-in element is a critical part of the role. This requires the RA to live in the room assigned to them during the entire time of this agreement (unless otherwise specified by the Office of Residence Life and Housing.) RAs are placed in residential areas according to need and skill set. RAs needing accommodations in order to perform their job responsibilities should contact the department of Residence Life and Housing and the Office or Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS).
The Community Facilitator position is live-in; the live-in element is a critical part of the role. This requires the CF to live on campus during the entire time of this agreement (unless otherwise specified by the Office of Residence Life and Housing). CFs may live in any residential area and participate in the Housing Lottery; they are assigned a specific resident population according to need and skill set. CFs needing accommodations in order to perform their job responsibilities should contact the department of Residence Life and Housing and the Office or Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS).
Remuneration and Time Commitment:
RAs are paid a stipend of $2,425.00 per semester. RAs also receive a financial aid grant of $3,075.00 off the housing fee per semester. The total compensation per semester for the RA is $5,500.00. RAs also earn one housing lottery point per year while they are employed by Residence Life and Housing.
CFs are paid a stipend of $1,150.00 per semester. CFs also receive a financial aid grant of $1,000.00 off the housing fee. The total compensation per semester for the CF is $2,150.00. Community Facilitators also earn one housing lottery point per year while they are employed by Residence Life and Housing.
At the time of hire, the Office of Residence Life and Housing is required to notify financial aid of a student’s employment. RAs should independently consult in person with a representative from the Financial Aid Office on how the compensation of the position will affect their financial aid package.
The total compensation equates to approximately 20-25 hours per week serving in the RA role.
RAs are expected to prioritize this role after academics and before co-curricular activities and external employment. Being available and visible in your area is essential to the success of supporting your residents and as such RAs are expected to spend most nights in their rooms. Extended time away from your area should be discussed and documented ahead of time with your supervisor. Please review the attached list of required events and participation in events to ensure there will be no work conflicts.
If a conflict should arise, including academic requirements, the conflict should be discussed and documented ahead of time with your supervisor.
RAs and CFs must be in good standing academically and in conduct-related manners.
RAs and CFs must maintain and abide by both academic and community standards. See section on Conduct.
RAs and CFs with less than one year of service must plan to be on campus as an RA for an entire academic year.
RAs and CFs must be 18 years of age by the position start date.
RAs and CFs must perform all job responsibilities outlined in the job description to their supervisor’s satisfaction. See section on Unsatisfactory Work Performance.
RAs may not hold any other job on campus, including stipended positions, grant funded positions, work study, etc.
RAs and CFs must remain current on all financial commitments to the College.
Education at Hampshire College prepares students to understand and participate responsibly in a complex world. Through its actions and policies, the college sets an example of the responsible and creative behavior it expects of its students. As a liberal arts college, Hampshire helps students develop confidence in their intellect, creativity, and values. It encourages their desire to be lifelong learners and their capacity to advance the cause of social justice and the well-being of others. The college fosters these attitudes through a multidisciplinary, multicultural curriculum; self-initiated, individual programs of study negotiated with faculty mentors; students' active participation in original research; and the diverse communities, on campus and off, in which learning takes place. Within the college's residential community, students encounter and learn to respect difference and appreciate diversity, thereby enhancing their capacity to live together well. Through commitment to testing and evaluating new ideas and new approaches to learning, national efforts to promote inquiry-based learning and teaching, and constructive civic and social engagement, Hampshire's actions serve as models for those of its students.