Resident Assistant

Provide a positive environment for residents Oversee residents in educational or rehabilitation institutions.

What does a Resident Assistant do?

A resident assistant, also known as a resident mentor, resident advisor, peer advisor, community advisor, community assistant, or senior resident usually works within in educational institutions, but can also work in rehabilitation facilities and hospitals.

A resident assistant helps provide a positive social, academic, and emotional environment for students or residents of a particular school or facility. You build relationships with the residents and encourage them to participate in community or university activities and events. You ensure the safety of residents, confront inappropriate behavior, counsel as needed, and submit reports as required by your organization.

There are many variations of the responsibilities of this position depending on the employer and type of firm. Resident assistants in colleges are usually full-time students with at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. You must have excellent communication skills to connect well with people and good interpersonal skills to establish rapport with diverse groups of people. You should have the ability to plan, organize, and execute tasks to meet specifically established goals and to evaluate crisis situations quickly and respond appropriately. Your leadership skills must be exemplary.