Resident Assistant

Make A Positive Impact

The Resident Assistant (RA) position is an opportunity to affect the Columbia College community by influencing the lives of students living in the residence halls. This is a full-time, year-long commitment that pushes students to become better leaders and role models for those living in their community.

As an RA, you will be given the responsibility of cultivating a community on your floor and in your building, as well as assisting students with a variety of needs from personal to academic.

The RA is a member of the Department of Residential Life team and reports directly to hall leadership.

Submit your application today.

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To apply and be considered for an RA position, students must:
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Live in the residence hall assignment provided by the Department of Residential Life for the duration of their appointment
  • Want to positively impact and encourage student success
  • Be able to perform job duties, including returning to campus 7 to 9 days prior to the start of the fall semester
  • Be enrolled full time on the traditional campus in Columbia, Missouri
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  • Create and maintain a friendly, respectful, and accepting atmosphere that stimulates academic and personal growth for everyone in the community.
  • Maintain contact with each resident in order to promote personal well-being and facilitate community development.
  • Serve as a primary resource for residents and should be familiar with the services and opportunities provided by Residential Life, Student Affairs, and other college departments and offices.
  • Plan, publicize, implement, and evaluate educational and social programs for residents.
  • Facilitate roommate agreements at the beginning of each semester and will facilitate conversations when roommate conflicts arise.
  • Be responsible for abiding by, upholding and enforcing all residence hall and college policies.
  • Respond to emergency and non-emergency situations and contact the appropriate staff for assistance as necessary and as directed.
  • Participate in a rotational duty schedule, which will require that they serve on-duty for multiple nights a month (including weekends).
  • Assist in providing duty coverage during academic breaks and holidays when the college is closed.
  • Perform opening and closing inspections, and health and safety inspections of rooms and apartments in their assigned area, which includes completing all necessary paperwork and follow up in a timely manner.
  • Complete all necessary written reports properly and on time including but not limited to: weekly reports, incident reports, program proposals/summaries, duty logs, and all other forms as assigned by hall leadership.

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