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Employment opportunities for students are plentiful within the Office of Residence Life. In addition to offering numerous full-time and professional positions, the department is one of the largest employers of students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Student staff positions are varied. Working as a student staff member provides a great opportunity to develop work skills and gain experiences. On-campus employment offers the convenience of working for employers who are flexible with students' class schedules, walking between work and class.
A Desk Assistant provides information, support and services to residents. These functions are varied and extensive. Some responsibilities include:
Robert Zbikowski, Assistant Director of Operations
The Resident Assistant application is now closed for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
Spring 2017 Candidates: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday December 2nd, 2016.
2017-2018 Academic Year Candidates: All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Friday January 20th, 2017
You must have contact information for two (2) references when completing the application. One (1) must be a working Professional UNK preferred e.g. Academic Advisor, Professor, Residence Life team member or other high ranking/ administrative professional in military or higher education institution.
In addition to completing the RA application form, all candidates are required to submit a current resume. Resumes should be emailed to email@example.com. Candidates will receive confirmation of their resume being received within 1-2 business days.
To apply for the RA position, candidates MUST meet the following requirements:
Be enrolled as a full time student at UNK (12 hours undergraduate, 9 hours graduate)
Must currently live (or previously have lived) in campus housing or other community style living environment (e.g. military barracks) for at least one semester.
Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
Be willing and able to work for the duration of the Spring 2017 or 2017-2018 academic year
Be in good academic, financial, and judicial standing with the University
A single room for duration of employment, assuming that occupancy demands allow
An All Access Meal Plan with 200 Dining Points when dining facilities are open
Waiver of METS, Social, and RHA fees
A Resident Assistant is a student-staff member who works in the residence halls helping to create empowered communities. They typically work on a floor with anywhere from 20-45 residents, on a staff of 3-13 fellow RA's, and in a community that could be single-gender, coed, academically themed, Greek, large, small, primarily first year students, or upper-class students.
RA's wear many hats, but on any particular day they could:
Work with academic advising issues
Discuss a resident's personal concerns
Make referrals to counseling
Plan and implement an educational or social program
Facilitate a conversation about a roommate conflict
Run a floor meeting
Serve as a resource
RA's serve in a part time role, and while flexibility is important due to the nature of the position, RA's spend about 20 hours per week on the job. However, the RA is a student first and academics are considered the highest priority at UNK.
An RA works to facilitate a positive and educational community with their residents. This includes a variety of tasks from keeping the floor posted on campus events to supporting students who are in crisis. The RA will often help solve conflicts on the floor and identify floor wide issues and address them. The position is very dynamic and changes from day to day.
Any questions regarding the RA application process can be directed to Robert Alberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Graduate Hall Directors (GHD) are responsible for the development of a supportive, functioning community within a residence hall, ranging in size from 85 to 400 residents. GHDs supervise a paraprofessional staff, advise individual students and student groups, work to resolve the behavioral problems of students and assist in the management of their residence halls. As staff members with the Office of Residence Life, GHDs work cooperatively with other Residence Life staff and other Student Affairs offices at the University of Nebraska Kearney. GHDs are hired by the department as positions become available. Traditionally, hiring takes place at the end of the fall and/or spring semester. Specifics concerning qualifications and job duties for the GHD position may be reviewed in the GHD job description. The Office of Residence Life interviews local UNK undergraduates, graduates, and graduate assistant applicants for UNK graduate programs candidates and occasionally attends the Oshkosh Placement Exchange before making official job offers to candidates.
Residence Life Responsibilities:
Summer Employment: Summer employment opportunities may be available.
Limitation: Outside employment is not permitted.
Residence Hall Coordinators supervise hall personnel and total educational and developmental programs within a residence hall; serves as advisor to hall government officers, committees, boards, groups and individual students; selects, trains and evaluates staff; conducts disciplinary meetings and/or makes referrals; establishes relationship with custodial and maintenance staff; serves on departmental and University committees; initiates and implements hall financial procedures; maintains all records; and represents the Office of Residence Life to parents, guests and members of the university community
Supervision: Primary responsibility for the selection, training and supervision of RA’s in hall/community: Possible Secondary Supervision of a Graduate Hall Directors. Conduct formal and informal evaluations. Foster an environment based on integrity and high ethical standards and provide appropriate resource and support to help RAs eliminate obstacles and meet/exceed goals. Foster professional and personal development among team. Develop community. Establish rapport with other campus commitments.
Counseling/advising: Engage in individual and group advisement; Resource and referral; agent to other campus or community agencies. Inform students of all university policies. Educate students on policy, accountability, and critical thinking. Student conduct: Insure due process to all students in conduct cases. Adjudicate cases of alleged student misconduct. Assist students in taking responsibility. Facilitate and mediate roommate conflict resolution in a developmental manner.
Communication: Provide timely, accurate and candid information on critical issues to colleagues, superiors, and subordinates. Present information or data in an efficient and understandable format. Establish working relationship with custodial and maintenance staff.
Programming: Supervise RAs in developmental programming. Support educational objectives of department. Assist in developing processes, procedures, policies, and programs that create an educational and student oriented climate. Develop a working knowledge of a college/department related to learning communities.
Emergency preparedness: provide staff with thorough training and practice of emergency procedures. Provide for daily staff coverage. Assist all university and community agencies in the event of an emergency. Share on call duty rotation for halls.
Administrative: familiar with appropriate university policies. Maintain accurate and up-to-date records for budget. Coordinate Early Arrival process. Serve on departmental and university wide committees. Advise departmental student groups. Manage summer housing process/staff. (These tasks are to be divided between Residence Life Coordinators). Timely and accurate completion of paperwork. Maintain department database, daily.
Required Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, One year supervision of live-in Resident Assistant and experience as a graduate live-in staff member. Strong oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, College Student Personnel Administration, or Related Field. Two or more years of direct supervision of Residence Assistants, on call duty rotation experience, experience serving as a judicial hearing officer, hall government advising experience, and experience with budgeting.
Trelana Daniel, Associate Director of Residence Life
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