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Student staff position descriptions

RA at check-in

Below are the position descriptions for all the positions available for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Please contact your Residential Life Coordinator if you are interested in one of the positions or if you have questions.


General Student Staff Requirements

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Full-time student status by job start date
  • Required to live in on campus housing
  • Good judicial standing with the University and Residential Life

Resident Assistant Position Description (Academic Year)

Position Description: The Resident Assistant (RA) is a live-in paraprofessional who has administrative and programming responsibility for a wing or building section of students. The Resident Assistant reports directly to the Residential Life Coordinator, but has responsibilities for working with the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator for specific parts of their position (programming, educational and wellness functions, and other activities). The expected average time commitment for the position is 20 hours per week.

RA responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a community atmosphere that is conducive to student social and academic success
  • Serving as a resource to residents. This may include making referrals for campus services, facilities, or activities; sending students to academic advisors; and making them aware of other UMKC personnel, functions, facilities and activities
  • Working with students who have conflicts or problems (i.e. roommate conflicts, homesickness, adjustment to school, etc.) and knowing when and where to refer students experiencing problems
  • Maintaining a presence in the building and being available to students
  • Planning educational, social and recreational programs for residents of wing and hall
  • Enforcement of University and Residential Life policies
  • Conduct/incident intervention; the RA is usually the first staff person to confront conduct infractions or assist with emergencies
  • Administrative activities related to the operation of their building, including, but not limited to processing work orders, on-call duty, duty at desk/office, giving tours to prospective students, turning in reports, processing check-ins and check-outs, etc.
  • Act as liaison between residents and Residential Life administration
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Be willing to accommodate students in overflow housing situations
  • Supporting the building Residential Hall Council (RHC) through meeting and event attendance and committee leadership
  • Other duties as assigned

Remuneration for RA: Furnished room and meal plan.

Resident Assistant Position Description (Summer)

Position Description: The Summer Resident Assistants (SRAs) will report to the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator in their respective facility for summer conference housing responsibilities. The Summer Resident Assistants will assist in the preparation for each summer conference arrival and departure. In addition, the SRA may have programming responsibilities. The expected average time commitment for the position is 20 hours per week.

R.A. Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare check-in packets for each summer conference group assigned
  • Administrative activities related to the operation of their building, including but not limited to processing work orders, on-call duty, duty at desk/office, giving tours to prospective students, turning in reports, processing check-ins and check-outs for UMKC students, conference/camp guests, etc.
  • Participate in all check-ins and check-outs for each summer conference group assigned
  • Provide excellent customer service to all summer conference guests
  • Assist in preparations of rooms and facilities for the conference guests
  • Attend meetings as requested by the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator
  • — Maintain a presence in the building and be available to students/guests
  • Planning social and recreational programs for residents of wing and hall
  • Enforcement of University and Residential Life policies
  • Other duties as assigned

Remuneration for summer RA: Furnished room and meal plan.

Remuneration for SRA in Oak Place Apartments: Furnished two-bedroom apartment (to be shared with another student staff member of the same gender) and meal plan.

Apartment Resident Assistant Position Description

Position Description: The Apartment Resident Assistant is a live-in paraprofessional who has administrative and programming responsibility for a wing or building section of students in Oak Place Apartments. The Apartment Resident Assistant reports directly to the Residential Life Coordinator, but may also have responsibilities for working with the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator for specific parts of their position (programming, educational and wellness functions, and other activities). The expected average time commitment for the position is 20 hours per week.

ARA responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining a community atmosphere that is conducive to student social and academic success
  • Serving as a resource to residents. This may include making referrals for campus services, facilities, or activities; sending students to academic advisors; and making them aware of other UMKC personnel, functions, facilities and activities
  • Working with students who have conflicts or problems (i.e. roommate conflicts, homesickness, adjustment to school, etc.) and knowing when and where to refer students experiencing problems
  • Maintaining a presence in the building and being available to students
  • Creating programming that complements and/or supports the apartment living environment, specifically geared to more mature students, students wanting privacy, international students, or health sciences students
  • Enforcement of University and Residential Life policies
  • Conduct/incident intervention. The ARA is usually the first staff person to confront conduct infractions or assist with emergencies
  • Administrative activities related to the operation of their building, including but not limited to processing work orders, on-call duty, duty at desk/office, giving tours to prospective students and turning in reports
  • Act as liaison between residents and Residential Life administration
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Be willing to accommodate students in overflow housing situations
  • On-call duty during breaks (including winter break) - Apartment RAs must be available to stay on campus for the entire winter break
  • Other duties as assigned

Remuneration for ARA: Furnished two-bedroom apartment (to be shared with another resident of the same gender) and meal plan.

