Residence Life Resident Advisor/Peer Mentor Spring 2013
University of Alaska - Anchorage, AK

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Position number (PCN):
939020

Job Open Date

11-16-2012

Review Date To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

Job Close Date Jobs close at 5:00 PM Alaska time on the date listed.

Open Until Filled

Months per Year

8.5

Job Location

Anchorage_03

Department Legend
  • W = Statewide
  • A = UAA
  • F = UAF
  • G = UAFGI
  • S = UAS
A-Residence Life

Assignment Information

Temporary

Major Org Unit

University of Alaska Anchorage

Region

Anchorage/Matsu

Job Type

Arts/Entertainment Clerical/Office Support Customer Service Marketing/Outreach/Public Relations Student Services Student Positions

Internal Applicants Only? Click here for a definition of Internal Applicants

No

Salary Grade Salary Schedule

00_A

Salary

$8.50/hour for desk duty hours. See www.uaa.alaska.edu/residencelife/jobs.cfm for additional details

Bookmark to Job Posting

www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=79397

HR Phone Number

University of Alaska Anchorage - (907) 786-4608

HR E-mail Address

University of Alaska Anchorage - uaa_akjobs@uaa.alaska.edu

Job Posting Information

Job Posting Summary

The Department of Residence Life is actively recruiting for potential Resident Advisor and Peer Mentor openings for Spring 2013. The Department of Residence Life supports on-campus housing for 950 students and works in partnership with University Housing & Dining Services. Our program provides leadership training, experiential learning, awareness of diverse lifestyles and cultures, co-curricular programs and activities (educational and social), and behavioral accountability. Residence Life's student development approach focuses on enriching each student's higher education experiences by delivering high quality, student-centered programs and services. Working as a Resident Advisor (RA) or Peer Mentor (PM) is an enjoyable and challenging experience, and provides opportunities to gain marketable skills in human relations, customer service, time management, and team building that few other positions can offer. The selection process is highly competitive and our applicants have fun and learn from the process. Financial Aid information: In addition to an hourly wage for Desk Attendant duty, both RAs and PMs receive additional compensations, which may include room and board costs or housing-related discounts. If you use state and federal loans to cover college expenses, and are selected for either a RA or PM position, your financial needs will change and you will need to visit with a financial aid advisor to ensure the FAFSA data reflects this information. Visit a Financial Aid Advisor should you have questions regarding your specific need.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.

To be eligible for this student position, candidate must: a. Be admitted and enrolled in a University of Alaska system in a degree-program with a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) credit hours for graduate students during regular semesters of employment; or b. For employment between semesters, be admitted in a degree-seeking program, and demonstrate plans to enroll for twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate students or six (6) or more credit hours for graduate students in the next regular semester; and c. Have at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average(GPA) , satisfactory term grade point average (2.50 or above) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee, and maintain successful academic progress. d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer. e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility. f. Be in good disciplinary standing at the time of appointment and must remain in good disciplinary standing throughout duration of employment. Should a Department of Residence Life student employee be placed on disciplinary probation, the individual will no longer eligible for employment within the department. g. Position reappointment from Fall to Spring semesters is contingent upon the following: academic eligibility, successful progress toward degree completion, performance evaluation, and judicial standing. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required: These are LIVE-IN positions, meaning that to be considered, applicants must plan to reside on campus for the duration of employment. RAs and PMs are assigned to live in one of UAA's residential communities and serve as a resource to residential students, with a full-academic-year commitment. As live-in, para-professional staff members, successful RA or PM candidates must possess, and be able to demonstrate, the following: *A willingness to learn and teach *The ability to be innovative, imaginative and motivating *The ability to work effectively with others as part of a diverse team *Effective communication skills, both verbally and written *Previous experience working in an environment that requires public contact * A sense of responsibility and a strong work ethic In addition: *RAs must be available and visible to residents. *PMs must be available to students outside of the desk hours for continued outreach, and must possess a desire to work and live with first-year students.

Typical education or training required for this position (including licenses).

