Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Services

Position Description


The HA role is a live-in position that aims to enhance the residential housing experience for students at Reed College. HAs build community through programming, intentional relationships, and resource referral in agreement with the mission, vision, and values of the department of Residence Life:

“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

Position Responsibilities

Departmental Support and Teamwork:

  • Assist with the operations of Residence Life, including but not limited to: Room Registration, HA selection process, professional staff searches, storage, and social media presence
  • 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 training, programming, and staff evaluations)
  • Attend and participate in all HA training sessions
  • Participate in hall openings and closings, including but not limited to, completion of room/common area inventories
  • Assist in staffing and coordinating Orientation Week activities as assigned by your supervisor
  • Adhere to Residence Life policies and procedures, the AOD policy, and 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 community expectations and norms as agreed upon during floor meetings, community mediations, and resident check-ins
  • Promote dialogue and education around the Honor Principle and its application in the community
  • Educate residents about Residence Life policies and procedures, the AOD policy, and the Housing Contract
  • Proactively address deviations from community norms and/or resident concerns that adversely impact the wellbeing of themselves or the community
  • Maintain accessibility to your residents through regularly scheduled office hours and intentional engagement within the community
  • Facilitate conflict resolution through direct communication with residents or by consulting with appropriate resources, such as your supervisor or Honor Council
  • Exercise non-judgmental, appropriate student support and referral in accordance with the limitations of your job:
    • Refer crisis situations to Community Safety and/or other appropriate resources
    • Serve as a non-confidential resource for students in need of personal, academic, health, or mental health support services


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

Administrative Duties and Communication:

  • Attend and engage in one on one conversations with supervisor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Communicate directly with your supervisor regarding resident and area group issues, unless otherwise instructed --communicate with your supervisor about your personal needs related to the job AND communicate about community problems
  • Create professional and/or personal goals and work with your supervisor to establish strategies and skills related to those goals
  • Receive and give constructive feedback about job performance and relationship with supervisor
  • Check and respond to phone/email communication with others in Residence Life within 24 hours, except on scheduled breaks from school or the position
  • Pick up and hang posters from HA mailbox each week by the specified timeline
  • Open and read the weekly HA newsletter and act on any relevant information, including passing on opportunities to your community and completing assigned tasks
  • Send maintenance and housekeeping requests to Physical Plant in a timely fashion and inform your supervisor when issues are urgent or go unresolved
  • Complete inventories of student rooms throughout the academic year as directed 

Language House HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

The Language House HA works in conjunction with the Language Scholar(s), the faculty liaison, and the supervisor 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 open to all of campus
  • Collaborate in planning weekly cultural and conversation programs with Language Scholar and residents

Apartment HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

The role of the Apartment HA is to oversee and manage the operation and communal aspects of the Birchwood Apartments or the RCAs. Given the physical layout of the apartment communities, strong email communication and administrative skills are crucial to success. 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. In addition to stated HA responsibilities, apartment HAs are asked to:

  • Encourage positive roommate and neighbor relationships
  • Assist residents in event planning and party implementation
  • Communicate with staff and residents about facilities management and safety concerns

Co-op HA Purpose and Specific Duties:

The Co-op HA serves to assist the effort of cooperative living in Farm House and Garden House. The Co-op HA works with the Co-op theme coordinator, the residents, and the supervisor of the Co-ops to create a successful living environment focused on communal living, ethically sourced food, and sustainability. In addition to stated HA responsibilities, Co-op HAs are asked to:

  • Guide the establishment and maintenance of a cooperative living environment
  • Participate in the community as a Co-op member (including attendance at approximately 5 community dinners a week, assigned chores, grocery shopping, and weekly house meetings)


House Advisers will receive the following opportunities and compensation:

  • Compensation is $14,210 split equally over student payroll dates during fall and spring semester
  • 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

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Office: 28 West,
5436 SE 28th Ave.