Academic Assistant Position Description

Position description: The Academic Assistant (AA) is a live-in paraprofessional who has administrative and programming responsibility for the Honors Living Learning Community (LLC). The Academic Assistant reports directly to the Residential Life Coordinator, but has responsibilities for working with the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator and Departmental Liaison for specific parts of their position (LLC programming, educational and wellness functions, and other activities). The expected average time commitment for the position is 20 hours per week.

AA responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Resident Assistants (RA) to maintain a community atmosphere that is conducive to student social and academic success
  • Serving as a resource to residents. This may include assisting LLC students with tasks specific to the community, making referrals for campus services, facilities, or activities, sending students to academic advisors, and making them aware of other UMKC personnel, functions, facilities, and activities.
  • Working with students who have conflicts or problems (i.e. roommate conflicts, homesickness, adjustment to school, etc.) and knowing when and where to refer students experiencing problems
  • Working with the staff/faculty leader from the Honors program to fulfill requirements for the LLC
  • Administrative activities related to the operation of their LLC, including but not limited to processing programming paperwork, on-call duty, giving tours to prospective students, turning in reports, processing check-ins and check-outs, etc.
  • Maintaining a presence in the building and being available to students
  • Planning educational, social and recreational programs (especially those activities that are related to the nature of the LLC) for residents of the community
  • Enforcement of University and Residential Life policies
  • Administrative activities related to the operation of their LLC, including but not limited to processing programming paperwork, on-call duty, giving tours to prospective students, turning in reports, processing check-ins and check-outs, etc.
  • Act as liaison between residents and Residential Life administration and the sponsoring department
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Be willing to accommodate students in overflow housing situations
  • Supporting the building Residential Hall Council (RHC) through meeting and event attendance and committee leadership
  • Other duties as assigned

Remuneration for the AA: Furnished room and meal plan

Desk Attendant Position Description

Position description: Desk Attendants (DA) are responsible for the administration of information from the front desk of each residential hall. Desk Attendants report directly to the designated professional staff member within their building. DAs are allowed to work no more than 20 hours per week.

DA responsibilities include:

  • Working with the Resident Assistants (RA) to maintain a community atmosphere that is conducive to student social and academic success.
  • Serving as a resource to residents. This may include assisting LLC students with tasks specific to the community, making referrals for campus services, facilities.
  • Maintaining a friendly community with other Desk Attendants and student staff workers of Residential Life
  • Attending monthly staff meetings
  • Organizing and processing mail and packages delivered to residents.
  • Maintaining an active and professional presence at the desk.
  • Checking student IDs as residents enter the building (Oak St. and Johnson).
  • Enforcement of University and Residential Life policies.
  • Checking in and out resident's guests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Remuneration for the DA: Missouri State Minimum Wage

Desk Manager Position Description

Position description: Desk Manager (DM) is a student staff position within Oak Street Hall and Johnson Hall. The DM hires, trains, and supervises Desk Assistants, and reports directly to the Residential Life Coordinator of the building, however the DM also has responsibilities for working with the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator. The expected time commitment for this position is 20 hours per week.

DM responsibilities include:

  • Supervises the front desk operations for either Oak Street Hall or Johnson Hall for academic year (and potentially summer).
  • Responsible for customer service and mail operations for the building.
  • Supervises approximately 15 desk assistants in their daily work.
  • Responsible for interviewing, hiring, and training student staff.
  • Maintains desk logs and binders
  • Other duties as assigned.

Remuneration for the DA: Room and board plan

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