Typical education or training provided for this position: 1.RAs and PMs are required to attend and participate in the following training and staff development activities, which are provided as a part of employment: *Move-in date for RAs and PMs: Friday, 8/10/12 *Mandatory Fall Pre-Service RA / PM Training will take place 08/12 through 08/22/2012. *Fall Residence Life Welcome Week Activities, 8/23 - 9/5/12 *Regularly scheduled staff meetings *Monthly staff development sessions. Specific dates for these sessions will be made available to student staff members no later than fall training. *Involvement in one Departmental committee (Recruitment, Training, Staff Development, etc.) *Individual meetings as scheduled with supervisor *Mandatory mid-Year training will take place 01/9 through 01/11/2013. 2. Staff Training and Development activities are MANDATORY. Dates for these events will be announced in advance. Please realize that even with set dates, changes may be necessary based on scheduling conflicts, academic calendar, or other needs. Student staff will be notified of any changes in advance. 3. RA and PM staff members will be encouraged to attend other development/leadership training activities as they become available. While involvement is not required, the Department of Residence Life encourages it. Examples include local meetings, conferences, training sessions, local/regional/national student leadership conferences, etc.

Length of time and type of experience required for this position.

Length of time and type of experience required: Successful applicants will have experience living in university residential communities and/or a familiarity with student leadership in a university setting.

Preferred knowledge, skills or abilities for this position.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills or Abilities: * Experience developing morale-building or other programs and events. *A working knowledge of UAA programs, services and resources or equivalent experience. *Demonstrated leadership and peer helping skills. In addition, preference will be given to applicants eligible for Federal Work Study.

Special Instructions to Applicants

We appreciate your interest in our program and thank you for considering a position as either a Resident Advisor (RA) or Peer Mentor (PM) with the Department of Residence Life. Please apply by Friday, December 7 for immediate consideration. After this date, the position will be in labor pool status and the department will only fill vacancies as needed. To apply: 1) Visit the Department of Residence Life website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/residencelife/jobs.cfm for detailed information about the position descriptions and expectations of Residence Life employees, as well as supplemental information about the application process. While at the DRL website, print out two copies of the Reference Form. Print your name on the Applicant's Name line, then sign and date at the bottom. Next, ask two professional references to complete a Reference Form and instruct your references to submit the Form to the Department of Residence Life: Attn: Residence Life Spring Recruitment 3700 Sharon Gagnon Lane, MAC 6-103 Anchorage, AK 99508 2) Return to the UAKjobs website and apply for the position by attaching attach a Resume (If you do not have a resume, please click on the link which provides you with a resume template, included in this online job application). Next, respond to all of the questions included in the on-line application. (Essay questions require a 4 to 5 sentence minimum response) and submit your application. Please note: in order to be considered for an interview, all interview materials, including reference forms, must be received by the DRL office.

Special Conditions of Employment

NOTICE: To be eligible for student employment, an applicant must: a. Be enrolled in the University of Alaska system with a minimum of six credit hours in the current semester of employment; or b. Have been enrolled the preceding semester for six or more credit hours and demonstrate plans to enroll for six or more credit hours in the next semester for employment between semesters; and c. Have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or approval from the MAU Senior Student Services officer or his/her designee. d. Students enrolled in non-traditional programs of study will be considered eligible for student employment with the approval of the Senior Student Services officer. e. An applicant must provide evidence of enrollment as outlined above to substantiate employment eligibility.

Describe any other special skills/knowledge required for this position (e.g. additional training, heavy lifting or traveling).

