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Position Descriptions

Resident Advisor Position
Orientation Leader Position
Orientation Coordinator Position

Resident Advisor Position

The goal of the Hampshire College Residence Life Program is to ensure safe, secure, and comfortable housing in an inclusive community that supports students’ academic success. In reaching that goal, the student resident advisor is the crucial link between the College and the students living on campus. This link is established through timely and accurate information flow; providing social, academic, recreational, and cultural programming; providing peer counseling, conflict resolution, and referrals to both individuals and groups; and helping to implement the policies and procedures necessary for the smooth running of the residential areas.

Resident advisors are supervised by the area coordinator. They must work collaboratively with their fellow resident advisors and staff from other housing areas, and other campus groups and offices. It is crucial to their role as campus leaders that resident advisors be easily approachable and available to their residents.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Abiding by, communicating, and facilitating compliance to, 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 section/stairwell/neighborhood.
  • Attending mandatory student staff training sessions before each semester begins (including a training at the end of January) and on scheduled evenings throughout the school year. Including In-Service trainings, and the ASK conference.
  • Attending mandatory weekly staff meetings and weekly supervision meetings.
  • Participating in the resident advisor staff selection process for the upcoming semesters.
  • Conducting regular hall/mod meetings.
  • 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.
  • Completing office hours in the residential area office and carrying out specified responsibilities during office hour shifts.
  • Taking part in emergency coverage rotation with other resident advisors.
  • Developing, implementing and attending programming events on a regular basis.
  • Being the first responder in cases of lockouts, fire alarms, noise complaints, and other instances of students’ 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.
  • Weekly hall and mod inspections.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Remuneration and conditions of employment:
In addition to the remuneration listed below, resident advisors are paid a stipend of $112 per week. While classes are in session and during the academic year, a resident advisor may not work more than 14 hours/week without prior written authorization from the area coordinator. Resident advisors must be on-campus and available to work during January Term to receive the January stipend.
  • Resident advisors receive a financial aid grant equivalent to half off the housing fee.
  • Resident advisors receive a grant equivalent to the 25 all-you-can-eat meals block meal plan.
  • Resident advisors may not hold any other job(s) on campus.
  • The resident advisor’s assigned room must be their primary residence.
  • Resident advisors cannot be on academic probation at the time of hire.
  • Resident advisors cannot be on housing probation at the time of hire.
  • Resident advisors must abide by all rules of conduct as determined by the College.
  • New resident advisors must plan to be on campus as an RA for an entire Academic year.
  • Resident advisors must be 18 years of age by the position start date.

A work-study award is not a requirement of this position, but preference will be given to qualified candidates with a work-study award.

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ORIENTATION LEADER POSITION

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

Orientation leaders 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. Orientation leaders work in pairs as they lead their groups in activities over the course of four days. Orientation is comprised of two components: College-sponsored events and small group activities. Leaders 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. Orientation leaders will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students, so that they can complete their training.

In addition to training, orientation leaders will be expected to work throughout the full four days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined by the program director. Leaders 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. Leaders will be expected to participate in many of the events that their groups attend, even if they are not leading those particular events; however, they will have their evenings free.

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

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

Orientation leaders report to the director of new student programs. Leaders will receive a stipend of approximately $50 upon completion of May training, and a stipend of approximately $325 upon their successful completion of the orientation program.* Three meals a day are also offered during the seven days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.

Orientation leaders must be 18 years of age by the position start date. 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.

*Stipend amounts are based on the number of hours worked at a pay rate of $9/hour. Specific hours will be determined by the program director.

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ORIENTATION COORDINATOR POSITION    

The orientation coordinator 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 to three 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 twelve to sixteen pairs of orientation leaders to advise, and they will be responsible for checking in with these leaders on a daily basis throughout the program. Coordinators will be expected to assist leaders by helping to problem-solve group challenges and by providing additional guidance to leaders. Coordinators 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 full four days of the orientation program, with specific hours determined by the program director. Orientation coordinators will be asked to return to campus earlier than other students, so that they can complete their training.

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

  • commitment
  • follow-through
  • reliability
  • accountability
  • compassion and understanding
  • enthusiasm
  • knowledge of Hampshire College
  • ability to advise/direct
  • flexibility
  • communication skills
  • commitment to being inclusive
  • responsibility
  • respect
  • positive attitude
  • strong problem-solving skills


Orientation coordinators must be able to lift and move 25-50 pounds.

Orientation coordinators report to the director of new student programs. Coordinators will receive a stipend of approximately $75 upon completion of May training, and a stipend of approximately $575 upon their successful completion of the orientation program.* Three meals a day are also offered during the seven days of the orientation training and program in the late summer.

Orientation coordinators must be 18 years of age by the position start date. 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.

*Stipend amounts are based on the number of hours worked at a pay rate of $9/hour. Specific hours will be determined by the program director.

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