Resident Advisor Position Description

Academic Year 2023-2024

Compensation and Benefits

Rate of Pay

In return for fulfilling the services, RAs will be paid via bi-weekly payroll at an hourly rate of $16.75/hour plus 50% of the cost of a single room. The information provided here is for guidance and all official policies regarding time and attendance are set by Pomona Human Resources, which are subject to change. This position requires evidence of U.S. citizenship or proof of the legal right to live and work in the United States. This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

All RAs who receive Financial Aid are recommended to meet with the Financial Aid office prior to accepting the RA position. Financial Aid will create a draft of individual aid packages so RAs can see how the position could impact their aid package.

Paid Sick Leave

RAs will receive 24 hours of front-loaded paid sick time the first workday of the fiscal year, regardless of their current balance of sick time.

Single Room Assignment

RAs are expected to understand that this is a live-in appointment throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. RAs will be assigned to a Single Room without going through the Room Draw process. Room assignments for RAs are subject to change due to the needs of the College. The Office of Housing & Residence Life reserves the right to alter the room and building assignment if circumstances arise.

RA Development & Trainings

Staff Development:

RAs will be expected to participate in Residence Hall Staff Fall training beginning in mid-August and Residence Hall Staff Spring training in mid-January. Failure to attend the Fall and Spring training can result in dismissal from the staff. Training will typically last from 8am-5pm and meals will be provided.

RAs will be expected to participate in on-going staff development and training including all RHS training and staff- related activities/requirements happening in Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 and continuing into the 2023-2024 academic year.

RA In-Services for 2023-2024 are mandatory. Failure to attend a mandatory meeting can result in dismissal from the staff.

RAs will attend and participate in the mandatory weekly staff meeting and individual meetings with the Housing & Residence Life staff. Regular staff meetings will be held on Mondays at 7 p.m.

Essential Functions & Expectations

Commitments (e.g., holding a major office in an organization, internship, intercollegiate sports, on or off campus work, etc.) that may be in conflict with the RA position and all major time commitments (i.e. more than 2 hours a week) must be approved in advance with the RLC that serves as the Zone Supervisor. Resident Advisors are NOT permitted to simultaneously serve as Head Mentors/Head Sponsors/Coordinators in other mentor programs.

Resident Advisors are NOT permitted to hold another hourly position at Pomona College and The Claremont Colleges without the expressed permission of the Office of Housing and Residence Life.

*RAs should plan their schedules to not exceed 8 hours in a day and 12 hours in a week. RAs cannot work more than six consecutive days between all positions on campus.

Administrative Responsibilities

RAs will maintain appropriate records of administrative duties, including incident reports, duty logs, programming forms, all Residence Life and Housing forms, etc. in a proper and timely manner.

RAs are responsibility for residence hall master keys/cards, including the cost of replacing keys/cards should they be lost. Master keys will only be used when on duty for lock outs, health and safety checks.

Arrangements must be made in advance with the RLC for extended hall absences (more than 24 hours).

RAs are expected to check emails daily and respond with 24 business hours. All official emails will be sent to the issued to them by the College.

RAs may be asked to perform other tasks during the academic year, including assisting in recruitment and orientation of the succeeding Residence Hall Staff and assisting during residence hall opening and closing, Room Draw and Family Weekend.

If an RA works with sponsor groups, they will meet regularly with the Sponsors in their building to discuss the problems and concerns of new Pomona students.

Other duties as assigned.

Office Hours and Duty Shifts

RAs must hold office hours in their building (holding a program, in their rooms with the door open, roaming the building, etc.) Office hours must be posted weekly for their residents’ reference and emailed to their Residence Life Coordinator.

RAs will also provide hall coverage over periods determined by the Housing & Residence Life office that occur during semester breaks and holidays.

RAs provide coverage of the residence halls from 7pm-12am,Sunday-Thursday and 7pm-2am, Friday and Saturday, as assigned.

Duty Shifts are Weekdays (Sunday – Thursday) 7pm – 12amand Weekends (Friday – Saturday) 7pm – 2am. RAs must complete duty rounds. RAs are to complete two duty rounds per night.

RAs will handle situations that impose upon community standards, violate College policies, and/or regulations. They will document each situation by submitting an incident report immediately after the incident occurs.

This may require working with the on-call staff (other RA on-call and Administrator On-Call) to solve problems. Refer to RA Manual for other specific duty responsibilities.

Community Development and Intentional Conversations

RAs give highest priority to meeting and establishing a positive rapport with their residents early in the semester and throughout the year as new residents move in. RAs will be available and accessible to residents on a daily basis.

RAs will proactively promote a welcome and just community at Pomona.

RAs serve as a role model for all students: understand, enforce, and abide by policies.

RAs must assist in the development of a community with their residents by developing relationships with residents, holding community meetings, and fulfilling the programming model and/or curriculum.

RAs refer students to appropriate College resources and report emergencies to on-call staff when necessary. RAs are expected to maintain regular visibility in their residence halls.


RAs expected to be capable of and responsible for responding to emergency or crisis situations including evacuation drill and assisting with students in need.

Confidentiality and Required Reporting

RAs are in a position to gain a great deal of sensitive and personal information. It is expected that this information will be treated in a professional and confidential manner. RAs do not have privileged confidentiality; they are considered mandatory reporters. Any information that might affect the safety, security, and wellbeing of a student must be shared with their RLC and/or on-call staff immediately. An RA should not promise confidentiality to the students.

Performance Expectations


RAs are held to the standards outlined in the Code of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook and further standards outlined throughout the RA Agreement. Non-compliance with requirements contained in this agreement and referenced documents may result in disciplinary action or termination. RAs must support the College and Residence Life policy. Placement on either academic or disciplinary probation by the College can affect job status.

RAs are expected to represent the HRL department at all times. This includes their actions on and off campus and online social media.

RA performance will be evaluated by their RLC periodically throughout the year. Substandard performance may lead to disciplinary action.

RAs will follow the guidelines outlined within the manual provided by the Housing and Residence Life Office.


The RA position should be the first non-academic priority.

RAs must be enrolled full-time student in good standing with the College.

RAs are expected to maintain a 2.5 GPA

RAs may not be enrolled in more than one-night class (in session after 6pm) without prior approval from their RLC.

GOOD ACADEMIC AND CONDUCT STANDING IS REQUIRED DURING THE ENTIRE TERM OF APPOINTMENT and that being placed on academic or disciplinary probation may result in dismissal from the position.