Information

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action : The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office. Public Disclosure : Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. Background Investigation : Finalists may be subject to a background investigation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon a review of the results of the background investigation by the Human Resources office. Immigration Reform and Control Act : Person(s) hired by the University of Alaska must comply with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. All employees must provide proof of eligibility to work. For foreign nationals requesting employer sponsored visas, a job must qualify as a "specialty occupation" to be eligible for sponsorship of a U.S. H 1B visa petition. You must present your Social Security Card as verification of your Social Security Number. If you do not have a social security number, you must present a receipt from the Social Security Administrations stating you have applied for a social security number within 10 days of your employment with the University of Alaska. Social Security : On January 1, 1982, the University opted out of the Social Security system; however, participation in Social Security is still required for adjunct faculty hired after January 1, 1996, temporary staff, extended temporary staff, and certain student employees. Also, benefit-eligible employees hired after April 1, 1986, are required to pay into Medicare even though they do not participate in Social Security. Benefits : Refer to the Benefits web page at http://www.alaska.edu/benefits for more information on benefits available to University of Alaska employees. E-Verify : The University of Alaska participates in the E-Verify program. For more information please see the following: E-Verify Participation Poster (English): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/EverifyPosterEnglish.pdf E-Verify Participation Poster (Spanish): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/EverifyPosterSpanish.pdf Right to Work Poster (English): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/WebBPPOSTERRtoWEnglishversion.pdf Right to Work Poster (Spanish): https://e-verify.uscis.gov/emp/media/resourcesContents/WebBPPOSTERRtoWSpanishversion.pdf

Job Duties

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Duty:
RESIDENT ADVISOR EMPHASIS:
  • Assigned to live in one of UAA's residential communities and serve as a resource to residents.
  • Abide by the Wellness Initiative as stated in the Guide to Living on Campus for designated living areas.
  • Facilitate Welcome Week programs.
  • Support and abide by the UAA Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, staff development meetings and leadership training.
  • Participate in collateral meetings and 1-on-1 supervisor meetings.
  • Encourage interaction among residents, the sharing of ideas, and participation in community activities.
  • Host social and educational activities, plan floor/building activities, provide individual advising and assist in
the general management of the communities.
  • Serve as a role model and mentor to residents and explain, confront and report violations of the Student
Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Participate in rotating duty coverage with other members of their staff team and are required to stay in the
residence hall community, being available to respond to emergency situations and enact life/safety
response system.
  • Regular availability and visibility to residents is important. The RA position should have priority after
academic related commitments and prior to extra-curricular activities, to include modeling study sessions
for residents to attend with them.
  • Facilitate housing processes throughout the academic year.
  • Create monthly educational and community development bulletin boards.
Desk Duties
  • Perform Desk Assistant duty hours as assigned.
  • Greet each resident and guest and monitor resident/guest access.
  • Check out equipment.
  • Build community through student engagement and activities at the desk.
Compensation
  • $8.50 hourly wage for desk duties
  • Residence Hall Room and meal plan - (Spring 2013)
PEER MENTOR EMPHASIS:
  • Assigned to live in one of UAA's residential communities and serve as a resource to residents.
  • Abide by the Wellness Initiative as stated in the Guide to Living on Campus for designated living areas.
  • Facilitate Welcome Week programs.
  • Support and abide by the UAA Student Code of Conduct and University regulations.
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, staff development meetings and leadership training.
  • Participate in collateral meetings and 1-on-1 supervisor meetings.
  • Provide personal and academic support for students with patience and understanding.
  • Provide academic activities and study groups for students and be a positive role model and mentor for first year students.
  • Work with Resident Advisors to create educational and social activities for the community.
  • Available to students outside of desk hours for continued outreach.
  • Role model study hour sessions for first year residents.
  • Enact life/safety response systems when necessary.
  • Create a bulletin board providing event and resource information once a month.
Desk Duties
  • Perform Desk Assistant duty hours as assigned & check out equipment.
  • Greet each resident and guest and monitor resident/guest access & build community through student engagement and activities at the desk.
Student Mentor for Guidance 150 Course (assigned to PMs as needed)
  • Attend a Guidance 150 course and serve as a role model for first year students.
  • Encourage participation in class activities & mentor first year students in the class.
Compensation:
  • $8.50 hourly wage for desk duties
  • $200 discount on Residence Hall single suite (via Housing department)
  • $550 credit per successfully completed semester (processed in May '13 by Residence Life)

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