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Position Descriptions

Resident Advisor Position
Community Facilitator Position

Orientation Leader Position
Orientation Coordinator Position

Resident Advisor Position

In support of our mission, the student Resident Advisor plays a crucial role as a peer leader making connections with the students living on campus. This connection is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational, and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, referrals to individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures of Hampshire College. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility.  We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional education, advocacy, collaboration, and example.

In addition to their work with students, Resident Advisors are expected to engage in their own continued professional development by participating actively in staff meetings, keeping detailed and accurate records of their job activities, submitting timely paperwork, and contributing to the growth of the Residence Life department through sharing creative ideas and active participation in new initiatives.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Abiding by, communicating, and facilitating compliance with the Norms of Community Living and all Hampshire College policies.
  • Ensuring that policies and procedures are followed concerning health and fire safety regulations and security of the residences.
  • Facilitating communication between staff and residents through regular contact with both constituencies.
  • Knowing the residents in the assigned communities.
  • Engage in individual, structured one-to-one conversations with each resident within your assigned communities at least twice per semester.
  • Participate in the Community-Wide Orientation program before the beginning of the Fall Semester.
  • Collaborate as directed by your supervisor with the staff and faculty coordinators of the College’s Learning Collaboratives.
  • Participation in 60-70 hours of student staff training and development sessions throughout the year.  This includes training and development sessions before each semester begins, on scheduled evenings and/or weekends throughout the school year and during staff meetings.
  • Participation in the End of Semester/Year Staff Celebrations.
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings (two hours) and weekly supervision meetings (an hour).
  • Participating in the resident advisor staff selection process for the upcoming semesters.
  • Conducting regular hall meetings facilitating floor agreements as specified by your supervisor.
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of the building(s) at the beginning and end of each semester, arriving on campus in mid-August and staying until residences close.
  • Complete two open hours per week in their room or floor lounge and carrying out specific responsibilities during their open hour shift.
  • Taking part in weekend on-call rotation with other resident advisors.
  • Developing, implementing, and attending programming events on a regular basis.
  • Being a first responder in cases of fire alarms, noise complaints, and other instances of student’s physical or emotional distress.
  • Resident advisors are designated “essential personnel” in times of emergency. They may be required to assist campus officials throughout the course of any all-campus emergency or other extraordinary circumstance that affects the well-being of student residents.
  • Assisting in housing operations as needed throughout the year regarding hall inspections.
  • As responsible reporters, submit full Information Reports for any and all policy violations or students of concern.
  • Submit Information Reports as outlined in the RA manual.
  • Physical/work demands include but are not limited to:
    • climbing stairs
    • ability to lift/carry/transport 25 pounds
    • waking from sleep to respond to emergencies
    • receiving frequent visitors requesting RA assistance/support
    • exposure to domestic animals 
  • Other duties as assigned.

*Exceptions to job responsibilities can be granted on a case-by-case basis through conversation with your supervisor and other Residence Life and Housing staff.

Remuneration and conditions of employment:

RAs are paid a stipend of $2,425.00 per semester. RAs also receive a financial aid grant of $3,075.00 off the housing fee per semester. The total compensation per semester for the RA is $5,500.00. RAs also earn one additional housing lottery point per year while they are employed by Residence Life and Housing. Resident Advisors are not allowed to hold any other campus paid position (stipended, grant-funded, hourly wage, or work study) while serving in this capacity.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

At the time of hire, the Office of Residence Life and Housing is required to notify financial aid of a student’s employment. RAs should independently consult in person with a representative from the Financial Aid Office on how the compensation of the position will affect their financial aid package.

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Community Facilitator Position

The student Community Facilitator plays a crucial role as a peer leader making connections with continuing students living on campus, promoting dialogic skills in order to foster positive community environments. These connections are established through intentional individual and group conversations, community standards discussions, conflict mediation, referrals, and other collaborative learning opportunities that help residents think critically about the living environments they inhabit and the roles they have within them. Residence Life promotes the skills necessary for students to become engaged participants in their communities, emphasizing both individual initiative and community responsibility. We accomplish this mission through ethical practices, intentional education, advocacy, collaboration, and modeling behavior.

In addition to their work with students, Community Facilitators are expected to engage in their own continued professional development by participating actively in staff meetings, keeping detailed and accurate records of their job activities, submitting timely paperwork, and contributing to the growth of the Residence Life department through sharing creative ideas and active participation in new initiatives.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitating communication between staff and residents through regular contact with both constituencies.
  • Knowing the residents in the communities.
  • Engage in individual, structured one-to-one conversations with each resident within your assigned communities regularly.
  • Collaborate with one another to develop workshops that help residents navigate conflict, facilitate community discourse, and develop meaningful interpersonal communication skills.
  • Seek out opportunities to play a critical part in campus climate improvement initiatives in conjunction with your supervisor.
  • Participate in the Community-Wide Orientation program before the beginning of the Fall Semester.
  • Participation in 30-40 hours of student staff training and development sessions throughout the year. This includes training and development sessions before each semester begins, on scheduled evenings and/or weekends throughout the school year and during staff meetings.
  • Participation in the End of Semester/Year Staff Celebrations.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings and individual meetings as outlined by your supervisor.
  • Conducting regular hall/mod meetings facilitating mod/floor agreements as specified by your supervisor.
  • Assisting in the opening and closing of the building(s) at the beginning and end of each semester, arriving on campus in mid-August and staying until residences close.
  • Developing, implementing, and attending programming/workshop events in conversation with their supervisor.
  • Submit Information Reports for students of concern.
  • Physical/work demands include but are not limited to:
    • climbing stairs
    • ability to lift/carry/transport 25 pounds
    • waking from sleep to respond to emergencies
    • receiving frequent visitors requesting CF assistance/support
    • exposure to domestic animals 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Remuneration and conditions of employment:

