Residence Life at Reed

Division of Student Life

Position Description


The HA role is designed for students who plan to live on campus and aims to enhance the residential housing experience for students at Reed College by supporting the educational priority of Residence Life. HAs build community through programming, intentional relationships, and resource referral in agreement with the mission, vision, and values of the department of Residence Life.

Position Responsibilities

Departmental Support and Teamwork:

  • Participate in and support departmental processes, including: Room Registration, HA selection process, working groups or committees, 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 (including facilitating activities or discussion with peers as directed by your supervisor)
  • Participate in hall openings and closings, including but not limited to, completion of room/common area inventories, holding community meetings, and disseminating information to residents.
  • Assist in staffing and coordinating Orientation Week activities as assigned by your supervisor
  • Comply with all guidelines and requests related to obligated reporting, confidentiality, and e-discovery
  • Adhere to all Reed College and Residence Life policies and procedures, including the AOD policy and the Housing Contract

Community Building:

  • Help create a safe, healthy, and inclusive atmosphere within your area group and community in support of our educational priority
  • Collaborate with your residents to establish community expectations during the beginning of the year community meeting
  • Proactively address deviations from community norms and/or resident concerns that adversely impact the wellbeing of individuals or the community
  • Promote dialogue and education around the Honor Principle and its application in the community
  • Educate residents about Residence Life policies and procedures (including the AOD policy and Housing Contract) utilizing a harm reduction lens
  • Maintain accessibility to your residents by living in your community, 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:
    • Complete Mental Health First Aid certification prior to August 30, 2020
    • 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

Administrative Duties and Communication:

  • Attend and engage in one on one conversations with supervisor on a bi-weekly basis
  • Communicate directly with your supervisor about your personal needs related to the job in addition to resident and area group issues, unless otherwise instructed
  • 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


  • Coordinate programming connected to Residence Life’s educational priority and learning goals, including individual programming, community discussions, community  hours, and quarterly area-wide programming
  • Contribute to quarterly area-wide programming in collaboration with your supervisor and fellow HAs
  • Facilitate monthly community meetings as directed by your supervisor
  • Hold community hours two hours each week and communicate student attendance and changes to your supervisor
  • Complete all programming documentation and administrative tasks as outlined by supervisor
  • First-Year Community Programming: HAs in these communities are focused on building individual relationships and supporting residents in their transition to Reed. Within these communities, we aim to have no more than 15 first-year students assigned to each HA.
    • Three intentional conversations with each first-year and transfer resident during designated periods and an intentional effort to connect with every other community member one-on-one
    • Two self-guided programs per semester
    • Two social programs per semester
  • Upper-Division Community Programming: HAs in these communities are focused on providing access to Reed resources and facilitating honorable interaction between communities. We aim for an average of 30 residents assigned to each HA and expect there to be some size variation due to building limitations.
    • Intentional effort to connect with every community member one-on-one
    • In collaboration with your supervisor, plan evenly spaced and community-specific programming approximately every other week for a total of 7 programs per semester
        • 2 programs connected to on-campus resources
        • Combination of active and self-guided programming
    • Assist residents in event planning and party implementation, as needed
    • Additional responsibilities vary by community:
        • Language House HAs: One large-scale cultural activity or event each semester open to all of campus; supporting house members in speaking the house language
        • Apartment HAs: Encourage positive roommate and neighbor relationships; communicate with staff and residents about facilities management and safety concerns
        • Co-Op HAs: 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)

Training and Obligatory Work Periods

HAs are expected to be on campus for the following dates in order to attend and participate in all trainings and work periods.

  • Spring Training and New HA Welcome: April 17, 2020 from 4-6 pm
  • Fall HA Training: Thursday, August 13, 2020 - Friday, August 21, 2020
    • HAs may begin moving in Wednesday, August 12, 2020

HAs are asked to speak with their supervisor for information about scheduled free time during this period.

  • Orientation: Monday, August 24, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020

HAs are asked to speak with their supervisor for information about scheduled free time during this period.

  • Fall Semester Hall Closing: Friday, December 18, 2020

Halls close for residents at noon. HAs must be present for hall closing and are permitted to leave as soon as their closing responsibilities are completed. Communicate with your supervisor about timing for travel plans in advance.

  • Paideia: Friday, January 15, 2021 - Sunday, January 24, 2021

HAs are free to schedule their time outside of Tuesday, January 19, 2021

  • Winter Training: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 8 am - 5 pm
  • Spring Semester Hall Closing: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Halls close for residents at noon. HAs must be present for hall closing and are permitted to leave as soon as their closing responsibilities are completed completed. Communicate with your supervisor about timing for travel plans in advance.

Continued HA Trainings (CHAT): Dates and times to be determined


House Advisers will receive the following opportunities and compensation:

  • Compensation is expected to be the gross amount of room and board plan B for the 2020-2021 academic year, 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