Residence Life

Division of Student Services

Position Description

PURPOSE:

The role of the House Advisor is to assist in enhancing the residential housing experience for students at Reed College, in agreement with the mission, vision, and values of the department of Residence Life at Reed College:

“The Department of Residence Life facilitates a residential experience in which students feel supported in their academic pursuits, personal growth, and participation in an interdependent community.

We envision a vibrant, safe, and inclusive living environment where every student is actively engaged. It is our intention that students develop a sense of pride and investment in Reed.”

(Residence Life Mission and Vision Statement)

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidates will have demonstrated ability and/or potential to:

  • Support the mission, vision, and values of Residence Life and Reed College
  • Be a leader and a positive role model for students
  • Address and mediate conflict
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships within a diverse environment
  • Be open to change/new ideas, and be able to take direction in a non-defensive manner
  • Maintain a non-judgmental and approachable demeanor
  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the faculty code
  • Be in good disciplinary standing in accordance with Reed College policies and the Honor Principle. Applicants may not be eligible for the HA position if they have received two or more AOD violations at Reed.
  • Be able to meet or exceed all job responsibilities listed below

HA RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professionalism and Teamwork:

  • Assist with the operations of Residence Life, including but not limited to: housing lottery, HA selection process, Resident Director search, and storage
  • Attend and participate in bi-weekly area group meetings, area group programming, and response to community issues
  • Participate in all Residence Life evaluations and assessments (including program and staff evaluations)
  • Attend and participate in all staff in-service training sessions
  • Assist in staffing and coordinating Orientation Week activities
  • Uphold Residence Life policies and procedures, including those outlined in the Housing Contract

Community Building:

  • Help create a safe, healthy, and inclusive atmosphere within your area group and residence hall in order to facilitate academic and residential learning
  • Collaborate with your residents to establish and uphold community expectations and norms as agreed upon during floor meetings
  • Promote self-governance in accordance with the guidelines of the Honor Principle
  • Proactively address deviations from community norms and/or resident concerns
  • Articulate and educate residents about Residence Life policies and procedures, including those outlined in the Housing Contract
  • Maintain accessibility to your residents through holding regular office hours and having a felt presence within your community
  • Limit outside employment to 10 hours a week unless special arrangements are made with your Resident Director
  • Maintain an approachable and nonjudgmental demeanor with residents and staff
  • Facilitate conflict resolution through direct communication with residents or by consulting with appropriate resources, such as your Resident Director, the Dean’s Office, or the Honor Council.
  • Practice appropriate student support and referral services, including, but not limited to:
    • Develop and practice active listening skills
    • Learn about and promote Reed College student resources 
    • Serve as a non-confidential resource and referral source for students in need of personal, academic, health, or mental health support services
    • Build and maintain trust with your residents by adhering to the Student Employee Confidentiality Agreement, and disclosing sensitive or private information only to appropriate individuals as needed
    • Address students who are perceived to be engaging in behaviors that adversely impact the wellbeing of themselves or the community
    • Exercise good judgment in accordance with the limitations of your job training and responsibilities, providing referrals as needed
    • Refer crisis situations to the RD on call and/or other appropriate resources
    • Acquire a knowledge and understanding of the AOD policy and violation process
    • Serve as a support and referral source for students engaged in the AOD process

Programming:

  • Coordinate thoughtful, community enriching programming in collaboration with your community, fellow HAs, and your Resident Director
  • Complete all active programming, including quarterly educational programming, two social programs per semester, and quarterly area-wide programming (in collaboration with RD and HAs)
  • Complete at least three passive programs per semester, including one educational or resource-based bulletin board
  • Complete all individual programming, including quarterly one on one conversations with each first-year resident and an intentional effort to connect with every other community member one on one
  • Hold office hours two evening hours each week as coordinated with your Resident Director
  • HA programming requirements may vary some by assignment, and HAs are expected to communicate with their RD to ensure they are completing all requirements

Administrative Duties and Communication:

  • Check voicemail and email daily, and respond to communication with others in Residence Life within 24 hours
  • Send maintenance and housekeeping requests to Physical Plant (Cc or inform respective RD when issues are urgent or go unresolved) in a timely fashion
  • Participate in hall openings and closings, including but not limited to, completion of room/common area inventories and resident check-in and check-out
  • Complete inventories of student rooms throughout the academic year as directed
  • Participate in the Residence Life social media presence (i.e., blogging)

Supervisor Relationship:

  • Communicate directly with your Resident Director regarding resident and area group issues, unless otherwise instructed
  • Receive and give constructive feedback about job performance and relationship with supervisor
  • Attend and engage in one on one conversations with supervisor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Create professional and/or personal goals and work with your Resident Director to establish strategies and skills related to those goals

Language House HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

The Language House HA works in conjunction with the Language Scholar, the Language and Literature Department and the RD for the Language Houses to make the house a center for the language and culture that it represents. In addition to stated HA responsibilities, Language House HAs are asked to:

  • Coordinate one large-scale cultural activity or event each semester
  • Collaborate in planning weekly cultural and conversation programs with Language Scholar and residents

Apartment HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

The role of the Apartment House Advisor is to oversee and manage the operation and communal aspects of the Birchwood Apartments or the RCAs, including but not limited to room inventories, equipment and supply management, programming, and party planning meetings. The Apartment HA works with the residents of the apartments to create and maintain a positive living environment conducive to the mission of the department of Residence Life.

Co-Op HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

In addition to the general responsibilities of being an HA, the duties of the Co-op HA guides the establishment and maintenance of a cooperative living environment and actively participates in the community as a Co-Op member. Additional responsibilities include participating in community dinners (approximately 5 nights/week), assigned chores, grocery shopping, and weekly house meetings. 

COMPENSATION

House Advisors will receive the following opportunities and compensation:

  • Reed College-provided housing and Plan B meal plan for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Development of skills in leadership, community building, conflict resolution, event planning, administrative tasks, teamwork, and professionalism
  • Participation as an integral member of the Residence Life staff team to influence and shape the experience of Reed College students



Contact Res Life

res.life@reed.edu
Phone: 503/777-7536
Fax: 503/517-7691
Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.

Amy Schuckman

Assistant Dean
503/517-7834

Clea Taylor

Director of Housing
503/517-7429

Hours

Monday–Friday
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.;
closed noon–1 p.m.

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