CFs are paid a stipend of $1,150.00 per semester. CFs also receive a financial aid grant of $1,000.00 off the housing fee. The total compensation per semester for the CF is $2,150.00. Community Facilitators also earn one housing lottery point per year while they are employed by Residence Life and Housing. Community Facilitators are allowed to hold other on-campus paid positions while they serve in this capacity.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

At the time of hire, the Office of Residence Life and Housing is required to notify financial aid of a student’s employment. CFs should independently consult in person with a representative from the Financial Aid Office on how the compensation of the position will affect their financial aid package.

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Orientation Leader Position

It's time to welcome our newest students to the Hampshire community, and we need amazing and talented Orientation Leaders to help make the magic happen!

The orientation leader (OL) position is open to all current Hampshire College students. In order to be an OL, you must be an active student during the semester immediately following orientation. There are approximately twenty six OL positions available, with returning orientation leaders receiving priority in the hiring process.

 OLs are responsible for welcoming groups of approximately fifteen new and/or transfer students to the College and providing them with a small group experience that helps them acclimate to and prepare for life at Hampshire. OLs work in pairs as they lead their groups in activities over the course of four days. Orientation comprises two components: large scale College-sponsored events and small group activities. OLs are responsible for planning and implementing their small group activities in advance of the orientation program.

All leaders will complete four full days of training, spread out over the spring and late summer. OLs will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students so that they can complete their training. 

In addition to training, OLs will be expected to work throughout the five days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined by the program director. OLs will spend their days working with their small groups, leading them both in activities and discussions, as well as bringing them to various events across campus. OLs will be expected to participate in many of the events that their groups attend, even if they are not leading those particular events.

*Please note: The orientation leader position includes responsibilities that extend beyond orientation into the fall semester. OLs will be required to plan, organize, and implement two reunion gatherings for their orientation groups. OLs will receive hourly compensation and have access to programming funds. Further details will be available in April when position offers are made. (Optional paid opportunities may also be available during spring semester to coordinate reunions and/or activities connected to first year seminars or learning collaboratives (LCs.)



Successful orientation leader candidates will exhibit many, if not all, of the following qualities:

  • commitment
  • reliability
  • accountability
  • compassion and understanding
  • enthusiasm and a positive attitude
  • knowledge of Hampshire College
  • ability to lead
  • flexibility
  • communication skills
  • commitment to being inclusive
  • responsibility
  • problem-solving skills

Orientation leaders report to the director of new student experience. OLs will receive a stipend of approximately $75 upon completion of May training, and a stipend of approximately $550 upon their successful completion of the orientation program. Three meals a day are also offered during the eight days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.

Orientation leaders must be 18 years of age by the position start date (8/30). The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.

Please note: Applicants may apply for both orientation positions if they desire (orientation leader, orientation coordinator). If you apply for both, you will only be offered the coordinator or leader position, not both. 

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Orientation Coordinator Position

The Orientation Coordinator (OC) position is open to all current Hampshire College students who have been orientation leaders or coordinators at Hampshire College at least once before. In order to be an orientation coordinator, you must be an active student during the semester immediately following orientation. There are currently two orientation coordinator positions available.

Orientation coordinators are responsible for assisting in organizing and facilitating the orientation program, specifically by providing orientation leader advising and support and program management. Each coordinator will be assigned approximately seven pairs of orientation leaders to advise, and they will be responsible for checking in with these leaders on a daily basis throughout the program. OCs will be expected to assist leaders by helping to problem-solve group challenges and by providing additional guidance to leaders. OCs will check in regularly with the program director to help ensure that groups are running smoothly. In addition, coordinators will be responsible for helping manage orientation, including distributing supplies, preparing facilities for presentations, meeting and assisting guest presenters, and providing impromptu solutions to program problems.

Orientation coordinators will take part in the four full days of training that orientation leaders receive, as well as an additional two days of specialized training spread out over the spring and late summer. Coordinators will be expected to work the five days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined by the program director. OCs will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students so that they can complete their training.

Successful OC candidates will exhibit many, if not all, of the following qualities:

  • Orientation coordinators must be able to lift and move 25-50 pounds.
  • Orientation coordinators report to the director of new student experience. Coordinators will receive a stipend of approximately $90 upon completion of May training, and a stipend of approximately $675 upon their successful completion of the orientation program. Specific hours will be determined by the program director. Three meals a day are also offered during the eight days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.
  • Orientation coordinators must be 18 years of age by the position start Friday, August 28. The academic and disciplinary standing of all applicants will be reviewed and considered as a part of the hiring process.

Please note: Applicants may apply for both orientation positions if they desire (orientation leader, orientation coordinator). If you apply for both, you will only be offered the coordinator or leader position, not both.

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